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  • Updated System Center Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA)

    devmgr.dll_I00c9_0409 Description

    The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you with error messages and warnings for any configurations that are not optimal for the VMM role or other VMM function that you have specified for the computer.

    Requirements

    You must install and run the VMMCA on the computer that either currently is or will become your VMM 2008 server. To review the system requirements for the VMM 2008 server, go to http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=133516.

    Prerequisite: Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA)

    Note: The system requirements for the MBCA indicate that only Windows Server 2003 is supported. However, the VMMCA and the MBCA have been tested and are supported on Windows Server 2008 64-bit.


    DownGreenArrow Where to get it

    1) Download pre-req: Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA)
    http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=97952

     

    2) Download VMMCA
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=02d83950-c03d-454e-803b-96d1c1d5be24&displaylang=en


    Common Usage Scenarios

    The list of scenarios are not comprehensive, but will provide you with some common usage scenarios to provide you with an understanding of when to use VMMCA 2008.

    Scenario 1 – I have a Windows Host that is in a not responding state.  Use VMMCA 2008 to check the host for commonly known issues.

    Scenario 2 – A Windows host shows a status of “Needs Attention”.  Use VMMCA 2008 to check the this host for commonly known issues.

    Scenario 3 – I am using SCVMM 2008 to manage a VMware environment, but I am unable to create new virtual machines on the VMware environment. Use VMMCA 2008  to evaluate the Virtual Center environment for commonly known issues.

    Scenario 4 – I am using the integration between SCVMM 2008 and Operations Manager, but I am unable to see a particular VM or Host in the integrated mapping view.  Use VMMCA 2008 to check the host or virtual machine for an operations manager agent.

    Scenario 5 – I am using SCVMM 2008 to do P2V conversions and the job is failing.  Use VMMCA 2008 to check the P2V source for commonly known issues.

    Scenario 6 -  I tried to create a Virtual Machine and it failed during customization and installation of virtual guest services.  Use VMMCA 2008 on the Windows Host to find commonly known issues.

  • Download Virtual Machine Manager R2 Documentation

    sapi.cpl_I008a_0409Downloadable documents are now available for VMM R2!  Check them out on TechNet here:  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=162764

    Available documents for download

    • Deployment Guide
    • Guide to Operations Manager Integration
    • Security Guide
    • Operations Guide
    • Scripting Guide
    • Cmdlet Reference
    • Building PRO-Enabled Management Packs

    Use the links in the following table to find documentation that you can download and print to help you deploy, operate, and maintain System Center Virtual Machine Manager VMM 2008 R2. You can also browse the product documentation online in the Technical Library.

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    Description

    Date Released or Updated

    Availability

    Virtual Machine Manager Deployment Guide

    This guide provides information essential for the successful deployment of VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. The topics in this guide provide detailed information about system requirements, installing VMM, upgrading or migrating from a previous version, and additional deployment and configuration information.

    September 11, 2009

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    Virtual Machine Manager Guide to Operations Manager Integration

    This guide provides information essential for the successful integration of System Center Operations Manager 2007 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Operations Manager 2007 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 or VMM 2008 R2. The topics in this guide provide system and security requirements, detailed procedures for performing a successful integration, and troubleshooting for integration issues, whether you are a new VMM customer or you previously integrated Operations Manager with VMM 2008 or VMM 2008 R2 Beta. Procedures also are provided for enabling Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) and configuring reporting in VMM. A successful Operations Manager integration is a prerequisite for both the PRO and reporting configurations.

    September 11, 2009

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    Virtual Machine Manager Security Guide

    This guide provides the information needed to successfully configure security for VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. Topics include security basics (role-based security, ports and protocols used by VMM, and account requirements for administrative tasks); instructions for hardening the VMM server, database server, virtual machine hosts, library servers, and self-service Web servers against unauthorized access; domain and account requirements for integrating System Center Operations Manager 2007 with VMM; and security requirements for managing a VMware environment by using VMM.

    September 11, 2009

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    Virtual Machine Manager Operations Guide

    This guide provides information essential for the successful configuration of VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2. For new customers, this guide explains how to configure the required and optional features of VMM after setup. The guide also provides information about creating, managing, and migrating virtual machines; performing maintenance on virtual machines, their hosts, and the VMM server; and managing a VMware Infrastructure 3 (VI3) environment by using VMM.

