SCVMM 2008 R2 & Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) Migration from one CSV to Another

You often do your job of “planning” for your virtualization farm well in advance of when you can realistically foresee the amount of storage you will need.  If you like me, you often take the amount of known needed space and you triple it – shh, don’t tell management.  This technique works great until you…

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Failover Cluster Networks & Local Networks – Phantom Network listed in Failover Cluster Manager

You’ve recently had a request to add a few virtual machines to your Clustered Hyper-V farm and you’ve obliged them and created it using SCVMM’s administrator console.  You’ve created the network as a “Local Only” meaning that the VMs can communicate with each other as well as the Parent partition on the physical host (as…


[Info] – SCVMM R2 Documentation Live on the Web

As you can tell, I’m pretty active in following one of my favorite HOT products released by my division here at Microsoft – System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).  VMM 2008 R2 was recently released and with it comes some exciting new capabilities not exposed in the first 2 releases of VMM (2007 RTM &…


Virtualization Tip: Migrating to SAN’s “after the fact” with SCVMM using R2’s Migrate Storage

In today’s post, I thought I would share some insight into how to effectively migrate to Storage Area Network’s (SAN) after you’ve already got an SCVMM environment up and running.  You found yourself with several Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V hosts and you were moving along with very little issues; though, you recently have noticed that…

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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,…


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…


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…


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….

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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…