System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager: PRO-Enabled Management Packs Documentation

July 11, 2012 at 7:10 pm in MP, PRO, SCVMM2012 by Kurt Roggen

Download the step-by-step instructions for building a Physical Resource Optimization (PRO)-enabled management pack for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager and instructions for upgrading a Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 PRO-enabled management pack.

  • Building PRO Management Packs 2012 – Download here
  • Upgrading VMM2008R2 PRO Packs to VMM2012 – Download here

SCVMM 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2

June 20, 2012 at 6:21 pm in SCVMM2012SP1 by Kurt Roggen

This Community Technology Preview (“CTP2”) enables System Center customers to evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.

CTP2 includes updates and enhancements to System Center 2012 VMM:

  • Improved Support for Network Virtualization (aka VM Networks)
  • 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

Download binaries here

Download documentation here and here

New PowerShell Activities in VMM IPs for System Center 2012 Orchestrator

May 31, 2012 at 6:15 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

“When we on the product team create an integration pack for a product, whether it’s for System Center or another Microsoft products, or even a 3rd-party product, our goal is not to try and replicate everything that product does in the form of runbook activities. First of all, not everything a product does makes sense to try and automate because they might only be done once or twice in the lifetime of the installation. What we do is try to cover core scenarios with activities that help accomplish what data center admins need to do on a regular basis.

The second reason why we don’t do that is scalability. When our runbook activities are a combination of multiple actions on the target product, it requires new effort to develop and release each additional activity, and we simply cannot scale to provide quality integration packs that contain 50 or 100 activities, let alone cover the 466 PowerShell cmdlets available in the latest release of VMM.

This is why, in the integration packs for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, we include new activities for running free-form PowerShell scripts. These activities are designed to allow you the flexibility to do use any of the PowerShell cmdlets exposed by the product in a way that’s much easier to use than the Run .NET Script activity. These activities, “Run DPM PowerShell Script” and “Run VMM PowerShell Script” take advantage of their integration with the DPM and VMM IPs to offer some benefits over Run .NET Script”

Download System Center Integration Pack for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager

For more information here

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System Center 2012 Cloud Services Process Pack

May 28, 2012 at 8:22 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is a service-centric model for the request and provisioning of data center resources.
System Center Cloud Services Process Pack is Microsoft’s infrastructure as a service solution built on the Microsoft System Center platform.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

With the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack, enterprises can realize the benefits of infrastructure as a service while simultaneously leveraging their existing investments in the System Center 2012 Service Manager, System Center 2012 Orchestrator, System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and System Center 2012 Operations Manager platforms.

Private cloud management assets are being delivered with System Center 2012 Service Manager and a key part of this solution is the self-service experience. This experience is now significantly enhanced by the System Center Cloud Services Process Pack.

This process pack will offer a self-service experience to facilitate private cloud capacity requests from your business unit IT application owners and end users, including the flexibility to request additional capacity as business demands increase.

Contains following elements:

  • Cloud Services Process Pack (SC 2012 Service Manager MPs and Service Catalog/Offerings)
  • Cloud Services Runbooks (SC 2012 Orchestrator)

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Contains following documents:

  • Administration Guide
  • Operations Guide

 

Download here

Retrieving more details on a failed job (ID: 23755)

May 25, 2012 at 6:16 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

During VM creation, you might get into a situation where your deployment is blocked due to incorrect or invalid settings in the VM template, VM Host or cloud.
VMM might refer to the cause by using a reference Task ID GUID.

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But how do you retrieve more information using the GUID?
Obviously, PowerShell…

$JobInfo = get-SCjob –ID <GUID>

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That actually brings back an VirtualMachineManager.Task object with a property AdditionalMessages.

Looking at the AdditionalMessages will reveal all problems that cause the deployment to be blocked.

$JobInfo.AdditionalMessages

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SCVMM 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP1

May 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

This Community Technology Preview (CTP1) enables System Center customers to evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Beta.
Main focus of SP1 is support for Windows Server 2012 (Management Server, Console, Library Server, VM Hosts, Database Server, VM deployments,…) and SQL Server 2012 (as database server, in service templates,…).

