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  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta is out!

    This is the release a lot of people have been waiting for. A beta of VMM that supports Hyper-V. The team has worked extremely hard over the last few months to get this ready for MMS (the Microsoft Management Summit that is happening right now in Vegas). Some of the key features that went into this...
  • Blog Post: Refresh Library failing

    If you are using Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta and the refresh library job is failing with the following error Error (2912) An internal error has occurred trying to contact an agent on the <SERVERNAME> server. (The inherited access control list (ACL) or access control entry (ACE) could not...
  • 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: Hyper-V is now RTM

    Hyper-V is now RTM and you should be able to find it on Microsoft Download Center shortly. This is a great release and the cornerstone for Microsoft's virtualization efforts. If you are wondering how VMM 2008 beta and Hyper-V will play together, read this blog post by Rakesh. http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: The VMM team is hiring

    hi all, if you are passionate about virtualization or would like to be part of the new disruptive technology on the market, come and join our team. We have multiple positions available, ranging from Software Design Engineer (developer) to QA to Program Managers. Visit the link below for a list of...
  • 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: Configuring SCVMM 2008's PRO Feature with Ops Manager

    hey all, Alan Goodman from the VMM Program Management team posted a very informative blog on the PRO feature of VMM.You can read it from http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm/archive/2008/08/22/configuring-scvmm-2008-s-pro-feature-with-ops-manager.aspx
  • Blog Post: welcome

    hi everyone, thanks for visiting my blog. My name is Michael Michael and I am one of the architects on the Virtual Machine Manager team. I have been working in the virtualization space since mid 2005, and prior to that I was working on backup technologies (including Windows Storage Server and Data...
  • Blog Post: How to enable PRO with VMM

    Last week I mentioned I was going to talk about how to enable PRO with VMM. PRO stands for Physical Resource Optimization. If you followed my steps from last week, your Operations Manager and VMM servers are configured to work together to provide monitoring and alerting within your virtualized environment...
  • Blog Post: Taking advantange of Windows PowerShell Remoting and VMM cmdlets

    Even though VMM does not officially support the Windows PowerShell Remoting feature of PowerShell v2, you can get this to work by following the guidelines in this blog post. Officially, to execute the VMM cmdlets you need to install the VMM Administrator Console on all client computers that need to use...
  • Blog Post: How to enable server-optimized garbage collector for VMM

    If your VMM implementation has over 150 hosts, we strongly recommended that you enable server-optimized garbage collector (GC) on the VMM server instead of the default workstation garbage collector. This can significantly reduce the CPU utilization on the VMM server and improve your performance for parallel...
  • Blog Post: How to configure the integration between VMM and OpsMgr

    VMM teams up with OpsMgr to provide a comprehensive end-to-end services management through monitoring the health and performance of workloads all the way down to the application level. VMM and PRO (a feature of VMM that allows you to extend the services management and augment the available knowledge...
  • Blog Post: What are the different ways virtual machines can be migrated using VMM 2008

    A post on the VMM newsgroup today prompted me to explain the different ways that VMs can be migrated when using VMM 2008. From a VMM perspective, we have a few ways that we allow you to move a VM from one host to another. I listed them below in no particular order: -Using Hyper-V and Windows Clustering...
  • Blog Post: How to configure the integration between VMM and OpsMgr Part II

    I know that some folks continue to have trouble getting the integration between VMM and OpsMgr to work. If you are getting this error, this post is for you. "VMM service does not have the necessary privileges to access the Operations Manager SDK service on <servername>............ID: 11804"...
  • 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: Highly Available Virtual Networks and VMM

    We had a few customers ask us to clarify high availability (HA) with regards to Virtual Networks (VN). In the VMM/Clustering case, there are a few considerations around virtual networks: A VN to be considered HA has to have the same exact name in all nodes of the cluster (Virtual Network names...
  • Blog Post: Error 800704DD happening during a LAN migration/deployment of a VM or during a new virtual machine creation

    if you are using VMM and have experienced error 0x800704DD during either a new virtual machine creation (new-vm, v2v, or p2v) or during a virtual machine migration over the network (also known as a LAN migration using BITS), then this blog post is for you. The actual exception code caused in this...
  • Blog Post: How Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console uses VirtualMachineViewer.exe

    The VMM Administrator Console's VirtualMachineViewer.exe and the VMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) both use a same codebase for connecting to Hyper-V virtual machines. With the enhancements made to Win2k8 and VistaSP1, we are able to leverage MSTSCAX to connect to virtual machines through the host. What...
  • Blog Post: Fixing switch port leaks in VMM

    hi everyone, it has become apparent that VMM 2008 R2 has switch port leaks when performing checkpointing operations through VMM (either through the PowerShell interface, through Visual Studio Lab Manager, through the self-service portal, or through the VMM Administrator Console) This is a known issue...
  • Blog Post: dealing with VMM error 2917 : "The network path was not found"

    This error is one of the most difficult to diagnose errors in a customer environment. If you are hitting this issue when trying to install the VMM server component, here are a few things to try out. -First, run "gpupdate /force" on your VMM server and reboot and try this again -If that does not work...
  • Blog Post: getting the computer name of a virtual machine

    A lot of people have asked me how they can get the actual computer name or FQDN of a virtual machine from from the host system. (FYI, this method does not allow you to get the IP address from within the VM - to do that, you would need to use your DNS infrastructure to correlate the MAC address of the...
  • Blog Post: Issues when trying to add a single-node cluster under management in VMM

    A few folks have been experiencing errors and long delays in adding a single-node (i.e. a 1 node cluster) cluster under management in Virtual Machine Manager. This issue stems from the fact that VMM has an overcommitted property for each cluster. By default, a single-node cluster will always be overcommitted...