Hyper-V “Needs Attention” after SCVMM 2008 RTM install

scvmm_logo If you are like most people and start doing installs without Reading The Fabulous Manual (RTFM), then you’ll likely see the same issue nearly everyone I know has hit.  You see, after installing the RTM bits of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 you’ll notice your Hyper-V server(s) have a status of “Needs Attention”.  Don’t we all.

Fortunately this is documented in the release notes, right at the very beginning.  VMM requires an important update from Hyper-V and a critical update from Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS). Without these updates, VMM hosts display in the state of “Needs Attention” and the virtualization service version as “Upgrade available”.

Download and install the following updates on all of your Hyper-V SCVMM managed hosts:

I actually changed the link above to the x64 BITS update.  The Release Notes are pointed at the x86 update which will not install on a Hyper-V server.

Comments (5)

  1. Newew update http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956710 may also be installed instead of 956589 to upgrade Hyper-V.

  2. David says:

    Is there an update for Server 2003, I currently have a 2008 Core machine hosting two VM’s, one being a 2008 and the other 2003. Is there an upodate for the 2003?

  3. Alfredo Sangiorgi says:

    First thanks and second remember to "refresh the hosts" on SCVMM and all will be fine.

  4. Sean Decker says:

    Can anyone explain why these updates don’t show up in windows update? Seems silly to have to manually find and download them.

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