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  1. Support Cross-Cluster Migrations using S2D/SOFS Storage in Converged Environment

    SCVMM (VMM) & S2D should support cross-cluster migration of highly available VMs.

    Migrations of highly-available VMs from one cluster to another while using S2D and SOFS as a storage solution (NOT hyper-converged) should be supported by VMM.

    VMM has built-in functionality to allow migration of a VM from one cluster to another.

    This does NOT work with HA VMs when your storage solution is SOFS on S2D. The VM will be placed in pause-critical, effectively a failed migration.

    I believe this is a shortcoming on the part of Failover Clustering not properly handling storage communication, but not sure as this…

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      0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • VMM Plugin for Windows Admin Center

      Would like to see a plugin In Windows Admin Center for SCVMM so that administrators can perform VM and Host Management tasks from a web based interface rather than depending on the MMC console.
      Also it would enable self-servicing by giving the ability for delegated administrators or tenants to administer their own VMs and also create their own VMs under their clouds

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        0 comments  ·  VMM Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • When configuring memory, make GB be the default instead of MB

        When configuring memory for a VM, make GB be the default instead of MB. These days I think everyone would save some clicks and time if this was implemented.

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          0 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • DCR: Customer would like a better algorithm for calculating Overcommit

          Customer is sometimes 'ok' state. And other times, 'overcommit' state, even without changes in environment.

          SCVMM 2016 UR4, Standalone VMM environment of 12 Nodes.
          He has 192 GB free when he calculates all his HOST's free memory including the reserve node's (R1).

          https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3023928/details-of-the-cluster-overcommit-algorithm-in-system-center-2012-r2-v

          * What we might really need here is logging of how 'ok' and 'overcommit' was calculated so the toggle between both states is understood.

          5 votes
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            1 comment  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Preconfigure Network Adapter in Physical Computer Profile

            Configuring the network adapter of the bare-metal is configurable only after deep discovery has been made. like makeing the nic not registering with DNS option.

            Physical Computer Profile mostly does alot of time, but only able to preconfigure the network adapter in detail.

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              0 comments  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make the failover cluster manager VM role names the same as they are named in VMM and Hyper-V

              Currently when you create a VM in VMM it adds a prefix and suffix to the role name when created in Failover Cluster Manager. "SCVMM *ServerName* Resources" for example.

              When I name a VM, I want the name to stay the same no matter where I am looking. (Hyper-V Manager, Failover Cluster Manager and VMM.) If I name a server "JoesWebServer" I don't want it to change in FCM to "SCVMM JoesWebServer Resources".

              17 votes
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                0 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • VHD Set support

                Add VHD Set support in VMM. Support for shared VHDX and now VHD Set has been requested for years, yet VMM ignores this critical feature.

                One of the greatest advancements of VHD Set over shared VHDX is the ability to migrate vhd set, yet VMM has no support for this.

                Please add VHD Set management (create, attach, dettach, migrate ....) to VMM.

                96 votes
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                  1 comment  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Integrate Container Management in SCVMM or Kubernetes Integration Board with SCVMM

                  Since Windows Server Container Support. It should be possible to create Containers and Hyper-V Containers with SCVMM. Also suggesting to integrate Kubernetes Management Board Integration into SCVMM since Kubernetes Support Windows Containers.

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                    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Enable Shared Nothing Live Migrations between Hyper-V Clusters using SOFS Clusters

                    In our setup a Hyper-V cluster does have it's own SOFS cluster, we have several of those clusters. So a one-to-one relationship is established between a Hyper-V Cluster and a SOFS Cluster.
                    SCVMM 2016 does not allow for VM's to be live-migrated between Hyper- V clusters while this was possible using SCVMM2012R2. This functionality disappeared magically in 2016. We really need this since we migrate VMs regularly between clusters.
                    For example; we do have local clusters and stretched clusters, we need to live migrate VMs between those for distributing load and SLA levels. The loss of this functionality is documented…

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                      1 comment  ·  VMM Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • hiddensharePrevent users from creating hidden shares from the VMM console (or support them!)

                      VMM Allows you to create shares that are hidden by adding a $ to the end of the name. It works fine and allows you to use them.

                      However, if you remove one of these shares (ie, retire it) all of the hidden shares disappear. This is because the discovery gets run and it incorrectly assumes anything with a $ at the end is special and needs to be filtered out.

                      At this point, all of your VMs on these shares go into an unsupported state and you lose the ability to manage VMs using VMM.

                      Please allow VMM to…

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                        0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Mapping virtual NICs to SET switch Physical adapters

                        As SET switches don't support LACP

                        By default an algorithm is in place to affinitize a vNIC to a Physical network adapter when they are in a team (LBFO or SET). This algorithm does not always do the things you want, If I have two storage NICs created on my vSwitch I would like them affinitized both on a different physical adapter.

