Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 5 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

So I’ve had the chance to try installing UR5 so here are some tips from me: Continue reading “Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 5 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack”

Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 4 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

So we have another Update Rollup available for System Center 2012 R2 and Azure Pack. This is the last one for the year. The main KB is here. Continue reading “Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 4 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack”

Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 3 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

While I was on vacation UR3 for System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack was released. In this release the following components were up for update: Continue reading “Tips From the Field: Applying Update Rollup 3 to System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack”

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 2 and Windows Azure Pack Update 2 are Now Available

Time flies by and Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available. Almost all components are receiving update. There are a lot of nice fixes in this update that you will want to squash. Before doing that in production make sure you test them in your dev environment. Continue reading “System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 2 and Windows Azure Pack Update 2 are Now Available”

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 1

The first update rollup for System Center 2012 R2 is here. Continue reading “System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 1”

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)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

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.

Issue 3

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.

Issue 4

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.

Issue 5

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.

Issue 6

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:

Bad Request

App Controller Setup Update (KB2823452)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

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

Issue 3

Setup on a non-English operating system is unsuccessful when it tries to enable Internet Information Services (IIS).

Data Protection Manager Update (KB2853210)
Issue 1

When you use a tape library that has many slots, the Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager database becomes bloated over time. 

Issue 2

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

Issue 3

When you run a Windows PowerShell script that retrieves the protection groups, the console crashes.

Issue 4

The VMM Helper Service stops responding, and no virtual machines are backed up. A restart enables the backups to continue.

Operations Manager Update (KB2852565)
Issue 1

The Audit Collection Services (ACS) dtPrincipal tables sometimes are missing a user’s domain name.

Issue 2

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.

Issue 3

The Health Service stops collecting performance data on Windows Server 2008 R2.

Issue 4

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.

Issue 5

A memory leak may occur in the console when the performance widgets dashboard is left open.

Issue 6

When the Operator role is used, many 26319 events are generated. This causes performance problems.

Issue 7

Health Service availability reports are incorrect because of duplicate entries in the HealthServiceOutage table.

Issue 8

When the Orchestrator Integration pack is under a high-load scenario, a software development kit (SDK) process deadlock may occur.

Issue 9

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)
Issue 1

The Solaris agent cannot be installed on Solaris 11.1 because it does not find the prerequisite OpenSSL package.

Issue 2

Knowledge editing pages are not displayed when monitors that were created by the Shell Command templates are edited.

Issue 3

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)
Issue 1

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.

Issue 2

Migration subnets for cluster and cluster nodes must be read-only.

Issue 3

Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) cannot take any action on Recovery Virtual Machine (VM) post-failover without reverse replication.

Issue 4

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.

Issue 5

The virtual machine refresher does not correctly update the state of the virtual machine even after an unsupported cluster configuration issue is corrected.

Issue 6

In a bare-metal setup, the VMM service crashes when an out-of-range IP address is specified.

Issue 7

Every time DRA Initialize occurs in the VMM service, a database corruption exception is received.

Issue 8

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.

Issue 9

When you try import a Linux template from VMware in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Service Pack 1, you receive error 22723.

Issue 10

The Get-SCVirtualMachine cmdlet does not return virtual machines by their IDs when the virtual machines contain clustered pass-through disks.

Issue 11

A user cannot set the domain name in Service Setting.

Issue 12

The VMM service crashes intermittently.

Issue 13

The VMM ID registry subkey value is set to a null value after Update Rollup 1 is applied.

Issue 14

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.

Issue 15

This update fixes some reports that are not working with SQL Server 2012.

Issue 16

If a virtual machine has a static IP address, Test Failover does not set the IP address on the test virtual machine.

Issue 17

Virtual machine snapshot operations might fail if multiple snapshots are restored at the same time and have the same name.

Issue 18

The VMM server might crash when you create a virtual machine template from a virtual machine that has a previous failed task checkpoint data.

Issue 19

Logical unit numbers (LUNs) for EMC storage cannot be assigned to a cluster in VMM.

Issue 20

The VMM service crashes if a VMWare cluster or host is added by using a local root or administrator account.

Issue 21

Some log information is recorded multiple times in the guest log file.

Issue 22

This update fixes some performance issues in a bare-metal installation.

Issue 23

The placement of the Network Load Balancing (NLB) clusters in a network environment does not work for NLB load balancer and nested host groups.

Issue 24

The VMM service may stop while VMWare vSphere 4.1 is updated.

Issue 25

If Test Failover is initiated while VMM is restarting, the recovery side of VMM crashes.

Installation instructions and download links you can find here.

Book Review: Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 SP1

I haven’t reviewed a book from a long time but last month I noticed a new book for System Center component being published. This book is about System Center Data Protection Manager and as this component is not my strongest side I was particularly interested to read it and review it. The book is authored by four fellow MVPs – Steve Buchanan, Islam Gomaa, Robert Hedblom and Flemming Riis.

The book contains 12 chapters from which you can learn everything you need to start with DPM. The first two chapters introduce DPM as component and how DPM features fit in backup strategies. Next two chapters deal with the management of DPM where you will find information such as installation, calculating storage, reporting, managing disks, backup bandwidth management, self-service, event logging, monitoring and central console for managing multiple DPM servers. Chapters 5,6 and 7 are devoted to how to backup out of the box DPM supported workloads (AD, SQL, SharePoint, Exchange, Hyper-V and clusters) as well as DPM non-aware workloads (Dynamics CRM, Dynamics GP, TMG, Lync, Oracle and Linux). Next 3 chapters are going deeper in DPM by covering scenarios for managing tapes, backing up clients and backing up server in workgroups and untrusted domains. The last two chapters provide guidance on Disaster recovery strategies and automation of DPM.

As a summary I can say the book will be very useful for engineers who are looking for a way to start with DPM especially if most of the backups they will do are for Microsoft workloads. It can be useful also for the owners of workloads which are backed up by DPM in order to understand better how their workloads are backed up and how can be restored. The only thing I think this book is missing a chapter on backing up and restoring all System Center components as they are essential part in many environments.

If you like the book you can find it here: