SCVMM Maintenance mode for host does not put the computer object in maintenance mode in SCOM reported as fixed in SC 2012 SP1

Last week I’ve submitted a bug on a feature of SCVMM that I’ve spotted a long time ago. Due to various reasons I’ve somehow always forgot to submit it. The bug is that when you integrate SCOM 2012 and SCVMM 2012 you can put the Hyper-V host in maintenance mode in VMM and this will automatically put the Hyper-V host in maintenance mode in SCOM. This is true but to some extent. Actually only the objects in SCOM related to SCVMM are put in maintenance mode. What this means if you put the Hyper-V host in maintenance mode trough SCVMM and you restart that host you will still receive alerts like health service failure or failed to connect from SCOM about that host. The reason for that is if only objects related to VMM are put in maintenance mode other objects like the computer object, the health service and the agent watcher are still in active monitoring. A few days after submitting that bug in Microsoft Connect site I’ve received e-mail that this bug is closed as fixed:


As this issue is still present in System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1 beta this leads me to believe that there are probably post beta releases for TAP customers which are not publically available. In a matter of fact there are some rumors over Internet that System Center 2012 SP1 has passed RTM and could be available early in January. I really hope so these rumors are true so we can have final release of Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 as soon as possible. When RTM is available I will try to test if this bug is really fixed.

Microsoft Security Compliance Manager 3.0 beta is available

SCM 3.0 beta is available for download at MS Connect site. New baselines for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Internet Explorer 10 are introduced:

Windows Server 2012 Security Baselines:

  • Domain Controller Security Compliance
  • Domain Security Compliance
  • Hyper-V Security Compliance
  • Member Server Security Compliance
  • Web Server Security Compliance
  • Windows 8 Security Baselines:

  • BitLocker Security
  • Computer Security Compliance
  • Domain Security Compliance
  • User Security Compliance:
  • Internet Explorer 10 Security Baselines:

  • Computer Security Compliance
  • User Security Compliance
  • In a later stage of the Beta programs more baselines will be introduced for server roles in Windows Serer 2012:

  • Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
  • DNS Server
  • DHCP Server
  • File Services
  • Network Policy and Access Servers
  • Print Services
  • Remote Access
  • Remote Desktop Services

Upgrade Assessment Tool (UAT) 2012 beta for SCCM 2012 formerly known as Configuration Manager 2007 Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector

Taken directly from MS Connect site:

Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Upgrade Assessment Tool is a feature pack download that provides administrative users with information that they can use to determine if the operating system on computers that are managed by System Center 2012 Configuration Manager can be upgraded to Windows 7 or Windows 8. The previous version of this tool was the Configuration Manager 2007 Application Compatibility Toolkit Connector (ACT Connector).


· Retrieves device driver compatibility for installed peripheral devices and creates reports that you can use to determine which device drivers need to be upgraded to support the Windows operating system.

· Allows you to see which computers meet the recommended system requirements for Windows operating systems and to customize these requirements for your environments.

· Creates summary reports that you can use to see an enterprise wide view of operating system upgrade readiness.

· Allows you to create dynamic collections for an operating system deployment. The collection query rules can be based on system requirements, application compatibility status, and device driver status.


Please note that the Beta version of the Upgrade Assessment Tool requires the ConfigMgr SP1 Beta and the Application Compatibility Toolkit (ACT) 6.0 which is available in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows 8.


More information and download link for the tool can be find on Connect site.

System Center Monitoring Pack for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta – Configuration Manager

if you have implemented System Center 2012 SP1 Beta in your lab environment now you can monitor SCCM 2012 SP1 beta with SCOM. Just download the beta MP from here.

Install Guide for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 Beta + Server 2012 + SQL 2012 CU 3

Rob Marshall published very detailed step by step guide how we can install SCCM 2012 SP1 beta with SQL 2012 and Server 2012. If you want to create your test lab for SCCM 2012 SP1 beta you can follow the steps provided here.