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Kind of quietly or better said unnoticed by many, the list below has been published on two sources (here and here). The list includes KB articles describing a number of issues or support tips regarding System Center 2012 SP1.
As to quote the first link “Nothing really major, just a couple support tips and FYIs we saw during that beta that might save you some time if you happen to run across them. Enjoy!”
2709539 – Regional settings default to English when deploying a virtual machine using a template on System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2709539)
2800073 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 Maintenance Mode Causes Refresh Errors 13926, 2606 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2800073)
2798383 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 Does Not Recognize Newly Imported Highly Available Virtual Machine (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798383)
2798507 – Creating a VM from a template on an ESX host fails with error 2947 in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798507)
2798842 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 cannot increase the number of CPU Cores during a P2V conversion (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798842)
2798911 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 cannot create a VM in the cloud that has an underscore in the name (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798911)
2798926 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 fails to shut down a virtual machine (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798926)
2797597 – Suse Linux Enterprise Server 11 is missing from the Linux OS list in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2797597)
2795033 – A Virtual Machine Manager Library share on Highly Available File Server displays an incorrect status (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2795033)
2799257 – How to convert between VHD and VHDX formats in System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2799257)
2798401 – System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 Service Deployment fails with error 22011 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2798401)
2800610 – Static IP is missing from a virtual switch created with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager SP1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2800610)
Monday June 18 2012 will be the big day for us. Our book Microsoft Private Cloud Computing will be officially available and even a little earlier than expected. Mid-2011 four MVP’s decided to make a joint effort at writing a practical book on deploying a Microsoft Private Cloud. The four authors are:
Aidan Finn (MVP Virtual Machine @joe_elway)
Patrick Lownds (MVP Virtual Machine @patricklownds)
Damian Flynn (MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management @damian_flynn)
Hans Vredevoort (MVP Virtual Machine @hvredevoort)
Kristian Nese (@kristiannese) who is also MVP System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management kindly accepted the role of technical reviewer. Kristian has also written a book on Cloud Computing in Norwegian.
Learn the foundation of cloud computing and how to build your own Microsoft private cloud
Written by a team of expert authors who are MVPs and leaders in their respective fields, this one-of-a-kind book is an essential resource for IT administrators who are responsible for implementing and managing a cloud infrastructure. You’ll quickly learn how cloud computing offers significant cost savings while also providing new levels of speed and agility.
Serving as a how-to guide, Microsoft Private Cloud Computing walks you through building a secure, internal cloud and delivering it as a service to your company using Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
- Walks you through the entire process: understanding cloud computing, understanding the Microsoft concept of a private cloud, deploying a private cloud fabric, deploying services, and building a private cloud, as well as integrating it with Microsoft’s public cloud to create a cross-premises or public cloud
- Discusses fabric management with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012
- Examines how to provide network and storage with VMM 2012
- Looks at the VMM library configuration
- Discusses private cloud and cloud service management with Microsoft App Controller
Microsoft Private Cloud Computing is a must-have comprehensive resource that covers all aspects of implementing a private cloud
Aidan wrote the introductory chapters on Private Cloud, Hans dealt with the Fabric Management chapters (Servers, Storage, Network) including Bare Metal Deployment, Patrick wrote the chapters on Service Management (VMM Library, Service Modeling) and Damian contributed chapters on Private Cloud Solutions (VMM Services, Self-Service, App Controller) including the Cloud Services Process Pack.
If you are dealing with the Fabric part you need lots and lots of hardware. Fortunately one of our great customers at INOVATIV as well as my personal friends from XS4ALL (Joey Hofstede, Alexander Rijnbeek) have helped us tremendously. They offered us a remotely accessible lab including HP Blade Servers, HP EVA storage and lots of capacity to test all new VMM 2012 functionality. XS4ALL is a key Dutch Internet Provider, so you can imagine the download speeds if I ever wanted to grab a few ISO’s.
The book can be ordered here and will hopefully soon be found in most large bookstores.
Here are the (earlier) announcement blogs of my fellow authors:
The company I work for is All In with Microsoft System Center 2012 and it is no surprise that we spend a lot of effort getting across the message that this Microsoft Management suite is what you really need if you build a Microsoft Private Cloud with a heterogeneous landscape of hypervisors, operations systems and applications.
In my book Microsoft Private Cloud Computing several of the important pieces are covered such as System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and App Controller 2012.
This 8-minute video explains why System Center 2012 is such an interesting management suite and ought to be considered by every IT manager or CIO looking to efficiently manage a small, medium or large datacenter.
Dutch version: http://www.systemcenter2012.nl/
Please take a look at the list of System Center 2012 References at the bottom of this blog.
