UR 4 for System Center 2012 SP1 is out. There are a lot of fixes for SCVMM, SCOM and SCSM so check it out here.
Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
As we are in the Q3 of the year the third update rollup for System Center is now available. Here are the changes:
App Controller Update (KB2853227)
When you try to add a Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) connection by using either the UI or a Windows PowerShell command, the connection is unsuccessful. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Connection address must be a fully qualified domain name.
This problem may occur when the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) contains a hyphen (-) in the last part of the name.
When a Windows Azure subscription contains a high-memory (A6 or A7) Windows Azure virtual machine, Azure functionality is not available in Microsoft System Center 2012 App Controller. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Retrieved data is incomplete.
When you click More details, you receive a "Service Unavailable" message. You may also receive a "Requested value ‘A6’ was not found" message.
When you try to use App Controller together with a proxy server, you receive the following error message:
(407) authentication required.
Note App Controller does not use configured proxy settings.
When you view the network properties of a deployed virtual machine and then click OK, the network connection is set to None. For example, the network connection field is empty and does not show the current network adapter.
When you move quickly between virtual machines in a list and then click the Properties task, the properties page for the previously selected virtual machine is displayed.
When you deploy an Azure virtual machine when the User must change password at next logon option is selected, you receive the following error message:
App Controller Setup Update (KB2823452)
App Controller cannot be installed if the Microsoft SQL Server database server name starts with a number.
See Installation of App Controller to a Remote SQL Server fails with Exception Error Code: 0x80131500 for more information.
Setup incorrectly reports that the SQL Server database has insufficient disk space.
Setup on a non-English operating system is unsuccessful when it tries to enable Internet Information Services (IIS).
Data Protection Manager Update (KB2853210)
When you use a tape library that has many slots, the Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager database becomes bloated over time.
When you try to set up library sharing when you use Data Protection Manager SP1 Update Rollup 2 (UR2), you receive the following error message:
Failed to execute RBACRolePermissionOnStoredProcScript.sql on DPMServer\Database
When you run a Windows PowerShell script that retrieves the protection groups, the console crashes.
The VMM Helper Service stops responding, and no virtual machines are backed up. A restart enables the backups to continue.
Operations Manager Update (KB2852565)
The Audit Collection Services (ACS) dtPrincipal tables sometimes are missing a user’s domain name.
If you decide to see more than two days’ worth of data in a Service Level Dashboard view, the data is displayed from the Daily Aggregated data and does not contain the last two days’ worth of data.
The Health Service stops collecting performance data on Windows Server 2008 R2.
The web console crashes when the Active Alerts view and the Windows Computer State view are accessed at the same time when Internet Explorer 9 is used.
A memory leak may occur in the console when the performance widgets dashboard is left open.
When the Operator role is used, many 26319 events are generated. This causes performance problems.
Health Service availability reports are incorrect because of duplicate entries in the HealthServiceOutage table.
When the Orchestrator Integration pack is under a high-load scenario, a software development kit (SDK) process deadlock may occur.
This update includes fixes to the following Advisor Connector issues:
- Group opt-in
- Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager gateway and Microsoft monitoring
- Windows PowerShell cmdlets
- Health state
- Microsoft Knowledge Base article links in Operations Manager console alerts
Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update)
The Solaris agent cannot be installed on Solaris 11.1 because it does not find the prerequisite OpenSSL package.
Knowledge editing pages are not displayed when monitors that were created by the Shell Command templates are edited.
Log files that are encoded in schemes other than ASCII cannot be monitored.
Virtual Machine Manager Administration Console Update (KB2858509), Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2858510), and Virtual Machine Manager Guest Agent Update (KB2858511)
You receive an invalid prefix length error and cannot set migration subnets if the prefix length is not between 4 and 30 characters for IPv4 or between 64 and 126 characters for IPv6.
Migration subnets for cluster and cluster nodes must be read-only.
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) cannot take any action on Recovery Virtual Machine (VM) post-failover without reverse replication.
In some cases, a virtual machine on an SMB file share that is registered by using a NetBIOS name on a cluster will be in an unsupported cluster configuration state in VMM. This problem may occur even though the virtual machine is healthy and running. Additionally, the virtual machine status cannot be updated after that.
The virtual machine refresher does not correctly update the state of the virtual machine even after an unsupported cluster configuration issue is corrected.
In a bare-metal setup, the VMM service crashes when an out-of-range IP address is specified.
Every time DRA Initialize occurs in the VMM service, a database corruption exception is received.
You receive an "Unable to connect to the VMM DB" exception when you try to publish host and virtual machine network data to the SQL Server Reporting Service.
