Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008R2 Field Tips


SCVMM Failed Template creation with following error:



Edited the Local Security Policy to allow blank password.


Issue 2:

Remote use may not able to connect to VM through Self Service portal.

these are recommended remedy


Name of the Issues




SCVMM Self-service portal may not accessible from remote client

SCCMM Portal IP needs to add in the IEs Trusted Site zone.

To the Add-on installer pop up, the active installer should be enabled on IE security Settings


Use may not able to login to the VM

Make sure that particular user is owner of that VM



If the Remote user system with Windows XP SP3, they cannot able to access the VM via SSP

Apply Microsoft Fix 50588



Some of the user cannot access the VMs through SSP

Install latest Windows Installer & SCVMM portal add-ons on the remote system

Minimum windows  installer 3.1 for windows XP


VM ActiveX not getting installed on remote client

The user a/c may not have the local admin rights to install the ActiveX

Use should have the admin rights


User not able to RDP into the VM from remote system

Enable the RDP for that user on the VM



Remote user getting blank screen when they open VM via SSP

Make sure the rote client system got latest Windows Installer 4.0 / dotnetframework 3.1

Install SSP add-on on the remote client

Note: Remote client end issues faced because of the following reasons:

1. Remote system does not have the latest update installed.

2. Different versions of OS (windows XP SP2, Windows XP SP3 & windows 7)

3. User does not have the local admin rights to install the add-on.

4. IE Add-on blocked.

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"GodMode" Cool Hidden feature in windows7 and windows 2008R2

If your using windows7 or windows 2008R2 you can setup this shortcut to access Extented Control Panel in GUI.

What is God Mode? This is a secret Windows 7 Feature (If you can call so!!), which provides you an extended control panel to control your machine.  Here are the Steps to invoke the God Mode:
Create a new folder (right-click and click on “New Folder”). Right-click on the folder and click on rename, copy and paste this: GodMode.{ED7BA470-8E54-465E-825C-99712043E01C}

This folder will now be a shortcut to the Windows 7 God Mode. The Godmode allows you to quickly access many Windows 7 functions via a GUI.


Source: John Ferris's Blog  and zdnet.com

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Exchange 2010 EMC taking long time to display Outlook Web App Properties

We have deployed Exchange 2010 in co-existence with Exchange 2003/ 2007 (Multi site deployment). After installation of Exchange 2010 we are facing this issue.

1. Exchange 2010 Console taking long time to retrieve the objects. Ie we try to see the outlook Web App in Exchange 2010 its takes about 2 hrs to get the details.


Its more than 2hrs to get the owa default web site details:


we also tried with PS command “get-OwaVirtualDirectory” to see the behavior of the command, this particular cmdlet searching all the exchange server’s OWA virtual directory and get the result because of this its taking long time to show the Outlook Web App (OWA default web site).

I’m working with MS support team to find the exact cause and solution.

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Community Impact Award 2010 Winner announcement from Microsoft India




Best User Groups Award Winners Winners


Best Tier-1 Developer User Group - Microsoft Developer User Group Hyderabad

Best Tier-1 IT Pro User Group - Bangalore IT Pro User Group (BIT Pro)

Best Tier-2 Developer User Group - Kerala Microsoft User Group (K-MUG)

Best Tier-2 IT Pro User Group - Ahmadabad SQL Server User Group

Top Community Contributors (Annual) Winners


Best Developer Community Contributor - Pinal Dave (Gandhinagar SQL Server User Group)

Best IT Pro Community Contributor - Ashwin Kini (Mumbai IT Pro User Group)

Top Community Contributors (Quarterly) Winners


Best Tier-1 Developer UG Contributor - Chandra Shekhar Thota (Microsoft User Group Hyderabad)

Best Tier-1 IT Pro UG Contributor - S. Kaliyan (Bangalore IT Pro User Group)

Best Tier-2 Developer UG Contributor - Sathya Narayanan (CBE User Group)

Best Tier-2 IT Pro UG Contributor - Soumitra Sen Gupta (Windows Support User Group Siliguri)

Special Mention Awards Winners


Turnaround Champion of the Year - Ravi C Kumar (Chennai User Groups - Developer & IT Pro)

Most Improved User Group - Mumbai IT Pro User Group

Source: http://www.microsoft.com/india/msdn/flash/archive/MSDN_Flash_April10.html


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Exchange 2010 Deployment Template Guide

If you are planning to deploy the Exchange 2010, I would suggest to download the Microsoft Exchange 2010 Build guide from TechNet site, this guide also help you to prepare formal deployment document for Exchange 2010 Server. (CAS/HUB/MBX and DAG).

Download from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=5f9dbd88-dadf-4ad9-9f28-ad35a1ab1da2

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Exchange 2010 Webcast available on-demand

MS Exchange Team has recorded the Exchange 2010 webcast, now all these recordings are available on demand.

