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  • Blog Post: Help us get better - Join the VMM customer panel

    The System Center engineering team is looking for Virtualization Management customers who can provide feedback on pain points, preferences, and usage behavior. We are starting a customer panel for VMM and Hyper-V customers to help influence the future of the product. What are my commitments as...
  • Blog Post: Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 now available

    Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 contains a number of fixes for System Center 2012 Operations Manager, App Controller and Virtual Machine Manager, including cross platform fixes and support for Oracle Solaris 11. I won’t go into all the details here but you can see what’s included as well as get...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012- Creating a Highly Available VMM Server

    Hi, I’m Kerim Hanif and and I work as a Program Manager on the SCVMM team. Today I am going to talk about the High Available VMM server (HA VMM) feature in SCVMM 2012 Beta. During the evolution of the VMM server product from VMM 2007 to VMM 2008 R2 we saw many customers tying their workflows...
  • Blog Post: Overview of a Service in SCVMM 2012

    Hi everyone, my name is Alaks Sevugan (Senior SCVMM Program Manager) and today I’d like to go over the concept of Services in SCVMM 2012.  A Service is the deployed instance of a collection of Virtual machines with applications, OS roles and features that work together for providing a Service to...
  • Blog Post: Integrating Load balancers into SCVMM 2012 Beta

    Hi, I am Nitin Bhat, Program Manager on the SCVMM team.  Today I am going to provide you with an overview of how to integrate a load balancer into your SCVMM 2012 Beta environment for use in deploying VMM created  services. Introduction In SCVMM 2012 Beta administrators can create IP pools...
  • Blog Post: New Top Solutions feeds for System Center products

    We are very happy to announce that seven of the Product Solution Centers on http://support.microsoft.com are featuring new Top Solutions sections that pull dynamically from the Top Solutions RSS feeds . The Top Solutions are usually listed on the page for the Key Resources tab. The following solution...
  • Blog Post: A demonstration of the new Run Script Command feature in SCVMM 2012

    One of the cool new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM 2012) is the ability to execute commands remotely to a host. This feature can be useful in scenarios where you want to start a service or collect information from a remote host. You can also use custom resources you added...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Stand-Alone Virtual Machine with a Blank Virtual Hard Disk in Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Have you ever wanted to know how to create and deploy a stand-alone virtual machine with a blank virtual hard disk (.vhd) using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012?  If so then we have the video for you.  Microsoft’s own Tessa Wooley just posted a great how-to video demo that covers...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2011: Powered by System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 private clouds

    Have you ever wondered how we pull off an event like TechEd 2011 where we have to setup the demo environments at the different SIM Pods for all of the different products we have?  If so then here’s a special behind the scenes view into how we did it": With System Center our products are working...
  • Blog Post: Updating Services in SCVMM 2012

    Hi everyone, Alaks Sevugan here, and today I’m going to talk about updating your Services.  We have already seen how image based composition makes deployment a breeze, however most of you probably deploy an application once - so the real power in composition is derived from how services are maintained...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki: Load Balancing and Cloud Computing (SCVMM 2012)

    Here’s a heads up on a nice article I found over on the TechNet Wiki today. This is another one written by MVP Kristian Nese and it talks about load balancing and cloud computing in relation to SCVMM 2012: One characteristic of cloud computing is virtualized network access to your applications/services...
  • Blog Post: High-Availability Enhancements in VMM 2012

    Hi Cluster Fans, The System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta (SCVMM 2012) has just been released and there are some great high-availability and clustering features coming to simplify datacenter management. VMM Server High-Availability Virtual Machine Manager has become a critical part of the...
  • Blog Post: KB: Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager. ===== Symptoms Consider the following scenario: · A virtual machine is configured...
  • Blog Post: Host Power Control in SCVMM 2012

    Greetings Everyone, I am Greg Cusanza, Program Manager on the SCVMM team.  Today I am going to blog about one of the interesting new features of VMM 2012, which  is the ability to control the power state of a host. We use both in-band methods that work through the host’s operating system and...
  • Blog Post: KB: The System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager console terminates unexpectedly with NullReferenceException

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where the SCVMM 2012 console terminates with NullReferenceException after adding an ESX 4.1 host. ===== Symptoms After adding an ESX 4.1 host to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) fabric, the VMM console may...
  • Blog Post: How to customize and deploy a Service in SCVMM 2012

    Hi everyone, Alaks Sevugan here.  So, have been following my previous posts on Services Overview and Service Templates ? If not, this will be a good time to review the blog posts. In this post, I will be covering how to customize and deploy a Service in VMM 2012. Let’s say that you have created...
  • Blog Post: Reporting in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (Part 1)

    We’d like to take a minute to share with you the additions to reporting capabilities and the new reports that are available as part of VMM in System Center 2012 and how to access these reports in your installations. First, you need to establish the connection to Operations Manager since now in VMM we...
  • Blog Post: KB: Deploying templates to create new VMs using System Center Virtual Machine Manager fails with Error 13204

    4/11/2013 - NOTE: This article has been updated. Please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708922 for the latest version. ===== Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published this morning. This one describes an issue where deploying templates to create new VMs using System Center Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization in SCVMM 2012

    Hi everyone, my name is Stephen Baron (VMM Program Manager) and I want to take a minute to tell you about a couple exciting new features in SCVMM 2012 – Dynamic Optimization and Power Optimization. Introduction System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 leveraged the Performance and Resource...
  • Blog Post: Using SCVMM 2012, NetApp SMI-S provider and Visio to visualize storage

    Our very own Hector Linares just posted a great article over on his blog talking about how to visualize your storage environment by using a NetApp PowerShell script that generates a Visio diagram with aggregate, volume, and LUN information.  This is something we get asked about a lot so if you want...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Wiki: Understanding the Service-concept in VMM 2012

    Here’s a heads up on yet another cool article I found over on the TechNet Wiki today regarding System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. This is another one written by MVP Kristian Nese and it talks about the concept of services in SCVMM 2012: For those of you that have tested and played around with...
  • Blog Post: News, Requirements and Installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

    Here’s another article written by Microsoft MVP Leandro E. Carvalho that’s over in the TechNet Wiki. This one walks you through some of the features and requirements of SCVMM 2012: With the constant adoption of new virtualization solutions and resources by enterprises, is very important to provide a...
  • Blog Post: Managing your cluster with SCVMM 2012’s Dynamic Optimization (DO)

    I’m Hilton Lange, Software Development Engineer on the VMM team, and I’d love to share with you my personal favorite feature in VMM 2012.  We’ve introduced the ability to constantly monitor and rebalance load on your clusters by using “Dynamic Optimization”.  I’d like to explain how DO works...
  • Blog Post: KB: A P2V in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails with "No compatible drivers were identified"

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published today. This one shows you how to quickly fix an issue where a P2V in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails when using NIC teaming. ===== Symptoms When using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to perform an offline P2V (Physical...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Free Online Classes – March 29 – 31

    Just one week after Microsoft Management Summit 2011 (MMS), Microsoft Learning will be hosting an exclusive three-day Jump Start class specially tailored for VMware and Microsoft virtualization technology professionals. Registration for “ Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals ” is open now...