VMM 2008 R2: Hyper-V Host is in Perpetual “Pending” State & VMM Service Crashes

Recently, I was doing some Hyper-V physical hosts moving and I found that one Hyper-V host getting managed by VMM got in a state whereby it found itself “sick.”  I describe sick meaning that Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (VMM) could no longer manage the host (who was actually getting managed by another VMM instance)…

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TFS 2010 Burndown, Completed Work, and Remaining Work–“Zero” is the Magic Number

As the leader of your agile project, you’ve been tasked by management to keep your project running and ensuring that you can accurately ascertain what work is completed vs. what is still not completed.  In my previous post, Soup to Nuts – TFS 2010 Agile Iteration Backlog Workbook utilized in the Real World, I shared…

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Brocade Fiber Switch Console (Java) Shuts Down when Accessing via HTTP

If you run a lab or data center that includes Storage Area Networks (SAN) for shared storage then you’ve most likely run into switching technology.  For example, in our engineering lab we have 20+ physical hosts connecting to a fiber-based Host Bus Adaptors (HBA) and this requires the use of switches if you have more…

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TFS Work Item Manager Breaks when changing Iteration Dates when storing in settings in TFS

We recently ran into an issue when we were trying to add iterations, or change existing dates for an iteration,  to a project in TFS Dashboard.  The TFS Dashboard, made by Telerik, uses dates provided in the file created by Work Item Manager (WIM) and stored in TFS (if selected.)  This will break when using…

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TFS 2010: Scoping Assigned To field in Work Item Definition for a Project

If you are like us, we have a huge investment in Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 that includes many groups and many teams.  Fortunately, we are the only team doing development and our project are different from the rest of the organization which is using TFS for work item management. By default, the “Assigned To”…

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Microsoft Lab Manager (MLM) for VMM Administrators – Soup to Nuts 101

Our development team is, as many of you already know, deeply integrated with Visual Studio & Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010.  It shouldn’t shock anyone to hear that we are also taking a deep investment on the new Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) functionality exposed as part of Visual Studio 2010.  A couple months back we…

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Error: VMM 2008 R2 Service Account Changes Not Supported without Uninstall

We recently did a slight shakeup of all our service accounts as our engineering lab that we use to test our code against uses all of the System Center products.  This is by design since our team is in the division that focuses on Microsoft’s Enterprise Management tools.  We are 95 percent virtualized in our…

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Deploying Windows 7 to Microsoft – Using User-driven install Whitepaper Released

The IT Showcase team at Microsoft who aims at sharing how Microsoft uses their own technology to deliver IT to 280,000 clients world-wide.  Our team built the technology that previously wasn’t available as part of Configuration Manager 2007, and luckily, that technology was recently integrated into the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1.  What…

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TFS 2010: Service Account Password Changes Breaks Excel Web Services, SSS, AppPools in MOSS

It’s ending summer here in the US and the heat is raging in the Pacific Northwest and with that comes the great event – service account password change.  Alright, I might exaggerate a bit as they are completely not related events but it seems that about the time mid-90’s hit in Seattle was the time…

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