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System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 4 available

Microsoft just released Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Service Manager, Operations Manager and App Controller.

Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

The Update Rollup 4 for Virtual Machine Manager includes fixes for 28 issues. The Update Rollup includes fixes for the Virtual Machine Manager Server, Console and Agent.

Issue 1
For scale-out file servers, if one of the file server nodes is offline, Virtual Machine Manager cannot discover or register the scale-out file shares.

Issue 2
Virtual Machine Manager cannot deploy port profiles if one of the port profile’s maximum size is reached.

Issue 3
The Virtual Machine Manager Service crashes when there is an empty value for the vNICperf counter.

Issue 4
A “RunAs” account cannot be defined by using a service setting and cannot support the validation for network load balancing.

Issue 5
New virtual machines cannot be created from a library virtual machine if that library virtual machine has a snapshot on it.

Issue 6
In some cases, if a user imports a user interface add-in, the user might be unable to access the Virtual Machine Manager Server connection because the PowerShellContext property is null.

Issue 7
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Virtual Machine Manager cannot be uninstalled if any previous Update Rollup is applied to the system.

Issue 8
Virtual machine creation fails because the VMNetworkServiceSetting property cannot be set.

Issue 9
A new virtual machine deployment together with multiple pass-through disks may fail because Virtual Machine Manager cannot locate the boot or system volume during the installation of virtual guest services.

Issue 10
The Virtual Machine Manager Service may crash when it tries to discover a virtual machine on specific Storage Area Networks (SAN) storage.

Issue 11
In some cases, Virtual Machine Manager cannot update the VMWare host, the virtual machine or networking information.

Issue 12
Virtual Machine Manager tries to reset a virtual local area network (VLAN) ID when there is no change in the virtual machine network (VM network) or virtual machine subnet (VM subnet) of the network adapter.

Issue 13
When you migrate the storage of an online highly available virtual machine (HAVM), the cluster resource for the storage is not updated.

Issue 14
Virtual Machine Manager may report 0-percent CPU usage or 0 kilobytes (KB) available memory on the Hyper-V host.

Issue 15
Failed or canceled cross cluster migration does not clean the highly available virtual machine (HAVM) resource that is left in the target cluster.

Issue 16
The Virtual Machine Manager Service may crash because of Foreign Key violations in the tbl_ADHC_FibrePort table. This can be caused by a port that is deleted by Virtual Machine Manager before mapping is added.

Issue 17
Forecasting reports do not work if you use Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) 2012.

Issue 18
A Server Message Block (SMB) protocol dialect shows 30,000 network-attached storage devices when Virtual Machine Manager is run on a German locale.

Issue 19
You try to create a virtual machine by using a virtual machine template. When you use some specific virtual hard disks (VHDs), the virtual machine creation may fail at the “Install VM component” step.

Issue 20
VMware templates imported from the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 console that are deleted from the Virtual Machine Manager console are put in the “Missing” state.

Issue 21
When a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) channel is used after having aborted, the Virtual Machine Manager Service may ultimately crash.

Issue 22
You migrate a virtual machine with live migration. If you then migrate the virtual machine with stopped migration (for example, the source location does not exist in the target host), the migration fails. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

Failed to change smart paging store for virtual machine.

Issue 23
You change the Preferred Owners and the Possible Owners settings of a highly available virtual machine (HAVM). When you migrate the HAVM from a cluster to a stand-alone host, the Virtual Machine Manager Service may crash.

Issue 24
When you run a physical-to-virtual (P2V) conversion or a virtual to virtual conversion (V2V), the conversion wizard should use the virtual machine network (VM network) parameter in the network adapter cmdlet instead of the logical network parameter.

Issue 25
When unmasking a logical unit number (LUN) to the host, you may receive the following error message:

Fibre Channel – SM_RC_NOT_ENOUGH_SPACE

Issue 26
You receive an error when you add a storage pool to Virtual Machine Manager. This problem occurs if the logical unit number (LUN) of the storage pool is part of multiple storage pools.

Issue 27
After you install the Microsoft .NET Framework security update 2840632, some of user interface (UI) controls may not work.

