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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;...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 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...
  • 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...
  • Orchestrator 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere

    A whole new set of tools for vSphere has been released for Orchestrator 2012 R2. Over 30 Activities to build out incredible automation Runbooks. Enjoy. System Center 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details...
  • 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...
  • SCOM Maintenance Mode and Orchestrator

    I have had a few customers looking for a solution to SCOM maintenance mode using Orchestrator. Well, ‘Matty T’ has taken the time to put together a clear and thorough set of instructions to do so. Bookmark this one. Schedule SCOM Maintenance Mode with...
  • Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available

    The latest Update Rollup has been released for System Center. It contains fixes for many System Center components, including Orchestrator and VMM, and should be treated as a mandatory install. It is pushed out by Windows Update, but the VMM installation...
  • 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...

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