Support for Windows Server 2016 as a guest system is added in Hotfix 1 for Update Rollup 11 of System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

Microsoft Support still gets frequent inquiries about whether System Center 2012 R2 VMM can support guests running Windows Server 2016. Installing  Hotfix 1 for Update Rollup 11 of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) enables you to create Windows Server 2016-based guest virtual machines (VM) in VMM. Help article 3199246 contains the… Read more

KB: Error when you open the VMM console after you install UR7 or UR8 for VMM 2012 R2

Just a quick FYI on a KB article we recently published for VMM 2012 R2. After you install Update Rollup 7 or Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 R2), you may see the following error message when you attempt to open the VMM admin console: Console Add-ins Warnings… Read more

Virtual Machine Manager 2016 TP4 and Storage Quality of Service (QoS)

Hi everyone, Sujeet Kumar here. I’m a Senior Software Engineer here on the System Center VMM team and today I’d like to talk about Storage Quality of Service (QoS) and Virtual Machine Manager 2016 TP4. Windows Server 2016 (WS 2016) introduces the Storage Quality of Service (QoS) feature which enables you to create QoS policies… Read more

KB: "ASR cannot be registered due to an internal error" when you try to install Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Provider

Hi everyone, here’s some information on a new KB article we published. The problem that you might experience is that when you try to install and register the Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Provider on a System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 R2) server, the attempt fails with the following error: The ASR… Read more

Update Rollup 9 for Microsoft Windows Azure Pack is now available

Update Rollup 9 for Windows Azure Pack is now available to download. For complete details including issues fixed, installation instructions and a download link, please see the following: 3129786 – Update Rollup 9 for Windows Azure Pack (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3129786) J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft Our Blogs Configuration Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/ Data Protection Manager: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/… Read more

KB: How to retain the database when you reinstall Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager

When you have Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM 2012 R2) installed, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to remove and then reinstall VMM but still retain all of the database information from the current installation. We show you how to do this and provide a SQL stored… Read more

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