End-to-End Bare-Metal Provisioning with SCVMM 2012 SP1 / R2 – Customising the server's reference image with MDT 2013

In my last post, I detailed how to create a reference image using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT).  This reference image can then be converted with the excellent WIM2VHD tool for consumption by SCVMM.  One of the comments I got back as a result of that post was whether you should enable Hyper-V or Failover…


End-to-End Bare-Metal Provisioning with SCVMM 2012 SP1 / R2 – Part 4 – Configuring WSUS

Hello, in this fourth part of this series, I will discuss how to install or configure a Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS) role as part of your bare-metal provisioning process.  In part 1 of this series, I provided an overview of the bare-metal provisioning process with SCVMM, but I did not mention WSUS, so where…


End-to-End Bare-Metal Provisioning with SCVMM 2012 SP1 / R2 – Part 5 – Selecting an imaging tool

Now that the supporting infrastructure has been built to support your environment's bare-metal provisioning, let's build a reference image.  The term reference image is used to describe the server image you will be using as your baseline image to all your Hyper-V servers.  There are many approaches and techniques you can use to build and…


End-to-End Bare-Metal Provisioning with SCVMM 2012 SP1 / R2 – Part 3 – Configuring WDS

Hello, in this third post of this series, I cover the configuration of the Windows Deployment Services (WDS) role to prepare it for integration with SCVMM.  If you haven't already done so, have a look at the two initial posts in this series: Part 1 – Overview Part 2 – Configuring DHCP Windows Deployment Services…


Watch this SCVMM 2012 R2 UR1 video by the SCVMM Engineering Team

You will want to check out this video from the SCVMM engineering team about updating SCVMM 2012 R2 to Update Rollup 1 (UR1).  This is a tricky update and requires updating the SCVMM SQL database.  The procedure is well documented and the video is great! [View:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6FZiTAdEGg:0:0] Till next time Adiy


SCVMM 2012 SP1 UR5 is available

Hello, in case you missed it!  Update Rollup 5 for SCVMM 2012 SP1 is out.  It is available here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904727/en-us  – the SCVMM team is aligning the updates with the rest of the System Center team as you may have heard.  So UR5 is the 5th update.  Previously, UR4 was the previous one and it…


End-to-End Bare-Metal Provisioning with SCVMM 2012 SP1 / R2 – Part 1 – Overview.

Hello, in this series of posts, I will cover an end-to-end scenario of bare-metal provisioning using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 or R2.  Bare-metal provisioning is a feature of SCVMM allowing rapid and consistent deployment of Hyper-V servers in your environment.  Bare-metal deployment with SCVMM has many parts and components that interact with each…