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…

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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…

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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…

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Common P2V Failures Explained

            Physical to Virtual (P2V) conversion is one of the most popular features of SCVMM. And, there are many articles written to make the process easy to understand, or to resolve common problems. Last week I worked with an company that had converted around three hundred systems (nice!). Two systems were giving…

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VMMUpdate: Stay up to date!

CURRENT VERSION: 2.7, RELEASED 12/07/11 Windows and SCVMM SP1 updates included in scan “Are your Hosts and SCVMM Server up to date? And, does it really matter?’” …YES! WHAT IS VMMUPDATE? VMMUpdate creates a report of required updates for technologies used by the SCVMM server and all Hosts. Windows Hyper-V Failover Cluster As well as components…

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P2V and Other Jobs Fail with Error 2912, 0x8007xxxx

A common problem during data transfers, especially toward the end of P2V jobs, is Error 2912, with some variation of 0x8007xxxx. This is generally certificate related. I’ve put together a complete set of steps that will correct certificate issues between the SCVMM Server and Hosts. Why do certificates matter? BITS uses them… and BITS is…

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Intermittent Connectivity Issues and Cluster Refresh Times with Windows 2008 R2 and SCVMM 2008 R2

It’s not often I get excited about Hotfixes… ok, that may not be entirely true, but I am very excited about these two. Why? They address WMI issues. ‘Why, Jonathan, would I care about WMI? That’s one of those obscure process things that I’ve never even seen…’, you say. ‘You’re right!’ I say, over-enthusiastically. ‘But…

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SCVMM 2008 Error (2927) A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server

A colleague of mine has posted a great article on one cause of these errors. Turns out there are specific refreshers that can be targeted providing WinRM and SCVMM the extra time needed to complete the job. Be sure to read the entire article carefully as there are implications with upgrading to SCVMM 2008 R2….

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