Planning for Windows iSCSI SAN boot on Private Cloud Bare Metal Hosts

Data Center Modernization has definitely reached critical mass. The message that came from TechEd 2013 was “It’s time to make Hybrid Cloud Real.” That, of course, starts with the modernizing your data center to be able to implement private clouds. On top of that, more and more data centers are migrating their hypervisors to Hyper-V…

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VMM: Options for Offline Servicing, P2V, and Building Virtual Networks

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 I work with SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) frequently in many different contexts. I even do the occasional private cloud engagement specifically on VMM and Hyper-V. Most of the time however, I am using VMM in a peripheral context – be…

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Online Event: Virtualizing Your Data Center with Hyper-V and System Center

Wednesday, February 19th from 9am – 5pm PST If you're new to virtualization, or if you have some experience and want to see the latest R2 features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Virtual Machine Manager, join us for a day of free online training with live Q&A to get all your questions answered. Learn…

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Virtualize! But How? P2V? I thought you took that feature out of VMM!

UPDATE: 10/21/2014: The MVMC 3.0 is now released with P2V functionality restored. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42497 One of the most asked questions I have received regarding the latest release of VMM 2012 has been “Where is the P2V conversion feature? Did it go away?” Well yes, The P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) conversion process was deprecated from System Center Virtual Machine…

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Feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and SCVMM Service Templates is now LIVE

The feed of Windows Azure Pack Gallery Resources and SCVMM Service Templates is now LIVE at: http://www.microsoft.com/web/webpi/partners/servicemodels.xml The initial set of service models are: Gallery Resources o Windows Server 2012 o Windows Server 2012 R2 o Windows Server 2012 WebServer (IIS) SCVMM Service Templates o Sharepoint 2013 o Service Template Example Kit You can enable…

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Software Update to block RSA keylengths <1024 has been Released to the Download Center

Today (August 14th) an update was released that, once applied, will block RSA certificates with keys less than 1024 bits. The software update was released to the Download Center. The security advisory is located at http://technet.microsoft.com/security/advisory/2661254.The KB article is available at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2661254. The update is available now to allow organizations to assess the impact of this update and…

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The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 is now available!

The latest version of the VMST has been released! The Virtual Machine Servicing Tool (VMST) 2012 coincides with System Center 2012 –Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2. VMST 2012 is designed to help you reduce IT costs by providing a means to service your…


SCVMM 2008 R2: VMM Service Crash with UnauthorizedAccessException while Gathering Information on the Source Machine

Symptoms When click clicking “SCAN SYSTEM” in the SCVMM P2V (Physical to Virtual) conversion wizard, the following error occurs: “The connection to the Virtual Machine Manager server <SERVERNAME> was lost.”  The job results will show the following error:  “Error 1700” “The Virtual Machine Manager service on the <HOSTNAME> server stopped while this job was running….

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SCVMM: Avoid STOP 07XB Issues Post-P2V Migration by Ensuring Registry Hooks to Physical Storage Filters are Removed

Sometimes P2V migrations fail in SCVMM after the 70% completion phase. This is usually post copy/post virtualization fixup. This could also be a situation where it seems the job is hanging at 70% in the VMM console.  Another symptom that might be noticed would be that the P2V job has completed w/ Info. Often you…

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