I’ve been using SCVMM for a couple of years now and I really appreciate all of the time and effort it has saved me, but it has this annoying quirk and it recently annoyed me enough that I started looking for answers. What has really gotten under my skin is the fact that SCVMM adds #CLUSTER-INVARIANT# to the notes field in each of my VMs. You can’t see this addition within SCVMM, but if you look at the settings of a VM within Hyper-V manager, you can see it and it just annoys me. Why do they need to mess with my notes?
Below is a screen shot from Hyper-V manager.
Here is a screen shot from SCVMM 2008 R2. It’s nice enough to hide the #CLUSTER-INVARIANT# from my view.
It makes sense to me because I’m able to make changes to my virtual machines from within SCVMM and outside of SCVMM via Hyper-V manager and even PowerShell. SCVMM has to have a way of keeping up with changes that are made by these other tools. I like the fact that I don’t have to use SCVMM to manage my VMs, but I love what SCVMM gives me.
I think I’ll let them continue to modify the notes section of my VMs, it’s a small price to pay (and hidden in SCVMM) for the power and flexibility SCVMM provides.
Until next time!