System Center 2012 R2: Update Rollup 1

Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 is available. Following components are fixed in this update:

  • App Controller
  • Orchestrator
  • Data Protection Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Service Manager
  • Service Provider Foundation
  • Virtual Machine Manager

Get it here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904734

Upgrade Virtual Machine Manager to 2012 R2, High Level Steps.

VMM  does not support in-place upgrade. You have to uninstall VMM and retain the database. Before uninstalling VMM first uninstall any Update Rollup. After uninstalling VMM, ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit) 8.0 also have to be uninstalled. Before starting the VMM 2012 R2 installation you have to install ADK 8.1. Make sure you have a complete system state and database backup of the server.

  • First step is to uninstall VMM Management Server and VMM Console.

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  •  Next, Uninstall the ADK

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  • Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 r2

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  • Select your existing database (default name is VirtualManagerDB)

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 Answer “Yes” when asked to upgrade the virtual machine manager database. 

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Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 is Available!

Update for Configuration Manager 2012 Sp1 is available.

This update adds support for Windows 8.1-based client computers in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. Windows 8.1 is added to the supported platform list.

Download: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2882125/en-us

If you are looking for Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 see the link below. A lot if issues is fixed in this update.

System Center 2012 R2, Upgrade Path

Soon, Microsoft will release System Center 2012 R2. I get a lot of questions regarding upgrade paths.

The upgrade path to any System Center 2012 R2 component (SCCM,SCOM,SCSM,SCORCH, SCVMM etc.) is:

System Center 2012 RTM > System Center 2012 SP1 > System Center 2012 R2.

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SCVMM: No Run As account is associated with the host

If you get this error then trying to add Resources to a host or cluter in SCVMM it’s probably because as the warning describes because no run as account is set for the host. Remeber this account cannot be the same as the scvmm service account.

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1. Navigate to: Settings > Run As Accounts

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2. Associate the run as account with the host by using PowerShell:

$Cluster = Get-SCVMHostCluster -Name CLUSTER-NAME
$RunAsAccount = Get-SCRunAsAccount -Name "RUNASACCOUNT"
Set-SCVmHostCluster -VMHostCluster $Cluster -VMHostManagementCredential $RunAsAccount

 

 

Follow TechEd Europe Madrid Live!

If you are not one of the lucky ones attending TechEd…. Don’t worry, you can still follow the sessions online! Navigate to: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2013#fbid=wipqIKVlFpz

Afraid of ADFS? here is a Quick Start Guide for Integrating a Single Forest AD with Azure AD

David Tesar has created a quick starte guide for integrating a single forest on-premises AD with Windows Azure AD. After completing this guide you will have federated your on-premises AD with Windows Azure AD. You will get single sign-on capatibillities to users of Windows Azure AD such as Office 365 and Windows Intune.

Get it here:  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16226.quick-start-guide-for-integrating-a-single-forest-on-premises-active-directory-with-windows-azure-ad.aspx

How to Configure a Clustered Storage Space in Windows Server 2012

Troubleshooting a clustered Storage Space in Server 2012 I came accross this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/clustering/archive/2012/06/02/10314262.aspx

A great guide on how to create a clustered storage space, and necessary prerequisites:

  • A minimum of three physical drives, with at least 4 gigabytes (GB) capacity each, are required to create a storage pool in a Failover Cluster.
  •  The clustered storage pool MUST be comprised of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) connected physical disks. Layering any form of storage subsystem, whether an internal RAID card or an external RAID box, regardless of being directly connected or connected via a storage fabric, is not supported.
  •  All physical disks used to create a clustered pool must pass the Failover Cluster validation tests. To run cluster validation tests:
  • Clustered storage spaces must use fixed provisioning.
  • Simple and mirror storage spaces are supported for use in Failover Cluster. Parity Spaces are not supported.
  • The physical disks used for a clustered pool must be dedicated to the pool. Boot disks should not be added to a clustered pool nor should a physical disk be shared among multiple clustered pools.
  • Storage spaces formatted with ReFS cannot be added to the Cluster Shared Volume (CSV).

SCVMM 2012: How to use a SMB 3.0 Fileshare as Highly Available storage

In Windows Server 2012, SMB 3.0 file shares can be used as shared storage for Hyper-V, Using Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) you can assign SMB file shares to Hyper-V stand-alone hosts and host clusters.

  • Navigate to Fabric > Storage

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  • Right click “Storage” and select “Add Storage Devices”

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  • Select: “Add a Windows based file server as managed storage device”SMB3_3
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  • Confirm your choises.

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  • To create a File Share on the newly added storage device, navigate to Fabric > Storage > File Servers > (Right Click) > Select Create File Share.SMB3_8
  • Specify a name for the file share and a local path on the file server where SCVMM should create the share. (Select “Continuosly available” if your you have a clustered file server. Click add to create the file share.

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  • To add the newly created file share to your cluster. Navigate to: “VMs and Services” > Right click your cluster > Select properties.SMB3_10
  • On the “File Share Storage” pane click on the “add button”SMB3_11
  • In the dropdown list, select your newly created file share. Click “OK”.

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  • Next you need to specify a “Run As Account”, Click on the “Browse” button.

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  • Select a run as account. This should not be your SCVMM Service account. If needed create a new account in active directory. SCVMM will use this account to access the share. Permission on the share will be configured by SCVMM.