TechNet webcast: Storage in Exchange 2010

Exchange 2010 High Availability

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Overview

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Management Tools

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Archiving and Retention

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Architecture

TechNet Webcast: Federation in Exchange 2010

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Voice Mail enabled by Unified Messaging

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Information Protection and Control

TechNet Webcast: Exchange 2010 Transition and Deployment

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Announcing the launch of the USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES pilot

I am proud be part this global initiative program, to support technical community World Wide" I am sure that, this global initiative going to bring new changes and new technology to new generation of IT world.


Please contact mfleming (Senior Online Community Lead) with any questions on this pilot.

Consistency and scale in the services we provide to User Group Communities has been a challenge and a source of consternation for all of us over the past years.

Microsoft is pleased to announce that as of last month’s User Group Leadership Summit and based on global feedback, we have a model that delivers progress that can be universally appreciated and used by your local User Group Communities.  Our pilot, User Group Support Services, launches today May 8!

The pilot emerged from community feedback, efforts from UC and Windows and from work led over the past 2 years by the US Subsidiary with their rollout of Codezone in the US.  Thanks to their work and bolstered by the great feedback from the community, we have taken on the commit to build and sustain UGSS as a part of our global offering.  The pilot is available at this time for English speaking regions – but stay tuned as in early H1 FY09 we will have additional language offerings. If you wish to be among the first to pilot this program in your region, please contact mfleming.


First of all, User Group Support Services (UGSS) does not replace local engagement and local investment. These tools enhance corp-to-user group engagement and have the capability to enhance your engagement with your local Microsoft field. UGGS is a  platform with an underlying framework which drives consistency in how we engage UGs across our Technical Audiences and enables the community to participate in a direct dialog with Microsoft.  The focus of this platform is on providing a process and a portal that helps improve the quality of content available to User Group Leaders for their events and tools that help them manage their groups.

This platform has two distinct offerings:

1. Access to content built specifically for User Group events by Microsoft Product teams
UGSS has partnered with Microsoft product teams to provide content built specifically for User Group events (demos, discussion presentations and other content). This content will be free to User Group Leaders and available through the UGSS Connect portal. In the future, User Group Leaders can access community led launch event content as well as explore other Beta Connect program opportunities.

· How do I know what’s available to me? A user group specific content editorial calendar is available through two interfaces:

· Public planning interface for Developer through Codezone

· Public planning interface for ITPRO Culminis – JUNE 2008

· Where can I go to download the content? UGSS Connect portal (user group content fownload center) is accessible from:


· TechNet

· Codezone

· Culminis (ITPRO) – planned release for JUNE 2008

· Online user group tools wrapped in a consistent UI
UGSS framework offers a free set of tools specific to user group management. In the pilot, these services continue to be surfaced through: Codezone (Developer & INETA supported), and for ITPRO will be released through Culminis – planned for JUNE 2008. These services include:

· Speaker's repository

· Sponsorship Repository

· Event management & attendance tracking

· Member management and communication

· Consolidated User Group Management Interface

· User Group Kits: Available in supported regions

· Study Groups


  • Free Live Meeting Accounts for User Group Leaders (contact Culminis, INETA or your local Microsoft evangelist for more details)

Some asks of you..

Because this is a new program from a global perspective, we are looking for your help.

Evangelize these services in your region.  This includes: Event content, Speaker's Bureau, Sponsorship Repository, and UG Leaders resources

Help to localize User Group Event Content for your region and offer this for download through the UGSS Connect portal.

Help to localize the regional feedback into English for Corp to consume and act on

We will…

Advance the tools/framework based on your feedback

Provide new content from Product Groups based/impacted by your feedback

Aggregate your feedback from the interface to participating subsidiaries and product groups

Maintain UGSS as the one place from which to access all Microsoft content for Community Led Launch Events

FY09 Corporate Deliverables (planning)

Community Lead Launch event kits/cycles:

  • Virtualization Deep Technical / H1/H2
  • SQL Deep Technical- H1/H2

Days to produce localized versions based on field commitments (plan in place July 15, 2008)

Editorial calendar detailing content to be delivered (see above)

New features, to include reporting functionality for User Group leaders, among others. The full set to be communicated in JUNE 2008.


We’d like to say a huge “THANK YOU” to you all for moving this effort forward, especially the following User Group Leaders:

  1. Graham Jones
  2. Lee Benjamin
  3. Kaliyan selvaraj
  4. Bill Wolff
  5. Brendon Schwartz
  6. James Johnson
  7. Eric Selje
  8. Matt Rigling
  9. Michael Steinberg
  10. Robin Edwards
  11. Shawn Weisfeld
  12. Stephen Swienton
  13. Tim Rayburn
  14. Mike Wells
  15. Christopher Reed

Announcing the launch of the USER GROUP SUPPORT SERVICES pilot

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