Cheng's Random Thoughts on System Management

Senior Program Manager, MSD

Cheng's Random Thoughts on System Management

  • Microsoft working with OVF community to improve virtual machine interoperability

    Hello, I wanted to send out this quick note to update everyone on our continued focus on and commitment to portability and interoperability using OVF. We have gained valuable on-the-ground experience to ensure interoperability with our partners such...
  • Update on VMM refreshers - what has changed and what this means to you

    Good day, folks! Since System Center 2012 SP1 Beta was released last week, we’re super excited to receive raving interests & feedback just over the past few days. I’d like to briefly talk about one of the major investment areas...
  • System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 SPF Installation Issue

    Greetings folks, After we released our System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 release , we've received a lot of feedback. Thank you very much for trying out our latest preview on our exciting SP1 release! Among all new features / improvements in SP1, Service...
  • System Center 2012 VMM OVF Export / Import Tool is available now.

    Greetings folks! Microsoft is committed to interoperability and openness in the products and services we provide, as evidenced by our multi-hypervisor and standard-based storage management features in System Center 2012. Today, we have taken this...
  • Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is available now!

    Greetings folks! As you're all busy getting ready for the holiday season, I'd like to introduce you another Christmas gift idea for a "VMM geek". :-) My colleagues, Michael Michael and Hector Linares , just finished writing a new book "Mastering...
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 downloadable docs are available now!

    Greetings, folks! I'm pleased to let you all know that our documentation team has just published the doanloadable version of SCVMM 2008 R2 documents at here : http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=162764 Available documents for download are...
  • It's here - SCVMM 2008 R2 RTM'ed.

    Greetings folks! This is one of the very exciting mements that I have to drop whatever I'm doing and tell you about this. :-) I've been busy on a few things. So sorry for not able to post much information lately. And I'll tell you about what I was...
  • VMM 2008 R2 Upgrade Guide

    As part of the VMM 2008 R2 launch, I'm inviting my colleague, Kerim, to provide you some information on how you can upgrade your existing VMM 2008 / VMM 2008 R2 RC versions to the VMM 2008 R2 RTM version. Here comes Kerim: =================== ...
  • What’s new in VMM 2008 R2 RC?

    Greetings, folks! Hope you had a good Mother's Day weekend (if you celebrate that holiday)! Since VMM R2 Beta was released, the team has been working hard in incorporating feedback from customers. Here is a nice blog from Vishwa that explains...
  • VMM Network Location and Network Tag

    Hello there! Today I got a guest poster, my colleague, David Armour. David is a senior program manager responsible for SCVMM 2008's Networking feature. Based on the questions he has seen on the Technet SCVMM forum , he wanted to post this information...
  • Got a "Bad Gateway"?

    Greetings, folks! Hope you had a great Easter on last Sunday, if you celebrate that holiday! My kids certainly enjoyed hunting eggs in a typical Seattle drizzling Saturday morning. J This blog entry is for folks who use or plan to use VMM...
  • What you need to know about Maintenance Mode

    Hello folks, As you can see from the news , we’ve released our beta for SCVMM 2008 R2, which offers support to Windows Server 2008 R2 (live migration, etc.) and a bunch of exciting new features. Today, I wanted to introduce to you our...
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta is released!

    Greetings folks! I’m pleased to announce that the public Beta of SCVMM 2008 R2 is now available for download at our connect site . Since shipping SCVMM 2008 in last October, our team has been busy working on an update that supports Windows...
  • VMM Security content is posted on Technet.

    Greeting folks! Hot off press – Our content team has worked hard to produce a set of documents around how to secure your VMM 2008 environment, which includes interesting topics: · Basics of VMM security · Hardening VMM...
  • NIC teaming and VMM

    Greetings folks, NIC Teaming , also called “Load Balancing and Fail-Over” (LBFO) or “Link Aggregation” or “IEEE 802.1AX-2008”, groups multiple interfaces to provide fault tolerance and load balancing for Network...
  • When should I consider running my VMM Service by using a domain account?

    Greetings folks! Hope you all had a good Valentine weekend last week! If you noticed, during your VMM Server installation, there is an option of allowing you to select a different account to run VMM Server service (VMMService) from the default...
  • Hyper-V Security Guide – beta now available

    The Hyper-V Security Guide can help you elevate the security of virtualized Windows Server environments to meet your business-critical needs. This accelerator provides IT professionals like you with recommendations to address your key security concerns...
  • VMM 2008 MP is available for download!

    Greetings, My colleague, Alan Goodman, has published a blog entry about the release of VMM 2008 MP , which consists of the following exciting reports: · Virtualization Candidates - Helps identify physical computers that are good candidates...
  • Managing VM hosts in a disjoint namespace environment

    Greetings folks and Happy Chinese New Year to you if you celebrate that cultural tradition! Today, I wanted to talk about a topic that many of our TAP customers have requested support for during our VMM 2008 release development phase. We’ve...
  • Multiple VMs per LUN

    Hi there, Rakesh just posted a new blog , through which he explains the ins and outs about the model where users create multiple VMs by using the same LUN. He also points out that, with the new Cluster Shared Volume (CSV) support in Windows Server...
  • Shrink your VHD size

    Hello there, Happy New Year! We had a pretty big snow storm during the past Christmas in Seattle area. Wherever you are, I hope you had a safe and relaxing Christmas and / or New Year holiday! If you are still new to VMM, today I'm going to show...
  • VMM Configuration Analyzer 2008 is now available for download!

    Greetings folks, Today, I've got a guest poster, Carmen Asher, one of my colleagues in VMM team. Carmen is the program manager responsible for SCVMM Configuration Analyzer 2008. Her post below provides you with all the information you need to know...
  • Running SQL server 2008 on Hyper-V

    Now the world of IT is turning its focus on consolidating the physical computers into virtual machines. More and more people started to ask questions like, “will my app run the same in those virtual machines?”, “will there be any performance...
  • SCVMM 2008 RTM!

    Finally, the wait is over! Today, we have released System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 . For more information about the product, you can check out Rakesh's blog here , or the Window Virtualization team blog , or go to our technet home to download...
  • All about refreshers ...

    If you have been using VMM for a while, you’ve probably figured out that we use various “refreshers” to pull data from the hosts and VMs that we manage. When deploying VMM in various sized environments, depending on the perf/scale requirements...