Host Properties– New in VMM 2012 expanded host health checks

Host Properties– New in VMM 2012 expanded host health checks

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Within the properties of a host, we now have a new section named "Status".  This interface provides a general idea of the health state of the agent, before you needed to connect to the server and see if services were started. As a result, this can take some time and did not provide a description of why we were experiencing problems.

With this new interface, you are provided a single view of the most important services that VMM interacts with. The interface will also allow you to start services and some of the components or give a description on why it's failing. The status view provides a column for categories and the status of the services. It also has a remediation column that indicates if there is some action that can take place to correct the situation with the service.

Below we provide an overview of the categories and what options are available to fix the problems.

- Network - Will monitor the networking activity, if this section returns an error it is most likely that it cant ping the agent. You can select the refresh button to refresh the status.

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- WinRM - This category will present any issues pertaining to WINRM services or problems communicating with the WINRM service

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- Host agent Overall - Has several sub components and presents any issues with the VMM agent itself.

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o Host agent service - If the agent service is stopped you could restart the service by selecting the repair all button and you will be presented with a window that will try to start the agent service

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o Host agent version - if the version is an unsupported version or it is older than the console version it will present an error.

o WMI Performance counters - In VMM2012 we have created specific performance counters for the VMM agent. If the agent has problems with the system center specific performance counters, it will display errors. Possible remediation here is to restart the VMM agent services.

- Hyper-V Role Overall

o Hyper-V Image Management Service - monitors the service and if problems are detected the repair all button will be enabled and will restart the service on the host.

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o Hyper-V Network Management Service - monitors the service and if problems are detected the repair all button will be enabled and will restart the service on the host.

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o Hyper-V Role Version - Will indicate that the current version of hyper-v is out of date.

o Hyper-V Virtual Machine Management Service - monitors the service and if problems are detected the repair all button will be enabled and will restart the service on the host.

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We hope this description can help you understand the status of an agent and be able to remediate any situation with services.

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  • This doesn't say how to FIX the errors you get like WinRM Critical Error (20506).