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New SCVMM 2008 Hotfix Rollup Package: 14 Sept 2010

12:59 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

There is a new SCVMM 2008 Hotfix Rollup Package available.  Date is 14 September 2010 and it should solve following issues:

Issue 1

Duplicate virtual machines (VMs) may appear in the SCVMM Administrator Console window after a Hyper-V VM in a cluster fails over to another cluster node. Additionally, the status for one of the duplicate VMs is set to Missing. If you try to remove the missing VM from the SCVMM Administrator Console window, the VM is not removed.

Issue 2

Consider the following scenario:

  • You install the Hyper-V role on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • You configure the computer to start from a virtual hard disk.
  • The computer is part of a Hyper-V failover cluster. The cluster is configured to use cluster shared volumes.
  • You try to create a VM on a cluster shared volume by using SCVMM 2008 R2.

In this scenario, the operation fails together with the 2912 (0x8004232C) error code.

Issue 3

The Virtual Machine Manager service (Vmmservice.exe) crashes if the following conditions are true:

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 integration is enabled.
  • A Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature-enabled management pack is imported into Operations Manager.
  • The PRO settings for a host group are changed on the SCVMM server.


More information:



Recommended Hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

5:53 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

One of my colleagues sent me this interesting KB article that includes all the recommended hotfixes for Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

Last update is from a few days ago (8-09-10 :-)) so for all of you out there with VMM 2008 R2 running, check it out.;EN-US;2397711



System Center Data Protection Manager 2007: New release for KB970867

9:26 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Yesterday, Microsoft has released a new version of KB970867 (, although the KB article is not yet updated, the new download is already available:

So let’s see if I can use this download on my test environment.  I’ve installed the hotfix on my environment and after the installation, I’ve opened the console


I can see immediately Update Available so I decided to do the update to check if the protected servers need to restart



Press Update Agents to start


Make sure you select Manually restart the selected servers later



After the upgrade, I can see that the version of the agent is changed to 2.0.8851.0





UPDATE: In the meantime, the associated KB is online.  It is a quite impressive list of fixes…;EN-US;970868

Extract files from a MSI

10:05 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

This post has nothing to do with operations manager but you will find it useful if you ever need to install hotfixes on a windows server 2008 core installation.

Here’s the situation.  I needed to install some hotfixes (for SCOM but also for Hyper-V) on a windows server 2008 core environment.  When you download the hotfix, and try to install it with the delivered .msi (through commandline) you will get the following notification:


Unfortunately, .NET framework won’t work on a core installation so you will need to extract the files first.

In your command prompt, use the following command:

msiexec /a PathToMSIFile /qb TARGETDIR=DirectoryToExtractTo


msiexec /a c:\hotfixes\KB954049 /qb TARGETDIR=”c:\hotfixes”

This will give you the necessary files extracted and now you can start the hotfix by starting the .msp file that you will find under the extracted directory



Handy Hotfix

2:15 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Kevin Holman wrote a great blog about an interesting new patch for all our SCOM SP1 environments.

It’s about a bug that you get when you view the patch list of the agents in your environment.  This hotfix will fix the formatting for this list and solve the 255 character limit in that table.

More information on Kevin’s blog:

And the hotfix can be found @