You might have seen this out in the community already during some discussions and forum posts and such, but now we can tell you that the SP1 version of System Center 2012 is RTM (no not today, it was already at that stage an undisclosed amount of days ago). However today is the day it has been placed on TechNet and MSDN in order to download for people who have access to these. So now I can talk about it a bit more. Just to be clear, this does not mean everybody can download and use it yet, this is not GA. The GA date will be disclosed at a point in the near future when all the announcements will be made and everybody will have the pleasure of working with this great release!
Also the documentation is not at a final release on the internet yet, but this will also be updated soon.
There are lots of great things in this release for all the products. Of course the Windows 2012 support for both the System Center server backend machines and the managed/monitored systems is a big one. But there is a lot more in there!
Can't wait to install the latest bits and start using it in a final version.
For those who can not download and use it yet... well there is lots to do during the holiday season of these weeks! Enjoy the season and your family and friends and food and drinks and so on!
I want to congratulate the System Center Product Team with this achievement and of course to also extend seasons greetings to them!
Update 21-Dec: FAQ
Q: Is SP1 RTM?
Q: Is SP1 GA? Or when will it be GA?
A: It is not GA today. I do not know when it is going to be GA and/or can not say. Microsoft will let us know at the GA point in time that it will be GA. Thats how its gonna be.
Q: Can I download and use SP1?
A: If you are TechNet or MSDN subscriber and have the right access rights (perhaps all subscribers have those rights, I dont know), you will see it and be able to downlaod and use it. Many people/customers/admins who do not have access to these tools will not be able to download/get it until GA. But I guess this is also linked to availability of license keys (if you start all over with SC 2012 at that level), and documentation and all such things. In this way the people who are playing with the products and test and investigate can use it for a few days/weeks/?? until GA and can hit the ground running.
The Born to Learn team has posted a nice interactive graphic which shows you how to find training and get certified for Windows Server (2012). The linked picture below will take you there.
Enjoy your learning path!
Hi friends. Because I get this question more often, lets paste the commands again to license your SCOM 2012 server.
First check your license status.
Open an Operations Manager Shell and type/paste:
Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration –a
If you on an eval version you will see something like the following
The word Eval gives it away, as well as an end-date within days to months.
What you need first it to find your System Center 2012 license somewhere. Once you have it you can apply it with another command - where the 99999 thing is of course to be replaced by your key:
Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId '99999-99999-99999-99999-99999'
Answer "Y" to confirm your action
Now you could get an error at this point looking like this:
In a text version the most important pieces is this:
Set-SCOMLicense : Requested registry access is not allowed.
If you encounter this, just open a normal Powershell, but use the right-click and Run As Administrator. Next, because it is not an Operations Manager Shell you need to import the SCOM module first and next enter the command again.
Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId '99999-99999-99999-99999-99999'
Answer "Y" to confirm your action
After this restart your SCOM server and check the license status again.
And there we go. It says retail and it is valid for a few more years, or at least longer than I expect to live Don't look at the version, I was too lazy to wait for the reboot so took it off another server.
Hope this helps, also if you get that nice registry error again
Reference the MS KB article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699998
Windows Server 2012 Essentials management pack for SCOM 2012 has been released. I missed it a good week ago or so , but just in case... Here is the link to the
Windows Server 2012 Essentials Management pack
Whenever you are designing or documenting SCOM environments you are likely to run into Visio to create those pictures with. Now in the past for SCOM 2007 we had the visio stencils which Jonathan Cusson brought together over here. Until now we did not have an extended set for the 2012 version.
Larry Rayl from Catapult Systems stepped up and created a number of icons he needed and while he was at it created a good number more! Kudo's Larry!!
You can download the SCOM 2012 Visio Stencil over here. Take a look at the accompanying blog post entry with examples of these figures from the Visio stencil for System Center 2012 Operations Manager.
For sure an addition to my toolbox!
The Infrastructure Planning and Design guide (IPD) for SCOM 2012 has just been released for download. As I wrote before it had been in development for a few months.
Enjoy your designing!
