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New PowerShell Activities in VMM IPs for System Center 2012 Orchestrator

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

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)


Contains following documents:

  • Administration Guide
  • Operations Guide


Download here

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

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.


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

$JobInfo = get-SCjob –ID <GUID>


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.



SCVMM 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP1

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:

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

Technet Virtual Lab: SCVMM 2012

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

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)

9:20 pm in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen


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.


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

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.


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


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.


Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager & App Controller

7:46 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

This update addresses System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager & App Controller and is available through Windows Update.
The update provides fixes for SCVMM Server, SCVMM Console, SCVMM SSP & App Controller SSP.

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

Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959)

Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960)

Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal Update (KB2663961)

App Controller Update (KB2677596)


For more information: KB2686249

System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager Update

7:25 am in Uncategorized by Kurt Roggen

The VMM 2012 monitoring pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, or System Center 2012 Operations Manager monitors availability of VMM and the availability, health, and performance of all virtual machines and virtual machine hosts that VMM manages.

This update that addresses the most urgent issues with the RTM version of the management pack. For more information, see below.

Download here

Issues addressed in this MP update (version v3.0.6019):

Issue 1 “VGS not installed” alerts are triggered for every virtual machine regardless of whether the virtual guest services are installed.
Issue 2

Operations Manager discovery fails with the following error if a host has virtual machines names that combined exceed 255 characters:

Operations Manager discovery failed with error: “Exception of type ‘Microsoft.VirtualManager.EnterpriseManagement.Common.DiscoveryDataInvalidRelationshipSourceExceptionOM10’ was thrown.”.

Issue 3 Virtual Machines in an Unsupported Cluster Configuration state are not reflected properly in Operations Manager.
Issue 4 The Cloud StorageUsageGB monitor fails to go into a warning or critical state when storage usage approaches the defined private cloud capacity.
Issue 5 The “Host has exceeded the supported maximum number of running VMs” alerts are triggered even though the host has not exceeded the maximum number of running virtual machines.
Issue 6 Management pack was not localized in all languages supported by Virtual Machine Manager.
Issue 7  The Total RAM for hosts in the Host Utilization report is reported incorrectly.
Issue 8 The Total Cost provided in the Chargeback Report is incorrect.

SCVMM Management Pack versions

SCVMM 2012 RTM 3.0.6005.0
SCVMM 2012 CU1 3.0.6019.0