Getting some more info about my .vhd and .avhd files.

I often have the need to get more info on the .vhd and .avhd (Snapshots or Differencing) files. I use the below .vbs script to read the info from the file. Here’s a sample output: C:\VMs\mergetest\>cscript vhdinfo.vbs C:\VMs\mergetest\mergetest\mergetest_23855B6F-070C-426D-82FC-94E2916391EC.avhdMicrosoft (R) Windows Script Host Version 5.8Copyright (C) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. VHDInfo.vbs v1.00 robertvi  091217Cookie ……………….. conectixFeature…………………..


Availability of Hotfix Rollup package for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2

Update: Meanwhile there is a further Februar Rollup available: Description of the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 hotfix rollup package: February 9, 2010;EN-US;978560   Please note that when you installed the Rollup, you need to allow the Host agents to be updated, as described here: /Update End     Recently we published a…


Quick or Live Migration may fail after you used Migrate Storage

SCVMM R2 has a nice new feature to migrate the storage location of a VM. The move is done on one particular host from one drive to another. The move can be done while the VM is offline, in safe state, or even online.   What I’ve seen recently, in a clustered environment, when a VM…


Installing SCVMM on a host with a name containing "-SCVMM-" fails with Error 257

  Well, the title says it all. If the host you’re trying to install SCVMM on has a name that contains “-SCVMM-” in upper case letters, setup fails with Error 257. Example: MUC-SCVMM-1 Resolution: Use a slightly different name, like “MUC-SCVMMR2-1” or “MUC-SCVmm-1”, The reason is that the uppercase string “-SCVMM-” is used internally for host…


SCVMM 2008 Error (2927) A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server

I had a large customer where some Host occasionally where reported with an Error during Host refresh:   The Error in SCVMM was:   Error (2927) A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server  <your host name comes here>.  (Unknown error (0x80338029))     As it turned out, during refresh we did not…


BITS Compact Server cannot process the request for the following URL in the %1 URL group: %2. The request failed in step %3 with the following error: %4.

Hi, Windows Server 2008 R2 has a new feature component: Bits Compact Server! This is a lightweight Server for Background Intelligent Transfer Service. SCVMM 2008 R2 makes use of it and enables this feature on the Hyper-V Hosts during Agent installation.  Recently, I had a customer where all Bits Transfers (creatíng, migration, etc) to one particular Host where failing….


After installing Hyper-V Integration Services on the next reboot the VM displays BSOD 0x0000007B

Hi,   Recently,  I had some customers with VMs they just P2V’ed, or even had them running already on Virtual Server or Hyper-V. Now, they installed the latest Integration Components that came with the R2 Release.   After the required reboot, the VM shows a Bluescreen 0x0000007B INACCESSIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE   During Debugging I found that the…


My Recommended Fix List Post SP2

While Service Pack 2 contains many fixes that I recommended earlier, I intend to post here some recent fixes that helped in newer situations: 1. Occasional crashes of Vmwp.exe  especially because it contains ( 2. The volume GUID may unexpectedly change after a volume is extended on a Windows Server 2008 failover cluster node;EN-US;970529 , especially…


SCVMM Service may take up lots of memory

In a large SCVMM environment we noticed that the SCVMM Service (vmmservice.exe) allocates lots of memory (>4GB).  You may notice that you are unable to create new console sessions or existing sessions lose their connection when all available memory is used. This is not a leak as the memory is freed over time. The reason for…


Availability of Hotifx Rollup package for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008

Recently we published a Rollup for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 on Microsoft Update. When your SCVMM Server is not directly connected to the Internet you may have the need to download the package from another machine You can get the fix from and specifing Article 961983. You receive a package containing…