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  • Blog Post: Cloning running virtual machines in SCVMM 2012 R2

    Yesterday I posted about how Windows 8.1 / Windows Server 2012 R2 allow you to export a running virtual machine.  This is also available when using SCVMM 2012 R2. Here you can now clone a running virtual machine.  When you clone the virtual machine you can either store it in your virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: Online VHDX Resize with SCVMM 2012 R2

    Yesterday I discussed how to expand the size of a virtual hard disk on a running virtual machine.  You can also do this with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2.  To do this you need to: Open Properties on the virtual machine in question Go to Hardware Configuration Locate the disk...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerShell to Update Integration Components with SCVMM

    Given that the process for updating integration components in System Center Virtual Machine Manager has been optimized for large scale operations – and obvious question is: how do I script this? The answer is quite simple.  All you need to do is to get the virtual machine object and run: Set-VM...
  • Blog Post: Updating Integration Services with SCVMM

    As a Hyper-V program manager, I am very familiar with the process for upgrading virtual machines using Hyper-V.  But I also often get questions about how you do this through System Center Virtual Machine Manager – and why the experiences are different. How you do it is easy enough – right click...
  • Blog Post: Checking Integration Services Versions with SCVMM

    I have done a number of posts about checking your integration services versions in the past ( here and here for example).  But this have all been written using the in-box Hyper-V management tools.  Now that I have SCVMM up and running in my house, I thought I would give a quick run through...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM, Hyper-V Replica, UI and PowerShell

    Before I get started on this – I do want to be upfront about the context for this post.  In my house I am currently running Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 with Hyper-V Replica enabled.  I am then managing my environment with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. I am not (yet) using Hyper...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012 R2 – Error 2912 NO_PARAM when using Hyper-V Replica

    Another early issue that I hit when using System Center Virtual Machine Manager in my home deployment was that a number of operations would generate this error message: It took a fair bit of investigation to figure out what was happening here – but the end result was that, in my case, there was a conflict...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012 R2 and Alternate Credentials

    A little while ago I updated my home installation to run Windows Server 2012 R2.  This provided the perfect opportunity to deploy System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) in my home.  Overall this has been a great thing to do – but there have been some teething issues for me. In my house...
  • Blog Post: Configuring Faster Live Migration in Windows Server 2012 R2

    On Monday I gave a quick introduction to the faster live migration technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2.  Before I start getting into how this all works and what the things to consider are, lets talk about how you configure it. By default – when you install (or upgrade to) Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions 2012

    I have just learned about this - and it looks quite handy. The Hyper-V Management Pack Extensions - available for download here: http://hypervmpe2012.codeplex.com/ - take our existing management pack and adds extra capabilities. Quoting the download page directly: New features in this release: ...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 now Available

    Yesterday we announced the general availability of System Center 2012 SP1 – which is great news for everyone who wants to build cloud solutions on Windows Server 2012. Here are a bunch of links that provide more details: Press release: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/news/press/2013/jan13/01-15OSMomentPR...
  • Blog Post: The credentials supplied to the package were not recognized (SCVMM 2012 SP1)

    I finally got around to setting up SCVMM 2012 SP1 CTP2 in my test lab today.  One of the first things I tried to do, after getting everything setup, was to do a shared-nothing live migration.  However this failed with the following error message: After a bit of investigation I discovered that...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 SP1 CTP2 Now Available

    Last Friday we announced that an updated CTP for System Center 2012 SP1 is now available for download .  You will need to grab this in order to manage your Windows Server 2012 RC installations (I am installing it in my test lab right now). You can read more about it here: http://blogs.technet.com...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 CTP for Windows Server “8” Beta support now available

    This is really cool.  Last week we announced to availability of the Windows Server “8” beta, and today the System Center team have release a Community Technology Preview (CTO) of System Center 2012 that allows you to manage Hyper-V in Windows Server “8”. Go here to read all the details: http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012 RC Released

    Yesterday the System Center Virtual Machine Manager team announced that SCVMM 2012 has hit “Release Candidate”.  You can read all about it here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2011/09/08/now-available-the-release-candidate-for-system-center-virtual-machine-manager-2012.aspx Two things...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 now available

    Just over a week ago the SCVMM team released SCVMM 2008 R2 SP1 (details here ), further more Greg - from the SCVMM team - posted the details on how to get this for yourself here .  Of key importance is that this adds support for managing the new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 – namely Dynamic...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2012 Beta now available

    You can start playing with the next version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager today!  To download it – go here and follow the directions: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/virtual-machine-manager/vm-vnext-beta.aspx Some of the key changes that are in this release include: Numerous...
  • Blog Post: Getting out of trouble with SCVMM

    I have been using SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) more and more in my home environment of late.  But I also keep getting myself in trouble – usually because I keep on trying to do things the “Hyper-V way”. Recently– I tried to do a quick storage migration of a running virtual machine...
  • Blog Post: Hyper-V Management + Delegated Administration + SCVMM

    A while ago I blogged about how to allow non-administrators to control Hyper-V .  You do this by editing the Hyper-V authorization store.  What I failed to mention at that time was that this method does not work if you are using SCVMM to manage your Hyper-V servers. When you start using SCVMM...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 RTMs

    As announced here , System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 has RTM’d and will be generally available vie volume licensing at the beginning of October. You can currently download a 180-day evaluation of this new release here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=292de23c-845c...
  • Blog Post: Releases of the last month

    Just over a month ago, my third child was born. I have enjoyed having some time off to look after the family – but now I am back at work, and back to blogging. In my time away from work there have been a plethora of releases on the Microsoft virtualization front, and here is a quick summary of them all...
  • Blog Post: SCVMM 2008 R2 Beta now available

    Hot on the heals of the Windows Server 2008 R2 beta – you can now download the SCVMM 2008 R2 beta. As well as adding the ability to manage installations of Windows Server 2008 R2 beta – this release of SCVMM adds the following features: Support for live migrations and clustered shared volumes ...
  • Blog Post: Warning on Hyper-V hosts under SCVMM

    I have seen this documented in a couple of places now - but I also see a number of people still wondering why this is happening and how to stop it, so I thought I would post it here too. When you first add a Hyper-V host to SCVMM 2008 you may see a warning icon displayed with the message "Needs Attention...
  • Blog Post: Go check out SCVMM 2008

    Okay, I know I am a bit behind the times here - but when SCVMM 2008 was released I was overseas talking about SCVMM 2008.  So if you have not already done so, go here: http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/virtualmachinemanager/en/us/default.aspx to read about System Center Virtual Machine Manager...
  • Blog Post: Virtualization Launch Event

    So while I was off at TechEd New Zealand and TechEd Australia (having a great time!) we had our big virtualization launch event - so now that I am back I thought I had better (belatedly) post the important information: Microsoft Hyper-V Server, a stand alone version of Hyper-V (minus all the usual...
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