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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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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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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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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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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Using SCVMM 2012, NetApp SMI-S provider, and Visio to visualize storage

Hello everyone, So the VMM team finally announced BETA at MMS in March. One request we heard from you during the event is the need to visualize storage.  VMM 2012 goes a long way to integrate storage automation into VMM using SMI-S based providers. Through these providers, VMM gets a lot of great data. You can use…

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Case of the Unexplained: Lost Client Connections

At TechEd Berlin I had the opportunity to present a VMM performance troubleshooting case study in Iftekhar Hussain’s VIR311 session. You can hear the presentation http://bit.ly/aQ11bP starting at 50:10. Symptoms Reported On our production server, we observed that VMM server became very slow. On one of the clients the connection to the server was lost,…

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Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 by Michael Michael and Hector Linares is now available on Amazon.com. Order your copy today.   http://www.amazon.com/Mastering-Virtual-Machine-Manager-2008/dp/0470463325/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260507554&sr=8-1-catcorr#noop  One-of-a-kind guide from Microsoft insiders on Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2! What better way to learn VMM 2008 R2 than from the high-powered Microsoft program managers themselves? This stellar author team takes…

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Comparison: SCVMM P2V and Sysinternals Disk2VHD

Sysinterals recently released a free P2V. The comparison table below is for your reference to help highlight the difference in features and functionality between the two. The table is not meant to pin one tool against the other (i.e. who is better). The free tool is not meant to compete against VMM P2V. The free…

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