How can I find out why the Cluster Resource Monitor dumped? – Access Violation

The purpose of this posting is to provide information about the Windows 2003 Cluster Resource Monitor, along with what happens when it crashes as well as how to debug it to find out why it crashed. But first, we need you to understand what the Cluster Resource Monitor is and does. This information below, is… Read more

KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues

KMS 1.1 For Windows Server 2003 Installation Issues Hello my name is Scott McArthur and I am a support escalation engineer in the Windows Platforms group and specialize in activation issues. We have had a number of support calls around issues with KMS 1.1 for Windows Server 2003. There are two different versions of KMS… Read more

Potential Hyper-V Virtual Machine boot issues when using Automatic Windows Updates

If you’re still running the Beta or RC version of Hyper-V with configured VMs, you’ll want to make sure you do not have the Windows Update feature configured to “Install Updates Automatically”. Microsoft Knowledge Base Article 950050, the RTM Update for Hyper-V, can be presented for installation by the Windows Update site and due to… Read more

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 – Installation

Virtual Machine Manager (“VMM”) is a manager of Windows Virtual Machines (“VM”) and the Hosts (physical machines) on which the VMs reside. Depending on hardware configuration, a single Host can house several VMs. A large volume of the calls we receive at Microsoft are around installation and operation – the goal of this blog is… Read more

How to enable Tape collocation and Library Sharing after applying the Data Protection Manager 2007 Feature Pack – KB949779.

After installing KB949779 which is the new DPM 2007 Feature Pack, you have the ability to enable to new tape based media capabilities. This provides improved flexibility for tape based backups in your DPM 2007 environment. Tape media sharing – so that multiple protection groups with similar tape retention periods can now share tapes. This… Read more

Publishing the Hyper-V Management Interface using Terminal Services

1. Install the Terminal Services Role using Server Manager. Include all the necessary roles. Since we will distribute the application using Terminal Services Web Access, make that selection as well. 2. Install the Hyper-V Role or the Hyper-V Role Management Tool on the Terminal Server. 3. Verify remote connections are permitted to the Terminal Server… Read more

SharePoint Protection and Recovery using DPM 2007 – Part II

In the previous post, we covered the steps necessary to setup DPM and SharePoint to allow recovery of any SharePoint object from a single file up to the entire Farm.  In this post, we will cover the worst-case scenario in which the entire farm has to be restored. This is also the easiest of the… Read more

DPM – How to Enable End-User Recovery using Windows 2008 Server

To enable the end-user recovery in DPM 2007 on a Windows 2008 Server you should click on the recovery tab and then under actions (on the left hand side) click on “Configure end-user recovery…” link.  This will launch a wizard to extend the 2008 schema so that end users can recover files.  However due to… Read more

Installing SCVMM Portal to x64 Windows – Fatal Error during installation ID: 205

  When installing the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Self Service Portal on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows, you may encounter a Fatal Error if IIS is configured to run in 32-bit mode. This issue occurs when installing the SCVMM 2007 Self Service Portal on a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows when IIS… Read more

10 commonly asked questions or issues seen during Hyper-V beta

With the RTM release of Hyper-V just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to re-visit some of the top things we have seen customers encounter when installing and configuring Hyper-V for the first time and give pointers to resources we have available to eliminate those when you start rolling this… Read more