Unable to perform a P2V to CSV on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager if there is insufficient disk space on the local drive

Capture1 Hi All. Thought to share you something where I came across in my Hyper-V cluster which enabled the CSV (Cluster Shared Volume) volume. P2V process is failing in SCVMM 2012 even if we have more than enough space in the CSV Lun. I had installed the Three Node Hyper-V cluster with CSV volumes. Each of my node having 96 GB of Physical memory. However due to Paging file size my free disk space on my server was around 20 GB in C:\ Drive. All these two Nodes are running on top of CISCO Blade servers. When I do a P2V it stops with the following indicating error and I was unable to continue the P2V. In my CSV volume I had around 1TB of free disk space. But in my HOST Rates indicated no free disk space to do  P2V of 200GB capacity of dynamic VHD Virtual machine.

As you can see in my below screen (screen 1) the Host Rating is very poor in my CLOUDSVR02 and CLOUDSVR03. But these two servers are already connected with the CSV volume which already have 1TB of Disk space.

This issue occurs because host placement checks the free disk space on the system volume on all cluster nodes prior to allowing the user to select the CSV volume for placement. If there is insufficient disk space on the system volume on all cluster nodes, the placement rating will be zero stars for the cluster.
This issue applies only when using the admin console to perform this task, not PowerShell.


To over come this issue just follow the below steps which I mentioned on this post. Winking smile


1- Error will shown as follows


2 Go to particular Hyper-V Host server and open the HYPER-V Manager console on it. In my case I opened in the CLOUDSVR01 server as follows. Then under “Actions” tab select New Hard Disk as follows.


3-On the New Virtual Hard Disk Wizard choose the Disk Type as Dynamically Expanding Disk and click “Next” to continue.


4- On the Specify Name and Location wizard just give a Name to the .VHD file and set a specific path to store the .VHD file which you are going to create now. In my case I have created a TEMP folder in C:\ drive. Then Click “Next”.


5- On the Configure Disk wizard just select the “Create a New Blank Virtual Hard Disk” option and mentioned the amount you want as follows. In my case I just mentioned 900 GB .VHD file. Sine this is going to be a dynamically expanding disk this will create a 80MB of file with .VHD format.Smile

Then Click “Next” to continue.


6- On the Completing  New Virtual Hard Disk wizard click “Finish” to create the VHD file.


7- Then open the Computer management wizard in the same Hyper-V host (in my case its CLOUDSVR01) and select the “Disk Management” and “right” click it and Select Attached VHD option as follows.


8- After that it will ask you to locate the VHD file which you create and press “Ok” as follows.


9- After adding it to the Hyper-V host you can see the new disk has been added to the Host under Disk Management wizard as follows.


10- Once it is done Go to your SCVMM 2012 console and right click on the particular host as follows and select “Properties” option to configure the Host for the New Disk.


11- Under Host properties select the “Hardware” tab and expand the Storage option to map the newly created VHD file. After you select the newly created VHD file just enable the “Available for Placement” option and click “OK” to save the Host properties.


12- After you done all the above steps and try to start the P2V conversion again. This time Ratings will be good in Cloudsvr01 server and you can continue the P2V  process. Smile


Hope this post gives you something valuable. I posted this issue since I faced this issue in my setup.

Further details you can get through the following Article published by Microsoft.






Part-2 – System Center Service Manager Self Service Portal 2012 Configurations (SCSM 2012)


Hi All Smile

In my previous post I have showed you how to install System Center Service Manager 2012. But as I mentioned with the settings which we have done it wont open you the correct System Center Self Service portal.  It will open a Blank web site when you type the Portal URL. It will pop up as follows. Therefor to get the correct URL you need to do few more steps. I am sharing this with my experience of installation of self service portal.

I am not going to cover the Service Manager 2012 installation here since I have covered it in my previous post.

Software Prerequisites:

First of all, we need to make sure that all the software prerequisites below are met:-

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM or with SP1
  • IIS 7.5 with IIS 6 metabase compatibility
  • Self-signed SSL certificate (follow the FQDN of the SSP server)
  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Analysis Management Objects
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 is required for hosting dashboards for advanced analytical reports
  • Microsoft Silverlight

Lets do the additional configurations now Winking smile

1- The following indicates the blank portal which I mentioned above.


2- Open the IIS Service Manager on the server which you installed the scsm web-portal service. Then select the “Service Manager Portal” which indicates on the left side. Once you highlighted it on the Service Manager Portal Home select the “Application Settings”  as highlighted on my below screen.


3- Once you open the Application settings which related to Service Manager Portal and make sure the Application settings indicates are as follows. Make sure you have mentioned the server FQDN as I highlighted.


4- After Verify the above settings then you have to create a self-signed certificates using IIS Manager console. Click the “Server Certificates” tab on the IIS server.


