Report Deployment Error After Updating VMM Management Packs with 2012 R2 Update Rollup 3

It is the last day of the year but it is not too late for a new blog post. When applying Update Rollup for System Center 2012 R2 I’ve encountered an issue when updating the VMM Management Pack and I’ve blogged about it in my tips. Continue reading “Report Deployment Error After Updating VMM Management Packs with 2012 R2 Update Rollup 3”

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”

Cumulative Update 3 for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1 is available

The most important part of this update is that adds support for Windows 8.1. It is not stated in the KB but I guess it adds support also to Windows Server 2012 R2 from client side of course. The full list:

Supported Platforms

This update adds support for Windows 8.1-based client computers in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Service Pack 1. Windows 8.1 is added to the supported platform list for the following features:

  • Software distribution
  • Software update management
  • Compliance Settings
Issues that are fixed
Operating System Deployment

This cumulative update includes the following updates:

Additionally, this cumulative update fixes the following issues:

  • The reimaging of an existing client computer may result in a policy being invalidated. This issue can occur if the SMS Agent Host service restarts before all Data Transfer Service (DTS) jobs are completely processed. Additionally, the PolicyAgent.log file on the reimaged client will contain entries that resemble the following:

    [CCM_Policy_Policy5.PolicyID="ScopeId_GUID/Application_GUID/CA",PolicySource="SMS:PRI",PolicyVersion="1.00"] is pointing to invalid DTS job [{DTS_JOB_GUID}]. Will attempt to re-download.

  • Install Application Task sequences may take longer to complete if they are run from stand-alone media instead of a local distribution point. This issue can occur when multiple task sequences use large content files (for example, several hundred megabytes).
Windows PowerShell

This cumulative update fixes the following issue:

  • The Add-CMDistributionPoint cmdlet incorrectly sets the value of the ServerRemoteName parameter to the name of the first installed site server. This issue could lead to clients accessing content on the site server instead of the intended distribution point server.
Software Distribution

This cumulative update fixes the following issues:

  • Modern applications deployed to users of Windows 8 computers may fail if a non-administrator is logged on and has mapped a network drive. The AppDiscovery.log will contain entries that resemble the following:

    In-line script returned error output: Attempting to perform the InitializeDefaultDrives operation on the ‘FileSystem’ provider failed.

  • A deployment created at a child primary site and then deleted from the central administration site may remain active on the child primary site.
  • A pull-distribution point may crash when it tries to download packages. The PullDP.log stops recording any activity when this issue occurs.
  • Packages migrated from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012 Configuration Manager may not download to pull-distribution points unless the Update Distribution Points wizard is used. Error messages that resemble the following are logged in the PullDP.log file:

    CPullDPPkgJob::LoadJobFromXML() could not load any content jobs from XML!
    CPullDPPkgJob::LoadJobFromXML() could not fully load job! Malformed or incomplete XML. Job has failed.

Windows Intune

This cumulative update fixes the following issues:

  • An ampersand (&) character in the Company Namefield of the properties of the Windows Intune subscription page prevents the creation of policy files. Additionally, error messages that resemble the following are logged in the Policypv.log file:

    XML Parsing: line 2, character 315, illegal name character

  • The TEMPDB folder for a site database may grow quickly after "Windows Intune Subscription and Connector" is enabled.
Endpoint Protection

This cumulative update includes the following update:

Site Systems

This cumulative update includes the following update:

Additionally, this cumulative update fixes the following issue:


This cumulative update fixes the following issues:

  • Reports are not displayed when a user does not have EXECUTE permission on the fnGetSiteNumberobject. When this issue occurs, you receive errors that resemble the following:

    An error has occurred during report processing. (rsProcessingAborted)
    Query execution failed for dataset ‘FirstMatchingAppOrCollection’. (rsErrorExecutingCommand)
    The EXECUTE permission was denied on the object ‘fnGetSiteNumber’, database ‘database_name‘, schema ‘dbo’.

  • Computer Activity Data is missing from Power Management reports for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 clients.
Software Updates

This cumulative update fixes the following issue:

  • Software Updates for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 may have the Downloaded value incorrectly set to No on child primary sites, although the value is set correctly to Yes on the central administration site. This issue occurs because of a replication timing issue.

The update can be downloaded from 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)
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.

SCSM Update Rollup 3 (UR3) Update Re-released

After apologizing that UR3 for SCSM actually contained some old binaries Microsoft promised to release UR3 this time with the right binaries. And now this update is available. This time this update really fixes those issues:

  • Memory leak in the Service Manager 2012 Console when opening/closing Incidents
  • Service Manager 2012 Console crashes with an OutOfMemoryException because of form control objects rooted in the GC heap
  • Portal: In portal if user changes sharepoint site language to Turkish, language invariant (English) language pack display strings are returned
  • Poor Service Manager 2012 Console Performance when opening Incident Forms when the Console is open through Citrix

The latest and real UR3 for SCSM is available for download here.

The update can be applied on top of the previous version of UR3 if you have applied it.

These are the installation instructions:

1. Exit all Service Manager-related applications before you apply this cumulative update. For example, exit the Service Manager Console, the Self-Service Portal links, and the authoring tool.

2. Download the cumulative update to a target folder. Note: This cumulative update contains both the x86 version and the x64 version. Download the appropriate version for your system.

3. Open the target folder

4. Right-click the SCSM2012_CU_KB2750615_AMD64_7.5.1561.116.exe file or the SCSM2012_CU_KB2750615_i386_7.5.1561.116.exe file, and then click Run as administrator

5. Accept the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then follow the steps in the installation wizard.

6. Once installation is complete, import Console.mpb from the installation folder on the management server and restart the consoles after import.