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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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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Fighting Hyper-V Physical Host Time Drift – Utilizing NTP to Synchronize Clocks

My team at Microsoft has an engineering lab, one of which, I’ve spent a lot of time designing and building that provides our team some robustness.  We run our own “mini” lab for our engineering purposes that runs very much like a large number of enterprises.  By this, I mean we have our own self-hosted…

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