SCVMM 2008 R2 – beta now available

New Beta release of the "R2" release for VMM 2008 is now available on Microsoft Connect for download.

What is VMM 2008 R2 Beta and what are its new capabilities?

VMM 2008 R2 Beta is a comprehensive management solution for virtualized infrastructure that takes advantage of many of the great new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta including:

  • Live Migration: Enables the movement of running virtual machines from one virtual host to another with no downtime.
  • Clustered Shared Volumes: Helps enable Live Migration and eliminates the previous one LUN per virtual machine requirement thus simplifying SAN administration.
  • Hot addition/removal of storage: Allows the addition and removal of new virtual hard disks (VHDs) and iSCSI pass-through disks running on virtual infrastructure.
  • Networking optimizations: two new technologies — Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) and Chimney – provide increased network throughput while reducing CPU load.

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OpsMgr: Management pack for Hyper-v beta

A beta version of the Management Pack to monitor different versions of Hyper-V in System Center Operations Manager 2007 is available on connect.

This version is designed to function with:

* System Center Operations Manager 2007
* System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

It aims to manage the following versions:

* Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition (Full installation with Hyper-V role enabled)
* Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition (Full installation with Hyper-V role enabled)
* Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition (full installation with Hyper-V role enabled)

The installation of core support is planned for the time of its availability via the Internet.
Support for Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 / Hyper-V Server R2 is not yet available.

To request an invitation to access this beta, you can send a message to the following address:MPCC@microsoft.com

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This project contains a set of utility methods for helping you integrate with System Center products. What is available today is assistance with integrating with System Center Configuration Manager, and over time we will build out this framework to include all of the different System Center products. Our goal is to grow everyone's awareness of the integration capabilities of System Center and foster integration by sharing as much information as possible, including lots of sample code and full-blown integrations.

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ConfigMgr Version Numbers

 

 

Feed: The Realm of the Verbal Processor
Posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 12:49 PM
Author: Jarvis
Subject: ConfigMgr Version Numbers

I have been installing ConfigMgr in a virtual environment on my laptop this week. This will serve as both a Demo environment for my MMS/TechEd presentations as well as a “Proof of Concept” environment when I am talking with clients. I was wanting to check which version of ConfigMgr I had installed but wasn’t able to […]


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One new Operations Manager 2007 Knowledge Base article for the week ending 03/07/2009

 

 

Feed: The Operations Manager Support Team Blog
Posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:06 AM
Author: jchornbe
Subject: One new Operations Manager 2007 Knowledge Base article for the week ending 03/07/2009

imageJust an FYI that we have a new Knowledge Base article available for System Center Operations Manager 2007.  This one is about an error message you might get when you try to perform a distributed installation of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Reporting service.  The link and title is below:

KB968332 – Error message when you try to perform a distributed installation of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Reporting service onto a server: "Cannot validate the account"

Enjoy!

J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer


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Three new Configuration Manager Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 03/07/2009

 

 

Feed: The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog
Posted on: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 10:00 AM
Author: jchornbe
Subject: Three new Configuration Manager Knowledge Base articles for the week ending 03/07/2009

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We had 3 new KB articles publish last week:  One is about expired user state stores not being deleted on a State Migration Point, one is about a situation where client status reporting may fail with multiple discovery and the last is about an issue where state messages may get stuck on a fallback status point.  Links and titles are below:

KB960189 – Some expired user state stores are not deleted on System Center Configuration Manager 2007 State Migration Point

KB960634 – System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2 Client Status Reporting fails when clients have multiple discovery records

KB962891 – State messages that have long file names may get stuck in the Statesys.box\Incoming folder or the \SMS_CCM\FSPStaging folder and may block state message processing on a System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 fallback status point

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J.C. Hornbeck | Manageability Knowledge Engineer


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Checking Management Packs for Best Practice Adherence

 

 

Feed: The Operations Manager Support Team Blog
Posted on: Monday, March 09, 2009 9:18 AM
Author: jchornbe
Subject: Checking Management Packs for Best Practice Adherence

imageSteve Rachui has a good tip on using our Best Practice Analysis tool over on his Manageability blog.  If you’ve never seen this tool before then you’ll want to read this one:

If you work with OpsMgr you work with management packs in some form – either using ones available from the Microsoft download library, ones available from 3rd parties or ones that you author yourself.  Either way, wouldn't it be cool if we had a tool to run against these management packs to determine how they stack up in terms of adherence to best practices?  Well, there is one – and it's right there in our favorite tool called the authoring console!  🙂  I used the authoring console for quite a while and somehow never noticed it.

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/archive/2009/03/09/checking-management-packs-for-best-practice-adherence.aspx

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