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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How Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console uses VirtualMachineViewer.exe

The VMM Administrator Console’s VirtualMachineViewer.exe and the VMM Self-Service Portal (SSP) both use a same codebase for connecting to Hyper-V virtual machines. With the enhancements made to Win2k8 and VistaSP1, we are able to leverage MSTSCAX to connect to virtual machines through the host. What this means is that instead of directly connecting to the…

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How to enable PRO with VMM

Last week I mentioned I was going to talk about how to enable PRO with VMM. PRO stands for Physical Resource Optimization. If you followed my steps from last week, your Operations Manager and VMM servers are configured to work together to provide monitoring and alerting within your virtualized environment.  This also means that your…

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What are the different ways virtual machines can be migrated using VMM 2008

A post on the VMM newsgroup today prompted me to explain the different ways that VMs can be migrated when using VMM 2008. From a VMM perspective, we have a few ways that we allow you to move a VM from one host to another. I listed them below in no particular order: -Using Hyper-V…

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 beta is out!

This is the release a lot of people have been waiting for. A beta of VMM that supports Hyper-V. The team has worked extremely hard over the last few months to get this ready for MMS (the Microsoft Management Summit that is happening right now in Vegas). Some of the key features that went into…

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