Issue 28
Servicing services that were deployed before Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 was applied might fail after Update Rollup 3 is applied.



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Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

Microsoft released Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 which includes updates for the System Center Suite. Get more information about the Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 on support.microsoft.com.

To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:

App Controller (KB2887822)
Download the App Controller update package now.

Operations Manager (KB2880799)
Download the Operations Manager update package now.

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack update)
Download the Management Pack update package now.

Service Manager (KB2887775)
Download the Service Manager update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Server (KB2887779)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Server update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent (KB2888944)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent update package now.

Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console (KB2888946)
Download the Virtual Machine Manager Administrator Console update package now.



Export Templates from Virtual Machine Manager Settings

Export and Import Virtual Machine Manager Templates

If you are working with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and you want to export and import your existing VM or Service Templates. I have a customer scenario where we have two VMM installations. They are using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Orchestrator, Serivce Manager to deploy new customer environments for their premium SaaS (Software as a Service) hosting solution where they deploy Lync, Exchange and SharePoint fully automated. Here we have a development environment where they test new System Center Orchestrator Runbooks and new Templates in Virtual Machine Manager. After they have a working RunBook with working Templates they export the templates from the dev VMM and import them in the production environment.
Because I was surprise how great this works and I think not a lot of people know about this feature, I created this short step-by-step guide.

Export Templates from Virtual Machine Manager

First select the Templates you want to export and click on the Export button on the Ribbon bar. You can also do a multiple select to export multiple templates.

Export Templates from Virtual Machine Manager

You can than configure the export, with a location, password.

Export Templates from Virtual Machine Manager Settings

 

You can also select what physical resources which should be exported with the template. For example if you are using the same VHD or VHDX for multiple templates you may want to export this resource only once to save some space.

Export Templates from Virtual Machine Manager physical resources

The export will look kind of like this. The XML files are the templates with the configurations, and in the folders are the physical resources like VHDs, XMLs or other stuff.

Exported Templates from Virtual Machine Manager

Import Templates in Virtual Machine Manager

To import a template just select the exported XML file.

Import Templates in Virtual Machine Manager

You can change or setup the resource of the template, for example you can select an already existing VHD from your Library or an already existing Run As account.

Import Templates in Virtual Machine Manager resources

And you can set the location for the new imported resources (VHDs,…)

Import Templates in Virtual Machine Manager resource location

I hope this shows you how easy an export and import of a Service or VM Template from System Center Virtual Machine Manager is. I like especially how SCVMM handles the additional resources, so you don’t have to import the same VHD every time and you can change Run As accounts very easily.

 

 



Install SCVMM HA Cluster

How to Install a Highly Available SCVMM Management Server

Since System Center Virtual Machine Manager is starting to get more and more important and starts to be a critical application for your environment especially if your are using Hyper-V Network Virtualization and SCVMM is your centralized policy store, you should install Virtual Machine Manager highly available. To do this Virtual Machine Manager uses the Failover Cluster feature integrated in Windows Server.

Before you begin check this important nodes

  • Not only the SCVMM Management Server should be high available, also the SQL Server where the SCVMM database is installed and the file share for the library share should be highly available.
  • You can have two or more SCVMM Management server in a cluster, but only one node will be active.
  • You will need to configure Distributed Key Management. You use distributed key management to store encryption keys in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) instead of storing the encryption keys on the computer on which the VMM management server is installed.

Here the quick steps what you do:

  • Install two server for the SCVMM Management servers (Cluster nodes) with Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Install all the SCVMM prerequisites (ADK and SQL native client)
  • Create a SCVMM Service Account which has local admin rights on the SCVMM nodes.
  • Create a container in Active Directory Domain Services for the Distributed Key Management.
  • Set all IP addresses, you may also configure an independent Heartbeat network
  • Install the Failover Cluster feature on both server.

After you have done this steps you start to create a Failover Cluster with both nodes.

Create SCVMM Cluster

You built the SCVMM Cluster, now you have to install the SCVMM Service on the first node. You can start the SCVMM Installer and will automatically detected the SCVMM Cluster and will ask you if you want to install the SCVMM server as high available installation.