When you try import a Linux template from VMware in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Service Pack 1, you receive error 22723.
The Get-SCVirtualMachine cmdlet does not return virtual machines by their IDs when the virtual machines contain clustered pass-through disks.
A user cannot set the domain name in Service Setting.
The VMM service crashes intermittently.
The VMM ID registry subkey value is set to a null value after Update Rollup 1 is applied.
This update fixes some UI text issues in the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 console for Disaster Recovery and for the HRM Azure Service.
This update fixes some reports that are not working with SQL Server 2012.
If a virtual machine has a static IP address, Test Failover does not set the IP address on the test virtual machine.
Virtual machine snapshot operations might fail if multiple snapshots are restored at the same time and have the same name.
The VMM server might crash when you create a virtual machine template from a virtual machine that has a previous failed task checkpoint data.
Logical unit numbers (LUNs) for EMC storage cannot be assigned to a cluster in VMM.
The VMM service crashes if a VMWare cluster or host is added by using a local root or administrator account.
Some log information is recorded multiple times in the guest log file.
This update fixes some performance issues in a bare-metal installation.
The placement of the Network Load Balancing (NLB) clusters in a network environment does not work for NLB load balancer and nested host groups.
The VMM service may stop while VMWare vSphere 4.1 is updated.
If Test Failover is initiated while VMM is restarting, the recovery side of VMM crashes.
Installation instructions and download links you can find here.
System Center 2012 R2 VHDs Download
Besides downloading ISO files you can also try System Center 2012 R2 by directly downloading VHDs that offer installed Windows Server 2012 R2 and instructions on how to enable System Center 2012 R2. Here is the full download list:
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview App Controller – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Service Manager Data Warehouse – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD) – still not available but it will be released soon.
Note: The download requires registration.
Note: Links are now working.
Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 6 App Controller)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 1 Operations Manager)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 2 Service Manager)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 3 Virtual Machine Manager)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 4 Orchestrator and Service Management Automation)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 5 Service Provider Foundation and Service Reporting)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 6 App Controller)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 7 Data Protection Manager)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 8 Configuration Manager)
- Install All System Center 2012 R2 Preview Components and Windows Azure Pack Preview (Part 9 Windows Azure Pack)
Next System Center 2012 R2 component is App Controller.
No changes in the installation experience here also.
Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
MSFT decided to release UR2 for Virtual Machine Manage 2012 SP1 also. The reason behind that is because when UR1 for VMM 2012 SP1 was released it was not packaged right and this does not allow to update to UR2 correctly. So in short you need to remove UR1 first and than apply UR2. If you apply UR2 on top of UR1 your VMM components will not be patched correctly and the issues described in the article will continue to exist. I suggest to do that because probably future URs for VMM will require UR2 applied correctly. You can read the full explanation here.
Update Rollup 2 for Service Manager 2012 SP1 was released as a separate download. Updating the Data Warehouse Management Server can take longer than you expected.
It is finally here – Update Rollup 2 for System Center SP1. The update brings fixes for the following issues for the following components:
App Controller (KB2815569)
You cannot change the virtual machine network of deployed virtual machines.
The network connection is set to None after you view the network properties of a deployed virtual machine and then click OK.
You cannot view the virtual networks for a virtual machine.
When you change the virtual network in App Controller, you receive the following error message:
You cannot copy virtual machines that have multiple processors or large amounts of memory from Virtual Machine Manager to a Windows Azure cloud service that already has a deployment.
App Controller requires Microsoft Silverlight 5 but links to the download page for Silverlight 4.
An argument null exception may occur if network connectivity is interrupted.
App Controller Setup (KB2823452)
App Controller cannot be installed if the Microsoft SQL Server database server name starts with a number. For more information about this issue, see Installation of App Controller to a Remote SQL Server fails with Exception Error Code: 0x80131500.
Setup incorrectly reports that the SQL Server database has insufficient disk space.
Setup is unsuccessful when it tries to enable Internet Information Services (IIS).
Operations Manager (KB2828615)
The Web Console performance is very poor when a view is opened for the first time.
The alert links do not open in the Web Console after Service Pack 1 is applied for Operations Manager.
The Distributed Applications (DA) health state is incorrect in Diagram View.
The Details Widget does not display data when it is viewed by using the SharePoint webpart.
The renaming of the SCOM group will not work if the user language setting is not “English (United States).”
An alert description that includes multibyte UTF-8 characters is not displayed correctly in the Alert Properties view.
The Chinese (Taiwan) Web Console displays the following message even after the SilverlightClientConfiguration.exe program is run:
Web Console Configuration Required.
The Application Performance Monitoring (APM) to IntelliTrace conversion is broken when alerts are generated from dynamic module events such as the Unity Container.
