Category: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

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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.



SCVMM 2012 SP1 Error: Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement

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If you are running Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V hosts and you are managing them with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and you are running VM Networks with Network Virtualization you can get the following error when you try to deploy a new Virtual Machine to the Hyper-V host.

“Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement”

Windows network virtualization is not enabled on a host NIC available for placement

This happens if:

  • You create a Logical Network with Network Virtualization enabled
  • You add the Logical Network to a Host Adapter or a Logical Switch on the Hyper-V host
  • You create a Isolated VM Network
  • Deploy a new Virtual Machine with the VM Network.

Resolution:

  • Enable the Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver on the Hyper-V host
Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver

Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver

If you are running this on a Team you have to enable the Windows Network Virtualization Filter driver on the Network Adapter Team.



Get Integration Services Version of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Machines

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In System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager was a cool new feature which allowed you to show the installed version of the Hyper-V Integration Services. In the normal Hyper-V Manager or Cluster Manager it was not possible to show the installed version. In Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V this has not changed, there is no GUI option to show the installed version, but there is Windows PowerShell. With the simple Get-VM cmdlet you can show the version of the Hyper-V Integration Services.

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Integration Services PowerShell



SCVMM 2012: Add Logical Network to all Hyper-V Hosts in HostGroup via PowerShell

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To use the Logical Networks in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 on a specific Hyper-V Host or Hyper-V Cluster you have to add the Logical Network to the network interface which the logical network is available. In the GUI you can do this in the properties of the Hyper-V host under Hardware.

SCVMM Hyper-V Host Properties Hardware

if you have a lot of Hyper-V hosts this can take some time. This Windows PowerShell script will help you. It will add the logical network on each Hyper-V host. It chooses the network adapter based on the network adapter name which is given on the Hyper-V host.

With the release of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager this is gone if you use the Logical Switch.



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 Beta available for download

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One week after the release of the Windows Server 2012, Microsoft released the Beta of System Center 2012 SP1 which brings support for the new features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8. The Beta includes System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1.

Downloads:

You can get the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Downloads here:

 

ConfigMgr_SCEP_2012_SP1_Beta_ENU_7782.exe 377.3 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCAC.exe 15.1 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part1.exe 818.6 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCDPM_Part2.exe 1.5 GB Download
SC2012_SP1_Beta_SCDPMREADME.txt 1 KB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCO.exe 68.6 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCOM.exe 905.9 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCSM.exe 400.2 MB Download
SC2012_SP1_BETA_SCVMM.exe 756.4 MB Download

 System Center 2012 Technical Documentation

 

 

Get System Center 2012 SP1 Beta documentation.



SCVMM 2012 Hyper-V Bare-Metal Deployment on Cisco UCS C200

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System Center Virtual Machine Manager brings a cool new feature called Bare Metal Deployment. This feature allows deploying new Hyper-V hosts via Out-of-Band Management (IPMI or SMASH) with the Virtual Machine Manager. In my lab environment I use Cisco UCS C200 M2 servers as my Hyper-V servers but this guide will also work with servers from other vendors such as HP, IBM or Dell.

Deployment Process

 

  1. SCVMM boots up Bare-Metal Server via OBM
  2. Send PXE Boot requests
  3. WDS asks SCVMM for authorize PXE boot
  4. SCVMM approves
  5. Boot Windows PE
  6. Run pre GCE scripts to configure Raid and other settings
  7. Copy the VHD from VMM Library
  8. Get drivers
  9. Run post GCE scripts to do additional configurations
  10. Doing post configuration
  11. Domain join
  12. Adding server to the resource pool

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