Cheng's Random Thoughts on System Management

Senior Program Manager, MSD

Cheng's Random Thoughts on System Management

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Introducing SCVMM 2008 Performance & Resource Optimization (PRO)

    What is PRO? PRO stands for Performance & Resource Optimization (in some of our Beta documentation, you may also see it referred to as "Physical Resource Optimization"), which: Is a powerful and valuable feature as the result of integration...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Intelligent Placement in SCVMM 2008

    Intelligent Placement feature is one of the unique functionalities that you will only find in Microsoft virtualization technology offerings. In VMM 2008, we continue expanding support of our intelligent placement functionality into those newly supported...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • SCVMM and Network Ports We Use for Communication

    More than often, deploying SCVMM server and managing VM hosts require coordination with your network admins. One of the frequently asked questions is "What ports should I ask my network guy to open for me in order to allow SCVMM server to talk to the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...