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Chris's Blog - Just weedin around Microsoft
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
Virtual Machine Manager Library: This ain’t got no Card Catalog and you are the Crazy Librarian
I spent most of my secondary schooling fearing the library. I didn’t want nor have time to read as I was busy socializing and when I wasn’t at school I didn’t want to think about reading. Fast forward a number of years and you will find that, oddly, I’m in love with the library and pretty fond of the...
26 Jun 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
SCVMM Transfers using BITS – Improving Performance
The one feature in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 that goes a long way to making life much simpler for environments who focus on provisioning a lot is the disabling of SSL transfers. The overhead to transferring over SSL is not overly small and to boot the data getting transferred...
23 Jun 2009
Create New VM by Kicking off VMM Console from using Command\Batch File
As many of you know, I’m focusing a lot of my individual time on proofing out a concept that I have termed “Dynamic Provisioning.” The idea is that you move away from manually managing your infrastructure and focus more on your “performance” metrics and let them derive your actions but in a automated...
8 Jul 2009
SCVMM & Failover Cluster Host Fails with Error 10429 – Older version of VMM Server installed
Recently, I had the unfortunate task of moving the System Center VMM Database off of a SQL cluster over to a stand-alone version of SQL 2008 SP1. This sounds extremely simple though it is unfortunate that it isn’t quite as simple as it possibly could be. In this blog, I thought I would share...
16 Jun 2010
Enlightenment for SCVMM - Defining Network Locations & Tags
The primary thing that took some digging up when starting to use System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 was understanding of Network Locations & Tags. There is a great blog on this topic but I want to make sure that we extend this a bit taking into account yesterday’s post of enabling of VLAN...
25 Jun 2009
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
Hyper-V: Can’t delete Virtual Machine with ‘Operation cannot be performed while the object in current state’
There are situations, especially when running your virtual infrastructure on Storage Area Networks (SANs), that you are unable to effectively delete a virtual machine. There are many reasons why your VM is no longer needed such as you’ve moved to another farm or you simply don’t need the...
25 Jun 2010
SCVMM Sample Unattend.XML for Windows Server 2008 & R2
In today’s post, I thought I would share with you some XML that drives some of our dynamic provisioning. The power of dynamic provisioning is found in taking a base image of a Server operating system that has nothing enabled and customizing it using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) that...
30 Jun 2009
[Info] – SCVMM R2 Documentation Live on the Web
As you can tell, I’m pretty active in following one of my favorite HOT products released by my division here at Microsoft – System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). VMM 2008 R2 was recently released and with it comes some exciting new capabilities not exposed in the first 2 releases of VMM (2007...
14 Sep 2009
Dynamically Deploying ConfigMgr Site Roles using Scripts
Getting Started At Microsoft IT, we are beginning the process of running our ConfigMgr infrastructure on Hyper-V (virtualized) and we are starting to invest some energy in architecting our future data center in a way to ensure we are cost effective yet performance conscious. In this blog post, I wanted...
1 May 2009
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
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
Building a “Sample” SCOM Management Pack for Dynamically Building Virtual Machines based on Performance of physical or virtual machines
In today’s post, I will focus on how I worked with our System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) team to build the actual infrastructure and setup alerting for our infrastructure to ensure that if our Configuration Manager Distribution Points (DPs) are getting a high number of connections, we will spin...
11 Jul 2009
System Center–Running the Largest Corp. Online Service: Tips, tricks, and guidance
For those who joined myself and Brian Copps at our TechEd 2010 presentation, you learned in-depth how we run one of the largest set of Corporate online services such as www.microsoft.com , update.microsoft.com , and technet/msdn.microsoft.com using the System Center suite. We provided you the overview...
9 Jun 2010
VMM 2008 Self-Service portal not showing VMs I own – why I ask when I’m in that user role?
For many environments, the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2’s self-service portal is very useful. It provides day-to-day users of your virtualization farm the ability to access their virtual machines and do key actions like start, stop, create checkpoint, and many other tasks. They can do this only when...
9 Apr 2010
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
Two-way Trusts & SCVMM | Operations Mgr 2007 Gateways – No Go
If your like me, you have a day job and that day job consists of meetings that are ramblings of this or that and sometimes even meetings that plan other meetings (oh, these are painful). The true joy of my day is when I can close my door and just let the sunshine peak in while I “geek” out like a mad...
9 May 2009
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
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
Tomb stoned or Stale Objects not removable in Virtual Machine Manager 2008
For users of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (or R2), you might put yourself in a position where you can’t seem to get rid of a virtual machine and every attempt fails. I recently ran into this situation and got so frustrated that I actually reached out to some SCVMM product group folks for...
29 Jun 2009
Microsoft Lab Manager (MLM) for VMM Administrators – Soup to Nuts 101
Our development team is, as many of you already know, deeply integrated with Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010. It shouldn’t shock anyone to hear that we are also taking a deep investment on the new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) functionality exposed as part of Visual Studio...
1 Sep 2010
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