I’ve been using SCVMM for a couple of years now and I really appreciate all of the time and effort it has saved me, but it has this annoying quirk and it recently annoyed me enough that I started looking for answers.  What has really gotten under my skin is the fact that SCVMM adds #CLUSTER-INVARIANT# to the notes field in each of my VMs.  You can’t see this addition within SCVMM, but if you look at the settings of a VM within Hyper-V manager, you can see it and it just annoys me.  Why do they need to mess with my notes?

Below is a screen shot from Hyper-V manager. 

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Here is a screen shot from SCVMM 2008 R2.  It’s nice enough to hide the #CLUSTER-INVARIANT# from my view.

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I bing’d this situation and found the following blog from the virtualization team. 

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/forums/en-US/virtualmachinemanager/thread/41dec6b5-ff14-4e21-b661-59f064ec9db1/

It makes sense to me because I’m able to make changes to my virtual machines from within SCVMM and outside of SCVMM via Hyper-V manager and even PowerShell.  SCVMM has to have a way of keeping up with changes that are made by these other tools.  I like the fact that I don’t have to use SCVMM to manage my VMs, but I love what SCVMM gives me.

I think I’ll let them continue to modify the notes section of my VMs, it’s a small price to pay (and hidden in SCVMM) for the power and flexibility SCVMM provides. 

Until next time!

Rob