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SCORCH Runbooks not visible in Service Manager 2012

10:26 am in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!

For those that are already testing with Service Manager 2012. It might be possible that you run into the following behaviour.

I noticed that my Orchestrator Runbooks did not show up in Service Manager.

My SCORCH connector in Service Manager was setup correctly and when syncrhonizing I saw a successful entry in Service Manager but in fact nothing happened.

The reason of this behaviour is that the Orchestrator Console is refreshing every 10 minutes.

Flushing the cache of the Orchestrator database can speed this up.

TRUNCATE TABLE[Microsoft.SystemCenter.Orchestrator.Internal].AuthorizationCache

Till next time!


Nico Sienaert


Error when installing Service Manager 2012

8:22 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!

When installing the latest release of Service Manager I bumped on an odd issue during the installation. Almost at the end of the installation I received following error and a rollback of my installation happened.

Error: “the upgrade has failed before permanent modifications were made…”

Just to be clear, I’m not upgrading this is just a fresh installs so not a real helpful error.


When investigating the SCCMInstall log file (which is located under %temp%) with my favorite CMTrace tool Knipogende emoticon I could see only one red line telling me the MSI 1603 error which isn’t really helpful either.


When analysing the log file more in detail the following was specified:


I decided to reinstall SQL and hey guess what…


Till next time.

Nico Sienaert


Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter

2:41 pm in Uncategorized by nsienaert

Hi there!


The Solution Accelerator team has released recently a new interesting tool, MVMC which is in CTP.

Today the only supported way to convert VMDK files to VHD files was using System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

Nothing wrong with that but as we all will massively convert our VMDK files to VHD format with Windows 8 Client its Hyper-v role that is coming up, it would be nice to have a lite tool for this isn’t it? Knipogende emoticon

Well that’s exactly when MVMC comes along.

Currenlty it’s a very simple command line tool which will do your conversion, nothing more nothing less.

Command line:

mvmc.exe “<path>\test.vmdk” “<path>\test.vdh” /dyn

The “/dyn” switch is optional if you want to create a dynamic VHD disk instead of a fixed VHD.

Here you have a screenshot of the user experience. You execute the command line and you will see that your VHD will be created.


Some notes you have to be aware of:

– only support of Windows Vista \ Server 2008 and above

– disks up to 150GB are currrently not supported

– Bulk conversion of multiple virtual machines are not supported

– Full machine conversion is unsupported for this release.

For more details, download the tool and read the Release Notes at the Connect site.

Till next time!


Nico Sienaert

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