Connectivity issues to System Center services are fixed.
Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update) (KB2828653)
The Solaris agent could run out of file descriptors when many multi-version file systems (MVFS) are mounted.
Logical and physical disks are not discoverable on AIX-based computers when a disk device file is contained in a subdirectory.
Rules and monitors that were created by using the UNIX/Linux Shell Command templates do not contain overridable ShellCommand and Timeout parameters.
Process monitors that were created by the UNIX/Linux Process Monitoring template cannot save in an existing management pack that has conflicting references to library management packs.
The Linux agent cannot install on a CentOS or Oracle Linux host by using FIPS version of OpenSSL 0.9.8.
Service Manager (KB2828618)
If the number of “Manual Activities” that are displayed in the Service Manager Portal exceeds a certain limit, page loads may time out and do not render correctly. This results in a blank page.
Incorrect cleanup of a custom related type causes grooming on the EntityChangeLog table to stall. This causes the table to grow significantly.
Service requests complete unexpectedly because of a race condition between workflows.
The console crashes when you double-click a parent incident link on an extended incident class.
PowerShell tasks that were created by using the authoring tool do not run because of an incorrect reference to certain assemblies.
The Exchange management pack is stuck in a Pending state after management pack synchronization.
The Monitor SNMP Trap activity publishes incorrect values for strings when a Microsoft SNMP Trap Service connection is used.
Inconsistent results when you use Orchestrator to query an Oracle database.
Data Protection Manager (KB2822782)
An express full backup job in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 may stop responding on a Hyper-V cluster that has 600 or more virtual machines.
When a System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 item level restore operation is performed on a SharePoint host header-based site collection, the restore operation is unsuccessful.
When you open Data Protection Manager on a computer that is running System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, the Welcome screen does not indicate the correct version of Service Pack 1.
When you perform a disconnected installation of the Data Protection Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 agent, you receive the following error message:
Protection agent cannot be installed on a machine where DPM is installed.
When you use Data Protection Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 for tape backup, a checksum error may occur when the WriteMBC workflow is run.
Backups of CSV volumes may be unsuccessful with metadata file corruption in Data Protection Manager 2012 Service Pack 1.
The Data Protection Manager console may require more time to open than expected when many client systems are being protected.
Virtual Machine Manager Server (KB2826405) and Administration Console (KB2826392)
The SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 operating system is missing from the Linux OS list.
A virtual machine cannot start after migration from Windows 7 to Windows 8 when the DiscardSavedState method is used.
A connection to the VMware virtual machine remote console session cannot be established.
Externally published VMNDs are filtered incorrectly.
When you remove a virtual switch extension property or edit a virtual switch extension manager connection string, a user-interface generated script also removes the HostGroups that are associated with VSEM.
UPPSet is not set on a physical network adapter when you add the network adapter to a team and when the network adapter is the first in the list of network adapters.
The default gateway is missing on a host virtual network adapter after you add a second physical network adapter to the logical switch.
Static IP pool that has the first address in a subnet fails for external network type.
VMM crashes during host refresher when VMM is unable to create a CimSession with the remote host.
Standard (legacy) virtual switch creation on Windows 8 hosts with management virtual network adapter does not preserve the IP properties of the physical network adapter.
The administration user interface crashes with a NullReferenceException error when you click Remediate on a host instead of a virtual network adapter.
The Virtual Machine Manager user interface displays a network adapter in a “Not Connected” state.
The Virtual Machine Manager stops responding with high CPU usage for five to ten minutes when you configure a VMND that has 2,000 network segments.
The host virtual network adapter property for a management adapter does not show port classification.
Live Migration fails at 26 percent when the network adapter is attached to an isolated virtual machine network.
The Virtual Machine Manager Service crashes when a virtual machine that does not have a port profile is migrated to a cluster by using a logical switch that has a default port profile set.
Running Dynamic Optimizer on a cluster with incompatible host CPUs causes a Virtual Machine Manager Service crash.
The Host refresher crashes for any host that has the RemoteFX role enabled.
The minimum memory for dynamic memory greater than 32GB is a security risk.
The status of the network adapter is displayed as Not Connected in Virtual Machine Manager.
This Update rollup is suppose to bring Exchange Connector for Service Manager but I do not see it mentioned in the KB article. May be it will be released as an additional download like the Cloud Process Pack and GRC Pack.
Another strange thing in this update is that addresses issues in App Controller Setup. Does this mean that new full installation of SC 2012 SP1 with UR2 will be published on MSDN, Technet and VL sites?
I will update this article if more information appears.
Full KB article is located here. Read the installation instructions before applying.