Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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)
Issue 1

You cannot change the virtual machine network of deployed virtual machines.

Issue 2

The network connection is set to None after you view the network properties of a deployed virtual machine and then click OK.

Issue 3

You cannot view the virtual networks for a virtual machine.

Issue 4

When you change the virtual network in App Controller, you receive the following error message:

10605-InvalidVLanConfiguration

Issue 5

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.

Issue 6

App Controller requires Microsoft Silverlight 5 but links to the download page for Silverlight 4.

Issue 7

An argument null exception may occur if network connectivity is interrupted.

App Controller Setup (KB2823452)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

Setup incorrectly reports that the SQL Server database has insufficient disk space.

Issue 3

Setup is unsuccessful when it tries to enable Internet Information Services (IIS).

Operations Manager (KB2828615)
Issue 1

The Web Console performance is very poor when a view is opened for the first time.

Issue 2

The alert links do not open in the Web Console after Service Pack 1 is applied for Operations Manager.

Issue 3

The Distributed Applications (DA) health state is incorrect in Diagram View.

Issue 4

The Details Widget does not display data when it is viewed by using the SharePoint webpart.

Issue 5

The renaming of the SCOM group will not work if the user language setting is not "English (United States)."

Issue 6

An alert description that includes multibyte UTF-8 characters is not displayed correctly in the Alert Properties view.

Issue 7

The Chinese (Taiwan) Web Console displays the following message even after the SilverlightClientConfiguration.exe program is run:

Web Console Configuration Required.

Issue 8

The Application Performance Monitoring (APM) to IntelliTrace conversion is broken when alerts are generated from dynamic module events such as the Unity Container.

Issue 9

Connectivity issues to System Center services are fixed.

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update) (KB2828653)
Issue 1

The Solaris agent could run out of file descriptors when many multi-version file systems (MVFS) are mounted.

Issue 2

Logical and physical disks are not discoverable on AIX-based computers when a disk device file is contained in a subdirectory.

Issue 3

Rules and monitors that were created by using the UNIX/Linux Shell Command templates do not contain overridable ShellCommand and Timeout parameters.

Issue 4

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.

Issue 5

The Linux agent cannot install on a CentOS or Oracle Linux host by using FIPS version of OpenSSL 0.9.8.

Service Manager (KB2828618)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

Incorrect cleanup of a custom related type causes grooming on the EntityChangeLog table to stall. This causes the table to grow significantly.

Issue 3

Service requests complete unexpectedly because of a race condition between workflows.

Issue 4

The console crashes when you double-click a parent incident link on an extended incident class.

Issue 5

PowerShell tasks that were created by using the authoring tool do not run because of an incorrect reference to certain assemblies.

Issue 6

The Exchange management pack is stuck in a Pending state after management pack synchronization.

Orchestrator (KB2828616)
Issue 1

The Monitor SNMP Trap activity publishes incorrect values for strings when a Microsoft SNMP Trap Service connection is used.

Issue 2

Inconsistent results when you use Orchestrator to query an Oracle database.

Data Protection Manager (KB2822782)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

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.

Issue 3

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.

Issue 4

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.

Issue 5

When you use Data Protection Manager 2012 Service Pack 1 for tape backup, a checksum error may occur when the WriteMBC workflow is run.

Issue 6

Backups of CSV volumes may be unsuccessful with metadata file corruption in Data Protection Manager 2012 Service Pack 1.

Issue 7

The Data Protection Manager console may require more time to open than expected when many client systems are being protected.

 

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.

System Center 2012 SP1 General Availability and VHD Downloads

It is official: System Center 2012 SP1 has reached General Availability. Summarization of the new capabilities you can find on the System Center blogs:

If you want to test the components you can download VHD files that will help you with that:

I trial version of the product can be downloaded from here.

Documentation for download:

List of SC 2012 SP1 KB articles:

Kevin Holman’s QuickStart deployment guides:

Microsoft Virtual Academy Courses:

  • Microsoft Virtualization for VMware Professionals – Learn how Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V, and System Center 2012 SP1 can help you build, deploy, and manage private cloud architecture. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 15.
  • System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Updates – Learn about the enhancements to each of the System Center 2012 SP1 components, which includes added support for Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and tighter integration with Windows Azure. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 16.
  • COMING SOON: System Center 2012 SP1 Capabilities – Learn about the configuration and management of the infrastructure, services and applications available from System Center 2012 SP1. NOTE: This course becomes available on Jan 31.