5- Once you click the Server Certificates tab you will see the following screen. On the Server certificates wizard under “Actions” click the “Create Self-Signed Certificate” tab to create a certificate as I highlighted on my below screen.


6- On the Create Self-signed Certificate Wizard under “Specify A friendly name of the certificate” column just type what ever the name you want and click “OK” to create it.  In my case I just typed as “SMPortalCertificate”.


7-Next is you need to bind the certificate which you have created to the Service Manager Portal. To bind it select the Service Manager Portal and under “Actions” tab “Select” the Bindings settings as I highlighted in my below screen.


8- Once you open the Binding settings just select the Self-Signed certificate you just create and bind it as indicating in the following screen.


9- Do the same Certificate Binding for the SCSMWEBCONTENTSERVER web site as well. After bind the certificate just open a MMC console and open the Certificate wizard in you server and verify the Newly Created Self-Signed Certificate is within the list or not. If the Certificate is within list then that all you need to do and you are done. Smile


10- Now you can open the Service Manager Web Portal and make sure the  portal is displaying as follows.  Smile



In this post I have shared you some additional steps which you need to do for Service Manager 2012 Self Service Web-Portal. I thought to share this based on my experience which I had with installing the web portal.

In my next step I will share you how to install the System Center Cloud Service Process Pack.

Thanks all and Good Luck  Smile

Part-1 Step by Step of Install System Center Service Manager 2012 (SCSM 2012)

CaptureWhat is System Center Service Manager 2012? Smile

System Center Service Manager 2012 delivers an integrated platform for automating and adapting IT Service Management best practices to your organization’s requirements. Service Manager can help your organization to increase productivity, reduce costs, improve resolution times, and meet compliance standards.

Through its configuration management database (CMDB) and process integration, Service Manager 2012 automatically connects knowledge and information from System Center Virtual Machine Manager, System Center Operations Manager, System Center Orchestrator, System Center Configuration Manager,Active Directory Domain Services and etc.

Some of new features added in to System Center Service Manager 2012 are as follows:

  • Self-Service Portal
  • Orchestrator integration 
  • Service Requests / Release Management
  • OLAP Cubes in Data Warehouse / Reporting

Before Install the SCSM 2012 you must make sure the following prerequisites are installed. 

Service Manager Server component requirements(valid for all server components, including:-

Management Server-database Server

Service Manager Console

Data Warehouse Server

Self-service Portal

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1
  • ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0
  • Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable
Database Server
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
  • 64-bit version of SQL Server 2008 with SP1, SP2 or version 2008 R2
  • SQL Server Reporting Services


Service Manager console

  • 32-bit or 64-bit edition of Windows Server 2008 (all editions) with SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 with SP2
  • Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate – RTM or SP1
  • Windows Vista Enterprise or Ultimate with SP2
  • Windows Powershell 1.0 or higher
  • Microsoft Report Viewer Redistributable
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 with SP1
  • ADO.NET Data Services Update for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Self-Service Portal
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM or with SP1
  • IIS 7.5 with IIS 6 metabase compatibility installed
  • Self-signed SSL certificate
  • ASP.NET 2.0
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0
  • Microsoft Analysis Management Objects
  • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010
  • Or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
  • Or Microsoft SharePoint 2010 for Internet Sites Enterprise
  • Excel Services in SharePoint 2010 is required for hosting dashboards for advanced analytical reports


Browser accessing the Self-Service Portal


  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Requires Silverlight 4.0 or higher

1- Open the setup file on SCSM 2012 and select Install the “Service Manager Management Server” as I highlighted on the below screen.


2- Accept the License Agreement and click “Next” to continue.


3- Select the installation path or leave the default installation path and click “Next” to continue.


4- After you click Next on the above screen then next will scan the prerequisites which need for SCCM 2012 installation.


5- Once the prerequisites process completed it will  give the System Check Results as follows.


6- On the Service Manager Database configuration part select “Create New Database” option and Click “Next” to continue. In case if you want you can change the Database location and Log file installation path as well. In addition to that you can configure the Database size too. The default size is 2GB.


7- On the Management Group settings type a Friendly Name under the Management Group Name column and select the User to designate for the management group. I have highlighted the Management Group name in my screen as follows. Smile


8- Add a user account who needs to have an access to Service Manager Services and click the “Test Credentials” tab to verify the username and password.


9- Add a user name and password to give the access to service manager workflow. This user name should have e-mail enabled because later on we need to set an email notification in SCSM 2012.


10- Select what ever you like on Customer Experience Improvement Program and click “Next” to continue.


11- Select to  have windows Updates once you finish the installation. Its recommended to updates windows patches as soon as you finished the installation.


12- On the installation summary just verify the details and click “Next” to start the installation.


13- Once the installation completes you can verify it. Also select the option to complete the encryption key creation process to create a recover key in the event of future disaster recovery needs.


