How to replicate VMM templates from one Library server to another Library Server programmatically?

Many customers ask how they can replicate VMM templates to other Library servers (within a single VMM instance). A template is really a collection of properties stored in the database and pointers to VHDs stored on the Library server (exposed through a share path). Customers with multiple datacenters or regional locations will most probably want…

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How to change default P2V port

VMM2008 will block P2V on source machines with an SSL cert registered on 443. To change the default port used by VMM, please follow these precise steps. 1.       Go to Regedit->HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server\Settings2.       Create a new DWORD reg entry named “P2VBITSTcpPort” and give it a decimal value of say 3043 or…

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Error (12709) The operation on did not complete successfully because of the error: Server sent disconnect message

When you perform a V2V from a VMware host and I get the following error: Error (12709)The operation on did not complete successfully because of the error:  Server sent disconnect message: type 2 (protocol error : too many authentication failures for root) Enable the SSH login for the root and try again.

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Deploying a new VM from template in VMM requires a PID for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008… but your environment uses KMS for activation

Check out the following document for a set of public PIDs that you can use in the OS profile: http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/5/f/45fb677a-c215-442e-afd0-419e08b6c5d1/Volume%20Activation%202.0%20Deployment%20Guide.doc   KMS Client Setup Keys By default, Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 operating systems use KMS for activation. You can change the activation method of a KMS client to MAK and then change it…

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SCVMM2008 RTM

Please continue reading more on Rakesh’s blog: http://blogs.technet.com/rakeshm/archive/2008/10/21/scvmm-2008-is-released.aspx

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New VM from template fails with "Windows could not parse or process the unattend answer file for pass [specialize]…"

VMM uses Template objects to deploy new VMs from templates stored in the Library. To automate the provisioning of new VMs from templates, VMM can pass the answer file to Windows during sysprep customization/specialization (this is why you create Guest OS profiles). The Guest OS profile is where you specify the Product Key for the…

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Migrating VS2005 VM with VM Additions (13.813+) installed to Hyper-V using VMM

VMM 2008 automates the uninstall of Virtual Server VM Additions (version 13.813+) and installation Hyper-V Integration Components with no user interaction. Two ways to take advantage of this feature – 1) If you have a VM that was running under Virtual Server and you manually migrated it to Hyper-V, VMM will refresh that VM into the…

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Using a static MAC range in VMM

VMM has a new cmdlet to get the next available MAC from the static pool: New-PhysicalAddress. When creating a VM, the calling script can first see the next MAC that available in the static pool and then commit it as part of the provisioning process.   First you will need to setup a static MAC…

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