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

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 SP1 Available Now!

On behalf of the SCVMM product team and I am proud to announce the availability of SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 RTM.  Support for new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Dynamic Memory: Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V supports Dynamic Memory enabling customers to better utilize the memory resources of a Hyper-V host. VMM… Read more

Various issues when trying to manage a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host using VMM 2008

Have you ever tried managing a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (the RTM version, not the R2 version) but kept running into issues that prevented it from working properly?  If so then today’s tip is for you: The original version of VMM 2008 doesn’t support managing Windows… 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

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

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

TechNet Webcast: PRO Tips in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

Being able to react to a changing server infrastructure is important for achieving a rationalized or dynamic IT infrastructure. This becomes a necessity with virtualization and the dynamic natures of workloads sharing an infrastructure. With Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter, understanding and reacting to the dynamic nature of workloads becomes possible with our… Read more