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UR9 for System Center 2012 R2 available

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We noticed the release of UR9 for Service Manager a day before and WSUS also already had the SCOM agent updates, but today the KB article is released giving the overview of the UR9 for System Center 2012 R2 products.

The KB article for System Center

The products receiving the update are:

Do not forget to test first and to read the KB articles of whatever you are upgrading.
Have fun!
Bob Cornelissen

SCOM Object reference not set to an instance of an object

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I had some problems with a State view in SCOM for a certain class, which used to work and now produced an error saying:
Object reference not set to an instance of an object

So I opened up the Discovered Inventory view and selected the appropriate class and waited for the screen to populate.
The same error appeared.

Just for fun I thought I would pick up the instances of the class with powershell by using the get-scomclass and get-scomclassinstance combination to get a table of all objects of the class and that did turn out a list of data.
So I suspected a faulty entry somewhere in the database for one of the discovered objects. Actually I had 1 top level class created and 3 child classes and this happened to two of the child classes.

Updating the pack to a newer version did not work and it was confirmed in the test environment that the pack should not be the problem.

I created a state view of the not monitored top level class and added columns for the other classes to it and that one looked fine.

So I wanted the discovered objects to be all gone from SCOM
The way you usually speed up the process is by setting overrides to the discovery rules for these classes and disabling them for all objects.
Next you run the command remove-scomdisabledclassinstance
And wait for it to remove all the entries.

But while running this command I got an error (see below in text and picture form):

PS C:\> remove-scomdisabledclassinstance
**WARNING** This operation WILL result in class instances and relationships being permanently deleted. This operation i
s irreversible and will likely result in a significant amount of activity in the operational database. Are you sure you
want to do this? [Y/N]

y
Started. This operation may take a very long time to complete.
remove-scomdisabledclassinstance : Discovery data has been received from a rule targeted at a non-existent object ID.
Object ID: 8375a67f-5750-53e1-bd9f-7468152934b0
Rule ID: 3147a861-3d91-74a6-675e-e41be8f92658
At line:1 char:1
+ remove-scomdisabledclassinstance
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (Microsoft.Syste...nstancesCommand:RemoveSCDisabledClassInstancesComma
nd) [Remove-SCOMDisabledClassInstance], DiscoveryDataFromRuleTargetedToDeletedObjectException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : ExecutionError,Microsoft.SystemCenter.OperationsManagerV10.Commands.RemoveSCDisabledClas
sInstancesCommand

If you get that error the best you can first do is in SCOM open up a Discovered Inventory view and check how many objects are still there (if it does not throw the same exception as the one I started with!).

Check the number of entries there.
Now run the remove-scomdisabledclassinstance command again.
If it throws the error refresh the screen to check if discovered inventory shows a lower number of discovered instances.
Keep doing that until it finishes. Took me 25 times :>

Next I waited for a grooming interval and let it populate the classes again one by one by turning the discoveries back on.

Bob Cornelissen

Looking forward to the Midwest Management Summit

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Since Microsoft stopped their Microsoft Management Summit and integrated it into their TechEd it still felt like a void was left there in the System Center space. Of course the MMS in the old days started as a community thing and in the end it ended up as a Microsoft conference with some community input. And of course now it was gone. :-/

Well, the community decided to step back in! B) :D :p :) :)) :>> (yeah i better not include too many smileys here).

User groups and MVP's and other community leaders and experts are jumping in and now the Midwest Management Summit (so also MMS in short) has been born. It is filled with great speakers, many from the community and MVP sides from all over the world. It is gearing up to be a great event and specialized into the field of System Center in connection also with PowerShell, Clouds and so on.

Have a look at this great lineup of sessions in the schedule: http://mms2014.sched.org/

Next I can inform you that I also will be speaking there in two sessions along with my long time friend, SCOM specialist and MVP Cameron Fuller

Check out our sessions here: http://mms2014.sched.org/speaker/bob.cornelissen

MMS2014SPeaker

If you have not registered yet for this event, give it a second thought and go to: http://mms.mnscug.org/ and book your ticket http://mms2014.sched.org/tickets :yes:

I hope to see you there. If you are attending the MMS, please feel free to catch me there and have a chat! That is also what these community based events are all about. I am very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the upcoming events in November. I will be attending the MVP Summit and this MMS of course!

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 !!!

System Center 2012 R2 is coming 18 October

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According to a post from Brad Anderson the release date for several products will all be the same: 18 October 2013.
These are of course Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, SYstem Center 2012 R2 as main components.
Because these products were developed together and work together to form a number of great new scnearios these are also now release together and will work together as well.

Here is the post from Brad:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx

So lets get ready for this!
Bob

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview bits available

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Since a few hours the Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview bits are available on MSDN and TechNet. SO we can go ahead and download those files. It could be that relating to what access you have to these platforms you will see a few which are yet unavailable, but they will be available soon. In my case I could access all of them. B)

Also available are the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview, and the SQL 2014 CTP1 preview also seems to be here already if you are a die hard SQL fan.

