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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Disaster: Sector “0” Blanked for Cluster CSV, VMM Incomplete Configuration

Earlier this week, I had the privilege of living through a living hell whereby I was wondering what exactly would happen when our development engineering team had to figure out how to rebuild 53+ virtual machines hosted on a Failover Cluster with Clustered Shared Volumes (CSV) enabled.  The first question is why don’t you have…

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Upgrading to Windows 8 Consumer Preview Just Got Easier–Using VHD Tools to P2V

As you already know, Windows 8 Consumer Preview hit the market just over a week ago.  The 1 million downloads in the first day sheds some light on the demand and I’m sure that many of you are clambering to get it on your devices and find out what all the buzz is about.  Same…

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Provisioning your Private Cloud in VMM 2012–Getting Started 101

In our group, we have several highly-available sets of clusters that service various needs.  We have one cluster dedicated to running our Team Foundation Services (TFS) and all the System Center management infrastructure to support all clusters.  These clusters include our Development teams cluster (we do test, etc. here), our VDI cluster (where many of…

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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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Enabling Hyper-V Role Successfully via Operating System Deployment Task Sequence

During a ask-the-experts at Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 in Las Vegas, a customer asked a question of how to utilize Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 Update 1 to install Windows Server 2008/R2 and enable the Hyper-V role.  The customer had tried several things but to no avail as the customer was using ConfigMgr’s Operating…

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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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