A few months ago Microsoft released newer versions of the Windows Server base OS management pack. This version had a good number of improvements, especially in the monitoring of cluster disk and cluster shared volumes. However the pack was still not complete enough in the sense that it missed the performance collection rules for Cluster Disks (the new class, replacing the Logical Disk pieces especially for CLustered instances).
My highly respected colleague MVP Daniele Grandini helped out by creating an addendum management pack for Cluster Disks which would take care of this. Explanation can be found here: Cluster Disks management pack addendum and he posted the management pack on the Technet Gallery over here: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Cluster-Disks-management-99f43845.
This week I was loading new management packs - Windows Base OS and SQL and of course this addendum mp because they had a lot of clusters in this monitored environment. And discovered that the pack Daniele had authored was authored on a SCOM 2012, while I was loading it into a SCOM 2007 R2 at the moment and that did not work for two reasons. So I changed the management pack a bit to make it work with SCOM 2007 R2 as well and sent it back to Daniele and he immediately placed the changed MP on the TechNet Gallery entry mentioned above. Its great to get these adjustments out this fast and really proves how much we can do in the community by joining forces to make things work and share!
If you are into monitoring Clusters than take a good look at the latest WIndows Server mp and this addendum mp to catch a bit more (and more reliable) ifnormation about your high available systems.
Big thanks to Daniele Grandini!
Had something funny today, with an unsealed management pack failing to import.
It gave an error like so:
The management pack cannot be imported.
Xml failure while validating maangement pack. [Line: 227, Position 18]
hexadecimal value 0x00, is an invalid character. Line 227, postion 18.
As it turns out when opening the xml file in Notepad++ we saw a lot of nulnulnul entries at the end of the file.
This seems to have been caused by copying the file around. Another instance from where it was copied from did not have these entries. It does not always happen, but just occasionally.
Solution is simple of course... delete those nulnulnul entries at the end of the file and try to import again.
A friend of mine, Yvo Quirijnen, already ran into this last week while trying to import other management packs in the same environment and found those nulnulnul entries. As we could not find posts from other people running into this I thought to post it here, just in case you run into this.
Lately we have gotten many questions about when the book Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager from Sybex would be available. It is great that you all have so much interest in what we are writing about and when you can get your hands on it!
Well, a few weeks ago the printing presses started rolling and last week the boxes with books started to be sent out to the big book stores. Depending on where your closest book store is this moves faster or slower. Officially we understood that in the Amazon stores the books would be available around 6 November in the USA and 9 November in Europe.
However.... I got word that the Amazon.com site in the USA already has it in stock!
So this is a good time to buy the book and get started with it! Also if you order on one of the european sites you know it will not be long until you receive it so start pre-ordering! And while you are there, also take a look at the Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager book from our ConfigMgr friends.
Again our website is: www.masteringscom.com where you can find some more information about the book and the authors.
Links where you can order the book at a number of Amazon stores in Europe and the US:
Order your copy here from the Amazon COM site
Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager at Amazon UK
Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager at Amazon DE Germany
Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager at Amazon FR France
Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager at Amazon IT Italy
Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager at Amazon ES Spain
While playing around with some freshly installed Windows Server 2012 machines I wanted to Activate Windows, so clicked the appropriate option and it gave me an error. Had not yet entered a key, but saw that the activation wizard seemed to think I had a key (it displays the last few characters of the key). If you wanted to change the product key in previous versions there simply was a button for that with the activation wizard. That is gone now in Windows 2012 and Windows 8.
After a little search I found the first method and after a little more searching I found a KB article talking about this and other methods.
Solutions are all simple (if you know them):
1. Use slmgr
- Open an elevated command prompt and type the following commands:
- slmgr -upk
This will remove the key first
- slmgr -ipk xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx
This will add your key. Of course replace the xyzyx-xyzyx with your own real key.
- Activate Windows (you will probably have popups already during this process)
2. Use slui.exe
- Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
- In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
- Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
- Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.
3. You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product key on multiple computers.
The last two methods I found referenced in this KB: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2750773 (and the first one is to be found there as well in a way).
Would still be nice to get that old button back somehow