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Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.



What’s new in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta

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Some days ago Microsoft released the Beta of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. With the Service Pack 1 beta Microsoft added a lot of improvements and features to the System Center 2012 suite. However not everything is included in the beta. Here is a list of new features in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta:

  • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Improved Support for Network Virtualization
    • Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
    • Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
    • Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
  • Configuration Manager
    • Deployment and management of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
    • Distribution point for Windows Azure to help reduce infrastructure costs
    • Automation of administrative tasks through PowerShell support
    • Management of Mac OS X clients and Linux and UNIX servers
    • Real-time administrative actions for Endpoint Protection related tasks
  • Data Protection Manager
    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
    • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
    • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
  • App Controller
    • Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
    • Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
  • Operations Manager
    • Support for IIS 8
    • Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
    • Azure SDK support
  • Orchestrator
    • Support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
    • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
    • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
    • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
  • Service Manager
    • Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
    • Create chargeback reports
    • Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
  • Server App-V
    • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
    • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

I will provide more impressions on products I could already work with, such as SCVMM, SCAC and SCDPM, as soon as I find some time.



System Center 2012 SP1 TAP Airlift @Redmond

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As a member of the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) for the Service Pack 1 release of System Center 2012, which will among others bring support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and Windows 8, I will be joining a Airlift event (17th to 19th of September) on the Microsoft Campus in Redmond.

Also onboard are my fellows from itnetx gmbh, Marcel Zehner (MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management) and Stefan Roth (System Center Operations Manager Expert).

I am really looking for this event, it will be great to get some hands-on experience on the new System Center release, learning and discussing with others. If you also visiting this event and would like to have chat send me a message.



Two Private Cloud Sessions at Geekmania 2012

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Two weeks ago the date of the Swiss IT Event Geekmania was announced and I got two session slots in the itnetx Private Cloud Track. Together with Philipp Witschi I will talk about Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and Storage and how those features are integrated in the next Version of System Center.

Geekmania 2012 Private Cloud Sessions

  • Windows Server 2012: Hyper-V V3 – the new generation Hypervisor
  • Windows Server 2012: Storage Management – get ready for “Big Data”¨

Beside those two sessions there are a lot of other cool Microsoft Private Cloud sessions with the latest System Center products like System Center Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, Service Manager and Configuration Manager.

  • System Center Configuration Manager 2012: Task Sequences Deep Dive
  • Identity Management mit System Center Service Manager 2012
  • System Center Orchestrator 2012: Hardcore IT Process Automation
  • System Center Operations Manager 2012: Monitor your own Application
  • A Real World Microsoft Private Cloud Scenario
  • Panel Discussion: Meet The System Center And Private Cloud Solutions Experts

Private Cloud Track Speakers:

Geekmania 2012 will be a one day Event on Friday October 26. You can get more Information about the Event on the Geekmania 2012 homepage.

 



System Center 2012 Unified Installer – Step by Step – Part 3

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In the first two posts we did all the preperation for the System Center 2012 Unified Installer. Now in this post we are going finally to run the Unified Installer.

 

  1. Start the System Center Unified Installer
    System Center Unified Installer Setup
  2. The System Center Unified Installer is not made for production so read the warning and click okay.
    System Center Unified Installer Warning
  3. Choose the System Center components you want to install.
    System Center Unified Installer parts
  4. Set the component media Location for each System Center product
    System Center Unified Installer component location
  5. Accept the License Terms for Configuration Manager and the Prerequisite License Terms
    Coniguration Manager License Terms
    Prerequisite License Terms
  6. Choose the Prerequisite Meida Locations
    Prerequisite Media Location
  7. Specify the Installation Location
    Installation Destination Location
  8. Select the System Center Target servers
    System Center Servers
  9. Select System Center Service Accounts
    System Center Service Accounts
  10. provide some additional Setup information
    Coponent Specific Questions
  11. Check the summary and click install
    System Center Unified Installer Install
  12. Now the System Center Unified Installer will Setup the first Server with System Center Orchestrator
    System Center Orchestrator
  13. After Orchestrator is deployed, it will Launch some Orchestrator runbooks to install the other System Center parts.
    System Center Setup
  14. After all products are installed, SCUI will do a cleanup
    System Center Unified Installer Cleanup
  15. And about 3 hours later you are done
    System Center Unified Installer Summary

I think this is very cool and can you save a lot of time if you are doing a Proof of Concept or a Lab deployment of the System Center products.



System Center 2012 Unified Installer – Step by Step – Part 2

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In my first post about the System Center 2012 Unified Installer I wrote about the prerequisites you need, to do a System Center 2012 deployment with the Unified Installer. In the second part I will write how you have to prepare the Installer and the Target servers.

It’s still important: Neither the System Center Unified Installer nor this guide is made to deploy the System Center Suite in production. It is only for lab or demo environments.