    September 11, 2009

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    Virtual Machine Manager Scripting Guide

    This guide provides an overview of the Windows PowerShell – Virtual Machine Manager command shell and sample scripts that explain how to use Windows PowerShell scripting to manage your virtual system infrastructure.

    September 11, 2009

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    Virtual Machine Manager Cmdlet Reference

    As an alternative to using the VMM Administrator Console to administer your Virtual Machine Manager environment, you can use the cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell - Virtual Machine Manager command shell, which is an administrator-focused command-line shell. This guide provides the Help topics for the VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 cmdlets.

    September 11, 2009

    Download

    Building PRO-Enabled Management Packs

    This document gives an overview of creating PRO-enabled management packs and walks you through the steps required to create a simple PRO-enabled management pack.

    September 11, 2009

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    Feedback on these? Please send it to: scvmfdbk@microsoft.com

     

  • Updated SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 MPS Reports

    devmgr.dll_I00c9_0409Overview

    The SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 Microsoft Product Support Reports helps Support Professionals, IT Pros and System Administrators gathering critical system and logging information used in troubleshooting support issues. Built upon the success of earlier versions of SCVMM MPS Reports, this new release adds compatibility for SCVMM 2008 R2 and Windows 2008 R2 OS platform.

    DownGreenArrow Where to get it

    SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 MPS Reports are available at the  Download Center URL link here  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4e3dc013-c299-4b80-9735-64a8b9fa60c7

     

     

     

    Data Collected

    The Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) version of the MPS Reporting Tool gathers the following diagnostic data for the VMM server, the virtual machine hosts and library servers that the VMM server manages, and physical to virtual conversion (P2V) source computers:

    • Virtual Machine Manager traces
    • Virtual Machine Manager database
    • Windows event logs and virtual server event logs
    • IP address
    • Virtual Machine Manager setup logs
    • SQL Server setup logs
    • Registry information
    • Open ports information
    • System Information (msinfo)

    Basic Instructions

    INSTALLING THE MPS REPORTING TOOL
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    >>>To install the MPS Reporting Tool

    1. Download the file MPSRPT_SCVMM.exe.
    2. Copy the file to the computer on which you want to diagnose problems.
    3. Open an elevated Command Prompt window with administrative privileges, and then run MPSRPT_SCVMM.exe., or right-click MPSRPT_SCVMM.exe, and then click "Run as Administrator".
    4. Accept the End-User License Agreement (EULA).

    By default, the MPS Reporting Tool is installed in the %SystemRoot%\MPSReports\VirtualMachineManager folder.

  • Communication issues after Windows and SCVMM Upgrade to 2008 R2

    GreenCheck I’ve seen a number of customers run into networking and general communication issues following a move to Windows 2008 R2. And to manage Windows 2008 R2 you must be running SCVMM 2008 R2. Both require checking for updates.

    Windows 2008 R2 – Make sure the network card drivers are up to date… all of them. If the server vendor does not have drivers updated for Windows 2008 (or R2), check the site of the actual NIC manufacturer as most built-in NICs are simply rebranded. This will solve a majority of your networking issues off the bat. Make sure you update the drivers on the VMM Server as well as the Hosts.

    SCVMM 2008 R2 – Did you upgrade from SCVMM 2008 to SCVMM 2008 R2? If so, you should check each Host in the SCVMM Admin Console to determine if the agents have been updated. If not, update them now by right clicking on them and selecting ‘Update Agent.’

    If you have performed the actions detailed above and are still experiencing communication issues with Hosts you can uninstall the ‘Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Agent’ manually on the Hosts from ‘Control Panel> Programs and Features.’ After this, go back to the SCVMM Admin Console, remove the Host by right clicking on it and selecting ‘Remove Host.’ Once removed, add it back with the Admin Console by selecting ‘Add Host’ under Actions on the right side of the console. This will clear up any agent update issues.

    This covers two of the most common issues seen lately. If still experiencing issues check some of the other posts on this site that address other possible reasons. Good luck, and enjoy the new product!

    Free Evaluation Download!

    System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Evaluation http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=292de23c-845c-4d08-8d65-b4b8cbc8397b&displaylang=en

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