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Your file server and share is now available as highly available storage in your cluster.  SMB3_16

You can read more about assigning SMB 3.0 file shares in Microsoft’s official documentation library: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj614620.aspx#BKMK_AssignShare

System Center 2012: The order in witch you upgrade System Center 2012 components is very important.

“In an environment that includes two or more components of Microsoft System Center 2012, the order in which you upgrade those components to System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) is very important.”

Personally I recommend using this order also for cumulative updates and update rollups.

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Read more here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj628203.aspx

System Center Online Community Resources

Looking for Microsoft Team Blogs, System Center MVPs, Twitter handles, System Center User Groups or Online communities? Chances are you will find it here:

http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11504.how-to-participate-in-the-system-center-community.aspx

 

SCVMM 2012: Clouds… if nothing else group your VMs.

In System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager you can create clouds. The basic idea is to scope resources (storage, network, hosts) and security into groups, this is the first step in order to enable self-service and automation. But let’s say you have a small environment, typical storage not managed by SCVMM, 2 hosts in a single cluster, and no security delegation or self-service.

I really recommend you to start looking at grouping your virtual machines into clouds. Even if you in the beginning only use it to organize and sort your virtual machines.

How to Create a cloud:

  • In the VMs and Services view, right click clouds and Select create a cloud. Walk trough the wizard. For grouping purposes, Select Your hosts Group on the “Resources” page and your network on the “logical Networks page”. Then leave everything else default.

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  •  Assign your VM to your cloud under the general tab in the VMs Properties.

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  • Then you will find your VMs sorted in Clouds 🙂

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MMS 2013: View sessions online

If you are not one of the lucky ones attending MMS 2013 …. Don’t worry, you can still follow the sessions online!

“The Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) brings together the brightest IT professionals from around the world to increase their technical expertise through an intensive week of training led by experts in desktop, device management, datacenter, and cloud technologies.”

http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/MMS/2013

System Center 2012 SP1 Cumulative Update 1 relased

Contains a lot of bug-fixes for System Center 2012 SP1…

Read more: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2785682

For Configuration Manager SP1: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2817245/en (includes updated powershell features).

 

SCVMM 2012: Virtual Networking

The System Center Virtual Machine Manager Engineering team has started to contribute a blog series.

This post covers the basic steps you need to follow in order to create an isolated network on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V servers using System Center 2012 SP1- Virtual Machine Manager .

http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/archive/2013/01/08/virtual-networking-in-vmm-2012-sp1.aspx

 

 

SCVMM 2012: HotFixes for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

If you manage Server 2008 R2 Sp1 Hyper-V hosts With System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Sp1, you may experience problems.

If you get this error: “-2147024882 0x8007000E Not enough storage is available to complete this operation.”

install this hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2781512/en

For a complete list of available hotfixes if you are using System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V hosts or clusters, visit: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2724596

Hyper-V Best Practise!

When designing a Hyper-V solution it’s a lot to think about regarding network and storage configuration. NetApp writes good best practise documents for Hyper-V. If you are in the process to install or optimize your hyper-v environment, I can reccomend  I really recommend you to read «NetApp Storage Best Practices for Microsoft Virtualization and NetApp SnapManager for Hyper-V» Even if Your Storage vendor is not NetApp 🙂

Get it here: http://www.netapp.com/us/media/tr-3702.pdf

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: The requested resources is in use.

Recently i’ve upgraded my private lab environment. I have moved from a combination of VMware workstation and oracle virtualbox to a Server 2012 Hyper-V Cluster. So far so good, storage is also upgraded to a NetGear iSCSI NAS, in my environment this has proven to do the trick. Even if you can now use SMB shares in failover clusters, I still use iSCSI.

Recently I ran into this error: «The requested resource is in use». Storage showed status reserved on both hosts, I was unable to bring the resources online. My storage was in a stale state, with both hosts reserving the storage.

So how to solve?

  1. In powershell type, Clear-ClusterDiskReservation –Disk <DiskNumber> on the hyper-v hosts. (disk number from disk management or diskpart)
  2. If this fails, another option in my case was to disconnect the iSCSI storage on one of my hosts claiming ownership. Then I was able to bring the resource online, reconnect iSCSI storage. Problem solved.

SCVMM 2012: Quickstart Installation guide

Kevin Holman has written a generic quickstart guide for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. This guide is good to use if you want to install this product for evaluation or proof of concept for a customer.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2011/09/30/scvmm-2012-quickstart-deployment-guide.aspx

SCVMM Supported configurations:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg610574.aspx

System Center Marketplace: Great starting point to extentions, apps and resources.

The Microsoft System Center Marketplace is specifically designed to help business customers find trusted Microsoft System Center experts, and applications and services that enhance and easily integrate with Microsoft System Center products.

http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/home

Microsoft, Infrastructure planning and design guides

Yes! They exist, If you are planning an implementation of a Microsoft System Center 2012 or other Microsoft Products or just seeking information on what is new, recommended planning steps or an overview of the product architecture. The Infrastructure Planning and Design (IPD) Guide Series provides you with quick an concrete information specified to each Product.

Great Tools whether you are a product specialist, receiving customer, a technical sales resource or project manager. Read up!

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/solutionaccelerators/ee395430

System Center 2012 Private Cloud

Microsoft has released a whitepaper where they compare private cloud solutions from Microsoft and VMware. If you are curious about private cloud technology and what Microsoft has to offer, i recommend reading this whitepaper.

Download it her: http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/3/6/F36D9AE8-6238-4EA3-9ABC-BF7BB848BF70/MicrosoftPrivateCloudWhitepaper.pdf