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New PowerShell Activities in VMM IPs for System Center 2012 Orchestrator

6:15 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

“When we on the product team create an integration pack for a product, whether it’s for System Center or another Microsoft products, or even a 3rd-party product, our goal is not to try and replicate everything that product does in the form of runbook activities. First of all, not everything a product does makes sense to try and automate because they might only be done once or twice in the lifetime of the installation. What we do is try to cover core scenarios with activities that help accomplish what data center admins need to do on a regular basis.

The second reason why we don’t do that is scalability. When our runbook activities are a combination of multiple actions on the target product, it requires new effort to develop and release each additional activity, and we simply cannot scale to provide quality integration packs that contain 50 or 100 activities, let alone cover the 466 PowerShell cmdlets available in the latest release of VMM.

This is why, in the integration packs for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, we include new activities for running free-form PowerShell scripts. These activities are designed to allow you the flexibility to do use any of the PowerShell cmdlets exposed by the product in a way that’s much easier to use than the Run .NET Script activity. These activities, “Run DPM PowerShell Script” and “Run VMM PowerShell Script” take advantage of their integration with the DPM and VMM IPs to offer some benefits over Run .NET Script”

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Retrieving more details on a failed job (ID: 23755)

6:16 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

During VM creation, you might get into a situation where your deployment is blocked due to incorrect or invalid settings in the VM template, VM Host or cloud.
VMM might refer to the cause by using a reference Task ID GUID.


But how do you retrieve more information using the GUID?
Obviously, PowerShell…

$JobInfo = get-SCjob –ID <GUID>


That actually brings back an VirtualMachineManager.Task object with a property AdditionalMessages.

Looking at the AdditionalMessages will reveal all problems that cause the deployment to be blocked.



Managing XenServer 6.0 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012

9:26 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

As you know, SCVMM 2012 will also support an extra hypervisor: Citrix XenServer. This way, the majority of hypervisors you should find in a datacenter will be manageable using SCVMM 2012.
When managing XenServer through SCVMM, we manage the XenServer hosts directly, not through XenCenter.  This approach is different from managing VMware hypervisors (which are managed through VirtualCenter).
To manage these XenServer host directly, you need to install the “Citrix System Center Integration Pack for XenServer” which is the key to getting access to theses hypervisors.



SCVMM will be able to perform the following tasks on XenServer hosts.

Host management

  • Supports Standalone & Pooled (read: clustered) hosts
    • Host configuration takes place outside of VMM
  • Supports Dynamic Optimization
  • Supports Power Control (Power Optimization)
    • Shutdown and Power On (if OOB capable hardware), Restart
  • Supports Maintenance Mode
  • Supports Storage  (Support for all kinds of XenServer Repositories)
    • NOT support storage integration capabilities with XenServer Hosts
  • Supports logical networks, MAC and IP assignment
  • Supports clouds
  • NOT support Bare Metal Deployment (Hyper-V only feature)

Virtual Machine management

  • Live Migration (XenMotion)
  • Network Migration (between XenServer and VMM Library)
  • Storage Migration
  • NOT support V2V (VMware-to-Hyper-V only feature) – Use P2V instead (No need to remove Citrix Tools for virtual machines)

Virtual Machine deployment

  • VM Template and Service Template Deployment
  • Intelligent Placement (Host Rating)
  • Support for ParaVirtualised (PV) and Hardware-assisted (HVM) virtual machines
  • VMM Templates (not XenServer Templates)

You can find a good overview of the requirements and installation/configuration process in Kenny Buntinx (SCUG member and SCCM MVP) in his blog post on “Managing XenServer 6.0 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 RC”.

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Dynamic Optimization (DO) and Power Optimization (PO) in SCVMM 2012

12:56 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

In VMM 2012, a new feature called Dynamic Optimization (DO) which enables built-in support for optimizing host clusters. DO is built into the SCVMM 2012 product itself and does not rely on PRO or Operations Manager integration. What’s more, we’ve also built support for Power Optimization (PO), whereby VMM can automatically power down and power on cluster nodes based on user configurable settings and a user-defined schedule.

Read what Stephen Baron (VMM Program Manager) has to say about these new features in SCVMM 2012 here.

Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program (CEP)

9:43 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

This program provides IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating the pre-release version of Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. Members of this program are able to evaluate the Beta version of Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.

This site will be used to provide information on monthly learning themes, downloads, program events, product documentation and community discussions.

Learn about all of the new features, like Cloud Creation/Delegation, Service Templates, Fabric Management (Compute, Storage, and Networking), Server App-V and integration with other System Center Products.

To get into the CEP program, go to the Connect Site, fill out the enrollment survey and you will be notified of the approval or email