In my case I created two OUs to deploy my small lab. One for the Installer Computer and one for all the System Center servers. And I created some GPOs to save some time.

SC2012 InstallerSC2012 ServersSC2012 Servers GPO

 

Preparing the Installer Computer for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer

  1. First I installed a Server with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the installer Computer and installed all the patches which came with Windows Updates.
  2. Now you have to do some configuration of WinRM. You can do this via Group Policy or CMD commands.
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Credential Delegation / Allow Delegating Fresh Credentials (Enabled with the value: “WSMAN/*” and Concatenate OS defaults with input above selected)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / Credential Delegation / Allow Delegating Fresh Credentials with NTLM-only Server Authentication (Enabled with the value: “WSMAN/*” and Concatenate OS defaults with input above selected)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WRM) / WinRm Client / Allow CredSSP authentication (Enabled)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WRM) / WinRm Client / Trusted Hosts (Enabled with a * in the TrustedHostsList option)
    SC2012 Installer GPO
  3. You could also run the following comands
  4. Now you you have to open some Firewall ports, you can do this also via Group Policy or in the local Windows Firewall settings.
    Create a new Inbound role for the following ports:
    TCP 81
    TCP 1433
    UDP 1434
    ICMP v4
    Because it is a demo or lab Environment you could also disable the Firewall

On the User’s Guide for System Center 2012 – Unified Installer you can get more Information how you can prepare the Installer Computer.

Preparing a Target Servers for System Center 2012 Components

  1. First I installed a Server with Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 as the installer Computer and installed all the patches which came with Windows Updates.
  2. Like for the Installer Computer we also have to create some GPOs for the Target Servers.
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WinRM) / WinRM Service / Allow automatic configuration of listeners (Enabled and the for the values of IPv4 filter and IPv6 filter type *)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Management (WinRM) / WinRM Service / Allow CredSSP authentication (Enabled)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Shell / Allow Remote Shell Access (Enabled)
    Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / Windows Components / Windows Remote Shell / Specify maximum amount of memory in MB per Shell (Enabled and set MaxMemoryPerShellMB to 2048)
    SC2012 SC Servers GPOYou could also run the following commands on the target servers.

Create Installer User and Service Users

SC2012 Service Accounts

 

I also created a Service Users for every System Center product, you could also just use the same user account for all products.

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SC2012 Installer Account

 

And I created a Installer User which has local Administrator rights on every machine. You also have to login to your Installer Computer and run the System Center Unified Installer with this account.

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This was the last preperation post, in the next post the “Fun” Begins and we can fire up the System Center 2012 – Unified Installer



System Center 2012 Unified Installer – Step by Step – Part 1

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With System Center 2012 Microsoft released another tool called System Center Unified Installer. The System Center Unified Installer is design to do an automated installation of all the System Center 2012 products in Demo or Lab environments. It is not designed to install System Center 2012 in productive environments, because most of the time you have to work on the existing infrastructure and you change things on productive systems which you should do manually and check if they work as expected.

But it is a good tool to deploy System Center for demos, testing and proof of concepts. Because it can install all System Center 2012 components in less than three hours fully automated. Still you have to do some preparation of the environment and your target servers.

System Center Unified Installer Process

 

In this series of posts I will show you how you can deploy System Center with the System Center Unified Installer with less effort as possible.

In part one of this blog series the focus will be the pre-requirements and the sources for a deployment with System Center Unified Installer.

  1. Download the System Center 2012 Suite. If you don’t have a license yet you can download the Private Cloud Evaluation Software.
  2. Download the following Prerequisites
    Prerequisite For
    Microsoft .NET Framework 4 SCAC
    SCCM
    SCDPM
    SCOM
    SCO
    Report Viewer Redistributable 2008 SCOM
    SCSM
    Report Viewer Redistributable 2010 SCOM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SCAC
    SCCM
    SCDPM
    SCOM
    SCO
    SCSM
    SCVMM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Native Client SCVMM
    SCAC
    Windows Automated Installation Kit SCVMM
    SCAC
    Microsoft Analysis Management Objects SCSM
    Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities SCVMM
    SCAC
    SP1 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SCCM
    Cumulative Update Package 4 for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 SCCM
  3. Now as the last step you have to unpack System Center 2012 and the prerequisites to your installer Computer. I created a Source Folder with the subfolders SC2012 for all the System Center Products and a subfolder Prereq for all the Prerequisites.
    System Center Unified Installer 2012System Center Unified Installer 2012System Center Unified Installer 2012So of the downloads you have to uncompressed using the command <filename>.exe /x:C:\Source\Prereq\<software>
    For example:
    - SQL Server 2008 R2
    - SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
    - SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 CU4
    - System Center App Controller

Now this was step one of the preperation. In the next part I will write about how you have to setup the Installer and the Target servers.

Links for the Unified Installer: