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  • Blog Post: Clustered Hosts and HA VMs in SCVMM 2008

    Why Clustering? When IT organizations start moving their physical computing environment to a virtualized one to consolidate their servers (increase resource utilization), increase agility and adaptability of their workloads, reduce carbon footprint, or save on floor/rack space, one thing will quickly...
  • Blog Post: 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 on: what VMMCA is all about, where to download...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Beta 2008 patch to support Hyper-V RC1 is released

    If you are running SCVMM 2008 Beta and you are testing Hyper-V, you know that our Beta does not work with Hyper-V RC1 release . The patch for SCVMM Beta is now availble at Microsoft Connect Site for download. And please make sure to read the instruction for installation before installing. One thing...
  • 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: 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 around server virtualization. The guide provides...
  • Blog Post: 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 2008 R2, takes advantage of the new features in the...
  • Blog Post: 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 on: what VMMCA is all about, where to download...
  • Blog Post: Installing SCVMM 2008 Beta

    Now that you got the beta release, the first order is to set it up. Before you start, I'd highly recommend you to spend a few minutes to read through the FAQ document (published on the connect site ). There, we provide answers to some frequently asked questions that should help you quickly get started...
  • 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: 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 new VMM Maintenance Mode feature in VMM R2. ...
  • 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: VMM 2008 Architecture

    If you are in MMS 2008 , you've probably seen this architecture diagram: For folks who did not get a chance to go, here are some of the key architectual characteristics that I'd like to point out: On the top-left corner, notice that the UIs (admin console and self-service portal) are all...
  • Blog Post: Managing VMware

    Why should I use VMM to manage my VMware? In Rakesh's post , he talked extensively on why we decided to manage VMware. From customer value prop point of view, I just wanted to highlight one of the key values SCVMM 2008 brings -- the ability to provide a "single-pane-of-glass" view into your virtualized...
  • Blog Post: Clustered Hosts and HA VMs in SCVMM 2008

    Why Clustering? When IT organizations start moving their physical computing environment to a virtualized one to consolidate their servers (increase resource utilization), increase agility and adaptability of their workloads, reduce carbon footprint, or save on floor/rack space, one thing will quickly...
  • 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: 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 you a tip on how to "shrink" your VHD size - one...
  • Blog Post: Installing SCVMM 2008 Beta

    Now that you got the beta release, the first order is to set it up. Before you start, I'd highly recommend you to spend a few minutes to read through the FAQ document (published on the connect site ). There, we provide answers to some frequently asked questions that should help you quickly get started...
  • Blog Post: 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 changes for my app running them in VMs versus...
  • 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: How to collect SCVMM traces

    In order to diagnose a failure scenario, it is normally required to reproduce the issue and collect traces at the same time. Here are the instructions on how to collect the traces: From what computer should I collect the trace? If it’s a console crash issue, please collect...
  • 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: Get Virtual Now

    Yes, today is a big day for Microsoft and a big day for the IT industry. We launched our full virtualization solution stack today at Meydenbauer Convention Center, Bellevue, WA. For the complete PR coverage, please check out this official MS news release . Now, customers who want a full end-to...