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  • Blog Post: KB 971264 - VMM operation fails with error (2912) 0x80070490 due to a certificate issue

    SUMMARY When using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to perform any action involving file transfers across machines such as new VM or new P2V the operation may fail with the following error: Error (2912) An internal error has occurred trying to contact an agent on the %serverName...
  • Blog Post: Host: Needs Attention

    Since we have so many people either trying out SCVMM for the first time or new to the product, I wanted to take just a minute and discuss what is one of the most common calls that we see here in CSS. That is, once SCVMM is installed and you add a new Host server, it has a status of 'Needs Attention'...
  • Blog Post: VMSetupConfigurationError (257)

    Issue The following error message may be displayed during installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Error Messages *** Carmine error was: VMSetupConfigurationError (257); WindowsAPI ID: 257. Details: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done >>>...
  • Blog Post: KB 970066 - How to collect SCVMM traces

    Summary In order to diagnose a failure scenario in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, it is normally required to reproduce the issue while collecting a trace using the DebugView tool . More Information DebugView is an application that lets you monitor debug output on your local system...
  • Blog Post: 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 optional CSV and HTML formatting. I think of these...
  • Blog Post: How to troubleshoot Host status of 'Not Responding' in SCVMM 2008

    This is one of the most often asked questions on our support forums. And it can also be rather difficult to troubleshoot although if you follow the steps below you can systematically approach this issue and usually resolve it. While we're on the topic, this status indicates that the VMM server is unable...
  • Blog Post: Should VMM live inside a VM or on a physical server?

    "Where should I install VMM, on a physical server or inside a VM and then add that same physical server as a managed host?" This is a common question from our customers regarding the placement of VMM. The answer is that this is a fully supported scenario . In fact, some of our customers want to build...
  • Blog Post: Testing BITS file transfer outside of VMM

    As we all know VMM uses BITS to transfer files during various operations. However from time to time you may find yourself needing to troubleshoot whether or not BITS is working correctly outside of VMM. This can be performed using the following method. BITSadmin can be downloaded here: http://msdn...
  • Blog Post: KB 970921 - How to add NIC drivers for Offline P2V in SCVMM

    One of the questions that we often receive is how to perform a P2V on an older Windows 2000 server. The only way to accomplish this is to perform an Offline P2V where the source is restarted into the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) before VMM converts the physical disks to virtual hard disks...
  • Blog Post: KB 970925 - P2V fails with Error 2927 (0x8033801A) to a Clustered host

    SUMMARY When performing a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) conversion to a clustered host with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, it may fail with the following error: Error 2927 A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server %servername. (Unknown error (0x8033801A...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Installation Step-by-Step

    The uploaded file contains step-by-step instructions on how to install SCVMM 2008 including the hardware and software requirements. Please click on the link below to download the complete document.
  • Blog Post: Issues adding a single node cluster into management by VMM

    Recently we have seen an issue where a few customers 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. The error that is displayed in the console is Warning (13926) that all of the nodes could not be contacted...
  • Blog Post: How to capture a Dbgview trace from Windows Core

    Occasionally I find it necessary to capture a Dbgview trace from a Core installation of Windows Server 2008. This commonly occurs as more and more people use a Core server as their VMM Host in either a P2V or V2V scenario. When troubleshooting such an issue, CSS may need to capture Dbgview traces from...
  • Blog Post: How to manually remove a host from the VMM database

    The following steps outline the procedure to manually remove a host cluster from the VMM database. In this specific example, we are removing a two node cluster. Note The GUIDs listed below are specific to this example. If following these instructions, you will need to determine this same information...