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Working with Server Manager, adding additional tools

10:43 am in Service Manager, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 by mikeresseler

Since I get this question a lot, I thought I create a quick blog around it…

Windows Server 2012 (R2) brings in a new and better Server Manager to manage your server( s). While many people tell me they don’t like it I notice that when you really give it a try for a couple of days you are hooked and you love it. I’m not going to explain what Server Manager can do and what it doesn’t do but many people ask if they can add other tools to the solution.


If you look at the tools selection, you will see that by default there are already quite a few. But what if you have other tools in your gearbox that you want to use from Server Manager also? What if you have customer PowerShell scripts or other scripts. Or what if you simply have the SQL or Exchange console running and you want to add those?

The answer to that is pretty simple. All you have to do is add the shortcut to the program to the following folder:

Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools


As you can see I have added a shortcut to my installation of 5nine Manager in this directory and it is now visible through Server Manager.

The only problem you can run into is security. But everything (and also how to add scripts with an example) can be found written out here:



Virtualizing your data center with Hyper-V and System Center

7:21 am in Event, Hyper-V, System Center by mikeresseler

Save the date! The 19th of February Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit will be hosting another great Microsoft Virtual Academy event. This time the topic will be virtualizing your data center with hyper-v and system center

During this training they won’t talk about Hyper-V alone but will focus on multi-hypervisor management also.

From the information:

If you’re new to virtualization, or if you have some experience and want to see the latest R2 features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V or Virtual Machine Manager, join us for a day of free online training with live Q&A to get all your questions answered. Learn how to build your infrastructure from the ground up on the Microsoft stack, using System Center to provide powerful management capabilities. Microsoft virtualization experts Symon Perriman and Matt McSpirit (who are also VMware Certified Professionals) demonstrate how you can help your business consolidate workloads and improve server utilization, while reducing costs. Learn the differences between the platforms, and explore how System Center can be used to manage a multi-hypervisor environment, looking at VMware vSphere 5.5 management, monitoring, automation, and migration. Even if you cannot attend the live event, register today anyway and you will get an email once we release the videos for on-demand replay! 

Topics include

  • Introduction to Microsoft Virtualization
  • Host Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Clustering and Resiliency
  • Virtual Machine Configuration
  • Virtual Machine Mobility
  • Virtual Machine Replication and Protection
  • Network Virtualization
  • Virtual Machine and Service Templates
  • Private Clouds and User Roles
  • System Center 2012 R2 Data Center
  • Virtualization with the Hybrid Cloud
  • VMware Management, Integration, and Migration

Register here:

Enjoy this course! It’s free Smile



Suffering with System Center and SQL? Not any more

3:05 pm in SQL, System Center by mikeresseler

If you ever worked with system center then you probably know this problem. What SQL server version, hotfix, service pack or rollup will I use? If you are only installing one component, then it is normally not a big problem. Browse to the TechNet articles and see what is supported. But what if you want to use multiple components? Or you have a running Always On SQL instance that you need to reuse?

At that time, it becomes a bit more difficult. Finding out if your installation (or installation that you want to do…) is supported by all components can be a very difficult task and very time-consuming.

Solution? MVP’s to the rescue:

Led by Paul Keeley and input from Robert Hedblom and Pete Zerger they created a whopping 200 page document that not only will give you the details on supportability but also gives you information on High Availability, SQL on Azure and much more to support your System Center installations.

You can find the guide here: