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  • Blog Post: Unable to add host or hosts in "Needs Attention" state (SCVMM 2008 Beta)?

    These are probably two of the most frequently asked questions in the Technet SCVMM forum . I'm unable to add host, what did I do wrong? What do I need to do when I have host in "Needs Attention" state or my "Connection Status" is "Not Responding"? The first thing I'd ask people to do is...
  • Blog Post: Unable to add host or hosts in "Needs Attention" state (SCVMM 2008 Beta)?

    These are probably two of the most frequently asked questions in the Technet SCVMM forum . I'm unable to add host, what did I do wrong? What do I need to do when I have host in "Needs Attention" state or my "Connection Status" is "Not Responding"? The first thing I'd ask people to do is...
  • Blog Post: 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, you might need to tweak the refresher...
  • Blog Post: How to collect WinRM traces

    Since “ How to collect SCVMM traces ” and “ What to do when I have hosts in Needs Attention state? ” are published, we've seen requests on how to further debug WinRM/WMI issues that lead to VMM AddHosts failures. It’s particularly useful, when you run into a SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Removing an ESX host or stopping managing an ESX host?

    We have heard some feedback that some of our customers did not expect VMM to remove an ESX host when a "Remove" action was requested for an ESX host managed through VirtualCenter Server (VC) by VMM Server. So, I think that it might be worth to talk about how exactly this works and how you could do what...
  • Blog Post: Two important updates for SCVMM

    Working with SCVMM team, Hyper-V team and BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) team have just released two important updates to support SCVMM scenarios. We highly recommend our customers to install these updates to your Hyper-V host environments. In fact, if your Hyper-V hosts do not have these...
  • Blog Post: 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 computer account. “...
  • Blog Post: Removing an ESX host or stopping managing an ESX host?

    We have heard some feedback that some of our customers did not expect VMM to remove an ESX host when a "Remove" action was requested for an ESX host managed through VirtualCenter Server (VC) by VMM Server. So, I think that it might be worth to talk about how exactly this works and how you could do what...
  • Blog Post: 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, you might need to tweak the refresher...
  • Blog Post: 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 to manage VMware ESX hosts. If this is your...
  • Blog Post: Managing Hosts in Windows 2000 AD Forest By Using VMM 2008

    As you know when you install VMM 2008 server , the computer where you want to install VMM 2008 Server must be joined in a Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 AD domain. That's a hard requirement and the install will be blocked if it is not met. We hope all our customers have migrated their AD infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Add host into VMM 2008 Beta

    Well, once you finish installing VMM Server and have your admin console setup, the next you want to do is to start managing your hosts. Virtual Server hosts, Hyper-V hosts and VMware ESX hosts. I talked about managing VMware VCS and how VMM imports the existing ESX hosts managed by the VCS. Next,...
  • Blog Post: 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 seen customers with distributed and geographically...
  • Blog Post: 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 to manage VMware ESX hosts. If this is your...
  • Blog Post: Install and uninstall VMM agent on Windows 2008 Server Core

    Since Windows 2008 Server Core does not come with Graphical UI, managing things on Core can be a bit challenging for folks who are used to the various administrator consoles. Luckily, here is a handy dandy command reference: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5FB255FF-72DA...
  • Blog Post: What ELSE can I do when my host is in Not Responding state?

    After I posted " What to do when my host is in Not Responding state? ", I received a few queries about the issues people ran into. I captured my notes when explaining some of the errors folks reported. I thought that it might be interesting to share them, in case you ran into a similar issue and you...
  • Blog Post: 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 computer account. “...
  • Blog Post: 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 seen customers with distributed and geographically...
  • Blog Post: Install and uninstall VMM agent on Windows 2008 Server Core

    Since Windows 2008 Server Core does not come with Graphical UI, managing things on Core can be a bit challenging for folks who are used to the various administrator consoles. Luckily, here is a handy dandy command reference: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5FB255FF-72DA...
  • Blog Post: Two important updates for SCVMM

    Working with SCVMM team, Hyper-V team and BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) team have just released two important updates to support SCVMM scenarios. We highly recommend our customers to install these updates to your Hyper-V host environments. In fact, if your Hyper-V hosts do not have these...
  • Blog Post: How to collect WinRM traces

    Since “ How to collect SCVMM traces ” and “ What to do when I have hosts in Needs Attention state? ” are published, we've seen requests on how to further debug WinRM/WMI issues that lead to VMM AddHosts failures. It’s particularly useful, when you run into a SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: Add host into VMM 2008 Beta

    Well, once you finish installing VMM Server and have your admin console setup, the next you want to do is to start managing your hosts. Virtual Server hosts, Hyper-V hosts and VMware ESX hosts. I talked about managing VMware VCS and how VMM imports the existing ESX hosts managed by the VCS. Next,...
  • Blog Post: Managing Hosts in Windows 2000 AD Forest By Using VMM 2008

    As you know when you install VMM 2008 server , the computer where you want to install VMM 2008 Server must be joined in a Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 AD domain. That's a hard requirement and the install will be blocked if it is not met. We hope all our customers have migrated their AD infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: What ELSE can I do when my host is in Not Responding state?

    After I posted " What to do when my host is in Not Responding state? ", I received a few queries about the issues people ran into. I captured my notes when explaining some of the errors folks reported. I thought that it might be interesting to share them, in case you ran into a similar issue and you...