Orchestrator 2012 R2 Integration Pack for VMware vSphere

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New download available for System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator to automate things relating to VMWare vSphere. Very nice. Description:

The Integration Pack for VMware vSphere is an add-on for System Center 2012 R2 - Orchestrator that enables you to connect System Center Orchestrator to your VMware vSphere server to automate actions in VMware vSphere to enable full management of the virtualized computing infrastructure.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=40874

Enjoy!

Upcoming WMUG NL session 8 April

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The Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL) is organizing another user group meeting in the Netherlands in the evening of 8 April 2014. This time it is an on-site event at a sponsor location in Utrecht sponsored by Conclusion Future Infrastructure Solutions.

We will have Peter Daalmans and Kenneth van Surksum talking about Application deployment across several devices with SCCM 2012, and Steven Duckaert will give a deep dive into the solutions offered by Nutanix, and finally Arie de Haan will show us how Mobile Application Management using Symantec App Center works.

More information on the agenda, location, speakers, and how to register for this event can be found over here on the WMUG site:

http://wmug.nl/2014/03/30/programma-wmug-bijeenkomst-8-april-bekend/

Hope to see you there!
Bob Cornelissen

SCOM 2012 agent fails to start with error -2130771964

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I had an issue on a SCOM agent where the System Center Management service (healthservice) failed to start. It gave error -2130771964 as the reason.

If something like that happens check the System Eventlog for errors and also check the Operations Manager eventlog for any errors.

In this case I saw an error in the Operations Manager eventlog coming from Source Health Service ESE Store and event ID 482 with the following content:

HealthService (21756) Health Service Store: An attempt to write to the file "C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Agent\Health Service State\Health Service Store\tmp.edb" at offset 1744896 (0x00000000001aa000) for 8192 (0x00002000) bytes failed after 0 seconds with system error 112 (0x00000070): "There is not enough space on the disk. ". The write operation will fail with error -1808 (0xfffff8f0). If this error persists then the file may be damaged and may need to be restored from a previous backup.

In this case the error is inside that block of text. The problem was that there was a very sudden filling of the disk for some reason. No more space on disk -> healthservice doesn't like it and stops working. Due to this disk space change being very sudden the agent did not have a chance to alert on too low disk space and just stopped working. Of course this gives you in SCOM a Health Service Heartbeat Failure for that agent.

I seem to remember having this error number before and found all kinds of references, but each time I try to find it again because I did not make a pointer for myself here :D So now here it is.

Bob Cornelissen

Webinar Rick Claus about Storage spaces today

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If you are interested in hearing about Storage Spaces in Windows 2012 R2, there is a webinar tonight (in about 3 to 4 hours from now) about this topic presented by Rick Claus!!! It is a presentation for our user group. For more info and the link to Lync see this post:

http://wmug.nl/2014/03/08/laatste-informatielatest-information-wmug-webinar-2-2014-storage-spaces-in-windows-server-2012-r2-hosted-by-rick-claus/

You are free to join if you like!

WMUG NL live event 12 February

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The user group Windows Management User Group Netherlands will organize another live event on location in the Netherlands with the subject of monitoring in the evening on 12 February 2014!!! The meeting will be in Dutch and is on location at our host for that evening - VX Company in Baarn. This will be monitoring goodness! We will have three great main speakers again this time: our favorite stranger Stefan Stranger on SCOM and PowerShell, Dieter Wijckmans about the combination of monitoring and the cloud and how to expand your power, and Dennis Rietvink on business service management for SCOM and also showing off some new features of the next version of Live Maps! If you are near and you want to visit this event (and you should), go visit the agenda and more information on the WMUG page mentioned below and register for the event!

http://wmug.nl/2014/01/30/programma-wmug-bijeenkomst-12-februari-bekend/

I hope to see you there!
Bob Cornelissen

System Center Universe is tonight

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The absolutely fabulous System Center Universe 2014 is today, 30 January 2014 in Houston during the whole day. In my case in Europe it is the second part of the afternoon until passed midnight. B)

Check out this great agenda with top speakers:
http://systemcenteruniverse.com/agenda.htm

I am definately going to watch remotely through the live stream. I have been told that efforts will be made to record the sessions as well for later reference in case we need to miss something due to other lesser obligations such as work or sleep or whatever. Tssss :>
There are a good number of User Group locations where you can also watch the live stream in the comfort of the company of your System Center friends from nearby.