NOTE:  Upgrade from previous versions (including System Center 2012) is not supported

Feature Summary of CTP1:

This CTP includes updates to the Virtual Machine Manager in support of new capabilities in Windows Server 2012 Beta.
The CTP enables the Virtual Machine Manager management server to run on Windows Server 2012 as well as managing virtual machines hosted on Windows Server 2012.

The CTP also enables management of new Windows Server 2012 features in Virtual Machine Manager:

  • Creation of Hyper-V Virtual Networks using Hyper-V Network Virtualization
  • Creation of virtual machines using the VHDx format
  • SMB 3.0 file servers as storage for virtual machines in a clustered and non-clustered environment
  • Live migration (standalone and shared nothing) and live storage migration

Download binaries here

Download evaluation VHD here

Download documentation here
A step-by-step guide that walks you through the new Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) features in the CTP of System Center 2012 SP1.

Some screenshots:

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Adding VM Networks based on Network Virtualization
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Creating of a VM Network (including IP Pool and related IP parameters)
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Creation of a VM Network, linked to Logical Networks
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Similar to Logical Networks, VM Networks are represented by 1 or more (VM) subnets and VLANs
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Connecting a VM to a VM Network using Network Virtualization
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Support for .VHDX
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Adding Windows Server 2012 (“8”) host under fabric management.
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Doing Live Virtual Machine and Storage Migration (aka VSM)
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Adding SMB 3.0 File Shares to store virtual machines.
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Accessing standalone VMHost using Host Access Run As Account

Technet Virtual Lab: SCVMM 2012

May 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

Step into the System Center Virtual Labs for Free

It’s simple: no complex setup or installation is required to try out System Center running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab.
You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks any time.

TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager: Building Your Cloud Infrastructure

Other TechNet Virtual Labs here

Update to Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012

May 21, 2012 at 6:12 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

An update to “Update Rollup 1” for System Center 2012 has been released. 
In addition to the previous fixes for Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) and App Controller (AC), the update rollup (UR) now also includes fixes for Operations Manager (OM).

You can find out more about what is in Update Rollup 1 and get details on how to download and install it here

SCVMM 2012 Configuration Analyzer (SCVMMCA)

May 14, 2012 at 9:20 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

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The VMMCA is your first line of defense in troubleshooting an issue in the System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager environment. VMMCA is a diagnostic tool you can use to evaluate important configuration settings for computers that are either running VMM server roles or are acting as virtual machine hosts. The VMMCA scans the hardware and software configurations of the computers you specify, evaluates them against a set of predefined rules, and then provides you with error messages and warnings for any configurations that are not optimal.

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Current version: 3.0.6012.0

Download here

 

To run VMMCA, start the Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 program, select System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Configuration Analyzer and click Start Scan.

Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer (MBCA)

Microsoft Baseline Configuration Analyzer 2.0 (MBCA 2.0) can help you maintain optimal system configuration by analyzing configurations of your computers against a predefined set of best practices, and reporting results of the analyses. Best practices are developed by a product development team or domain experts and are packaged in the form of a best practice model.
Models are available as separately-downloadable packages that can be run and analyzed by MBCA. MBCA lets users work with best practice models in a consistent, user-friendly way.

Download here

 

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VMM 2012 State Recovery Tool

May 11, 2012 at 8:04 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

The stand-alone Virtual Machine Manager State Recovery Tool works with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) to temporarily remove a host, cluster, virtual machine, or service from VMM when that object is in a failed or persistent warning state due to environmental conditions, third-party applications, or other causes.  After resetting the state of the object, once VMM refreshes, the object will appear as healthy in VMM.

This tool does not repair a damaged or incorrectly created virtual machine or corrupt .vhd file. It deals with state information stored in the VMM database and does not connect through VMM.

For additional details about the tool, see Using the Virtual Machine Recovery Tool for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM).

Download here

 

Recovering failed objects

The credentials you provide must have permissions on the SQL Server system. The Virtual Machine Recovery Tool connects directly to the SQL Server computer. It does not connect through VMM.
Select Windows Authentication or SQL Server Authentication and, if necessary, enter User name and Password. Click Connect.

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Select the Clusters tab, the Hosts tab, the VMs tab, or the Services tab. The tool lists the appropriate objects in each tab.

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Select the object, and then click Recover.

The tool displays the progress of the recovery.

NOTE:  After the recovery has completed, you may need to refresh items in the VMM console. For virtual machines associated with a private cloud, you must manually re-associate them to the private cloud.

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