VMM WSUS Synchronization Gets Broken When You Install ASR Provider

Consider the following scenario:

  • You have VMM Server 2012 SP1 or R2 Installed
  • You have added WSUS server in your VMM Server to synchronize updates. The WSUS server is using Proxy to connect to Windows Update.
  • You’ve installed and configured Azure Site Recovery Provider on the VMM server. The Provider is configured to use the same proxy as WSUS server. Authentication to proxy is based on computer rather than user.
  • When you try synchronize VMM with WSUS, VMM tries to connect to the WSUS server trough the proxy used by ASR provider and job fails with the following text:

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Creating Azure-like Windows Server Images with System Center

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A small update on this topic. If you do not want your customers to face error 0x800F0906 when they try to install .NET Fraemwork 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2 I would suggest you to install and disable .net FRamework 3.5 feature with DISM prior syspreping your images. The following commands should do the work: Continue reading “Creating Azure-like Windows Server Images with System Center”

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Preview Series – System Update Assessment (Part 1)

As you’ve probably heard from TechEd North America 2014 System Center Advisor has been restarted. What this mean? System Center Advisor gained some new and very improved functionalities. We have the old module Configuration Assessment and 5 new modules called Intelligence Packs: Continue reading “Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Preview Series – System Update Assessment (Part 1)”

A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to SP2 of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7

Since the early releases of Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 there is a rumor that Microsoft is giving up on service packs for their Operating Systems for Client and Server. This rumor was never confirmed but with the start of the first released cumulative updates for Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 it was clearly that these two operating systems will not receive service packs like their predecessors. So because of that there was still a change Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 to receive Service Pack 2. Almost 3 years ago in March 2010 Microsoft announced the release of Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. Now 3 years later Microsoft is releasing  An enterprise hotfix rollup is available for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1. This hotfix rollup contains 90 hotfixes and for me this is clear statement: No more service pack for Operating Systems. An era in Microsoft is ending and new one begins.

Recommended hotfixes and updates for Windows Server 2012-based Failover Clusters

Microsoft published a knowledge base article with recommended hotfixes and updates. This will be important article for every engineer who builds or supports Server 2012 clusters. For now there are only 2 updates added but I guess more will be added in time. The article is located here.