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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: Should SCVMM 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 either is a fully supported scenario . In fact, some of our customers want...
  • Blog Post: What permissions do I need to run SCVMM?

    That's a question we seem to get a lot, and not just for SCVMM but for just about every product we support. Permissions can be confusing and to be honest, it's not always obvious what the proper rights are even if you know they're somehow messed up. Well thanks to Jonathan Jordan you'll no longer have...
  • Blog Post: Solution: Unable to add a managed host in SCVMM 2008, Error 2927 (0x8033809d)

    Adding a managed host in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 may fail with the following error messages: From the VMM admin console: Error (2927) A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server %server. (Unknown error 0x8033809d)) Recommended Actions Check that WinRM is installed...
  • Blog Post: Adding a SCVMM 2008 host in a external trusted domain fails with error 2917

    When trying to add a System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 host in a remote domain configured with an external trust , you receive the following error: Error (2917) Virtual Machine Manager cannot process the request because an error occurred while authenticating server1.domain.com. Possible causes...
  • 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 cluster (i.e. a 1 node 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 add NIC drivers for offline P2V in VMM2008

    When performing a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion of either a Windows 2000 SP4 server or any Windows based domain controller, the only supported method to do this is via an offline conversion. With offline P2V, the source computer restarts into the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) before...
  • Blog Post: Four new SCVMM Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 05/09/2009

    We had four new System Center Virtual Machine Manager Knowledge Base articles published last week.  The first two are more of the informational variety and the last two are more issue related.  Links and titles are below.   KB970921 - How to add NIC drivers for offline P2V in VMM2008 KB970926...
  • Blog Post: Updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides available

    The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting and data gathering for SCVMM

    I was working with the System Center Virtual Machine Manager support team a few months back looking for a way that we could help reduce the amount of time it takes to resolve a case as well as reduce the number of incidents we get, and one of the things that was suggested at the time was a site explaining...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer Update 1 Released

    A couple of months back the SCVMM team released a new version Virtual Machine Manager Configuraiton Analyzer (VMMCA) to support Virtual Machine Manager 2008. You can read about the initial release information here: http://blogs.technet.com/chengw/archive/2008/12/04/vmm-configuration-analyzer-2008-is...
  • Blog Post: Free e-book: Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions

    Microsoft Press offers complimentary book “Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions“. This guide will teach you about the benefits of the latest virtualization technologies and how to plan, implement, and manage virtual infrastructure solutions. The technologies covered include: Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Directions for using the SCVMM MPS Reporting tool

    I noticed this weekend that the directions for the SCVMM MPS Reports utility are incomplete. The only instructions that come with the utility are the ones on the download site that tell you how to download and run the tool: INSTALLING THE MPS REPORTING TOOL ================================= ...
  • Blog Post: Minimum Domain Functional Level required for SCVMM 2008 Installation

    Here's an issue that was sent to me by Michelle Foley, one of our top SCVMM and App-V Support Escalation Engineers.  She didn't see this officially documented anywhere so here you go: ======== Issue: An installation of SCVMM 2008 may fail after the pre-requisites are checked and return the following...
  • Blog Post: Two new SCVMM Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 03/21/2009

    Sorry for the lag in getting these posted but I’ve been out of the office for a while and then had a project to finish up so I’m just now getting back to my regular day-to-day.  Some of these may be old news by now but I wanted to go back and give them a mention anyway just in case:  KB969164...
  • Blog Post: How to forcefully remove a Virtual Machine from the SCVMM admin console

    My buddy Jonathan Jordan recently came across an interesting issue and wrote up a great solution, and since he’s out today I thought I’d take the liberty of posting it. If you ever find yourself in a position where you tried to remove a VM but it ended up being stuck in a state of limbo then this one...
  • Blog Post: Attempting to migrate or VMotion a VM from one clustered host to another may result in "A general system error occurred: Failed waiting for data. Error 16. Invalid argument"

    Here’s an issue I recently came across and since I didn’t see this documented anywhere I wanted to give you a heads up. Attempting to migrate (VMotion) a VM from one clustered host to another may result in the following error: Error: "A general system error occured: Failed waiting for data....
  • Blog Post: SCVMM Self-Service Portal What, Why, and How; A TechTalk Session in TechEd 2009

    If you’ve ever wanted to learn a little bit more about the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Self-Service Portal then you’ll want to check out this cool video recorded by John Baker and Yung Chou while they were out at Tech Ed 2009 this spring.  It’s only 10 minutes long but it offers a...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 Available Now!

    On behalf of the SCVMM product team and I am proud to announce the availability of SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 RTM. Support for new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Dynamic Memory: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V supports Dynamic Memory enabling customers to better utilize...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2 Beta Now Available!!

    Greetings, Rakesh Malhotra announced the public availablity of SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta. Check out his blog here: http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm/ Try it out and provide our team with feedback!!! As always your feedback is an important part of helping to make our product great!
  • Blog Post: Solution: You may be unable to create Virtual Machines after re-installing SCVMM using a retained database

    Here’s a good tip in case you ever want to reinstall System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).  If you use the "Retain Data" option you will likely be unable to create Virtual Machines if the same build of SCVMM is re-installed. If you try to create a Virtual Machine on a host after...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange Server

    Virtualizing business critical applications delivers significant benefits, including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, and an agile and efficient management solution. In this webcast, we focus on virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft solutions, we discuss the benefits of using...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 Releases Management Pack Update

    We have been getting a lot of excitement and questions about the reports for the VMM 2008 MP. With this blog post we can announce that this update is ready and available for download today. This update to the MP includes updated reports for all platforms that we manage (VS, Hyper-V, and VMware...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate is now available for download

    Here’s another FYI that may not be System Center Virtual Machine Manager specific but it’s probably something you’ll want to be aware of anyway.  Over on the Virtualization Team Blog they recently announced the availability of the Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate.  If you...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM and SQL Server – Which version should I use?

    I got a note about SQL Server versions from our very own Mounia Rachidi over in Microsoft France and I thought it would be a good idea to mention it here since this is something that the product documentation doesn’t necessary spell out.  Apparently Mounia was working with a customer who was using...