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SCVMM/WAP UR6 – VM Role Gallery Item Generation 2 VM Support

Microsoft is listening to our feedback and gives us the Generation 2 VM support for the VM role gallery item with Update Rollup 6 for VMM & WAP. Just want to mention that with VMM Update Rollup 6 Generation 2 VM support for Service Templates is also included.

-> http://feedback.azure.com/forums/255259-azure-pack/suggestions/6061875-vm-role-add-gen2-support
-> https://systemcentervmm.uservoice.com/forums/280803-general-vmm-feedback/suggestions/7000578-generation-2-vm-support-for-service-templates
-> https://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3050317/en-us?sd=rss&spid=13859
-> https://support2.microsoft.com/kb/3051171/en-us?sd=rss&spid=13859

The Generation 2 VM deployment settings are set on a per cloud basis. That means that you have to set a custom property on a VMM cloud to enable the specific deployment behavior. It is not a setting that you will provide within a single VM role gallery item. There for you have to split your workloads into different VMM clouds. For example one VMM cloud for Generation 1 VM workloads and another VMM cloud for Generation 2 VM workloads. Based on that model you will have as a minimum two different hosting plans in your WAP environment.

To enable the Generation 2 VM support on a VMM cloud execute the following PowerShell cmdlets on the VMM server itself or on a workstation with an installed VMM console.


Select the VMM cloud on which you would like to enable the Generation 2 VM support.

$VMMServer = vmm.domain.local
$Cloud = Get-SCCloud -VMMServer $VMMServer|Select-Object -Property Name|Out-GridView -PassThru -Title “Cloud”
$Cloud = Get-SCCloud -VMMServer $VMMServer -Name $Cloud.Name

Then you create a new custom property called SupportedVmGenerationForVmRole.

$CustomProperty  = New-SCCustomProperty -VMMServer $VMMServer -Name “SupportedVmGenerationForVmRole” -Description “Deploy Gen2 VM roles” -AddMember @(“Cloud”)

The last step is to set the custom property value to 2, if you want the Generation 2 VM deployment. Otherwise set the value to 1 to keep the default Generation 1 VM deployment.

Set-SCCustomPropertyValue -CustomProperty $CustomProperty -InputObject $Cloud -Value “2”


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