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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 →
    • 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 →
      • 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".

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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.

            90 votes
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              0 comments  ·  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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              • 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…

                  6 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Storage Management  ·  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.

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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 →
                      • 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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                          • 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.

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                              0 comments  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • 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.

                              7 votes
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                                0 comments  ·  Host Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • scvmm vhd

                                When creating a VM from template in SCVMM, the disk name (vhd file) is named the same as the VM name. 1. This makes it match the directory the vhd file is in. 2. Saves a step which if it is missed creates a VHD the same as VHD stored in the library server ("bad"). 3. This will save "errors" if people forget to rename the VHD file prior to creating the VM.

                                Yes, yes automation with PowerShell or some other product can address this but this should be the default behavior in SCVMM. As if you just spin up…

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                                    0 comments  ·  Network Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Default VHDX name for system disk during template deployment

                                    When deploying a VM from a template, I rename the boot disk the template is made from to "system.<fullvmname>.vhdx" because I do not want the disk created as "<vmtemplatename>.vhdx. If there was a way to setup a rule to do this, it would be nice.

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                                    • Add Additional Operating Systems for VMs

                                      It would be great if the Operating System list was something the administrator could define, but in lieu of that, add FreeBSD and OpenBSD as additional OS options for VMs.

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                                      • User Voice

                                        Much like Windows Admin Center, a suggestion I would like is in the VMM Help menu, to link directly to User Voice, for user feedback. This would be handy.

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                                        • Jobs Window Pop Ups

                                          When creating somwthing like a VMNetwork, the jobs window always pops up, can we make a preference in systems to not open a jobs window by default.

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