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  • Blog Post: How to correct issue where ‘Operating System’ for Windows 2000 servers does not appear properly

    This is a recently discovered issue that has already been posted by Michael Michael on his great blog site, and there is an upcoming KB article as well. I’ve assembled step by step instructions for the SQL-challenged such as myself. The SQL tools required are free to download and explained at the bottom...
  • Blog Post: Error 0x800704DD during VM migration, deployment, P2V or V2V

    In the last few weeks we have seen a few cases with an unusual error code: 0x800704DD. If you run into this issue the fix is simple. Our fearless leader Michael has posted a blog explaining the problem and how to fix it. Definitely worth a visit. Direct Link: http://blogs.technet.com/m2/archive/2010...
  • 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: 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: ‘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: 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: 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: Managing Hyper-V hosts using Virtual Machine Manager fails with Error: 0x8033803b. Extra remediation steps.

    I just resolved a case where remediation as listed in the article below alone did not work, but there are a few things we commonly do that correct the problem. Just put these below what is already there as alternative additional steps. The manual removal and re-addition of the VMM agent is key. Thanks...
  • 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: P2V conversion may fail with Error 3101

    A friend and co-worker discovered an interesting fix for a failed SCVMM P2V attempt involving Windows 2000 SP4. We’ve seen this same type of issue when converting Windows 2000 systems for years, and WMI is often part of the issue. Mike has provided an article listing three WMI updates that overcome many...
  • 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: Unable to connect to Self Service Portal (SSP)

    When connecting to the SSP there may be errors such as ‘Syntax Error’ or ‘Object Unexpected.’ This may manifest as a popup with a script error, or you may simply see a small yellow warning icon in the lower left hand pane of the browser. In any event, VMs cannot be accessed through the SSP. Resolution...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM reports error 10637 when Red Hat Linux selected as the Operating System

    A new KB article regarding Red Hat is being posted on Microsoft Support any day now. For those of you who do not need the official KB, here’s the content. This is a relatively minor fix. If you are not a SQL expert, find one, or just follow the simple instructions for the free SQL Studio Express Edition...
  • 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: 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: VMMTrace and VMMTraceALT: Simplified VMM Tracing

    Now Supports SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 and VMM 2012! WHAT IS VMMTRACE? VMMTrace and VMMTraceALT capture detailed information on systems participating in a reproducible VMM problem. This is a verbose data capture and should be run for a short period of time while the problem is reproduced. VMMTrace has been used...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 February Rollup Released!

    Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 hotfix rollup package: February 8, 2011 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2492980 SCVMM Rollups are cumulative, so install this latest update whether or not you have installed prior rollups. The number of issues resolved makes each of these...
  • 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: 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...