                        Set-VMNetworkAdapterTeamMapping -VMNetworkAdapterName SMB_1 –ManagementOS –PhysicalNetAdapterName “SLOT 2”
                        Set-VMNetworkAdapterTeamMapping -VMNetworkAdapterName SMB_2 –ManagementOS –PhysicalNetAdapterName “SLOT 3”

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                          1 comment  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Bring back support for VMM Host and VM Dashboards in SCOM 2016

                          Update the VM and Hosts Dashboards management pack that was released for VMM 2012 and SCOM 2012. This Management Pack can no longer be imported into a SCOM 2016/VMM 2016 monitoring scenario.
                          System Center 2012 R2 Management Pack for Virtual Machine Manager Host and Virtual Machine Dashboards
                          https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43707&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all

                          Without this Management Pack the usability of SCOM for monitoring the Hyper-V Hosts and VMs is virtually non-existent

                          29 votes
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                            0 comments  ·  Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Provide web based management in VMM 2016 like App Controller without Windows Azure Pack

                            An easy to use web based management option like App Controller should be provided for VMM 2016. Setting up Windows Azure Pack just in order to give internal customers e.g. developers a tool to manage their VMs seems oversized.

                            15 votes
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                              0 comments  ·  UI  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Detect and allow KVP data exchange properties to be exposed as custom properties

                              We have specific properties that we pass up and down to the VM via KVP, such as 'managed custom properties' to add a 'add existing kvp attribute'. These can then be selected to show on the main view.

                              Currently, we have a non-trivial WMI script that queries and updates same-name VMM custom attributes with this data so we have a single pane of glass for these values

                              For example, typically for us we bring drive usage (to compare against VHDx size), escalation manager, and particular system component information up (particular result of a SQL query) to view within VMM so…

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                                0 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • VMM library servers in multiple sites -> synchronization of content

                                That’s a major issue that there is no support for DFS-R to keep different VMM library servers in different sites in sync or up to date. If we can use DFS-R for it that would be a good step forward.

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                                  9 comments  ·  VMM Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  planned  ·  Ashish Mehndi responded

                                  This feature is being planned, will update once we start working on this.

                                • Better performance management in VMM

                                  I like to see what performance counters on Hyper-V hosts and VMs on the following components:
                                  - CPU
                                  - Memory
                                  - Network
                                  - Disk

                                  These performance counters can be viewed in a graph for a day, week and month trend.

                                  It would be nice to see what are the top hosts and VMs on CPU, memory, network and disk I/O in realtime in SCVMM without the use of SCOM

                                  69 votes
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                                    2 comments  ·  Hyper-V Virtual Machine  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • End-to-End Hyper-V and Cluster Management in the SCVMM Console

                                    Today we are not able to fully manage Hyper-V Hosts and Clusters from the SCVMM Console. For some settings we still need to do it from the local host. It would be great to have SCVMM to support all the Hyper-V and Cluster features in just one console.

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                                      14 comments  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      declined  ·  Keiko Harada responded

                                      Hello all,

                                      We have reviewed the idea in great length. However, due to the large scope, we broke the top common 4 sub-idea into a separate ideas. If your idea is not being reflected as part of the 4 sub-ideas. Please subscribing your idea separately.

                                      We do appreciate your candidate suggestions and hope you would help us further going forward.

                                      regards,

                                      VMM Product Team

                                    • Sort Storage Classifications by some meaningful order

                                      When you go apply a classification to a VM's Virtual Disk in the GUI, the drop-down menu sorts things in an incoherent manner.

                                      It appears that Get-SCStorageClassification also returns results in the same order.

                                      It also does not appear to sort based on propreties ID, AddedTime, or ModifiedTime.

                                      Can we at least get the VMM GUI to sort results? (Powershell can obviously be done manually.)

                                      Image attached demonstrating issue.

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                                        1 comment  ·  Storage Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      • Checkpoints don't inherit VM owner, when another user creates it.

                                        We have VMs with a Self-Service owner. When a different user creates a checkpoint on that VM, within the checkpoint properties, it shows that the checkpoint was "created by" the owner, not by the user that actually created it.

                                        Can we have it so the Checkpoint creator's name is in the "created by" field instead of the VM owner?

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                                        • use offline domainjoin instead of unattend.xml

                                          Currently VMM is using unattend.xml for domain joins for VMs and Hyper-V hosts. This contains having unencrypted passwords stored as cleartext at some points of time during the deployment.

                                          We would prefer using offline domain join instead - as it was done for nano server in the past.

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