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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: Computer stops responding or restarts during Hyper-V Live Migration on Windows 2008 R2

    Hyper-V Issue that can affect SCVMM operations What: A new article has been released with a hotfix to resolve an issue where Windows 2008 R2 servers running on AMD Family 10h processors may restart unexpectedly or stop responding. No error messages are generated. When: Issue may occur when the...
  • Blog Post: Disable that Network Card!

    Here’s a tip I’d like to pass on that resulted solely from trial and error. I regularly see Failover Cluster, Hyper-V, NIC Teaming, VLANs, iSCSI networks and so on as components of a complex environment managed by SCVMM. Each of these components can affect decisions regarding network design. In...
  • 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: 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: Intermittent Connectivity Issues and Cluster Refresh Times with Windows 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2

    It’s not often I get excited about Hotfixes… ok, that may not be entirely true, but I am very excited about these two. Why? They address WMI issues. ‘Why, Jonathan, would I care about WMI? That’s one of those obscure process things that I’ve never even seen…’...
  • 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: Hotfix Rollup Released for SCVMM - KB961983

    Released April 14, 2009, a number of Hotfixes have been rolled up into a single download. I strongly recommend this update for all SCVMM Servers. This update may require a reboot. This update replaces ‘KB959596 - Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 update to address physical...
  • Blog Post: WMI Errors and SCVMM – If It’s Not Broken, Update It!

    There are many errors that may appear, based on events in SCVMM, to be WMI related. An understandable response would be to troubleshoot WMI. On the other hand, many ‘Access Denied’ errors, while pointing to WMI in no way, are actually the result of WMI issues. Below are a number of error examples that...
  • Blog Post: VMMUpdate: Stay up to date!

    CURRENT VERSION: 2.7, RELEASED 12/07/11 Windows and SCVMM SP1 updates included in scan “Are your Hosts and SCVMM Server up to date? And, does it really matter?'” …YES! WHAT IS VMMUPDATE? VMMUpdate creates a report of required updates for technologies used by the SCVMM server...
  • 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: Recommended hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

    Here it is. We have a new KB that details updates and hotfixes required for SCVMM, Hyper-V and Clustering. Read the article here . I've commented on the hotfixes inline below, providing a Support Engineer's perspective. ________________________________________________ Required hotfixes for Hyper...
  • 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: Updated System Center Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA)

    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...
  • Blog Post: Updates! Updates! SCVMM, Hyper-V, Cluster

    There are many updates for SCVMM and Hyper-V. Some are required just following product install, others are provided to offer greater functionality. Some updates/hotfixes address issues that may constitute a headache for you down the road. I'll list everything I know and provide recommendations. This...
  • Blog Post: Resolve Communication Issues in SCVMM - Part 1

    Disable Task Offloading and Update WMI Communications issues with SCVMM can take on the form of access denied, timeouts, and often as intermittent connectivity issues. The steps in this post are the same ones I use to resolve a good number of customer issues. Feedback on this article is welcome...