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

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

How to move the SCVMM database to another server

You may find yourself in the position of needing to move the SCVMM database from one server to another for various reasons. For instance, this situation can occur when moving from local to remote SQL or from a stand-alone SQL server to a SQL cluster. The following instructions are provided as a guideline on how… 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

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

Solution: You may be unable to create Virtual Machines after re-installing SCVMM using a retained database

Here’s a good tip in case you ever want to reinstall System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).  If you use the "Retain Data" option you will likely be unable to create Virtual Machines if the same build of SCVMM is re-installed. If you try to create a Virtual Machine on a host after the reinstallation,… 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