Upgrade to 2012 when using ‘SQL Express’ in SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1

This is a bit of a trick so I’m sharing the steps I followed. The problem arises from SCVMM 2012 not supporting SQL Express. This follows the official method as far as I can tell… not that this specific scenario is documented officially in step by step detail. If you find issues or have ideas…


P2V of Windows 2003 fails with reference to SP2.cab

This is an issue we in support have faced for years. The information provided by ‘Warning (13257)’ is very thorough and step by step. The problem is that sometimes it does not work. There are various actions that can be performed to effectively add the needed file to SCVMM via the Add-Patch command, using an…


P2V fails with GPT disk using EFI boot

Some new x64 systems boot from a GPT disk that contains an EFI or UEFI boot partition with an EFI BIOS. Traditionally this meant that the system was of Itanium architecture. SCVMM does not support P2V of Itanium systems as is documented in ‘P2V: Requirements for Physical Source Computers’ http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc917954.aspx. There are now x64 (non-Itanium)…


VM does not Boot Following P2V or Disk2VHD

So you perform a successful P2V using SCVMM. Or perhaps you use it’s cousin, ‘Disk2VHD’ from Sysinternals. All is well until you boot the new VM… FAILURE. For those situations where you simply get a black screen, maybe with a blinking cursor but definitely no Windows load, I have some solutions. (If you are experiencing…


TCP/IP Conflict with Ghosted NIC: Legacy to Synthetic NIC

As far back as Windows 95 there has been the problem of more than one NIC with the same IP address. Simply, you cannot should not do this. Most often this is seen when a computer has a static IP assigned to a NIC, then that NIC is removed (physical or virtual) and replaced with…


How to create a bootable ISO using tools from the WAIK

Another great write-up by a good friend and colleague of mine. Dave works at Microsoft, but on another floor and dedicates himself to pushing SCVMM to its limits. Actually, he makes it do backflips or anything else he desires while the rest of us sit in awe and muse, ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’…


SCVMM 2008 R2 February Rollup Released!

Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 hotfix rollup package: February 8, 2011 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2492980 SCVMM Rollups are cumulative, so install this latest update whether or not you have installed prior rollups. The number of issues resolved makes each of these updates vital to maintaining a healthy SCVMM environment. By stopping the ‘Virtual…


The new "Dynamic Memory" feature of Hyper-V

BrianMadden.com recently posted a great article on the upcoming feature of Dynamic Memory for Windows 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. The article focuses particularly on the impact for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments. For both reasons I recommend taking a moment to read the post. You may find yourself adopting SP1 sooner than you expected….


VMMTrace and VMMTraceALT: Simplified VMM Tracing

Now Supports SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 and VMM 2012! WHAT IS VMMTRACE? VMMTrace and VMMTraceALT capture detailed information on systems participating in a reproducible VMM problem. This is a verbose data capture and should be run for a short period of time while the problem is reproduced. VMMTrace has been used by IT professionals in…