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rakeshm's VM Management Blog

  • SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Date

    I just wanted to clarify (incorrect) rumors/speculation about the release date for SCVMM 2008 R2. There is a lot of built up excitement for this release and we've added many features , none more anticipated than live migration. While it is true that our...
  • So what's next?

    Well, SCVMM VNext of course.....the team is already hard at work on the next release to align with the Windows Server 2008 R2 hypervisor update. Like this release, there will be a short gap between the platform update and the management update but we...
  • Whoops....glad at created a checkpoint

    Sorry for the gap between posts. I was on the east cost for the thanksgiving holiday and then stayed for the week to talk to some customers about our future road map and get their feedback. Anyhow, today we're gonna talk about checkpoints. One of the...
  • VMs and LUN Allocation

    Happy New Year everyone! A few months into the release of SCVMM, we’ve heard lots of great feedback from customers and the response has been very positive. Keep sending feedback and suggestions on how to make the product even better in future releases...
  • Configuration Control

    One of the challenges of virtualization management is the sheer number of new configuration settings that get exposed to the IT administrator. IT orgs have always had problems with configuration drift but virtualization can make the situation worse if...
  • Configuring SCVMM 2008's PRO Feature with Ops Manager

    Today I've got a guest poster from my team - Alan Goodman. Alan is the program manager responsible for SCVMM 2008's Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature. PRO functionality has been described at length on this and other blogs but this post...
  • Changes between SCVMM 2008 Beta and the Final Release

    Aside from overall performance, stability and reliability (things you might expect to improve from any beta), I thought I'd give folks a heads up on some of the things that we've added/changed for the final release next month which weren't in the beta...
  • Come and get it....SCVMM 2008 R2 is now available

    Told you it was coming soon :-) You can get the eval bits here . Additional information: System Center Blog detailing the release information Our team blog highlighting the key new features
  • Why we decided to manage VMware and what that means

    Since we announced a few months back that our next release of VMM (VNext) would manage VMware, I've received lots of questions with respect to why we made this decision and what "manage VMware" really means. Let me walk you through some of the reasoning...
  • SCVMM "VNext" is getting closer

    Sorry for the large gap between posts here folks but as you might imagine, we've been pretty heads down working on the next release of SCVMM. Our immediate goal is to get the beta out so that you all can start managing your Hyper-V deployments and also...
  • VNext is VNow!

    In case you missed the announcement last week at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, the beta for VMM VNext (now called VMM 2008) is publicly available - you can download the software here: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/scvmm/default...
  • SCVMM 2008 and Ops Manager

    While SCVMM 2007 had good integration with Ops Manager, SCVMM 2008 has gone to the next level with our Performance and Resource Optimization feature (PRO). In a nutshell, PRO allows you to tie specific Ops Manager alerts to actionable remediation actions...
  • Update on SCVMM and Hyper-V RC1

    It's been a couple of weeks since my last post but just wanted folks to know that we're almost ready with a patch that makes SCVMM beta compatible with Hyper-V RC1. We're "dogfooding" it (we're using it ourselves) internally for the next couple of days...
  • Backup - Somebody has to do it!

    Not necessarily a glamorous topic I know, but absolutely essential as part of any deployment. Contrary to popular belief (or what other vendors might have you believe) you don't need to re-engineer your backup infrastructure or license new technology...
  • Big Virtualization Launch Today

    In case you hadn't heard, we're having a huge virtualization launch today in Bellevue, WA. You'll be seeing lots of announcements etc. across many blogs so I won't repeat all of them here. Instead, I'd recommend that you check out live webcast here ....
  • SCVMM 2008 is released!

    Well, if you’re wondering why this blog has gone “dark” for the past few weeks, now you know. We’ve been working very hard to get SCVMM 2008 out the door and today I’m proud to announce that we’ve officially released SCVMM 2008! I want to thank all of...
  • Updated management pack for SCVMM 2008 now available

    We have just released an updated management pack for SCVMM 2008. This release includes updated reports for all platforms that we manage: · Virtualization Candidates · VM utilization · Host Utilization · Host Utilization Growth · VM Allocation...
  • SCVMM 2008 and VMware management - we must be doing something right...

    It has come to my attention that some of our competitors are making various claims about SCVMM 2008 and VMware ESX management capabilities. I guess we have officially crashed the party but I thought I’d put together a blog post to address some of these...
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta is available NOW

    Here we go again! Since shipping VMM 2008 in October, we’ve been busy working on an update that supports Windows 2008 R2 and take advantage of the new features in the platform. Today, we’re announcing the Beta of VMM 2008 R2 (it was actually released...
  • New SCVMM 2008 QFE Released

    This QFE includes several fixes including one with VMware resource pools discussed in a previous blog post of mine. You can get the QFE details here and download it via Microsoft Update using SCVMM 2008.
  • SCVMM 2008 R2 RC Feature Set Announced

    Since the R2 beta was released, we've been at work incorporating some feedback from beta customers and our early adopters. As a result, we've added some pretty significant enhancements to SCVMM 2008 R2. Check out our team blog for the detailed feature...
  • Come and get it - SCVMM 2008 R2 Release Candidate now available

    We just pushed out the RC for SCVMM 2008 R2 and you can get the bits at https://connect.microsoft.com/ We've managed to add many significant new features to our RC since the beta release based on customer feedback and you can read about the details...
  • Clouds and Coffee - two things we know well in Seattle

    Over the course of the next few months, I’m going to “repurpose” this blog a little bit. We’re going to start using our team blog to focus on product announcements, features etc. It’s just easier to keep all of that information centralized and I will...
  • SCVMM 2008 Beta and Hyper-V RC1 are now compatible

    Many of you probably are already aware of this but in case you missed it, you can get the SCVMM patch that enables RC1 Hyper-V compat. The bits are available through our connect site . Key thing to keep in mind before applying the patch is that you must...
  • SCVMM 2008 @ Tech Ed 2008

    Last week we held the "super bowl" (or "world cup" depending upon which flavor of football you prefer) of IT Pro conferences at Tech Ed held in Orlando. If you were there, you know that virtualization and our investments across the board were a central...