Now available: Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team is pleased to announce that the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager guide is now available for download. Download the guide now: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=245473 This guide outlines the elements that are crucial to an optimized design of Virtual Machine Manager. It leads you through a process of identifying the… Read more

System Center 2012 Self-Study Guide (System Center Advisor and App Controller)

The following is a self-study guide put together by a Technical Account Manager here at Microsoft named Scott Rachui. He was gracious enough to let me post the contents here so if you’re looking for a crash course on System Center Advisor and App Controller then this is a great place to start. ===== System… 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

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

TechNet Webcast: Microsoft Virtualization Best Practices for Exchange Server

Virtualizing business critical applications delivers significant benefits, including cost savings, enhanced business continuity, and an agile and efficient management solution. In this webcast, we focus on virtualizing Microsoft Exchange Server using Microsoft solutions, we discuss the benefits of using Microsoft virtualization technologies instead of technologies from key competitors such as VMware, and we provide technical… Read more

Troubleshooting and data gathering for SCVMM

I was working with the System Center Virtual Machine Manager support team a few months back looking for a way that we could help reduce the amount of time it takes to resolve a case as well as reduce the number of incidents we get, and one of the things that was suggested at the… Read more

Updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides available

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated virtualization guides: Windows Server Virtualization and System Center Virtual Machine Manager These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful… Read more

How to add NIC drivers for offline P2V in VMM2008

When performing a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion of either a Windows 2000 SP4 server or any Windows based domain controller, the only supported method to do this is via an offline conversion. With offline P2V, the source computer restarts into the Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE) before VMM converts the physical disks to Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs)…. Read more

Installing and Configuring the SCVMM 2008 Self-Service Portal

Just a quick FYI that Robert Larson published a cool step-by-step on installing and configuring the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Self-Service Portal over at VirtualizationAdmin.com.  So who is Robert Larson?  He’s the co-author of the Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Resource Kit, and the upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Resource kit, both… Read more