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Virtualization Tip: Migrating to SAN’s “after the fact” with SCVMM using R2’s Migrate Storage
In today’s post, I thought I would share some insight into how to effectively migrate to Storage Area Network’s (SAN) after you’ve already got an SCVMM environment up and running. You found yourself with several Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hosts and you were moving along with very little issues;...
8 Sep 2009
Failover Cluster Networks & Local Networks – Phantom Network listed in Failover Cluster Manager
You’ve recently had a request to add a few virtual machines to your Clustered Hyper-V farm and you’ve obliged them and created it using SCVMM’s administrator console. You’ve created the network as a “Local Only” meaning that the VMs can communicate with each other as well as the Parent partition...
10 Jan 2010
Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) – Extending a Volume
There are often times where you have a need to expand a LUN when running enterprise systems. This is a trivial action in most cases because you simply add physical drives to the array and then use Disk Management to extend the drive to encompass the newly expanded volume. Unfortunately, on...
15 Jul 2010
SCVMM 2012: A Frustrating Library that just will not go away! Forcibly Removing it
We recently had a situation with our System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that literally frustrated the crap out of me. Don’t take that wrong, the product didn’t really cause the frustration instead it was the mis-use of the libraries in 2012 that did . You see, you live &...
6 Sep 2012
Failover Clustering Validation Wizard Fails when Enterprises uses IPv6 and IPv4
Recently, I had a server that I had to forcibly evict from our Hyper-V Cluster farm due to some downtime for hardware failures. Instead of having it serve as offline, I simply migrated the clients off before the failure occurred using System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2’s Maintenance mode. Then...
6 Feb 2010
Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server
In the past two posts , I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit . The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center...
1 Sep 2011
SCVMM 2008 R2 & Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) Migration from one CSV to Another
You often do your job of “planning” for your virtualization farm well in advance of when you can realistically foresee the amount of storage you will need. If you like me, you often take the amount of known needed space and you triple it – shh, don’t tell management. This technique works great until...
6 Apr 2010
DPM 2010 Windows 2008 Backup Requirements - Checklist to get started right the first time!
For users who are new to DPM (like me a few months back), you will find yourself often repeating the same tasks over & over again as you add servers to your infrastructure. Because of this, I thought I would write up a quick “get started” guide to DPM that lets you get your pre-reqs (which...
11 May 2010
Heading to MMS 2010 – One Presentation & lots of customer discussions…
As many of you already know, Microsoft is preparing for next week’s Management Summit 2010 in Las Vegas . This is a great event, not only for his content but also its incredible knowledge transfer capabilities. As a team member in the greater Management & Services Division (MSD) at Microsoft I can...
15 Apr 2010
Soup to Nuts–Bare Metal Build-out of Cluster using EMC SAN, Brocade Fibre Switch, & Dell R610/R710’s
As is usual for many of my posts, I like to document things that become somewhat as a “reference” for me because I know I will forget it. The one side benefit to this is the fact that many of you might be looking for similar documentation. This is a win-win for us – so let’s do this together...
1 May 2011
VMM 2012: How I got EMC Clariion AX4-5 Working with VMM Storage Mgmt Service
As I’ve started exploring System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 , the first task I took as an action item is to learn how to configure active management for our engineering EMC Clariion AX4-5 . I’ve personally been slacking a bit in getting VMM 2012 up & running. As you probably...
21 Nov 2011
Failure during Windows Server 2008 System State Backup & System Writer Missing
For some of those new to DPM 2007, you might find yourself in a situation where a Windows Server 2008 (and R2) is failing during backups consistently. The consistency part is the ironic is that it is always failing and might lead you to review a bit more what is going on. This problem, as outlined in...
19 Nov 2009
Using Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2’s Compatibility Mode
If you are like us, we are always on the cutting edge (what do you expect – we work for Microsoft <g>) and because of this we have to often find unusual methods to work around the fact that OEM’s are not always “up to speed” and releasing installers and such that are for operating systems that...
