Dynamic Provisioning for ConfigMgr hits the Shelf – TechNet Magazine Sept 2009

I promised early on to not use “marketing” as a ploy in my blog and trust me this is painful to write.  However, if it wasn’t for the fact that many of the blog posts here are directly related, I decided to go ahead with a little bit of selfish plugging.  In a story format,…


Fighting Hyper-V Physical Host Time Drift – Utilizing NTP to Synchronize Clocks

My team at Microsoft has an engineering lab, one of which, I’ve spent a lot of time designing and building that provides our team some robustness.  We run our own “mini” lab for our engineering purposes that runs very much like a large number of enterprises.  By this, I mean we have our own self-hosted…


Dynamic Provisioning with VMM: Proxy, Windows Updates, and Scripts

In our environment, there are two things that are critical to success of an environment that is dynamically built from scratch – Updates & Internet connectivity.  This might seem odd since most would believe that we would utilize WSUS & the Software Update Points in Configuration Manager to do our patching and truth be known…


Configuring Servers for deployment as a Configuration Manager Distribution Point (DP)

In order to go from nothing to a finished, completed installation of a System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) client services role such as a Distribution Point (DP) requires that an administrator configures the future DP server automatically.  This includes a few key details that, often are missed, I will outline in today’s post. Granting Central\Primary…


Building a “Sample” SCOM Management Pack for Dynamically Building Virtual Machines based on Performance of physical or virtual machines

In today’s post, I will focus on how I worked with our System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) team to build the actual infrastructure and setup alerting for our infrastructure to ensure that if our Configuration Manager Distribution Points (DPs) are getting a high number of connections, we will spin up additional virtual machines to help…


Create New VM by Kicking off VMM Console from using CommandBatch File

As many of you know, I’m focusing a lot of my individual time on proofing out a concept that I have termed “Dynamic Provisioning.”  The idea is that you move away from manually managing your infrastructure and focus more on your “performance” metrics and let them derive your actions but in a automated fashion. This…


Using Windows 7 & Server 2008 R2’s Compatibility Mode

If you are like us, we are always on the cutting edge (what do you expect – we work for Microsoft <g>) and because of this we have to often find unusual methods to work around the fact that OEM’s are not always “up to speed” and releasing installers and such that are for operating…


SCVMM Sample Unattend.XML for Windows Server 2008 & R2

In today’s post, I thought I would share with you some XML that drives some of our dynamic provisioning.  The power of dynamic provisioning is found in taking a base image of a Server operating system that has nothing enabled and customizing it using the Windows Automated Installation Kit (WAIK) that is available in SCVMM….


Tomb stoned or Stale Objects not removable in Virtual Machine Manager 2008

For users of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (or R2), you might put yourself in a position where you can’t seem to get rid of a virtual machine and every attempt fails.  I recently ran into this situation and got so frustrated that I actually reached out to some SCVMM product group folks for…