KB: Recommended antivirus exclusions for System Center Virtual Machine Manager and managed hosts

If antivirus software is running on your Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager server (VMM 2012 or VMM 2012 R2) or the managed hosts, antivirus exclusions should be set. This new Knowledge Base article below describes the antivirus exclusions as they pertain to the SCVMM 2012 server itself and to the hosts that are… Read more

KB: How to enable event-based refresher mode for Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager hosts

System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 and above (VMM 2012 SP1+, VMM 2012 R2+) enable a new, event-based triggering system for host refresh. This replaces previous push-based models that were based on intervals specified in the Registry.  In general, this model is recommended as it ensures faster consistency and less data to notify the… Read more

Deploying Highly Available Host Guardian Service using VMM Service Templates in Microsoft System Center Tech Preview 4

~ Maha Ibrahim | Senior Software Engineer UPDATED: A newer version of this article can be found here. ===== In an earlier post we discussed how to deploy HGS using VMM service templates in Technical Preview 3 release, however now with Technical Preview 4, a few changes are required. The Host Guardian Service supports high… Read more

KB: VM cloud fails to load when admin portal is accessed on a Microsoft Windows Azure Pack server

Consider the following scenario: – Windows Azure Pack (WAP) is installed on two servers using express installation (WAP 1 and WAP 2). The two WAP servers are load balanced. – Service Provider Foundation (SPF) is installed on two servers (SPF1 and SPF2). The two SPF servers are load balanced. – A VM cloud is successfully… Read more

The new checkpoint options in Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

~ Dipti Goyal | Software Engineer II Hello, my name is Dipti Goyal and I’m an engineer on the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Team. System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager has the capability to create Production or Standard checkpoints, and now that Tech Preview 4 is released I wanted to take a minute and… Read more

Ensuring your GCE scripts that use Run As accounts continue to execute in Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

~ Jeff Towarnicki | Software Engineer Beginning with the February security patch for Windows (MS15-011) and Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 R2), you may need to modify the way your GCE scripts are executed in order to ensure that those scripts continue to work after these security… Read more

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now available

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager has been released and is now available to download. The KB article below describes the issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 8 (UR8) for Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager. There are two updates available for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual… Read more

How to deploy software defined networks using VMM 2016 Tech Preview 3

Microsoft’s Windows Server IX networking team just added a new topic to the TechNet Library that you’ll want to check out. It’s titled Deploy Software Defined Networks using Virtual Machine Manager and it helps you evaluate the Software Defined Networking (SDN) features in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and Virtual Machine Manager 2016 Technology Preview… Read more

2nd Edition of Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution now available and free to download

The second edition of Microsoft System Center: Building a Virtualized Network Solution has been completely updated and rewritten for the VMM 2012 R2 release and also contains approximately 90 pages of new content which covers the Hyper-V gateway, troubleshooting, as well as details of the network architecture in Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS). The main… Read more

KB: A VM that Azure Site Recovery helps protect goes into a resynchronization state

A virtual machine (VM) that Microsoft Azure Site Recovery (ASR) helps protect in a Hyper-V to Azure scenario may repeatedly go into a resynchronization state. You cannot manually resynchronize, and you may receive the following error message for the replication health of the VM: Replication State: Resynchronization requiredReplication Mode: PrimaryCurrent Replica Server: Microsoft AzureReplication Health:… Read more