SCVMM 2012: A Frustrating Library that just will not go away! Forcibly Removing it

We recently had a situation with our System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) that literally frustrated the crap out of me.  Don’t take that wrong, the product didn’t really cause the frustration instead it was the mis-use of the libraries in 2012 that did.  You see, you live & learn and when we originally…

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Introducing User-Driven Install (UDI) for MDT 2012 Update 1

Our engineering team has had an amazing journey this past year with two key releases to help our customers improve their capabilities for deploying Windows in their enterprises.   As you know, we released Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2012 in April of this year to coincide with the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) and this enabled a lot…

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VMM 2012: How I got EMC Clariion AX4-5 Working with VMM Storage Mgmt Service

As I’ve started exploring System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, the first task I took as an action item is to learn how to configure active management for our engineering EMC Clariion AX4-5.  I’ve personally been slacking a bit in getting VMM 2012 up & running.  As you probably have seen, we’ve been busy…

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Changing Hyper-V Cluster Virtual IP Address (VIP) After Layer 3 Changes

We recently had a change take place in our engineering lab that included a large set of layer 3 changes (IP, VLANs, Subnets, etc.) that caused us some downtime.  Although most of the issues are well documented, I found though that there was one that simply plagued me in finding the resolution.  This was primarily…

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Using WinPE Creator to Create Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) of your physical server

In the past two posts, I’ve focused on the first two capabilities provided in the Configuration Manager Physical-to-Virtual Migration Toolkit.  The primary scenario for this toolkit is to offer customers the ability to virtualize their physical servers when they don’t readily have System Center Virtual Machine Manager available.  As mentioned, our P0 scenario was to…

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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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Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) – Extending a Volume

There are often times where you have a need to expand a LUN when running enterprise systems.  This is a trivial action in most cases because you simply add physical drives to the array and then use Disk Management to extend the drive to encompass the newly expanded volume.  Unfortunately, on highly-available systems such as…

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