In past years our friends at Catapult Systems did a great job of organizing this event both on location and online. It has even gotten a following of other separate System Center Universe events in Europe and Asia at least. Fantastic! Not only fantastic that there are events in different parts of the world, but also in timing. Because there is no more MMS and it is merged with Teched USA there has to be more opportunities to talk about SYstem Center during the year and also in different locations. Of course never forget the User Groups which are very active all over the world. As you know I am also involved in one ( WMUG NL ). That is why we can appreciate any community based effort and I am happy to see many people also from Microsoft joining in to help with these kind of initiatives.

Also a shout out to our friends at the SCU and Houston and of course our friends at Catalpult Systems from the Dutch user group: Windows Management User Group Netherlands !!! Good luck and have lots of fun over there!

So go ahead and watch this edition of SCU !!!

SCOM 2012 SP1 UR5 is available

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Microsoft released UR5 for System Center 2012 SP1. It contains fixes for DPM, VMM and SCOM.
The KB article can be found here.

Like I said yesterday, be careful to check which version of System Ceter you are downloading the patches for (2012 or 2012 SP1 or 2012 R2; they all have their own set of updates and rollup versions). Be sure to test them in test environments. Read the installation guidance, known issues and so on on the KB article pages and release notes. There may be additional steps required or an installation order!

The SCOM 2012 SP1 specific UR5 can be found here by the way.

Have fun!
Bob Cornelissen

System Center 2012 R2 UR1 is out

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Microsoft released Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 which has fixes for SCOM, DPM and VMM.

Let me first say a few things:

  1. Be carefull to first check out which version you are downloading. There are UR releases for SCOM 2012, for 2012 SP1 and for 2012 R2. These can not be mixed around. The story today is about the update on top of 2012 R2.
  2. Read the KB articles belonging to these updates all the way. They contain info on what this update fixes, but also very important installation information, known issues, installation order and so on. For example for SCOM and VMM there are manual steps like running SQL scripts and importing management packs, and for SCOM the updates are split into the usual SCOM pieces and the SCOM Unix/Linux monitoring pieces.
  3. Test all updates in a test environment. I know some people might not like me saying this, but given the problems which occurred with some updates coming from Microsoft over the last lets say 14 months you definately want to be testing it in your test environment. Perhaps also wait for 2 weeks or more before doing that to see if people are blogging about problems before even putting it in an official test environment.

For SCOM 2012 R2 UR1 the KB article and information can be found here:
port.microsoft.com/kb/2904678

Good luck patching!
Bob Cornelissen

WMUG NL Webinar on Hyper-V live migration is tonight

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Today, 22 January 2014 will be the first WMUG NL user group webinar of the year.
Our good friend and MVP Didier van Hoye is presenting: Troubleshooting Hyper-V Live Migration performance issues. It is going to be a great session and I can't wait :D
We start at 8 PM Amsterdam time zone.

The session will be hoested on Live Meeting through this link:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/mvp/join?id=643CCK&role=attend&pw=xGW9%227%26%22Q

If you are connecting directly from the Live Meeting client:
Meeting ID: 643CCK
Attendee Entry Code: xGW9"7&"Q

For more information:
http://wmug.nl/2014/01/21/laatste-informatielatest-information-wmug-webinar-1-2014-hyper-v-live-migration/

Come join us at the Windows Management User Group Netherlands for these webinars!

We have several planned and there might be more on the way, depending also on speaker availability. If you are a potential speaker and interested in presenting a technical topic just contact me through bob at thedomainnameofmyblog.

Bob Cornelissen

Todo list when adding SCOM management servers to existing management group

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A while back my good friend Marnix Wolf wrote about a list of things you must not forget when adding an additional management server to a SCOM management group. Of course we can all imagine to install SCOM on that server and update it to the same Update Rollup level as the existing management servers, but there are more things to keep in mind. At the time I wrote myself a reminder to add a few items to Marnix's list, and this week while adding a few management servers to an existing management group actually thought about those items. From there Marnix and myself constructed a new list of things to do and check when adding an additional SCOM management server.

You can read the updated list here:
http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.nl/2013/12/to-do-list-when-adding-additional-scom.html

I guess we could think of even more things which could happen or be the case in more rare cases. For instance when not only adding a server, but also removing one of the existing ones after that (so installing servers with the goal of removing others). But those kind of things have more to do with removal of an MS and therefore the other MS having to pick up the workloads of the older MS, such as connectors and workflows pointing to such a server from other tooling, or the Exchange correlation engine in the Exchange 2010 MP. But I think the article mentioned above covers most things we would forget about when just adding a management server.

A good list to jump back to.
ENjoy!
Bob Cornelissen

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