In order to provide all of the VM-aware goodness we expect from Tintri products, the Tintri VMstore needs to make some queries against the individual Hyper-V hosts. This differs from other supported hypervisors where VMstore communicates with a separate hypervisor manager (vCenter for example), but does mean that SCVMM is optional and VM awareness is at a finer granularity than can be provided by SCVMM.
Configuring a large number of Hyper-V hosts through the VMstore UI can be cumbersome — especially where more than one VMstore is being deployed.
Once VMstore has been granted access to the Hyper-V hosts it needs, and those hosts have been configured for constrained delegation to the VMstore, adding these hosts is a case of:
- Navigating to the Hyper-V tab of the Hypervisor Managers settings page.
- Clicking the Discover Hosts button.
- Selecting Select hosts configured for delegation.
- Click Save.
The VMstore will search Active Directory for the Hyper-V hosts it can find and note the ones configured for delegation to that VMstore. This provides a quick and easy way to instantly add all relevant Hyper-V hosts for VM awareness.
You will notice too that unlike other hypervisor managers, there is no need to enter the username/password of a service account. This is because the VMstore will use its Active Directory credentials to identify itself to the Hyper-V hosts, simplifying management.
If any of the discovered Hyper-V hosts cannot be queried by VMstore — perhaps due to connectivity or access control issues — the test results may be expanded to show details to help troubleshoot.
Hyper-V VM awareness is a few short clicks away.