14- On the Encryption Key Backup and Restore wizard just click “Next” on the Introduction page.


15- On the Backup or Restore wizard just “Select” Backup the Encryption Key and click “Next” to continue.


16- Specify a location to store the Key. But make sure to specify a Network location rather than selecting a Root management server and click “Next” to continue.


17-  Type the Password which you want to have and click “Next” to continue.


18-Once it  created the Encrypted Key click  “Finish” to complete the Encryption Key Backup or Restore Wizard.


19- Now we have completed the Management Server Installation wizard and next is to install the Self-Service Portal of SCSM 2012. But before install the Self-Service Portal we need install some dependencies of it. As a first step we need to install Share-Point Foundation server on the server. But if you already have a Share-Point Server in your environment you can use it as well. But in this example I am going to install Share-Point Foundation server on the same server. Even to install Share-Point Foundation server you need to install some prerequisites. To install prerequisites you can use the following method which already available in the Share-Point Foundation setup wizard. I have Highlighted it in the below screen.  Select “Install Software Prerequisites”.


20- Once you select the “Install Software Prerequisites”, then you will get a list of products and updates which you need to install. The following screen indicates it. Click “Next” to continue.


21- Once you verify the it just Accept the terms of the license Agreement(s) and click “Next” to start installation of the updates and products.


22- Then it will start to download the required patches and products from the internet. If you need you can manually download the required components and install it rather than letting it to download at this stage. Its your choice. Smile


23- Once it downloaded the necessary files you can view the summary of it as shown in the below image. Then click “Finish” to complete the prerequisites installation.


24- When Prerequisites installation completed just click the “Install Share-Point Foundation” tab as highlighted in below screen to start the installation of Share-Point Foundation.


25- Accept the terms of this agreement and click “Continue” .


26- Select Standalone option as follows. If you select Standalone option then it will do necessary configurations to SharePoint server with default settings. If not you can select Server Farm option and do installation. But in my case I have selected the Standalone option. To continue click “Next”.


27- Installation will start and progress as follows.


28- Select the “Run Share-Point Products Configuration Wizard now” and click “Close” button.


29- Once you press close button on the above screen then it starts of the Share-Point configuration wizard. Click “Next”


30- As per the following Warning Messages it may restart some services which runs in this server. Such as IIS Service, Share-Point Administration Service v4, etc… Click “Yes” to continue.


31- Then it will start the configuration setup based on its default settings  as follows.


32- Once the installation Successful just click “Finish” to end the installation of Share-Point Foundation.


33- Once complete the Share-Point Foundation installation, next is to install the Service Manager Web Portal.  To start the installation of it just click the “Service Manager Web Portal” as highlighted in below screen.


34- On the next screen Just select “Web Content Server” and “Share-Point Web Parts” options and click “Next”.


35-Agree to the Terms and conditions as follows and click “Next”.


36- Select the Installation path as you want or let the default path to be there and click “Next” to continue.


37- Next step will automatically check the prerequisites require to  install service manager web portal. Once all the Prerequisites requirements are met just click “Next” to begin the installations.


38- On the Self-Service Portal name and port wizard you can type what ever the Website Name you want and also the Port which users are access the portal. In addition to that select the “SSL Encryption” option and select the particular SSL Certificate from the drop down list as indication in the below screen and click “Next” to continue.


39- On the Service Manager database wizard “Type the SQL data base server name and also select the SQL database” where you want to install the Service Manager Database for self service portal  as below screen and click “Next”.


40- On the next wizard type the domain user name who can access the service manager database and Test the Credentials and click “Next” to continue.


41- On the Service Manager SharePoint Web Site wizard Type the SharePoint Site Name as you want or let default name to be there. Also “Enable” the SSL Certificate and “Select” the database server and click “Next”.


42- On the user assign screen just type the user account and Test the Credentials to verify the user account is correct and click “Next”. In my case I am using the domain admin account. Smile


42- Select what ever the option you want on the customer experience improvements program and click “Next” to continue.


43- On the next screen select the “ Use Microsoft Update when I check for updates” and click “Next” to continue. I  always recommend to have up to date patches from the Microsoft. Smile


44- On the installation summary page just cross check all the settings you mentioned and once you feel good to go just press “Install” tab to start the installation.


45- Once the installation is complete just “Close” to finish the installation of Service Manager Web Portal. 


Now  the installation has completed. So you can Open the SCSM console and carry on the work.


This concludes the installation of System Center Service Manager 2012. In my Next post I will cover the additional steps need to take to view the SCSM Self-Service Portal. The reason is if you open the web portal based on the above settings then it will open you a Blank Portal without any List or Category views. Winking smile

On my Next post I will cover the additional settings need to carry out for SCSM 2012 WEB PORTAL.