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Wow, System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM) sure plays rough with VirtualCenter vCenter.  I found that every time I restart the SCVMM server it kills all VI Client connections. That is not very nice.  But then again, neither was deleting my ESX templates.

Don’t know much about resource pools

When using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to manage VMware ESX, VMs are removed from their resource pools during migration with VMotion.

VI Client SSL thumbprint cache cleanup

Duncan at Yellow Bricks has a handy post on cleaning up your VI Client cached server address list. There is a related issue with cached self-signed SSL certificate thumbprints.  When you first connect to a VirtualCenter Server or ESX host, you see a dialog box:

PRO Tips: pros only, please

I recently had the opportunity to attend a two-day Microsoft training class on Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008.  This was a typical Microsoft course with hands-on labs and was billed as a Technical Deep-Dive – whatever that means. I was particularly interested in PRO Tips, which is consistently mentioned as a key benefit of SCVMM.  It […]

Automating VI Client login

The VI Client (vSphere Client) accepts several command-line arguments that can help administrators automate logging in to vCenter or ESX.

SCVMM ignores own plank, emphasizes VirtualCenter’s speck

In my ongoing probe of the newly-released System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM), I have stumbled across something that stuck me as more than just a little hypocritical. First, some background: Microsofties have gone out of their way this year to emphasize that environments with multiple VMware VirtualCenter Servers are in great pain.  A […]

VMware Update Manager Performance and Practices

VMware has released a new whitepaper that covers best practices for Update Manager, a product that is included with VirtualCenter Server.

SCVMM to VMware: You will be assimilated

VirtualCenter/vCenter administrators need to be aware of the fact that templates are completely deleted from the ESX datastore when using SCVMM "import" feature.

Upgrading your management platform from the entry-level edition

Both VMware VirtualCenter and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) come in an entry-level edition for sites that are not yet at enterprise deployment levels.  VMware calls their offering Foundation and Microsoft’s is Workgroup Edition.  Similarly, both vendors also offer free, time-limited evaluations of their enterprise products.