1 Jul 2009
Data Protection Manager 2007: Replica is inconsistent on Windows Server 2008
I recently took some time to learn more about Microsoft’s System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 since it was again a product in my division that I knew very little about. Beyond that, I had quite a bit of incentive to get our engineering lab which is handled by me as a “side job” besides my...
11 Nov 2009
Dynamic Provisioning for ConfigMgr hits the Shelf – TechNet Magazine Sept 2009
I promised early on to not use “marketing” as a ploy in my blog and trust me this is painful to write. However, if it wasn’t for the fact that many of the blog posts here are directly related, I decided to go ahead with a little bit of selfish plugging. In a story format, I recently wrote...
30 Aug 2009
Error: VMM 2008 R2 Service Account Changes Not Supported without Uninstall
We recently did a slight shakeup of all our service accounts as our engineering lab that we use to test our code against uses all of the System Center products. This is by design since our team is in the division that focuses on Microsoft’s Enterprise Management tools. We are 95 percent virtualized...
29 Aug 2010
Wait a minute… Virtual Machine isn’t “highly” available though it is on a Clustered Host?
It is possible, albeit an edge case, that you have both clustered (highly available) and non-clustered virtualization farms in your data center. You’ve got your virtual machine (VM) configurations and hard disks stored on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and your non-clustered VMs stored elsewhere (potentially...
9 May 2010
Changing Hyper-V Cluster Virtual IP Address (VIP) After Layer 3 Changes
We recently had a change take place in our engineering lab that included a large set of layer 3 changes (IP, VLANs , Subnets, etc.) that caused us some downtime. Although most of the issues are well documented, I found though that there was one that simply plagued me in finding the resolution. ...
17 Sep 2011
VMM 2008 R2: Hyper-V Host is in Perpetual “Pending” State & VMM Service Crashes
Recently, I was doing some Hyper-V physical hosts moving and I found that one Hyper-V host getting managed by VMM got in a state whereby it found itself “sick.” I describe sick meaning that Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) could no longer manage the host (who was actually getting managed by...
12 Dec 2010
Dynamic Provisioning with VMM: Proxy, Windows Updates, and Scripts
In our environment, there are two things that are critical to success of an environment that is dynamically built from scratch – Updates & Internet connectivity. This might seem odd since most would believe that we would utilize WSUS & the Software Update Points in Configuration Manager to do...
13 Jul 2009
Unable to Extend System Volume & DPM Backup Failure: Change the System State backup location
I recently had a couple of servers where they had rather small system partitions, one was Windows 2003 while the other was Windows 2008 RTM and DPM continued to fail with replica is inconsistent errors. The DPM documentation and event errors were referencing the replica and volume partition size...
15 Nov 2009
The Inside & Out of Authentication in IIS – Anonymous, Basic, Integrated, and much, much more!
Several, several years ago I remember having this topic in the IIS Webcast Series and what strikes me from back then is the fact that I recall having a conversation with a currently high-level (think executive) individual. The conversation was around the fact that he/she didn’t think anyone would...
4 May 2010
Hyper-V Lingering Internal NICs – Unable to Remove
I recently had a Windows Server 2008 R2 server running the Hyper-V role with some Internal NICs created for private “sandboxing” of some VMs. After adding some additional virtual machines to utilize the Private NICs, I was up and running. This turned out to be a temporary situation until we put another...
1 Mar 2010
Introducing User-Driven Install (UDI) for MDT 2012 Update 1
Our engineering team has had an amazing journey this past year with two key releases to help our customers improve their capabilities for deploying Windows in their enterprises. As you know, we released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 in April of this year to coincide with the Microsoft...
21 Aug 2012
Real World Example of Troubleshooting R2 Live Migration using CSV’s
As I’ve mentioned several times, we run our engineering lab on much of the latest & greatest. There are many who would argue that this is a luxury (one afforded to those who work at a Software company such as Microsoft) and I wouldn’t have a solid argument against their argument. However...
6 Sep 2009
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