Technical Documentation for SC VMM 2012 SP1

Two official technical documents on how to perform any action in the GUI, and all VMM Cmdlets are now available for download. ‘SC2012_VMM_Documentation,’ lists Step by Step how to perform most VMM activities. ‘SC2012_VMM_Cmdlets’ lists all cmdlets, their options and examples.   These are two documents you want to hang onto. Technical Documentation Download for…


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?’…


The new "Dynamic Memory" feature of Hyper-V 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….


SCVMM PowerShell Commands Cheat Sheet

PowerShell. You keep meaning to learn it. You just need a push. Maybe a CubeNote (Cheat Sheet) would help. Think about this… every single command you perform in the SCVMM Admin Console can be performed in PowerShell. There isn’t a single thing in the Admin Console that is not available by interactive command or script….


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…


Disable that Network Card!

Here’s a tip I’d like to pass on that resulted solely from trial and error. I regularly see Failover Cluster, Hyper-V, NIC Teaming, VLANs, iSCSI networks and so on as components of a complex environment managed by SCVMM. Each of these components can affect decisions regarding network design. In the process of implementing the desired…


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…


Updated SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 MPS Reports

Overview The SCVMM 2008 and 2008 R2 Microsoft Product Support Reports helps Support Professionals, IT Pros and System Administrators gathering critical system and logging information used in troubleshooting support issues. Built upon the success of earlier versions of SCVMM MPS Reports, this new release adds compatibility for SCVMM 2008 R2 and Windows 2008 R2 OS…


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….