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  • Blog Post: Why SCVMM 2008? Resources for compelling business decisions

    A few quick resources you will want to download and keep for reference, and share with your business. IT Pros, read both articles. The ‘Data Sheet’ is a slick (two page brochure with eye candy), the ‘Reviewer’s Guide’ is a relatively in depth guide to SCVMM 2008 features and capabilities. It does...
  • 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: 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: 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: Contributing Engineer: VMSetupConfigurationError (257)

    Here's another find by Mike Briggs. Thanks for the contribution Mike! mbriggs@microsoft.com Issue The following error message may be displayed during installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Error Messages *** Carmine error was: VMSetupConfigurationError (257); WindowsAPI...
  • 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: 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: Contributing Engineer: Installation Error - ComputerNameInvalid (403)

    Mike has been knocking issues out of the park. Here's a tip that might help during SCVMM install. He's seen this a few times... Thanks Mike! Issue Unable to complete VMM2008 installation Error message “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has stopped working" Things...
  • 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: SCVMM 2008 Releases Management Pack Update

    An updated SCVMM management pack is now available for download. Read the announcement here ! Brief Description The System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors availability of all components of VMM 2008 and the availability...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 RTMs

    Announcement straight from the source ! Enjoy! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 has RTM’d and GA via volume licensing is set for October 1. This is great news for all and I’d like to especially thank our VMM 2008 R2 Development, Product Management, and Test teams. Lots of hard work...