SO now we can start playing around with some Windows and System Center R2 products and see what changed and what we like :p

Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1

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Released yesterday was the Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 SP1. Keep in mind this is not the one for System Center 2012 RTM version (got released yesterday as UR5), Only update rollups for SP1 below!

This release contains updates for: App Controller, SCOM, Service Manager, DPM, Orchestrator.

It is a long list of updates, so here is the link to check out what got fixed and where to dowload the separate components (if you are not using WSUS, where it should appear as well).

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2802159

Hope this helps fix some issues for you and happy manageing of your datacenters!
Bob Cornelissen

Your chance to win a copy of Mastering SCOM 2012 book by evaluating System Center

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My good friend and MVP Kevin Greene put out a blog post here with details on how you can win a copy of Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager by downloading and evaluating System Center. Look here for his blog post.

UR1 for System Center 2012 SP1 released

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Funny things this System Center 2012. As you probably know by now Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 is available for some, but not yet in GA (General availability) status. Expecting that to be soon, and please watch for announcements on the System Center blogs... I really will not tell you anything more than this.

However last night some people found with the WSUS/SCCM updates of this months patch-Tuesday a number of additional updates called something like Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 - [product] (KB1111111).

Say what? UR1 for SP1 already? 88|

Yes, it has to do with the quarterly cadence of updates coming from the System Center team. Even though the SP1 is not yet available to everybody, of course the product team is moving forward. :)

If you do not see all these updates yet in WSUS and are applicable to you check in your WSUS server settings.

In WSUS go to Options -> Products and Classifications. In the popup scroll down to the System Center products. Here you will see both the System Center 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 type of product categories.

As you see in my case I still needed to select them and synchronize again to get to see all the updates related to SP1 as well.

And now we see a list of updates released 8 January 2013 relating to System Center 2012 and up.

The following KB article contains the Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

In the Article there are fixes describer for App Controller + DPM + SCOM + SPF + VMM.

Interesting is that it talks about UR1 for VMM 2012 SP1 and in WSUS it shows both that one and UR4 for VMM 2012. Not all links to all the KB articles seem to be active or available yet. Well perhaps its just waiting for a few hours/days more until all the info is up on TechNet.

The article also contains important information on how to install the updates and where to find stuff. Do not think that for all products you simply need to approve stuff in WSUS and be ready with it! As SCOM is still my main thing I will post a note below for SCOM admins. Check in the article for extended notes for SCOM and other products!!!

 

Note for SCOM admins: After installing the update on management servers, gateways, web console and agents and so on, you need to import the new management packs! These are according to the KB article the following: (By the way, please read further below first before you start clicking on things)...

  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.Library.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.Visualization.Library.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.WebApplicationSolutions.Library.mpb

You can find them in the following location:
%SystemDrive%\Program Files\System Center 2012 SP1\Operations Manager\Server\Management Packs for Update Rollups

However, I found the following two mpb management packs to be present in the mentioned folder (and in my case the folder name did not have SP1 in the path name):

  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.IntelliTraceProfiling.mpb

And these also sound more like the mentioned issues actually.

Update 23 January 2013: The KB article seems to have been adjusted. It now mentions to only install the Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb management pack! The IntelliTrace management pack contains a number of dependencies that seem to be as yet impossible to resolve &#59;) and I read somewhere that it would actually contain nothing new over the version included in the SP1 bits. So only import the one mpb file!

For UNIX/Linux monitoring there are also updates. You can find them by going to this location: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 and download the MSI and guides.
Install the MSI to extract the contents. You will find updated Microsoft.Unix.Library management pack in the Microsoft.Unix.Library\2012 SP1 folder and the Microsoft.Process.Library management pack bundle and platform library management packs that are relevant to the Linux or UNIX platforms you are monitoring which you can import.

Good luck updating your System Centers!
Bob Cornelissen

New MCTS System Center 2012 certifications

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Was surprised this morning with an email stating I had earned a certification for the System Center 2012 suite. Well, I did the exams in April 2012, so I went and had a look what happened in my transcript. And at first I did not see it, but with a little scrolling I found these:

MCTS System Center 2012

MCTS System Center 2012, Monitor and Operate
MCTS System Center 2012, Deployment and Configuration

With an achievement date of the first of January 2013.

Until now there were no separate MCTS certifications for these exams, but they were of course taken together as two exams together with an MCSA 2008 or MCSA 2012 to attain MCSE Private Cloud. Seems they changed their minds and created the MCTS anyway now for the two existing exams 70-246 and 70-247.

Well, I guess thanks Microsoft for these two certs as a 2013 new year present B)

MCTS System Center 2012

Bob Cornelissen

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