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…


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….


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…


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  ( ) Description of the Hyper-V update for issues that…


Resolve Communication Issues in SCVMM – Part 1

Disable Task Offloading and Update WMI Communications issues with SCVMM can take on the form of access denied, timeouts, and often as intermittent connectivity issues. The steps in this post are the same ones I use to resolve a good number of customer issues.   Feedback on this article is welcome. If you have technical…


WinRM (Windows Remote Management) Troubleshooting

What is WinRM? New in Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2008 (and Server 2008 Core) are WinRM & WinRS. Windows Remote Management (known as WinRM) is a handy new remote management service. WinRM is the “server” component of this remote management application and WinRS (Windows Remote Shell) is the “client” for WinRM,…


How to Capture a WinRM Trace

When working with Microsoft Support you may be asked to capture traces to assist with issue resolution. Below are two methods for capturing WinRM traces. Following a reboot these will need to be set up again. The GUI setup is simple. The logman method allows a template with pre-populated settings to be imported. Choose the…


Understanding Microsoft Virtualization Solutions – eBook download (did I mention FREE?)

I found this link on ‘Keith Combs’ Blahg.’ Written by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Virtualization team, this is THE reference for all things virtual: Hyper-V, SCVMM, App-V, Med-V, and USMT. Download and read today!   Direct download link:           Technorati Tags: microsoft,scvmm,hyper-v review,virtual,virtualization,windows,app-v,med-v  


Updates! Updates! SCVMM, Hyper-V, Cluster

There are many updates for SCVMM and Hyper-V. Some are required just following product install, others are provided to offer greater functionality. Some updates/hotfixes address issues that may constitute a headache for you down the road. I’ll list everything I know and provide recommendations. This post will change over time as new updates and issues…