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…


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…


Communication issues after Windows and SCVMM Upgrade to 2008 R2

I’ve seen a number of customers run into networking and general communication issues following a move to Windows 2008 R2. And to manage Windows 2008 R2 you must be running SCVMM 2008 R2. Both require checking for updates. Windows 2008 R2 – Make sure the network card drivers are up to date… all of them….


Download Virtual Machine Manager R2 Documentation

Downloadable documents are now available for VMM R2!  Check them out on TechNet here: Available documents for download Deployment Guide Guide to Operations Manager Integration Security Guide Operations Guide Scripting Guide Cmdlet Reference Building PRO-Enabled Management Packs Use the links in the following table to find documentation that you can download and print to…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 R2 RTMs

Announcement straight from the source! Enjoy! System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 has RTM’d and GA via volume licensing is set for October 1. This is great news for all and I’d like to especially thank our VMM 2008 R2 Development, Product Management, and Test teams. Lots of hard work fueled by their passion…


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…


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…


Why SCVMM 2008? Resources for compelling business decisions

A few quick resources you will want to download and keep for reference, and share with your business. IT Pros, read both articles. The ‘Data Sheet’ is a slick (two page brochure with eye candy), the ‘Reviewer’s Guide’ is a relatively in depth guide to SCVMM 2008 features and capabilities. It does not explain HOW…


Contributing Engineer: VMSetupConfigurationError (257)

Here’s another find by Mike Briggs. Thanks for the contribution Mike!   Issue The following error message may be displayed during installation of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.   Error Messages *** Carmine error was: VMSetupConfigurationError (257); WindowsAPI ID: 257. Details: No mapping between account names and security IDs was done   >>> Excerpt from…


Contributing Engineer: Installation Error – ComputerNameInvalid (403)

Mike has been knocking issues out of the park. Here’s a tip that might help during SCVMM install. He’s seen this a few times…  Thanks Mike!   Issue Unable to complete VMM2008 installation   Error message “Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 has stopped working”   Things to check 1.       Is the account used to install VMM2008…