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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”

Download System Center Integration Pack for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

For more information here

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System Center 2012 Cloud Services Process Pack

8:22 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a service-centric model for the request and provisioning of data center resources.
System Center Cloud Services Process Pack is Microsoft’s infrastructure as a service solution built on the Microsoft System Center platform.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

With the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack, enterprises can realize the benefits of infrastructure as a service while simultaneously leveraging their existing investments in the System Center 2012 Service Manager, System Center 2012 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and System Center 2012 Operations Manager platforms.

Private cloud management assets are being delivered with System Center 2012 Service Manager and a key part of this solution is the self-service experience. This experience is now significantly enhanced by the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

Contains following elements:

  • Cloud Services Process Pack (SC 2012 Service Manager MPs and Service Catalog/Offerings)
  • Cloud Services Runbooks (SC 2012 Orchestrator)

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Contains following documents:

  • Administration Guide
  • Operations Guide

 

Download here

Recommended Hotfixes for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

5:53 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

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.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;2397711

Cheers,

Mike

Video New Efficiency: Introduction to Hyper-V and Windows Server 2008 R2 with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 – Dutch

10:04 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

This session focuses on the new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the free Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2.

We will also covers the base architecture of Hyper-V and provides guidance on key areas high availability, live migration, deployment and managing your virtual infrastructure using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.

 

System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Updated IPD Guides

3:55 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

Microsoft has announced updated IPD Guides for SCVMM.  You can find more information here:

http://blogs.technet.com/technet_flash_feed/archive/2009/09/24/get-the-updated-infrastructure-planning-and-design-guides-for-virtualization-and-system-center.aspx

The download can be found here:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee395430.aspx?SA_CE=VIRT-IPD-BLOG-SCVMM-2009-09-21

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer VMMCA

5:25 pm in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

Hey All,

Microsoft just released the new VMMCA for vmm 2008 and vmm 2008 r2.

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=02d83950-c03d-454e-803b-96d1c1d5be24&displaylang=en

 

Brief Description

Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and 2008 R2 Configuration Analyzer (VMMCA) is a diagnostic tool that you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions.

 

Important

  • You must install and run the VMMCA on the computer that either currently is or will become your VMM 2008 server.
  • You should use this version of the VMMCA with VMM 2008 and VMM 2008 R2 only. To download the VMMCA for VMM 2007, go tohttp://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=132136.

 

The VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that either are serving or might serve VMM roles or other VMM functions. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you with error messages and warnings for any configurations that are not optimal for the VMM role or other VMM function that you have specified for the computer.

 

I will soon post a blog about the results of the VMMCA.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 MPSRPT Tool

8:01 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

Microsoft has released the Product Support Reporting Tool for SCVMM2008 and 2008R2

Use the MPS Reporting Tool to gather detailed system status and configuration information from the Virtual Machine Manager server of Virtual Machine Manager 2008 or 2008 R2 server as well as from all managed virtual machine hosts, library servers, and physical to virtual conversion (P2V) source computers. This version of the MPS Reporting Tool collects gathers data to help Microsoft Support Professionals diagnose error conditions experienced in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.
The Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) version of the MPS Reporting Tool gathers the following diagnostic data for the VMM server, the virtual machine hosts and library servers that the VMM server manages, and physical to virtual conversion (P2V) source computers:

  • Virtual Machine Manager traces
  • Virtual Machine Manager database
  • Windows event logs and virtual server event logs
  • IP address
  • Virtual Machine Manager setup logs
  • SQL Server setup logs
  • Registry information
  • Open ports information
  • System Information (msinfo)

You can download the tool here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=4e3dc013-c299-4b80-9735-64a8b9fa60c7&displaylang=en

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Virtual Machine Manager: Hosts having 0kb free memory

5:24 pm in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

One of the big issues with SCVMM 2008 for me was that the memory available on the hosts is not correct.  If you are running quite a large environment with a lot of virtual machines, it is difficult to know how many you have left.  You can of course start calculating it manually but… 😉

So here’s a screenshot of the problem

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As you can see, all my hosts are giving zero kb free of memory.  That’s not exactly correct

Here’s how to solve this one:

On each host that has this problem, open the registry and go to the following key:

HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\PerfOS\Parameters

If you see the key “Disable Performance Counters” then change it to 0.

Now you need to restart the WMI service on the host.  Please pay attention because it will restart other services too and you don’t want to do this during production hours…

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After that the services are restarted, you can refresh your configuration in SCVMM and then you get the correct figures

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Cheers,

Mike

Virtual Machine Manager 2008: Cost Center

10:21 am in Uncategorized by evilbart

Hey All,

One of the nice things in Virtual Machine Manager is the Cost Center feature.  Although this seems like “just another field in the database”, it can come in handy when you need to prove to your management which business unit is using what resources.  Or, if the servers are used for certain projects, you can prove which project is using what.  This can be handy when you need more hardware and the management asks a prove if you are using everything you’ve got 😉

In my example, I’ve added some cost centers to some servers.  You do this by double-clicking on the virtual server or by opening the properties of it.

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As you can see, I’ve added the Cost Center MSS to this server (which is actually the business unit I’m working for ;-))

Now the fun starts when you have Operations Manager in place and you have imported the Virtual Machine Manager Management Pack into OpsMgr.  Now you get cool reporting.

In Virtual Machine Manager, I go to reporting and I have one interesting report called Virtual Machine Allocation

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Ok, I hid the names of the cost centers but the important thing is that you can see that for each cost center I can see the # of VM’s, # of VM’s deployed, # in the library, # of processors, total allocated memory, number of disks, max disk space allocated and the number of nics.

Now the management has a great overview of who’s using all the hardware resources within the company.

Cheers,

Mike

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Cmdlet Reference

12:30 am in Uncategorized by chanelwlkTB

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Nice,

Microsoft just released vmm 2008 cmdlet reference…..and it’s about 442 pages long! [:)]

Have fun!

 

Abstract:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager
(VMM) 2008 is a server application that you can use to manage virtual
machines on a variety of virtualization platforms. As an alternative to using
the VMM Administrator Console to administer your Virtual Machine Manager
environment, you can use the cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell – Virtual
Machine Manager command shell, which is an administrator-focused command-line
shell. This document provides the Help topics for the VMM 2008 cmdlets.

[View:/cfs-file.ashx/__key/CommunityServer.Components.PostAttachments/00.00.00.09.85/Virtual-Machine-Manager-2008-Cmdlet-Reference.docx]

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen