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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • VM does not Boot Following P2V or Disk2VHD

    So you perform a successful P2V using SCVMM. Or perhaps you use it’s cousin, ‘ Disk2VHD ’ from Sysinternals. All is well until you boot the new VM… FAILURE. For those situations where you simply get a black screen, maybe with a blinking cursor but definitely...
  • 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...
  • ‘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:...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Common P2V Failures Explained

                Physical to Virtual (P2V) conversion is one of the most popular features of SCVMM. And, there are many articles written to make the process easy to understand, or to resolve common problems. Last week...
  • 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...
  • SCVMM P2V fails with at 40 percent with 0x809933BB or 0x80070539

    New article published in Microsoft Support. It should be available soon. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve put together. Hope it helps some people out there! Symptoms Error when performing online P2V. Stops at 40 percent every time...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Technical Documentation: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

    This is the go to source for VMM. Can VMM do x? How do you make VMM do x? Both questions answered in this ~800 page document, with a multitude of links to related information. Keep this one in your VMM toolkit. … and to answer your first question, yes;...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Creating a Template and Successfully Deploying New VMs

    Templates save time! Templates make multiple custom deployments easy! Learn to use Templates! So, essentially I have marked up two great TechNet articles on creating virtual machines from templates. This sounds a bit backwards, but these articles provide...
  • P2V fails with GPT disk using EFI boot

    Some new x64 systems boot from a GPT disk that contains an EFI or UEFI boot partition with an EFI BIOS. Traditionally this meant that the system was of Itanium architecture. SCVMM does not support P2V of Itanium systems as is documented in 'P2V: Requirements...
  • Upgrade to 2012 when using ‘SQL Express’ in SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1

    This is a bit of a trick so I’m sharing the steps I followed. The problem arises from SCVMM 2012 not supporting SQL Express. This follows the official method as far as I can tell… not that this specific scenario is documented officially in step by step...
  • Orchestrator Event Monitor fires multiple times for new events

    What is Microsoft Orchestrator?! This blog now covers SC VMM as well as Orchestrator System Center components. To learn more about Orchestrator follow this link . Now on to troubleshooting… The Runbook shown below is set up to monitor and send an alert...
  • Poster: Networking in Virtual Machine Manager

    There is a new post on the Download Center of networking in Virtual Machine Manager. It’s a bit intimidating posting this official poster right after my own attempts (see my previous post), but they all offer different ways of depicting the same abstract...
  • Update-Help: VMM PowerShell

    If you've opened the VMM 2012 SP1 PowerShell console and performed a command to get help on cmdlets, you may be in for a surprise. Examples are not included out of the box, and there were tons of great examples in VMM 2008 R2. The syntax below should...

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