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  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2 beta is now released

    The much anticipated VMM 2008 R2 beta is now released. You can go to http://connect.microsoft.com/ and sign up for the beta. Click on "Connection Directory" and sort by the newest beta programs or search for "System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Beta" What's New in VMM 2008 R2 Beta System...
  • Blog Post: Saving and re-applying the virtual machine metadata in VMM

    hi everyone, this week i am going to post a new set of PowerShell scripts that will allow you to save the Virtual Machine metadata in VMM. The saved metadata can be applied later on in the event that you add and remove the host from VMM management. A scenario where this issue comes up is when something...
  • Blog Post: Azman permissions for VMM-managed Hyper-V hosts

    When VMM starts managing a hyper-v host, it takes full control of the Azman XML file that contains the permissions for Hyper-V. In fact, VMM will create a new copy of the file in a separate directory location and point hyper-v to that file (the file name is HyperVAuthStore.xml and is located inside the...
  • Blog Post: Rapid Provisioning in VMM 2008 R2 using the UseLocalVirtualHardDisks and SkipInstallVirtualizationGuestServices flags

    At MMS 2009, our team announced a new feature of VMM 2008 R2 called Rapid Provisioning. This feature is not available in VMM 2008 R2 beta, but it will be available in the upcoming release candidate and in the RTM version. This feature was implemented in response to customers requests. In VMM 2008...
  • Blog Post: Trying to add Windows Server 2008 R2 as a host to VMM 2008?

    we have several customers that tried to add a Windows Server 2008 R2 as a host in VMM 2008. Our team has not validated that R2 will work with VMM 2008 and it is officially not supported. However, for the few of you that tried to add a Windows Server 2008 R2 Core edition as a host in VMM and failed...
  • Blog Post: Using the VMM Self Service Portal from a Win7 computer

    We have seen a lot of cases of customers trying to view the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal (SSP) UI from a computer running Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows 7. If the portal is running VMM 2008, it is likely that you can't view the connections to a Virtual Machine and you are getting error...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Management Summit 2010 (MMS 2010)

    hi everyone, i am just writing to let you know that I will be MMS 2010 ( http://www.mms-2010.com/public/home.aspx ) in Las Vegas next month. If any of you plan on attending, you will likely find me near the VMM booth. If you are super excited to be using VMM, stop by and you might also score a...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Date

    hey guys, If you are wondering when VMM 2008 R2 will release, this latest blog post by Rakesh will give you the inside track. http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm/archive/2009/07/13/scvmm-2008-r2-release-date-information.aspx cheers.
  • Blog Post: Supporting Red Hat for Hyper-V

    I am sure many of you have heard of the recent support statements from Windows Hyper-V with regards to Red Hat. (see http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2010/02/23/red-hat-enterprise-linux-and-hyper-v.aspx for more details). We have now posted a KB article that shows you how to enable...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 RC Public Release Available Now!

    hi all, today the VMM team released VMM 2008 R2 Release Candidate. You can read all about it here. http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm/archive/2009/06/06/scvmm-2008-r2-rc-public-release-available-now.aspx Cheers.
  • Blog Post: Working with VMware VI4 (aka vSphere)

    Even though VMM 2008 R2 (beta or RC) does not officially support VMware vSphere/VI4, we have a few customers that have gotten some of the functionality to work. However, one of the issues that can arise is a failure to find paths in ESX storage. Typically, a VM refresh (refresh-vm cmdlet) might fail...