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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Orchestrator Web Console Fails after Upgrade to 2012 R2

    This is an issue we have been tracking for a while now. Please see the KB article on how to get around this error. Excerpt: After upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, attempts to start the Orchestration Web Console fails and the following...
  • 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;...
  • Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

    A great free book has been released for App Controller 2012 R2. This is not a product generally covered in this blog, but can be an integral part of your System Center installation. Briefly… an excerpt from the post below. Introduction Microsoft System...
  • You may have problems with Virtual Machine Manager if some SPNs are missing

    As a support engineer at Microsoft, I see almost daily some issues with Service Principle Names (SPNs). SPNs are as important to VMM communication as DNS. They are attributes on DNS entries that allow other services to find VMM. This is not a new issue...
  • System Center Update Rollups!

    Two new updates have been released for System Center 2012 and for System Center 2012 SP1. There are many fixes in these rollups, so treat them as mandatory, not optional. Links below. Happy troubleshooting!     System Center 2012 Description...
  • VMM Repro: Simple tracing for VMM

    Supports: VMM 2012 SP1 VMM 2012 R2 VMM Repro captures detailed information on systems involved 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. Features It will...
  • Free ebook: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

    A great new book has been released from Microsoft Press that covers Orchestrator and the creation of Runbooks very well. As a support professional I found the book to be informative from an architectural perspective, and full of great examples to get...
  • SCOtrace – Orchestrator Trace Tool

    What is SCOtrace? SCOtrace increases the Orchestrator log level, provides time for you to reproduce a problem, then sets all log levels back to their lowest (normal) level. Log files are then gathered for you in a central location. How does it work? Orchestrator...
  • Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 SP1

    This blog focuses on VMM and Orchestrator, and for VMM alone there are 20 fixes in this update. Many of these corrections relate to networking. This update has helped a number of customers I have worked with resolve their issues entirely. Even in a controlled...
  • 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...
  • SC VMM: Moving or Creating a VM fails with errors (2912) 0x80041001

    Recently I have seen a rush of VMM cases that involve moving a VM through migration, or otherwise moving data (VHD, VHDX, ISO, etc.) around. I have found that in many of these cases there are suspended Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) jobs...
  • 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...
  • Orchestrator Functions and Regular Expressions (Regex)

    There are a number of ways to manipulate data using the Orchestrator built-in Activities. Text manipulation is a common need with Runbooks. An Activity pulls a string of data that you need only a part of, or need it in a different format. Fortunately...
  • Update Rollups for SC 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2

    Another quarterly Update Rollup (UR) has been released for System Center 2012 SP1 and SC 2012 R2. In this post we focus on SC VMM and SC Orchestrator updates. A note about Update Rollups: do not consider these optional. Do not consider them hotfixes....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Adding a Host and Enabling Connectivity in VMM 2012 SP1

    Sometimes a Host cannot be added to VMM, especially when there is a cluster involved. The steps below should resolve basic connectivity issues when adding a new host. For information about Hosts If this does not work, see the article just prior to this...
  • 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...
  • VMM Admin Console 2012 SP1 takes a few minutes to open

    Here’s one that might stump you occasionally. You open the Admin Console and instead of popping open you have to wait a few minutes before it opens. Once open all is fine. What happened?! It may have been looking for the SCOM server. If VMM and SCOM are...
  • 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...
  • VMM Job fails with error 801

    This is one of the more common errors we run into. There is an object in the database that no longer exists. Follow this article to clear up 801 errors, and bookmark the article. ;) This is a SQL script that should be run with the VMM service in a stopped...
  • Script Browser! Script Analyzer!

    Script Browser “A world of scripts at your fingertips.” That’s the apt heading for a new add-in for the PowerShell ISE. It’s called Script Browser , and it gives you instant access to thousands of scripts in the familiar ISE environment. “Script Browser...

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