System Center References:
System Center User Group [Dutch]: http://www.scug.nl/
System Center Blog: http://www.systemcenterblog.nl/
System Center Central: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/
System Center Microsoft site: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/default.aspx
System Center 2012 Books: http://www.systemcenterblog.nl/tag/system-center-2012/
System Center Technical Resources: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/
System Center Solution Center: http://support.microsoft.com/ph/16340
Microsoft Private Cloud Computing Book: http://www.aidanfinn.com/?p=12024
How to Participate in the System Center Community:
System Center twitter hashtags;
System Center Virtual Machine Manager Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/scvmm/
System Center Operations Manager Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/
System Center Data Protection Manager Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/dpm/
System Center Service Manager Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager/
System Center Orchestrator Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center Configuration Manager Blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrteam/
System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (CDM) MVP’s:
Microsoft at MMS 2012 announced a new toolkit for mass conversion of VMware VM’s to Hyper-V. VMMT is wizard based conversion tool aimed at conversion from VMware to the current version of Hyper-V. Windows Server 2012 support is still under development.
Please note that this is a different tool from the Microsoft Solution Accelerator called Microsoft Virtual Machine Converter.
If you are only converting a dozen or so VM’s it is not worth your while. However if you have 100+ Windows and Linux VM’s in your environment this tool is for you. The target customer has multiple hypervisors, wants to move to Hyper-V and has primarily a Windows workload.
VMMT as it is called uses a combination of existing products and custom scripts:
- vCenter & vSphere
- Veeam Backup and Reporter
- Orchestrator 2012
- Virtual Machine Manager 2012
Besides the excellent information regarding SCVMM 2012 Beta on this blog here is some very usefull information if you are playing around with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta!
This download provides technical documentation for the Beta release of VMM 2012.
Another great resource for information is the Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Community Evaluation Program Application or the System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012 Beta Resource Page.
The System Center team is pleased to announce the Community Evaluation Program. The program is designed to provide IT professionals a structured approach to evaluating System Center and Forefront products before their final release. Members of this program are able to evaluate early versions of products with guidance from the product team and by sharing of experiences and best practices among a community of peers.
Multiple programs are now open and accepting applications including:
Forefront Identity Manager
Virtual Machine Manager
To apply and for more information about the programs, please visit:
Last week @hypervserver (Carsten Rachfahl) visited me for an interview about topics around Microsoft Virtualization, the Hyper-V community, Hyper-V & System Center (Virtual Machine Manager 2012), Microsoft Software iSCSI target and the choice between Fibre Channel and iSCSI.
Carsten regularly interviews people in the IT industry, but this time it was his first time in English. Although a bit uneasy at first, he did a wonderful job and I never misunderstood his questions.
Before we realized it we had talked for 40 minutes without a break. Although I didn’t know what he was going to ask, they were all well within my field of competence.
Normally I always find it difficult to hear your own voice and see yourself on video. But when I finally convinced my self I had to watch it at least once, I must say I am quite pleased with the result. So here you have a chance of getting to know me a little better and hear about the things I am working on.
I’d like to thank Carsten for a very pleasant and positive experience!
Instead of one big article, I decided to split the Bare Metal Deployment blog in a number of smaller pieces to reach the final goal: automating the creation of a Hyper-V cluster. If you go back a few articles you’ll see several other blogs about SCVMM 2012. Although only recently in beta, it is a remarkable piece of software with a great number of new and astounding features aimed at creating and managing what we have come to call the private cloud.
Let me first point out that although SCVMM 2012 is well equipped to manage Hyper-V, VMware and XenServer hosts, some features are currently focusing on Hyper-V as its primary citizen. In the current version Bare Metal Deployment and Cluster Creation can only be done with Hyper-V R2. The primary reason for this is the technology used: boot from VHD which is an R2 feature not seen in VMware or XenServer.
In my previous blogs I explained the concept of Run As Accounts/Profiles, Out of Band Management, adding HP iLO2 to OOB and Host Profiles in SCVMM 2012.
In the previous blogs I have explained how to create Run As Accounts & Profiles. I also discussed Out of Band Management and specifically how to Add the HP iLO2 OOB provider to SCVMM 2012. In this blog I focus on another preparatory step before we can start our Bare Metal Deployment and Cluster Creation: Preparing the Host Profile.
The Host Profile is like a combination of the Hardware Profile and OS Profile in SCVMM 2008 R2 but intended for defining the physical server rather than the virtual machine. Again a wizard is available to define such a Host Profile which is relatively straightforward:
- General: Host Profile Name & Description plus location of the VHD file to be used as the base image for the operating system
- Hardware Configuration: Selection of the Management NIC with a choice of DHCP or static IP address; Partition and Disk Configuration and Driver Options (for injection of a specific set of (filter) drivers
- OS Configuration: similar to the OS Profile in SCVMM 2008 R2 describing OS name, Run As Profile, Admin Password, Identity Information, Product Key, Time Zone and Scripts
- Host Settings: for adding the virtual machine placement paths
The preparation of the Host Profile starts off by clicking on the Library wunderbar, expanding Profiles and right-clicking Host Profiles: Create Host Profile.
During Microsoft Management Summit we were shown the roadmap for System Center 2012. As you can see for most products there is or will be a beta by mid 2011. During the second half of 2011 all System Center 2012 members will RTM.
I cannot but conclude that Microsoft is well up-to-speed and will deliver on their promises.