More MVA videos for System Center 2012 SP1

———————-Updated————————————

Every day more and more videos emerge on TechNet from MVA about System Center 2012 SP1. So we are eagerly waiting the new courses that will be provided on Microsoft Virtual Academy. I’ve been able to distinguish 6 different topics which are divided in part but still have no idea how courses will be arranged when they appear on MVA site.

Configure & Deploy Private Cloud Infrastructure with System Center 2012 SP1

 

Monitor and Operate Private Cloud Infrastructure with System Center 2012 SP1

Configure & Deploy Infrastructure Components with System Center 2012 SP1

Monitor & Operate Infrastructure Components with System Center 2012 SP1

Configure & Deploy Service Delivery & Automation with System Center 2012 SP1

Monitor & Operate Service Delivery & Automation with System Center 2012 SP1

Configure and Deploy Applications with System Center 2012 SP1

Monitor & Operate Applications with System Center 2012 SP1

 

I will keep monitoring if more MVA videos will be uploaded at TechNet.

Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

Yes it is true. The freshly released Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012 has update rollup. Here are the fixes:

App Controller (KB2790935)

Issue 1
Copying a .vhd file between Windows Azure storage accounts may be unsuccessful, and you receive a "Retrieved data is complete" warning message. This issue occurs if the .vhd file already exists on the destination or if the .vhd file is mapped to an existing virtual machine.
Issue 2
The import of Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) library server certificates may be unsuccessful for VMM library servers that are clustered.

Data Protection Manager (KB2791508)

Issue 1
Client backups fail when there is a case difference between the client computer name on the computer and the client computer name that is stored in Active Directory.

Operations Manager (KB2784734)

Issue 1
Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) in Operations Manager may provoke an increase in reporting threads and choke points.
Issue 2
After the Alert Attachment Management Pack (Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb) is imported, you create a dashboard that contains an alert widget. When you click an alert, the Operations Manager console may crash.
Issue 3
When a Windows PowerShell module uses the Monitoringhost.exe process on an x86-based client that is running Windows 8, more than 800 megabytes (MB) of memory may be consumed.
Issue 4
After an application domain is created, adding another application domain may be unsuccessful.

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update)

Issue 1
When multiple process monitors are used to target the same computer or group, processes may incorrectly monitor some template instances. Additionally, problems with the monitored processes may not be detected. This issue occurs when each process monitor uses the same name as the process even though different argument filters are used in each process monitor.
Note After the updated Microsoft.Unix.Process.Library.mpb file is imported, all existing Process Template instances must be edited and saved for the fixed behavior to take effect.

Service Provider Foundation (KB2785476)

Issue 1
The OperatingSystemId property on a virtual hard disk (VHD) object is always set to NULL.
Issue 2
Virtual machine usage metrics are not aggregated at hourly intervals and are missing basic usage metrics such as network sent and receive I/O operations per second (IOPS).

Virtual Machine Manager (KB2792925 – Console; KB2792926 – VMM Server)

Issue 1
When a logical unit number (LUN) is unmasked on an iSCSI array, the VMM service may crash.
Issue 2
When a node is put in maintenance mode, virtual machines in the cluster change to a status of "Unsupported Cluster Configuration."
Issue 3
When an add-in that uses multiple DLL files is imported into the VMM console, the add-in is not imported. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

Add-in cannot be installed

Issue 4
When an add-in is imported into the VMM console on a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, the add-in is not imported.
Issue 5
When an add-in is imported into the VMM console, the console may crash.

 

Instructions and download find here.

MVA SC 2012 SP1 videos

—————Updated with two more videos——————

Microsoft Virtual Academy published 6 videos on freshly released System Center 2012 SP1. The videos are only for 5 of all System Center components and so far the courses are not available on MVA. Let’s hope we will see full course and more videos for the other components soon. Meanwhile you can check these 6 videos: