SC 2012 VMM: Collecting storage related traces

SC 2012 VMM ships with a new service called the Storage Management Service which communicates with SMI-S based providers from vendors like NetApp, EMC, HP, and IBM. To help you troubleshoot problems, SCVMM include lots of storage related tracing information in its own logs and whenever possible, the CIMXML output from the providers. In some cases however, you…

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Windows Server 8: Standards-Based Storage Management

Great post from Jeffrey Snover   Windows Server 8 is a cloud optimized OS.  You’ve probably heard that phrase or similar comments a lot recently since we introduced Windows Server 8 last month (see Bill Laing’s blog post.)  Let’s drill in a bit to explain what that really means and why it matters to you….

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SCVMM 2012 Quick Tip: Finding which storage arrays a Hyper-V host can see

SNIA SMI Lab kicked off the 4th and final plugfest for 2011 this week. Microsoft is here along with several storage partners. Earlier today, we started testing VMM 2012 with a SMI-S based storage provider and we tried to allocate a LUN to a host group that contained a Hyper-V host. This operation succeeded with…

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Windows 8 #bldwin – Haters are gonna hate (bye bye iDevice)

Some of these comments I have seen on FB and Twitter are  just silly. For those that think “this is too much change”… did you even watch the key note? 1) The new Metro UI is an optimized experience for touch. You still have access to the traditional desktop experience. The user is in control…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 RC – now available for download

http://blogs.technet.com/b/keithcombs/archive/2011/09/09/system-center-virtual-machine-manager-vmm-2012-rc-now-available-for-download.aspx?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=hypervking Keith Combs – System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 delivers industry leading fabric management, virtual machine management and services deployment in private cloud environments. VMM offers key new features that include hypervisor creation and management, network management, storage management, private cloud creation, self-service usage and service creation. It features deep investments in server application virtualization,…

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Loading VMM and vSphere cmdlets into the same PowerShell Console

Hello everyone, This is Hector Linares, Program Manager for storage automation and with help from Erwien Saputra, UI developer on the Virtual Machine Manager team. We want to show you how to load VMM and vSphere cmdlets in the same PowerShell console. Administrators that need to manage both Hyper-V and ESX in their environment, can…

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List all the VMs hosted on a specific SAN array

 Hey everyone, While preparing for my TechReady session, I reached out to a fellow dev on the team to help me craft a script to list all the VMs hosts on a specific SAN array. This is what he came back with. Thanks Erwien! Enjoy ($array = Get-SCStorageArray | where {$_.Name -eq “FAS2040-SCVMM”}) | fl…

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How much faster is IE10 compared to IE9, Chrome 11, and FireFox 4

So I downloaded and installed the IE10 Platform Preview today and started to check out what’s new. One of the tests Microsoft provides is called PaintBall. I ran this test using IE10 and noticed that the test displays “seconds” and “paitballs per minute” after the test. Since I had nothing to compare the results to,…

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Storage Automation in VMM 2012 – Overview

Hi, I am Hector Linares, Senior Program Manager on the SCVMM team. This blog is an overview of the storage automation feature set in System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012. The goal of this feature is to simplify and automate the discovery, allocation, and assignment of storage assets in a virtualized environment. Summary VMM…

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