The VMM 2008 R2 VHD is now available for download

if you are like me and you like to try software first before you buy them, then the VMM 2008 R2 VHD is one of the fastest and easiest methods of deploying VMM in your virtualized environment. This VHD contains the evaluation version of VMM. You can find the VHD and instructions for deploying it…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 book

hey everyone, I have some great news. The FIRST System Center Virtual Machine Manager book is now available at major book retailers like Amazon.com. This book was primarily written by Hector Linares and myself, with Cheng Wei being a contributing author. The book covers VMM 2008 R2 and all its new and existing features. You…

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Issues when trying to add a single-node cluster under management in VMM

A few folks have been experiencing errors and long delays in adding a single-node (i.e. a 1 node cluster) cluster under management in Virtual Machine Manager. This issue stems from the fact that VMM has an overcommitted property for each cluster. By default, a single-node cluster will always be overcommitted since any failure in that…

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How to get the audit trail records from a VMM Job

Today, in VMM, you can open the Administrator Console and click on the Jobs view to see all the Jobs in VMM. When you select an individual job, you can click on the “Change Tracking” tab and view any changes that were recorded in VMM as part of this job. In this post, i will…

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How to differentiate between two cmdlets with the same name

In some instances, more than one product can have a cmdlet with the same name. This blog post will show you how to specify a VMM cmdlet if another product has a cmdlet with the same name:   If two Windows PowerShell modules contain cmdlets with the same name, use the following format to specify the…

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Taking advantange of Windows PowerShell Remoting and VMM cmdlets

Even though VMM does not officially support the Windows PowerShell Remoting feature of PowerShell v2, you can get this to work by following the guidelines in this blog post. Officially, to execute the VMM cmdlets you need to install the VMM Administrator Console on all client computers that need to use the cmdlets, but by…

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How to properly share ISO files in VMM with Hyper-V

In this blog post, I will talk about what is the proper way to share ISO files with VMM and Hyper-V when the ISO files reside in the VMM library (i.e. a file server share). First, you need to follow Jose Barreto’s blog post on how to properly enable constrained delegation on the Hyper-V servers. You…

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Working with Windows PowerShell 2.0 advanced functionality

hey everyone, today i have a guest poster on my blog. Laurie McKnight from the VMM team will illustrate some of the advanced functionality you can achieve with Script Functions, Script Modules and Binary Modules in PowerShell. How to save a PS 2.0 advanced function   CAUTION: Methods that work but are **NOT** recommended are…

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Working with VMware VI4 (aka vSphere)

Even though VMM 2008 R2 (beta or RC) does not officially support VMware vSphere/VI4, we have a few customers that have gotten some of the functionality to work. However, one of the issues that can arise is a failure to find paths in ESX storage. Typically, a VM refresh (refresh-vm cmdlet) might fail with error 2903 –…

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