Archive for March, 2010

Clone a Hyper-V VM

  • First step build the VM to your liking
  • Make a cup of tea
  • Run sysprep i.e. c:\windows\system32\sysprep\sysprep /generalize /oobe /shutdown
  • Rename the VM in Hyper-V Manager i.e baseline
  • Export the VM from Hyper-V Manager
  • Don’t forget to drink the cup of tea
  • Rename the VM back to it’s original name
  • Copy the exported directory. I’m using Hyper-V Server R2 so Robocopy is easiest i.e. “robocopy /E d:\Baseline d:\VM\NewVM”
  • Rename the VHD file and update the name in config.xml and in the EXP file
  • Import the Cloned VM in Hyper-V Manager
  • Rename the Cloned VM and run through the mini-setup
  • Your Done!

SCOM – Notification Test Tool

Notification Test Tool

The Notifications Test Tool is a simple tool you can use to test your notification channels and subscriptions. This tool can be used to test email (SMTP), Instant Message (IM) or Text message (SMS) channels. Also, you can use this to generate a test alert in OpsMgr to test subscriptions.

Install Instructions:

Download and install the OMTestTool.msi to a local directory on your computer.

Note: This tool must be installed on a computer that has the OpsMgr console installed and run from someone logged as a local admin. To run the tool you must me a member of the OpsMgr Administrator group.

I have included a small user guide in the zip file. This tool will work on all version of OpsMgr. I plan to update this tool to support multiple channels types that R2 now exposes when I get some time.

Note: If you are running this tool on an OS where UAC is enabled please make sure to right click and run as Administrator.


Rob Kuehfus | System Center Operations Manager | Program Manager