Clive Watson's Blog

Clive Watson, Datacenter Technical Specialist, Microsoft UK

August, 2006

  • SCVMM Part 11 (Template and Profiles)

    In a prior post I promised more details on the template feature in SCVMM so here we go. The Template which in my mind is linked with two other options in SCVMM which are known as profiles, the two profile types are: Hardware Guest OS Going...
  • Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta2 is now available

    More details from Dugie and John . Also you can take a look at the main Virtual Server site where it has this overview This release includes: • AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) compatibility • Intel Virtualization Technology...
  • SCVMM Summary and Diagram

    Summary To date we have covered the following: Part 1: Initial Setup Part 2: Creation of a host group Part 3: Possible host and VM status Part 4: Adding a host into SCVMM Part 5: More state information and filtering lists Part...
  • SCVMM Part 10 (Remote Control)

    As promised in the last post here is how you remotely manage the Virtual Machine you've just created. For those familiar with Virtual Server this is very similar. VMRC.exe (Virtual Machine Remote Control) utility has always been in Virtual Server,...
  • SCVMM Help files

    Help file requests... <<<< to be added >>>>
  • Virtual Server and SCVMM - things you/I need to know repository

    SCVMM FAQ Virtual Server FAQ Whats the difference between Virtual Server 2005 aqnd Windows Server Virtualization?
  • SCVMM - Can you help the help?

    I got an email from the technical writer for SCVMM help files over the weekend, she has been reading my posts about SCVMM specifically liking some of the warnings comments I have mentioned. This was good to know, and I'll make sure I'm clearer when posting...
  • Vista Pre-RC1 Build Released

    The Windows Vista Team Blog announced that a pre RC1 build 5536.16385 (to be precise) has had a limited release - it doesn't say who can get a copy, but RC1 is due very shortly anyway. I run two laptops - my production one and a demo/test one, until this...
  • SCVMM Part 9 (How to create a Virtual Machine)

    Getting back to how to use SCVMM, I'll now walk you through one of the ways to create a Virtual Machine (VM) on a host - I'll use one the simplest ways, there are lots of other options. BTW, Are those of you not on the SCVMM beta finding this series...
  • Microsoft and Citrix expand partnership

    Microsoft and Citrix are to collaborate on developing and marketing a new Citrix WANScaler™ branch office appliance based on Microsoft Windows Server and Microsoft ISA Server. Full article here .
  • SCVMM Part8 (PowerShell)

    If you know a bit about PowerShell this post wont enlighten you further, so you might stop reading here. However if you're new to PowerShell or specifically PowerShell with System Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) then the command GET-COMMAND will...
  • Quad-core

    At least once a week, often once a day someone will walk past and in a conversation cores (dual or quad) will come up. Recently I've found that details on both the AMD and Intel sites to be lacking in some areas - have you tried to make sure your buying...
  • SCVMM- Part7 (PowerShell)

    As you should be aware SCVMM like Exchange 2007 is based on PowerShell (previously known as "Monad"). This enables you to perform every action that the GUI does from the command line and in some cases more. PowerShell is a pre-requisite for SCVMM and...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 6

    Host Properties For each host, that you can select in the GUI, right-click to look at the properties (it's actually called "Manage Properties" in the drop down). The first screen you come to lists the host name, Domain and a description, as well...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 5

    The following blog will show the state information and context filtering that is achievable in SCVMM. In parts 2-4 I have shown how SCVMM displays the hosts and Virtual Machines that have been added to the console for management. This posts concentrates...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 4

    In this post I'll detail how you add an existing host into SCVMM, basically the easiest way is to select the container that you wish the host to reside in. In my case I wish to add the new host in to the "Infrastructure Hosts" group, so you simply highlight...
  • Windows Live Writer Beta1 now availble

    If you need a WYSIWYG blog tool (for free) then this may be the one for you, I've been using it for some posts in the last month ro so (I didn't have it on all my machines) just to compare the experience. I can assure you this tool is much easier to use...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 3

    The following screen grab shows a single running Virtual Server host machine in the “Infrastructure Hosts” group. I've circled the state information which shows "responding", meaning that the server that's running Virtual Server 2005 R2 is available,...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 2

    One of the great SCVMM features is the ability to simply, create a "Host Group" under the "Managed Computers" object. In this example I have created two sub groups, the one I'll detail here is UK, I could also create child groups under these parents....
  • Two new features for MSCS – I just noticed

    This feature came up in conversation earlier this week, it was on the periphery of things for me to track, so I missed that we actually released a KB on it late in July. The first feature allows a two node Majority Node Set (MNS) quorum model to utilise...
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager - Part 1

    UPDATE: Changed post title from "Day1" to "Part1"... System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Beta1) was made avialble on http://connect.microsoft.com site. For more information (assuming you haven't downloaded it yourself) can be found here and here...
  • New Windows Server information from today

    Two blogs I noticed today from the Windows Server team were, some more details on Windows Server 2003 SP2 (also applies to XP x64 edition) and that CCS (Compute Cluster Server) is now on our Volume Price list, i.e. Generally available.
  • TechReady stuff...

    Last week was TechReady3 in Seattle for a few Microsoft colleagues and I (5000+ I think), it’s the Microsoft technical communities internal TechEd conference. Over the next few weeks or months you should start to see some of the announcements and details...