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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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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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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Hyper-V: Can’t delete Virtual Machine with ‘Operation cannot be performed while the object in current state’

There are situations, especially when running your virtual infrastructure on Storage Area Networks (SANs), that you are unable to effectively delete a virtual machine.  There are many reasons why your VM is no longer needed such as you’ve moved to another farm or you simply don’t need the virtual machine in cases when you are…

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System Center–Running the Largest Corp. Online Service: Tips, tricks, and guidance

For those who joined myself and Brian Copps at our TechEd 2010 presentation, you learned in-depth how we run one of the largest set of Corporate online services such as www.microsoft.com, update.microsoft.com, and technet/msdn.microsoft.com using the System Center suite.  We provided you the overview of the “stack” and, more importantly, a drill-down how you dig…

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Wait a minute… Virtual Machine isn’t “highly” available though it is on a Clustered Host?

It is possible, albeit an edge case, that you have both clustered (highly available) and non-clustered virtualization farms in your data center.  You’ve got your virtual machine (VM) configurations and hard disks stored on Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) and your non-clustered VMs stored elsewhere (potentially on SANs but just not CSV’s).  It is recommended for…

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Heading to MMS 2010 – One Presentation & lots of customer discussions…

As many of you already know, Microsoft is preparing for next week’s Management Summit 2010 in Las Vegas.  This is a great event, not only for his content but also its incredible knowledge transfer capabilities.  As a team member in the greater Management & Services Division (MSD) at Microsoft I can tell you this is…

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VMM 2008 Self-Service portal not showing VMs I own – why I ask when I’m in that user role?

For many environments, the Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2’s self-service portal is very useful.  It provides day-to-day users of your virtualization farm the ability to access their virtual machines and do key actions like start, stop, create checkpoint, and many other tasks.  They can do this only when presented the appropriate rights (via user role,…

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