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System Center Virtual Machine Manager Add-In Update – Import & Launch Instances

We launched the AWS Systems Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) last fall. This add-in allows you to monitor and manage your on-premises VMs (Virtual Machines), as well as your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances (running either Windows or Linux) from within Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager. As a refresher, here’s the main screen:

Today we are updating this add-in with new features that allow you to import existing virtual machines and to launch new EC2 instances without having to use the AWS Management Console.

Import Virtual Machines
Select an existing on-premises VM and choose Import to Amazon EC2 from the right-click menu. The VM must be running atop the Hyper-V hypervisor and it must be using a VHD (dynamically sized) disk no larger than 1 TB. These conditions, along with a couple of others, are verified as part of the import process. You will need to specify the architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) in order to proceed:

Launch EC2 Instances
Click on the Create Instance button to launch a new EC2 instance. Select the region and an AMI (Amazon Machine Image), an instance type, and a key pair:

You can click on Advanced Settings to reveal additional options:

Click on the Create button to launch the instance.

Available Now
This add-in is available now (download it at no charge) and you can start using it today!


Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.