System Center Summer Night

For wo that missed the Dutch System Center Summer Night community event. Here are the slides: 

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 available

This Community Technology Preview (“CTP2”) enables System Center customers to jointly evaluate System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate. CTP2 includes updates and enhancements to the following System Center 2012 components:

  • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Improved Support for Network Virtualization
    • Extend the VMM console with Add-ins
    • Support for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service, thin provisioning of logical units and discovery of SAS storage
    • Ability to convert VHD to VHDX, use VHDX as base Operating System image
  • Configuration Manager
    • Support for Windows 8
    • Support for Mac OS clients
    • Support for Linux and Unix servers
  • Data Protection Manager
    • Improved backup performance of Hyper-V over CSV 2.0
    • Protection for Hyper-V over remote SMB share
    • Protection for Windows Server 2012 de-duplicated volumes
    • Uninterrupted protection for VM live migration
  • App Controller
    • Service Provider Foundation API to create and operate Virtual Machines
    • Support for Azure VM; migrate VHDs from VMM to Windows Azure, manage from on-premise System Center
  • Operations Manager
    • Support for IIS 8
    • Monitoring of WCF, MVC and .NET NT services
    • Azure SDK support
  • Orchestrator
    • Additional support for Integration Packs, including 3rd party
    • Manage VMM self-service User Roles
    • Manage multiple VMM ‘stamps’ (scale units), aggregate results from multiple stamps
    • Integration with App Controller to consume Hosted clouds
  • Service Manager
    • Apply price sheets to VMM clouds
    • Create chargeback reports
    • Pivot by cost center, VMM clouds, Pricesheets
  • Server App-V
    • Support for applications that create scheduled tasks during packaging
    • Create virtual application packages from applications installed remotely on native server

You can get the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 CTP2 Downloads here:

VMMUpdate Script to Check if all Hyper-V hosts & SCVMM Server are Up to Date

Jonathan has created a nice script. This script checks witch updates are missing from Hyper-V hosts and SCVMM Server.

What updates?

Updates are regularly released for SCVMM Server, Hosts, and the Admin Console. These updates must be applied to all Hosts no matter how many you have. Updates are also released for technologies SCVMM leverages:

  • Windows
  • Hyper-V
  • Failover Cluster

As well as components SCVMM cannot function without:

  • WinRM
  • BITS
  • WMI
  • VDS
  • VSS

The difficulty is in making sure all systems are fully updated. This is a time-consuming task.

WSUS takes care of this for me…

Not necessarily. There are certain Hotfixes that need to be downloaded manually, but for the most part Windows Update is the key. WSUS is Microsoft’s solution to distributing Windows Updates within an enterprise, and this pulls from Windows Update as well. Unfortunately, rules in WSUS are sometimes set up such that all updates required do not find their way to SCVMM systems. So, there are layers of complexity in keeping systems up to date.

Prevent problems with VMMUpdate

With this script you now or that your Hyper-V hosts & SCVMM Server are up to date.

To download the latest follow the link HERE

vmmupdate