Have a say on the future of System Center

The System Center leadership team is looking to hear from you on the challenges you face with your Management tools and where you would like to see us invest going forward. We put together a short survey to gather your feedback and an option to join a discussion panel around this topic. We are counting… Read more

Help us get better – Join the VMM customer panel

The System Center engineering team is looking for Virtualization Management customers who can provide feedback on pain points, preferences, and usage behavior. We are starting a customer panel for VMM and Hyper-V customers to help influence the future of the product. What are my commitments as a panel member? 1 hour meeting once a week for 4 weeks Actively share your… Read more

Custom Placement Rules and Availability Sets in SCVMM 2012 SP1

I’m Hilton Lange, a Software Development Engineer on the VMM team. I want to conclude my series of placement blogs by talking about the custom rules that you can configure on your VMM server to give you more control over where your VMs are deployed. In VMM 2012, we’ve given you some fairly broad tools… Read more

Reducing your power consumption with SCVMM 2012 and Power Optimization (PO)

I’m Hilton Lange, Software Development Engineer in the VMM 2012 team. I’d like to continue my previous article about Dynamic Optimization (DO) by telling you about its closely related sister feature, Power Optimization (PO).  DO allows you to automatically correct certain VM health issues and continually load balance the VMs in your cluster.  PO allows… Read more

Managing your cluster with SCVMM 2012’s Dynamic Optimization (DO)

I’m Hilton Lange, Software Development Engineer on the VMM team, and I’d love to share with you my personal favorite feature in VMM 2012.  We’ve introduced the ability to constantly monitor and rebalance load on your clusters by using “Dynamic Optimization”.  I’d like to explain how DO works to help you understand its behavior and… Read more

KB: Placing a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi Cluster in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where placing a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi Cluster in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager fails. ===== Symptoms When trying to place a highly available virtual machine on an ESXi 4.0 cluster managed by System Center 2012 Virtual… Read more

KB: Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager. ===== Symptoms Consider the following scenario: · A virtual machine is configured to use regional settings other than en-US (example:… Read more

KB: The System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager console terminates unexpectedly with NullReferenceException

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where the SCVMM 2012 console terminates with NullReferenceException after adding an ESX 4.1 host. ===== Symptoms After adding an ESX 4.1 host to System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) fabric, the VMM console may terminate unexpectedly. In reviewing the application… Read more

KB: Deploying templates to create new VMs using System Center Virtual Machine Manager fails with Error 13204

4/11/2013 – NOTE: This article has been updated. Please see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2708922 for the latest version. ===== Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published this morning. This one describes an issue where deploying templates to create new VMs using System Center Virtual Machine Manager fails with Error 13204. ===== Symptoms When deploying templates to create… Read more

KB: How to reinstall the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager agent on a host with services deployed

Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one describes an event you may see when deleting a Favorite in AVIcode or System Center 2012 Operations Manager. ===== Symptoms Scenario: A Hyper-V host is managed by System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and it is hosting service templates. You want to reinstall the… Read more