Microsoft TechDays 2012 Switzerland – SCVMM 2012 SP1 and Hyper-V 2012 Session Online

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Some months ago I had the chance to present at the Swiss Microsoft TechDays 2012 in Basel. I had a session together with Michel Luecher from Microsoft Switzerland about the new features in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 and how you can manage your new Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environment.

Now you can watch the session online (German):


System Center 2012 SP1 Update Rollup 1 Available

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After Microsoft released System Center 2012 SP1 the first update rollup is available which fixes some issues for some of the System Center components. With the System Center 2012 SP1 Update Rollup 1 (KB2785682) fixes also some issues with System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and App Controller (SCAC).

You can get more information about what is fixed on the Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 page.

Thanks to Michel Lüscher (Consultant at Microsoft Switzerland) for the link.



System Center 2012 SP1 RTM download available on TechNet and MSDN

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Finally System Center 2012 SP1 is available on TechNet and MSDN. This has been a release we all have been waiting for, since we could get Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 is not just a maintenance release, it also includes a lot of new features for all products and especially for Virtualization:

  • Virtual Machine Manager adds support for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V, Network Virtualization, Advanced Networking Configurations, SMB Storage, Plugins and a lot more.
  • Data Protection Manager adds support for online backup to Windows Azure and also support for Windows Server 2012.
  • App Controller adds support for Windows Azure and Hoster VMs

And of course a lot more, so checkout the downloads on TechNet and MSDN.

System Center 2012 SP1 TAP Airlift @ here we go

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Some weeks ago I got the okay for the System Center 2012 SP1 TAP Airlift event in Redmond. Together with my fellows from itnetx gmbh, Marcel Zehner (MVP for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management) and Stefan Roth (System Center Operations Manager Expert) and Michel Lüscher from Microsoft Switzerland. In the next hours we will catch our flight to Seattle and I am already exited to meet some great people and talk about the next releases of System Center.

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.

Customize System Center App Controller Portal

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System Center App Controller offers you a web based Self-Service portal for managing Virtual Machines and Services in the Private Cloud and Public Cloud. Now if you want to work with System Center App Controller in your company you may also want to customize the self-service portal by changing the logos. Now what you can do is replace the logos by your self created logos.

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Now on the System Center App Controller server you can find the two files in the following folder:

C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\App Controller\wwwroot

  • SC2012_WebHeaderLeft_AC.png (213×38)
  • SC2012_WebHeaderRight_AC.png (108×16)

Before I replace this two pictures I would create a backup of the existing logos. You can simply replace the pictures with a picture with the same size and a transparent background.



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.