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  • 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: 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: 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: 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 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 Error (2927) A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server

    A colleague of mine has posted a great article on one cause of these errors. Turns out there are specific refreshers that can be targeted providing WinRM and SCVMM the extra time needed to complete the job. Be sure to read the entire article carefully as there are implications with upgrading to SCVMM...
  • 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...