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  • 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: VMMCA now updated for VMM R2!

    I see many issues that could’ve been easily resolved if the VMMCA, or Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer had been ran prior to opening up a case with Microsoft CSS. The VMMCA has now been updated for VMM R2. Description The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important...
  • 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: 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: 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: P2V Conversion and the Source Computer

    I was recently working on an issue where after performing a successful P2V conversion, we would experience intermittent timeouts while trying to connect to or ping the new VM. We verified the IP address of the new VM, checked the DNS records, cleared the ARP cache and everything looked the way it was...
  • 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: 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: Installation Error - ComputerNameInvalid (403)

    Issue Unable to complete VMM2008 installation Error message “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has stopped working" Things to check 1. Is the account used to install VMM2008 a member of local admins group? http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc764327.aspx...