Got a "Bad Gateway"?

Greetings, folks!   Hope you had a great Easter on last Sunday, if you celebrate that holiday! My kids certainly enjoyed hunting eggs in a typical Seattle drizzling Saturday morning. J   This blog entry is for folks who use or plan to use VMM to manage VMware ESX hosts.   If this is your…

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When should I consider running my VMM Service by using a domain account?

Greetings folks!   Hope you all had a good Valentine weekend last week!   If you noticed, during your VMM Server installation, there is an option of allowing you to select a different account to run VMM Server service (VMMService) from the default computer account.         “When should I consider using this…

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Managing VM hosts in a disjoint namespace environment

Greetings folks and Happy Chinese New Year to you if you celebrate that cultural tradition!   Today, I wanted to talk about a topic that many of our TAP customers have requested support for during our VMM 2008 release development phase. We’ve seen customers with distributed and geographically dispersed regional offices or storefronts tend to have…

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All about refreshers ...

If you have been using VMM for a while, you’ve probably figured out that we use various “refreshers” to pull data from the hosts and VMs that we manage. When deploying VMM in various sized environments, depending on the perf/scale requirements, you might need to tweak the refresher schedule to achieve the best performance.  …

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Two important updates for SCVMM

Working with SCVMM team, Hyper-V team and BITS (Background Intelligent Transfer Service) team have just released two important updates to support SCVMM scenarios. We highly recommend our customers to install these updates to your Hyper-V host environments. In fact, if your Hyper-V hosts do not have these two updates installed, SCVMM server will report your hosts…

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Install and uninstall VMM agent on Windows 2008 Server Core

Since Windows 2008 Server Core does not come with Graphical UI, managing things on Core can be a bit challenging for folks who are used to the various administrator consoles.   Luckily, here is a handy dandy command reference: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5FB255FF-72DA-4B08-A504-1B10266CF72A&displaylang=en, in case you want to learn more about the available commands. Note, PowerShell is not…

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How to collect WinRM traces

Since “How to collect SCVMM traces” and “What to do when I have hosts in Needs Attention state?” are published, we’ve seen requests on how to further debug WinRM/WMI issues that lead to VMM AddHosts failures.   It’s particularly useful, when you run into a SCVMM error that is rooted from a WinRM error code…

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What ELSE can I do when my host is in Not Responding state?

After I posted “What to do when my host is in Not Responding state?”, I received a few queries about the issues people ran into. I captured my notes when explaining some of the errors folks reported. I thought that it might be interesting to share them, in case you ran into a similar issue…

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Removing an ESX host or stopping managing an ESX host?

We have heard some feedback that some of our customers did not expect VMM to remove an ESX host when a “Remove” action was requested for an ESX host managed through VirtualCenter Server (VC) by VMM Server. So, I think that it might be worth to talk about how exactly this works and how you…

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Managing Hosts in Windows 2000 AD Forest By Using VMM 2008

As you know when you install VMM 2008 server, the computer where you want to install VMM 2008 Server must be joined in a Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 AD domain. That’s a hard requirement and the install will be blocked if it is not met. We hope all our customers have migrated their AD infrastructure from…

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