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  • 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: 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: 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: What version of VMM am I running?!?

    A new KB has been released that makes it simple to know what build of VMM you are running. This is important as you should always be at the latest Update Rollup or Service Pack possible. By knowing your build number you can identify updates that need to be installed. Find your build number on the list...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: How to Troubleshoot Slow BITS Performance, Hosts 'Not Responding' and 'Needs Attention' Communication Issues

    You find yourself with one of the following situations 1. Deployment or migration of data utilizing LAN (not SAN Transfer) is very slow in general 2. BITS is slow in one direction only: Fast from Host01 to Host02, but slow from Host02 to Host01 for example 3. Host reports in SCVMM Admin Console...
  • 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: 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: 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: Update for P2V with SCVMM 2008

    Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 update to address physical to virtual (P2V) issues http://support.microsoft.com/kb/959596 INTRODUCTION This article describes the Microsoft Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 issues that are fixed in the System Center Virtual...
  • 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...