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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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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P2V of Domain Controllers – Online or Offline?

We know that SCVMM can convert physical machines into virtual machines with all work necessary to make this transitioned machine still boot and function correctly. This is a great feature that customers use daily. This work is done usually while the server is still running as an Online P2V. If you have ever stopped to…

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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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Error 0x800704DD during VM migration, deployment, P2V or V2V

In the last few weeks we have seen a few cases with an unusual error code: 0x800704DD. If you run into this issue the fix is simple. Our fearless leader Michael has posted a blog explaining the problem and how to fix it. Definitely worth a visit. Direct Link: http://blogs.technet.com/m2/archive/2010/03/03/error-800704dd-happening-during-a-lan-migration-or-deployment-of-a-vm.aspx …

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SCVMM P2V fails with at 40 percent with 0x809933BB or 0x80070539

New article published in Microsoft Support. It should be available soon. In the meantime, here’s what I’ve put together. Hope it helps some people out there! Symptoms Error when performing online P2V. Stops at 40 percent every time. Job result in SCVMM Admin Console Error (13243) The snapshot creation failed because the VSS writer {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}…

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P2V conversion may fail with Error 3101

A friend and co-worker discovered an interesting fix for a failed SCVMM P2V attempt involving Windows 2000 SP4. We’ve seen this same type of issue when converting Windows 2000 systems for years, and WMI is often part of the issue. Mike has provided an article listing three WMI updates that overcome many of the challenges…

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Updated System Center Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA)

Description The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you…

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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…

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