Should VMM live inside a VM or on a physical server?

“Where should I install VMM, on a physical server or inside a VM and then add that same physical server as a managed host?”  This is a common question from our customers regarding the placement of VMM.  The answer is that this is a fully supported scenario.  In fact, some of our customers want to…


How to manually remove a host from the VMM database

The following steps outline the procedure to manually remove a host cluster from the VMM database. In this specific example, we are removing a two node cluster.  Note The GUIDs listed below are specific to this example. If following these instructions, you will need to determine this same information for your specific environment. This information…


KB 970925 - P2V fails with Error 2927 (0x8033801A) to a Clustered host

SUMMARY When performing a Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) conversion to a clustered host with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, it may fail with the following error:   Error 2927 A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server %servername. (Unknown error (0x8033801A))   Recommended Action Check that WinRM is installed and running on %servername.  For…


KB 970066 - How to collect SCVMM traces

Summary In order to diagnose a failure scenario in System Center Virtual Machine Manager, it is normally required to reproduce the issue while collecting a trace using the DebugView tool.     More Information  DebugView is an application that lets you monitor debug output on your local system, or any computer on the network that…


KB 971264 - VMM operation fails with error (2912) 0x80070490 due to a certificate issue

SUMMARY When using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to perform any action involving file transfers across machines such as new VM or new P2V the operation may fail with the following error:     Error (2912) An internal error has occurred trying to contact an agent on the %serverName%. (Element not found (0x80070490))  …


KB 970921 - How to add NIC drivers for Offline P2V in SCVMM

One of the questions that we often receive is how to perform a P2V on an older Windows 2000 server.  The only way to accomplish this is to perform an Offline P2V where the source is restarted into the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) before VMM converts the physical disks to virtual hard disks (VHDs).  Most…


Hotfix Rollup Released for SCVMM - KB961983

Released April 14, 2009, a number of Hotfixes have been rolled up into a single download. I strongly recommend this update for all SCVMM Servers. This update may require a reboot. This update replaces ‘KB959596 – Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 update to address physical to virtual (P2V) issues.’ You should still install…


SCVMM Releases Management Pack Update

Brief Description The System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2008 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors availability of all components of VMM 2008 and the availability, health, and performance of all virtual machines and virtual machine hosts that VMM manages.   You can find the MP here on the Microsoft download site:…


Host: Needs Attention

Since we have so many people either trying out SCVMM for the first time or new to the product, I wanted to take just a minute and discuss what is one of the most common calls that we see here in CSS.  That is, once SCVMM is installed and you add a new Host server, it…


SCVMM 2008 Installation Step-by-Step

The uploaded file contains step-by-step instructions on how to install SCVMM 2008 including the hardware and software requirements. Please click on the link below to download the complete document.  SCVMM 2008 Step-by-Step Installation.docx