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  • Update Rollup 4 for System Center 2012 R2

    There are tons of fixes for System Center 2012 R2 in the latest Update Rollup (UR). Follow the link below to the main article. From there you can grab the downloads and find links to articles that describe the update. Install this update today! http:...
  • Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter 3.0 Released

    The latest version of MVMC has been released. P2V of Windows systems is now included. From the site: Download here . New Features in MVMC 3.0 The 3.0 release of MVMC adds the ability to convert a physical computer running Windows Server 2008 or above...
  • Dual Boot Surface 3 with Windows 10

    This is an unusual post for this blog, but I found the process of dual booting my Surface 3 into Windows 10 unusually difficult. Normally I would open diskpart to partition and format the USB drive. I would then copy files from boot media to the USB and...
  • WAPTrace: Simple tracing for Windows Azure Pack

    Current Version: v1.4 Now traces Service Provider Foundation (SPF)! WAPTrace is a PowerShell script that not only captures WAP Debug and Operational event logs, it checks your system and recommends the best of three trace types. Run the tool on multiple...
  • WAP and SPF Tracing

    How do you trace WAP (or SPF)? This paper will walk you through the steps. An excerpt from the article below. Introduction This paper is part of the ‘WAP - Minimally Distributed Install’ series by the same author. The goal is to provide the simple and...
  • WAP Installation and Configuration

    This post covers three papers I have written describing how to set up Windows Azure Pack in a distributed layout. The layout is minimal, meaning there is an external (Tenant) site and an internal (Admin) site on different systems. A DC and SQL server...
  • 64bit PowerShell performance in Orchestrator

    Sometimes you need to run a resource intensive PowerShell command using the ‘Run .Net Script’ activity. Problem is, Orchestrator is 32bit, and defaults to a 32bit PowerShell. What is the problem with this? 32bit processes can grow close to 2GB in memory...
  • What version of WAP and SPF am I running?

    A good friend of mine, DeWitt, has put together a list of WAP versions for reference. He also found a simple way for you to determine your version. The following are available options to determine the version of the Windows Azure Pack Option 1: On the...
  • Update Rollups for System Center 2012 R2 and SP1

    Just a heads up that two UR3’s for System Center products have been released. There are many fixes for VMM and Orchestrator, as well as other components. A breakdown of articles below. VMM has a SQL script that is a required part of the install. Don’t...
  • VDI VMs deployed through RDS do not appear in the VMM 2012 console

    I’ve run into this issue a few times, and finding the resolution was not easy. Anyone deploying VMs through Windows RDS should read this article. In this situation, your VMs are created and show up in Hyper-V and Failover Cluster. In VMM they either do...
  • SCOM Maintenance Mode and Orchestrator

    I have had a few customers looking for a solution to SCOM maintenance mode using Orchestrator. Well, ‘Matty T’ has taken the time to put together a clear and thorough set of instructions to do so. Bookmark this one. Schedule SCOM Maintenance Mode with...
  • Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available

    The latest Update Rollup has been released for System Center. It contains fixes for many System Center components, including Orchestrator and VMM, and should be treated as a mandatory install. It is pushed out by Windows Update, but the VMM installation...
  • Script Browser! Script Analyzer!

    Script Browser “A world of scripts at your fingertips.” That’s the apt heading for a new add-in for the PowerShell ISE. It’s called Script Browser , and it gives you instant access to thousands of scripts in the familiar ISE environment. “Script Browser...
  • Orchestrator 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere

    A whole new set of tools for vSphere has been released for Orchestrator 2012 R2. Over 30 Activities to build out incredible automation Runbooks. Enjoy. System Center 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details...
  • VMM Job fails with error 801

    This is one of the more common errors we run into. There is an object in the database that no longer exists. Follow this article to clear up 801 errors, and bookmark the article. ;) This is a SQL script that should be run with the VMM service in a stopped...
  • Update Rollups for SC 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2

    Another quarterly Update Rollup (UR) has been released for System Center 2012 SP1 and SC 2012 R2. In this post we focus on SC VMM and SC Orchestrator updates. A note about Update Rollups: do not consider these optional. Do not consider them hotfixes....
  • SC VMM: Moving or Creating a VM fails with errors (2912) 0x80041001

    Recently I have seen a rush of VMM cases that involve moving a VM through migration, or otherwise moving data (VHD, VHDX, ISO, etc.) around. I have found that in many of these cases there are suspended Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) jobs...
  • Orchestrator Functions and Regular Expressions (Regex)

    There are a number of ways to manipulate data using the Orchestrator built-in Activities. Text manipulation is a common need with Runbooks. An Activity pulls a string of data that you need only a part of, or need it in a different format. Fortunately...
  • Orchestrator Web Console Fails after Upgrade to 2012 R2

    This is an issue we have been tracking for a while now. Please see the KB article on how to get around this error. Excerpt: After upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, attempts to start the Orchestration Web Console fails and the following...
  • What version of VMM am I running?!?

    A new KB has been released that makes it simple to know what build of VMM you are running. This is important as you should always be at the latest Update Rollup or Service Pack possible. By knowing your build number you can identify updates that need...
  • Technical Documentation: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

    This is the go to source for VMM. Can VMM do x? How do you make VMM do x? Both questions answered in this ~800 page document, with a multitude of links to related information. Keep this one in your VMM toolkit. … and to answer your first question, yes;...
  • Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

    A great free book has been released for App Controller 2012 R2. This is not a product generally covered in this blog, but can be an integral part of your System Center installation. Briefly… an excerpt from the post below. Introduction Microsoft System...
  • You may have problems with Virtual Machine Manager if some SPNs are missing

    As a support engineer at Microsoft, I see almost daily some issues with Service Principle Names (SPNs). SPNs are as important to VMM communication as DNS. They are attributes on DNS entries that allow other services to find VMM. This is not a new issue...
  • System Center Update Rollups!

    Two new updates have been released for System Center 2012 and for System Center 2012 SP1. There are many fixes in these rollups, so treat them as mandatory, not optional. Links below. Happy troubleshooting!     System Center 2012 Description...
  • Free ebook: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

    A great new book has been released from Microsoft Press that covers Orchestrator and the creation of Runbooks very well. As a support professional I found the book to be informative from an architectural perspective, and full of great examples to get...

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