Version 2.1 of My Script to Download All SCOM Management Packs with PowerShell

Little improvements were made to this script. All of them were contributed by Anthony Bailey:

  • The script now checks if the folder for the version already exists and if only there is not such folder than downloads the MP;
  • When MP is downloaded successfully it is written in a log file;

With these improvements you can run the script with schedule task and configure SCOM to monitor the log that way you can get alerted when new MP is available. All thanks to Anthony Bailey.

Latest version you can find on TechNet Gallery or systemcentercentral.com.

New MP: System Center Management Pack for Windows Server 2012 DHCP

Microsoft released another new MP as they promised. You can grab the new Windows Server DHCP 2012 MP from here. This MP introduces the following new features:

  • All workflows are implemented using PowerShell to improve overall functionality for this Management Pack.
  • Failover Relationships are now a supported configuration that is being discovered and monitored by the new 2012 Management Pack.
  • Discovery and Monitoring of a DHCP Cluster installation.
  • Scopes, super scopes utilization is being monitored based on events that provide 80% and 100% usage.
  • Utilization of scopes based on policies, client packet drop and residual IP addresses range monitoring.

The MP has very good documentation so read it before importing.

Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica

Microsoft has released a tool that will help you plan your capacity for Hyper-V Replica. The tool and the documentation for it you can find here.

Unsupported Cluster Configuration for Virtual Machines located on SMB Share in VMM 2012 SP1

The last issue I’ve stumbled upon with System Center is with VMM component.

Symptoms

  • You have SCVMM 2012 SP1 UR2 installed
  • You have Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V for hosts
  • You use SMB 3.0 share for storing virtual machines
  • Some or all of your virtual machines does not use FQDN path to their vhd/x files
  • You’ve added your File Server in VMM by FQDN or NetBIOS Name
  • You receive the following error: Error (13924) The highly available virtual machine (VMNAME) is not supported by VMM because the virtual machine uses non-clustered storage.
  • Some or all of your virtual machines show as Unsupported Cluster Configuration

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  • You may also have missing appropriate NTFS permissions on the share
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    Resolution

I’ve managed to resolve this issue by executing the following steps:

1. Make sure you’ve added your file server in VMM by FQDN. If it is not added by FQDN you have to add it.

2. Create new share. You can create it on the same server. Give the share appropriate permissions.

3. Locate the new share in VMM. Add it as storage location to your hosts/clusters.

4. After is added make sure it show green in the properties of the hosts/clusters.

5. Storage migrate all your virtual machines from the old share to new share. For the machines with status Unsupported Cluster Configuration you can change the status to Running by live migrating them trough the Failover Cluster console.

6. After storage migration of each virtual machine refresh it and make sure in the properties of the machine in Status tab all is green.

7. After successful migration of all virtual machines you can remove the old share from the hosts/clusters and delete it from the File Server.

 

I’ve also may had problems with the permissions on the old share but it is easier to create new share than fixing permissions on existing share with running virtual machines.

The information is provided ‘AS IS’ with no warranties and confers no rights. Keep in mind that your case may be similar and this solution may not work for you.

Software I’ve used:

  • Windows Server 2012 with latest updates
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 UR2
  • File Server with SMB share

Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide and Management Architecture Guide

If you are working in one of those companies that are building IaaS there are two guides from Microsoft to help you with the basics. Check them out: