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” →
Cameron Fuller made small but nice management pack that will alert you when your Windows Server is not activated. Unfortunately this was in 2009 and now the MP does not work with latest version – Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2. Continue reading “Updated MP: Windows Licensing Check” →
If you are still on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V and not migrated to R2 do not worry Microsoft hasn’t forgot you. The Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V MP received small update to fix some bugs. You can download the new version here.
The Hyper-V MP provides good monitoring but certainly that MP can be extended to provide more advanced monitoring. For Hyper-V 2008 R2 MP some Microsoft employees extended that MP and provided this extension MP at codeplex site. Now they are providing us with similar extension MP for Hyper-V 2012 MP.
New features in this release:
VMs Integration Services Version monitor
Hyper-V Replica Health Monitoring Dashboard and States
SMB Shares I/O latency monitor
Included features from previous release
Hyper-V Hypervisor Logical processor monitoring
Hyper-V Hypervisor Virtual processor monitoring
Hyper-V Dynamic Memory monitoring
Hyper-V Virtual Networks monitoring
NUMA remote pages monitoring
SLAT enabled processor detection
Hyper-V VHDs monitoring
Physical and Logical Disk monitoring
Host Available Memory monitoring
Stopped and Failed VMs monitoring
Failed Live Migrations monitoring
Keep in mind that the management pack is with beta status. You can download it from codeplex site.
Microsoft published a guide for Hosting Service Providers that use or will use System Center and Windows Server. The guide just gives an overview from which you will be able to get the big picture on where to start but it is useful for starters. Download this document from here.