System Center

Windows Server 2016 & System Center 2016 General Availability

Microsoft released evaluation bits for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 during Ignite Conference in Atlanta on 27thSeptember 2016. Having released evaluation bits, Microsoft made these two products generally available on 12thOctober, which added them to MSDN and also into Volume Licensing Service Center for Enterprise Customers. Evaluation media can be downloaded from links below Windows Server 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2016?i=1 System Center 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-2016 While there are many sessions at Ignite, which highlights capabilities presented within Windows Server 2016, feel free to have a look at some of the videos below as well.

Wire Data Analysis with Operations Management Suite

Wire Data Analysis capability was made available to Operations Management Suite (OMS) recently, and i had a quick look at it today. This solution provides network traffic analysis using existing OMS Agent for Windows 2012 R2 servers, Windows 8.1 clients and newer operating systems. To enable this functionality, all we need to do is to navigate to Solutions Gallery, Select Wire Data and click Add. Once you click add, OMS Agent will start collecting information and push them back to OMS Service.

Service Manager 2012 R2 with SQL 2014

Microsoft announced support for SQL 2014 with Update Rollup 6 for System Center Service Manager 2012 R2. While working on a recent project, I wanted to explore the possibility of building a fresh instance of Service Manager 2012 R2 with SQL 2014. Since UR 6 update is not slipstreamed in to System Center Service Manager R2 Media, if you try to install it against a SQL 2014 Server, you will not be able to proceed ahead with the install.

Updating Configuration Manager Client Package with Client Agent Hotfixes

This is a quick post, to detail how we can install Configuration Manager client updates as a part of Client Deployment within Configuration Manager 2012 R2. There are multiple ways to achieve this task and the below explained method would be the easiest to configure. Problem: Due to multiple Cumulative updates for Configuration Manager 2012 R2, it’s required for us to update all Configuration Manager Clients and also any new machines that gets built will also need to be applied with client update package

Announcing Windows 10

Earlier today Microsoft announced Windows 10, next version of the client Operating System. Following the announcement today, Technical Preview to be available on 1stOctober (US Date & Time), which will be available for us later tonight or early tomorrow. Microsoft is also introducing Windows Insider Program, which allows a user to download Windows 10 Technical Preview and also provide feedback to Microsoft. Official Announcement -> http://blogs.windows.com/bloggingwindows/2014/09/30/announcing-windows-10/ Windows Insider Program -> http://preview.

VMM 2012 R2 Error–Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server

In this blog post i will be discussing regarding an issue which i have faced recently on System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2. In one of my recent projects, I had to setup two VMM 2012 R2 instances to configure Azure Site Recovery, for a Datacenter Failover simulation. While installing VMM 2012 R2, I noticed that my installation failed with a WinRM issue. Quickly investigating this issue, I have checked my firewall settings and WinRM configuration

MSFT_PartitionToVolume Internal Error

while using VMM 2012 R2 Preview Version in my LAB environment, i noticed that i was getting errors from one of the hosts that i was managing as a Hyper-V Host. I found out that this issue is caused by having a SD Card in the system and VMM fails saying that it cannot communicate with my Host anymore. after removing SD Card, i was able to get VMM to work without any issues and my Hosts are responding back again.

Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 Preview now available for download

Microsoft has just released preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2 & System Center 2012 R2. Preview versions can be downloaded from link below http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205292?WT.mc_id=Blog_SC_TEE_WS12R2 along with above mentioned products, there’s also preview versions available for following products -Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview on Windows Azure -Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview -SQL Server 2014 CTP 1 -Windows Azure Pack For information relating to what’s new on Windows Server 2012 R2 use below link

Backup failed–nonrecoverable I/O error occurred OperationsManagerDW

I was recently sent this error by a customer who was trying to backup their Operations Manager 2012 Data warehouse database.  I did some initial troubleshooting and found out that the database was around 130GB in size and the destination didn’t have sufficient space for the backup. I tried with an alterative location with more storage space, and I was able to successfully backup the database. I would also recommend looking at database grooming settings for Operations Manager data warehouse, as this database could be large in size with time.