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  • 1.  Consolidation planner

    Posted Jan 03, 2008 09:04 PM

    Has anyone tried to use this new feature yet? I entered an AD admin credentialed account through the Administration/Consolidation Settings configuration, and it passed the test. I entered my first physical server into Add to Analysis in the Consolidation tab, and within 15 seconds, I get "Unknown error encountered" under the Status heading. This is a Windows 2000 server - is that not a supported platform for this tool? Any idea where I might be able to get to the bottom of the "Unknown error"?


  • 2.  RE: Consolidation planner

    Posted Jan 04, 2008 09:21 AM


    as far aa I know the consolidation planer is using the windows performance counters to gather the required informations.

    I suggest you to prove that you can collect these performance counters remote with any other tool that is doing the same.

    You can use the performance tools out of windows or you can use a tool like "spotlight on windows" ( to collect

    performance counters remote to check if its possible to collect these informations anyway.



  • 3.  RE: Consolidation planner

    Posted Feb 07, 2008 10:35 AM


    i have the same problem. Did you already solved?

    Thank you


  • 4.  RE: Consolidation planner

    Posted Feb 08, 2008 07:56 PM

    No, I have not figure this one out. I decided it was not worth my time. We have other, more comprehensive tools to determine whether or not a candidate server should be virtualized. I added some more W2K servers to the "Add to Analysis" list over two weeks ago, and so far the results of the tool are: "Error: VirtualCenter has not gathered enough information to recommend a destination for these physical computers". The status of these servers is "Collecting system information". It seems to me this tool is in need of some tweaking.

    I recently took the VMware Infrastructure 3 Install & Configure class. The instructor was from VMware, and his comments were that this was a very "light" version of Capacity Planner. My impression (perhaps not entirely accurate) is that VMware may incorporate CP into Virtual Center somewhere down the road, like they did VMware Converter. Maybe they will get it working a little better by then.