Unable to connect to Self Service Portal (SSP)

When connecting to the SSP there may be errors such as ‘Syntax Error’ or ‘Object Unexpected.’ This may manifest as a popup with a script error, or you may simply see a small yellow warning icon in the lower left hand pane of the browser. In any event, VMs cannot be accessed through the SSP….


Are All of My Servers Really Up to Date?

With a single command you can pull a list of all installed updates. Use this to compare patch levels on all systems so you can easily target those not meeting the bar. We start with simple commands, then build on these to create robust queries with optional CSV and HTML formatting. I think of these…


Hotfix Rollup Released for SCVMM – KB961983

Released April 14, 2009, a number of Hotfixes have been rolled up into a single download. I strongly recommend this update for all SCVMM Servers. This update may require a reboot. This update replaces ‘KB959596 – Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 update to address physical to virtual (P2V) issues.’ You should still install…


SCVMM Tracing Made Easy!

This tool has been deprecated. Please see the new tool! Click here to use VMMTrace     So you’ve run into a problem with VMM. Maybe your Hosts have lost connectivity with the SCVMM Server. Or, P2V fails for a certain machine every time. If you’ve searched many TechNet blogs or forums for answers you have…


VMM 2008 Error Codes Published on TechNet!

What the heck is an error 2606? Why am I getting a 1612 prompt when I try to connect to the VMM Server from the Admin Console? Now you can look these errors up and review the Recommended Action. The error codes are divided between ‘User Interface Error Messages’ and ‘Command-Line Interface Error Messages’. User…


Migrating from VMM 2008 Beta to VMM 2008

When migrating from SCVMM 2008 Beta to the final release bits (RTM), a utility is required in order to complete the process successfully. This tool is no longer posted on the Microsoft ‘Connect’ site, but is still available by request from Microsoft Support. The name of the utility is ‘upgradev2beta.exe’.   Migrating from VMM 2008…


Recommended hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Here it is. We have a new KB that details updates and hotfixes required for SCVMM, Hyper-V and Clustering. Read the article here. I’ve commented on the hotfixes inline below, providing a Support Engineer’s perspective. ________________________________________________ Required hotfixes for Hyper-V servers Install these. No question. 956589  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956589/ ) Description of the Hyper-V update for issues that…


SCVMM traces on Windows Core

Collecting traces while reproducing an issue is one of the best methods we have of determining the source of an issue. Microsoft engineers might ask for this information when you open an incident, or you may want to perform tracing on your own for review. Cheng wrote the original article that walks you through the…


SCVMM 2008 Releases Management Pack Update

An updated SCVMM management pack is now available for download. Read the announcement here! Brief Description The System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors availability of all components of VMM 2008 and the availability, health, and performance of all virtual machines and virtual machine hosts that…


What’s wrong with my permissions?!?

SCVMM depends on a number of permissions being available to operate correctly. Some are user and computer account related, others are group policies. Both are outlined below. Keep in mind that although you may have set up permissions correctly at some point during the install, things may have changed. It is not uncommon for an…