The case of the PSRemotingTransportException

   The case of the PSRemotingTransportException I have a SCVMM 2008 R2\Hyper-V farm in which we use Powershell to automate provisioning of virtual machines.  All of the servers are Windows Server 2008 R2.  During our deployment process I encountered a failure and this of course sparked my interest to investigate further for root cause.  The…

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How to change ownership of virtual machines via PowerShell with SCVMM 2008 R2

I recently spoke with a customer who owned roughly fifty virtual machines in his SCVMM environment and he needed to reassign ownership of all virtual machines to a teammate.  As you can imagine he was not interested in double clicking on all those virtual machines from the SCVMM console and change the owner property.  Is…

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How to create a bootable ISO using tools from the WAIK

I encountered an issue where I needed to create a bootable ISO from a set of files.  In my SCVMM R2/Hyper-V environment, it's much easier in some instances to attach an ISO containing content versus trying to copy over the network etc.  Additionally, I could store the ISO in my SCVMM library for future needs. …

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Using SCVMM Cmdlets to change VM startup and shutdown actions

I was recently contacted by a customer running VMM 2008 R2 managing a farm of virtual machines.  This customer had a business requirement where all virtual machines must have an action when physical server stops as “Turn off virtual machine”.  Originally, the environment was scoped for lab testing.  As time passed, workloads running on these…

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How to identify Hyper-V VM by worker process if VM is hung on Starting/Stopping/Snapshotting

I recently encountered a situation where one of my Hyper-V virtual machines in production environment hung at Starting… 0%.  This particular server had about 30 other VMs running normally used by customers. I wanted multiple methods and options to identify which VM worker process was hung and terminate it without disturbing other systems.  In the few instances that I…

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SCVMM 2008 R2 Creating Template with Keyboard Layout

I recently saw a forum post asking for a procedure to deploy a sysprepped VM and have the keyboard layout something other than English.  SCVMM builds an unattend.xml and by default sets English as default language.  You can override that value by placing section of the unattend.xml in the library with the desired settings and…

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SCVMM R2 Deployments with customization under the hood

SCVMM R2 Deployments with customization under the hood SCVMM streamlines and simplifies operating systems deployments by way of templates with customization.  This technology creates a sysprep.inf or unattend.xml on the fly based on operating system associated with the template.  This is very powerful as the System Administrator does not need to be a deployment expert…

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DPM 2010 Remote Agent Install (windows firewall settings)

I was recently tasked with setting up a DPM 2010 environment to troubleshoot a customer issue.  When attempting to deploy the DPM agent from the DPM Administrator console, I received an error 349. “An error occurred when the agent operation attempted to transfer agent installation files to <server name>.  Review the error details, take the…

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