Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Book Available Now

Greetings,  I am pleased to annouce the availability of Mastering Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.  The book is available for purchase on Amazon.  Authors Michael Michael and Hector Linares both work on the SCVMM product team and many of you are already familiar with their blogs that offer great advice and tips on using SCVMM.   We are so pleased that they found… Read more

TechNet Webcast: Building a Private Cloud with the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises

You can build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 using the Microsoft Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises (availability scheduled in the first half of 2010). This free, partner-extensible toolkit provides an architectural road map, deployment guidance, best practices, and… Read more

Directions for using the SCVMM MPS Reporting tool

I noticed this weekend that the directions for the SCVMM MPS Reports utility are incomplete. The only instructions that come with the utility are the ones on the download site that tell you how to download and run the tool: INSTALLING THE MPS REPORTING TOOL ================================= >>>To install the MPS Reporting Tool 1. Download the… Read more

What does ‘over-committed’ status really mean?

One of the top questions that I keep hearing from our customers is to explain the ‘over-committed’ status and why we sometimes display this status. An example of when this status might be displayed is when attempting to migrate a VM to a particular host, depending on what is already on the destination the ‘over-committed’… Read more

Updated! Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology

Just an FYI that the Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide for Selecting the Right Virtualization Technology has been updated to include coverage of Windows Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI).  This guide walks the reader through the process of selecting the right virtualization technology for each workload—in five steps… Read more

Issues adding a single node cluster into management by VMM

Recently we have seen an issue where a few customers have been experiencing errors and long delays in adding a single-node cluster (i.e. a 1 node cluster) under management in Virtual Machine Manager. The error that is displayed in the console is Warning (13926) that all of the nodes could not be contacted. This issue… Read more

KB976246 – Removing a VHD from a virtual machine in VMM 2008 R2 deletes the file on the Hyper-V server without warning

In Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, you remove a virtual hard disk (VHD) from a virtual machine. You expect that the .vhd file is detached from the virtual machine. However, the .vhd file is actually deleted on the Hyper-V server. Fortunately there’s a hotfix available that addresses this issue.  You can read… Read more

New KB: KB976244 – Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 hotfix rollup package: November 10, 2009

This article describes the Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 issues that are fixed in the hotfix rollup package that is dated November 10, 2009. List of issues that are fixed Issue 1 If a virtual machine that was created from a template fails during the customization phase, the owner of the virtual… Read more

Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP) Now Available!

I know this isn’t VMM specific but I thought it was something you’d appreciate hearing about nonetheless.   The Solution Accelerator team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 5.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP). Designed to simplify and streamline the IT infrastructure planning process across multiple scenarios through network-wide… Read more

Two new Virtual Machine Manager KB articles for the week ending 11/7

We published two new knowledge base articles for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 last week.  The first discusses some steps that will help you troubleshoot a status of "Not Responding" that may appear in the Administrator Console.  The second is regarding an issue where the Virtual Machine Manager Service may crash when you add… Read more