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VMMTrace: Simplified SCVMM Tracing January 25, 2011

Filed under: SCVMM — helpforsure @ 5:07 am
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When SCVMM is not ‘cooperating’ and no amount of digging through event logs, support articles, and forums is helping… it’s time for a trace. (What happened to SCTrace?!? See bottom of this post.)

Don’t think of tracing as a first step. Think of it instead as a solid backup plan. When you’ve made it through these items and still are no closer to resolution you are ready for ‘the trace.’

  • Install all possible updates and verify using the handy VMMUpdate utility
  • Check event logs on all systems for possible clues
  • Verify the basics again: DNS resolution in all directions, permissions, services…

No luck? Grab a trace.

SCVMM Gurus (and those averse to reading instructions)

Download the tool below. Be sure to run it on all affected systems. Use an elevated command prompt.

Everyone Else (wanting to capture the right data)

Download the tool above, then identify your scenario and run the tool on the right systems at the same time. Use an elevated command prompt.

Console crash or unable to connect

Collect traces from both the computer where you run Admin Console and the VMM Server

Add Hosts issues

Collect traces from the VMM Server and the Host system

Host status or VM issue

Collect traces from both the VMM Server and the Host in question

Cluster issues

Collect traces from a single Cluster Node and the VMM Server

What happened to SCTrace!??

Frequent readers of this blog may be aware of a previous tracing tool called ‘SCTrace’. It has been retired as this new script is up to 8x more efficient* and 2x as enjoyable* to use. Also, VMMTrace is a cooler name. And, it has been rewritten to be region independent of date format and other improvements.


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