Install SCVMM HA Cluster

The installation is now more less the same as for a standalone Virtual Machine Manager Server, expect you have to use Distributed Key Management and one screen where you configure the SCVMM Cluster Role with a name and an IP address.

Install SCVMM HA Cluster Configuration

After you have installed the first node you can now run the setup on the second node. The setup does also see the cluster and the SCVMM Cluster role, and will ask you about the configuration. Many of the settings cannot be changed because they are the same on all nodes.

Add Node to SCVMM Cluster

After you have installed both nodes you can see the SCVMM Cluster Role in the Failover Cluster Manager.

VMM Failover Cluster Role

And you can of course also see all your Virtual Machine Management servers in the Virtual Machine Manager console.

VMM Console

I hope this helps you to install System center 2012 SP1 or System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager as Highly Available installation. If you need more information check out TechNet: How to Install a Highly Available VMM Management Server



Cisco UCS C200 M2 with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 8 #HyperV

Manage Cisco UCS via UCS Manager Add-in in System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Maybe you already know about the Cisco UCS Blade Center about I already blogged a lot especially about Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center integration. Today I had the change to integrate the Cisco UCS in many different System Center products such as Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager and Orchestrator. The Cisco UCS Manager Add-in for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager allows administrators to manage the physical and virtual infrastructure on a single pane of glass right from the Virtual Machine Manager console.

Key Features of Cisco UCSM Add-in 1.0.1:

  • Mapping of the hypervisor host with UCS Manager managed server on which it is installed
  • UCS domain registration and grouping
  • Summary of both blades and rack servers in the UCS domain, including the firmware details.
  • Fault Summary
  • View of service profiles and service profile templates in the domain
  • Associate and disassociate of service profiles.
  • Modify power state
  • Launch KVM console
  • Clone a service profile or service profile template.
  • Create service profile from template

The Cisco UCS Add-in for Virtual Machine Manager supports System Center 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012 R2.

How to install:

  • First you have to download the Add-in from the Cisco Homepage.
  • Open the Virtual Machine Manager console and navigate to settings and click on “Import Console Add-in”

Select the .ZIP file, the wizard will show a waring because the add-in is  not signed by a trusted authority.

Import SCVMM Add-in

After that the Cisco UCS Manager logo will show up in the SCVMM console and you can now connect your UCS Domains.

Add UCS Domain to SCVMM

And you can now start to manage your Cisco UCS blades directly from the System Center Virtual Machine Manager console.

Control Cisco UCS Blade Center from SCVMM

And of course you have also KVM console support directly from the SCVMM console.

SCVMM UCS Manager KVM from SCVMM

 



System Center Virtual Machine Manager Bare-Metal Deployment

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Mania at E2EVC

As you may know, back in Mai this year I was in Copenhagen speaking at the Experts 2 Experts Virtualization Conference, short E2EVC. Together with Michael Rüefli I talked in the SCVMM Mania session about the latest and greatest features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager like the new Networking features like the Logical Switch, Bare-Metal Deployment of Hyper-V hosts, Services and Server App-V and also the VMware integration inside SCVMM.

Since this week you can watch the session right on youtube.

Btw. my next speaking event will be at the System Center Universe Europe in Bern Switzerland. Together with other Microsoft MVPs and Consultants will I do an advanced session on System Center 2012 R2 – Virtual Machine Manager Networking and an overview session on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V. So if you want to see my sessions or the other great sessions about the Microsoft Cloud offering, System Center, Windows Server and Windows Azure make sure you register for the event on systemcenteruniverse.ch.



System Center 2012 SP1 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3 available

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Microsoft just releaed Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 SP1 which includes updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager and App Controller.

Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 3

The Update Rollup 3 for Virtual Machine Manager includes fixes for 25 issues. The Update Rollup includes fixes for the Virtual Machine Manager Server, Console and Agent.

  • Virtual Machine Manager Administration Console Update (KB2858509)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2858510)
  • Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent Update (KB2858511)

Which fix the following issues: