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  • 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: 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: 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: New Features in SCVMM 2008 RC R2 Announced!

    Vishwa has posted a great article on new features in VMM RC R2. This goes beyond the features you may have read previously. I’ve listed the features below. Visit the SCVMM Blog for details. Thanks Vishwa! New SCVMM R2 RC Features in RC! Quick Storage Migration Queuing of Live Migrations Rapid...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 Error Codes Published on TechNet!

    What the heck is an error 2606? Why am I getting a 1612 prompt when I try to connect to the VMM Server from the Admin Console? Now you can look these errors up and review the Recommended Action . The error codes are divided between 'User Interface Error Messages' and 'Command-Line Interface Error...
  • 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: Updated SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 MPS Reports

    Overview 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...
  • Blog Post: Drivers Required for Offline P2V - How to Download, Extract and Stage

    Drivers Required for Offline P2V - How to Extract and Where to Place There are two types of P2V with SCVMM 2008: offline and online. Online is the way to go most of the time, if you are using Windows 2003 or higher. In a few instances you will need to perform an offline conversion instead. If the...