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  • Blog Post: P2V of Domain Controllers – Online or Offline?

    We know that SCVMM can convert physical machines into virtual machines with all work necessary to make this transitioned machine still boot and function correctly. This is a great feature that customers use daily. This work is done usually while the server is still running as an Online P2V. If you have...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM traces on Windows Core

    Collecting traces while reproducing an issue is one of the best methods we have of determining the source of an issue. Microsoft engineers might ask for this information when you open an incident, or you may want to perform tracing on your own for review. Cheng wrote the original article that walks you...
  • Blog Post: Creating Virtual Networks on Clustered Hosts leaves some binding work to be done

    If you ever happen to set up a new virtual network on a Cluster node/Host you may find that your work is not entirely done. First, the Host that you added the VN to will in fact have networking set up correctly. What may appear odd is that the other Hosts in the cluster (nodes) will also show the new...
  • Blog Post: ‘Unsupported Cluster Configuration’ - Virtual Networks

    There are a number of reasons a Virtual Machine (VM) can fall into a status of ‘Unsupported Cluster Configuration.’ A brief list, pulled from TechNet, shows that storage, networking, and other factors can cause this status. (Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc967323.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Technical Documentation for SC VMM 2012 SP1

    Two official technical documents on how to perform any action in the GUI, and all VMM Cmdlets are now available for download. ‘ SC2012_VMM_Documentation ,’ lists Step by Step how to perform most VMM activities. ‘ SC2012_VMM_Cmdlets ’ lists all cmdlets, their options and...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love PowerShell

    An excerpt from Justin Zarb’s article on his ‘Virtual World’ site. Michael Michael is the tops in SCVMM. If he took the time to create these videos you can bet they are worth viewing. Managing with Windows PowerShell http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2007/10/18/quick-start-from-nothing...
  • Blog Post: Are All of My Servers Really Up to Date?

    With a single command you can pull a list of all installed updates. Use this to compare patch levels on all systems so you can easily target those not meeting the bar. We start with simple commands, then build on these to create robust queries with optional CSV and HTML formatting. I think of these...
  • Blog Post: How to Capture a WinRM Trace

    When working with Microsoft Support you may be asked to capture traces to assist with issue resolution. Below are two methods for capturing WinRM traces. Following a reboot these will need to be set up again. The GUI setup is simple. The logman method allows a template with pre-populated settings to...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and Data Collection During Offline P2V

    When the P2V process fails there can be a number of issues to identify. A number of situations are discussed below. The machine being virtualized is referred to as the Source machine. The location where the virtualized machine is being copied is the Destination Host. Use this article as your main reference...
  • Blog Post: The new "Dynamic Memory" feature of Hyper-V

    BrianMadden.com recently posted a great article on the upcoming feature of Dynamic Memory for Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. The article focuses particularly on the impact for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments. For both reasons I recommend taking a moment to read the post. You may find...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions - eBook download (did I mention FREE?)

    I found this link on ‘Keith Combs' Blahg.’ Written by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization team, this is THE reference for all things virtual: Hyper-V, SCVMM, App-V, Med-V, and USMT. Download and read today! http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2008/12/19/thanks-for-attending...
  • Blog Post: How to create a bootable ISO using tools from the WAIK

    Another great write-up by a good friend and colleague of mine. Dave works at Microsoft, but on another floor and dedicates himself to pushing SCVMM to its limits. Actually, he makes it do backflips or anything else he desires while the rest of us sit in awe and muse, ‘Why didn’t I think of...
  • Blog Post: Flattening the SCVMM Learning curve

    Below is an excerpt from Justin Zarb’s article on his ‘Virtual World’ site. Quick Start from Nothing to SCVMM http://blogs.technet.com/virtualworld/archive/2007/10/18/quick-start-from-nothing-to-scvmm.aspx So I have been chatting to more and more people around System Center Virtual Machine...
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Interactive How To for SCVMM

    Need to add a Host? Click 'To add hosts'. Want to configure a SAN environment for VMM? There's a button for that too. This screen capture shows a few of the options available in the decision flow designed to take you to the right content for the job at hand. Here's the link: http://technet.microsoft...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Date

    Re-posted from Rakeshm’s VM Management Blog… Link here . I just wanted to clarify (incorrect) rumors/speculation about the release date for SCVMM 2008 R2. There is a lot of built up excitement for this release and we've added many features , none more anticipated than live migration. While it is true...
  • Blog Post: WinRM (Windows Remote Management) Troubleshooting

    What is WinRM? New in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 (and Server 2008 Core) are WinRM & WinRS. Windows Remote Management (known as WinRM) is a handy new remote management service. WinRM is the “ server ” component of this remote management application and WinRS (Windows...
  • Blog Post: What is CPU Type in SCVMM 2008 R2 VM Processor Hardware Profile?

    A great colleague has written a simple, well illustrated article on the purpose of CPU types for virtual machine’s in SCVMM. This will serve as my reference from now on. Link below. Share with your peers. This issue pops up all the time with no great explanation until now. Thanks Mark! What is CPU...
  • Blog Post: Download Virtual Machine Manager R2 Documentation

    Downloadable 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...
  • Blog Post: Migrating from VMM 2008 Beta to VMM 2008

    When migrating from SCVMM 2008 Beta to the final release bits (RTM), a utility is required in order to complete the process successfully. This tool is no longer posted on the Microsoft 'Connect' site, but is still available by request from Microsoft Support. The name of the utility is 'upgradev2beta...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM PowerShell Commands Cheat Sheet

    PowerShell. You keep meaning to learn it. You just need a push. Maybe a CubeNote (Cheat Sheet) would help. Think about this… every single command you perform in the SCVMM Admin Console can be performed in PowerShell. There isn’t a single thing in the Admin Console that is not available...
  • Blog Post: Contributing Engineer: SCVMM 2008 Installation. Step-by-Step

    Mike Briggs put this article together for one of his customers who was having a bit of difficulty installing SCVMM correctly. The SCVMM install process is well designed and easy to follow, but it helps if you read the directions... Needless to say, some people have a hard time putting on the brakes and...
  • Blog Post: Communication issues after Windows and SCVMM Upgrade to 2008 R2

    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...
  • Blog Post: TCP/IP Conflict with Ghosted NIC: Legacy to Synthetic NIC

    As far back as Windows 95 there has been the problem of more than one NIC with the same IP address. Simply, you cannot should not do this. Most often this is seen when a computer has a static IP assigned to a NIC, then that NIC is removed (physical or virtual) and replaced with another. You could run...
  • Blog Post: How to Troubleshoot Host Status - Quick Table

    From the Microsoft TechNet SCVMM TechCenter Article URL: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb740860.aspx (Don't forget the VMMCA tool. This should always be top in your troubleshooting list. More info here .) The table below works as a quick reference for why you may be experiencing...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Tracing Made Easy!

    This tool has been deprecated. Please see the new tool! Click here to use VMMTrace So you’ve run into a problem with VMM. Maybe your Hosts have lost connectivity with the SCVMM Server. Or, P2V fails for a certain machine every time. If you’ve searched many TechNet blogs or...