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UPDATE : What’s New in Windows Server 2012 RC

The content in this section describes what’s new and changed in Windows Server 2012 RC.

  • What’s New in AD CS? Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) in Windows Server 2012 provides multiple new features and capabilities over previous versions. This document describes new deployment, manageability, and capabilities added to AD CS in Windows Server 2012.
  • What’s new in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012 includes new features that make it simpler and faster to deploy domain controllers (both on-premises and in the cloud), more flexible and easier to both audit and authorize access to files, and easier to perform administrative tasks at scale, either locally or remotely, through consistent graphical and scripted management experiences.
  • What’s New in Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)? Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) is the server role that provides you with management and development tools that work with industry security technologies—including encryption, certificates, and authentication—to help organizations create reliable information protection solutions.
  • What’s New in BitLocker BitLocker encrypts the hard drives on your computer to provide enhanced protection against data theft or exposure on computers and removable drives that are lost or stolen.
  • What’s New in BranchCache BranchCache in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 Release Preview provides substantial performance, manageability, scalability, and availability improvements.
  • What’s New in Failover Clustering Failover clusters provide high availability and scalability to many server workloads. These include file share storage for server applications such as Hyper-V and Microsoft SQL Server, and server applications that run on physical servers or virtual machines.
  • What’s New in File Server Resource Manager File Server Resource Manager provides a set of features that allow you to manage and classify data that is stored on file servers.
  • What’s New in Hyper-V The Hyper-V role enables you to create and manage a virtualized computing environment by using virtualization technology that is built in to Windows Server 2012. Hyper-V virtualizes hardware to provide an environment in which you can run multiple operating systems at the same time on one physical computer, by running each operating system in its own virtual machine.
  • What’s New in Kerberos Authentication The Microsoft Windows Server operating systems implement the Kerberos version 5 authentication protocol and extensions for public key and password-based authentication. The Kerberos authentication client is implemented as a security support provider (SSP) and can be accessed through the Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI).
  • What’s New for Managed Service Accounts Standalone Managed Service Accounts, which were introduced in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, are managed domain accounts that provide automatic password management and simplified SPN management, including delegation of management to other administrators.
  • What’s New in Remote Desktop Services The Remote Desktop Services server role in Windows Server 2012 provides technologies that enable users to connect to virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops. With Remote Desktop Services, users can access remote connections from within a corporate network or from the Internet.
  • What’s New in Security Auditing Security auditing is one of the most powerful tools to help maintain the security of an enterprise. One of the key goals of security audits is to verify regulatory compliance.
  • What’s New in Smart Cards Smart cards and their associated personal identification numbers (PINs) are an increasingly popular, reliable, and cost-effective form of two-factor authentication. With the right controls in place, a user must have the smart card and know the PIN to gain access to network resources.
  • What’s New in TLS/SSL (Schannel SSP) Schannel is a Security Support Provider (SSP) that implements the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) Internet standard authentication protocols. The Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI) is an API used by Windows systems to perform security-related functions including authentication.
  • What’s New for Windows Deployment Services Windows Deployment Services is a server role that enables you to remotely deploy Windows operating systems. You can use it to set up new computers by using a network-based installation.

Download Microsoft Windows Server 2012 RC here (ISO and VHD)

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Go for #Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Manager to manage your Servers #SCSM

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Connectors to other Microsoft Products in System Center Service Manager 2012

Incident logging in System Center Service Manager 2012

Emergency Change request in System Center Service Manager 2012

Language settings of System Center Service Manager 2012.

Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2012 is working and looking great and easy to start with to manage your Serverpark.
Get started today your services and manage your ServerPark.

More information about Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2012 :

Microsoft Technet Library SCSM 2012

Microsoft Technet Blog site SCSM 2012

Download the Microsoft IPD Guide for SCSM 2012

Download all Technical documentation of SCSM 2012 here

Get in control with Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2012 and integrate with the other System Center products like SCVMM, SCOM, SCCM.


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Multi-Hypervisor Management with System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager #SCVMM to #Hyperv

Architecture SCVMM environment.

In the example above, the Order Processing Tier is installed on a VMware ESXi host, while the business logic tier is installed on a Hyper-V host. As we discussed earlier, VMM can configure and deploy your private cloud infrastructure by abstracting the hypervisor layer and deploying VMs and applications in a consistent manner using service templates.

For the costs of licensing you can check this site The Microsoft Private Cloud Economics Tool

More Microsoft information about Multi-Hypervisor :  Multi-Hypervisor Management in System Center 2012

How to Convert VMware Virtual Machines to Hyper-V

VMM supports the V2V machine conversion of virtual machines that are running on the following versions of VMware ESX:

  • ESX/ESXi 3.5 Update 5
  • ESX/ESXi 4.0
  • ESX/ESXi 4.1
ImportantImportant
Before you convert a VMware virtual machine to a Hyper-V virtual machine, you must uninstall VMware Tools on the guest operating system of the virtual machine.

To convert a VMware virtual machine to a Hyper-V virtual machine

    1. Open the VMs and Services workspace.
    2. On the Home tab, in the Create group, click the Create Virtual Machine drop-down arrow, and then click Convert Virtual Machine.The Convert Virtual Machine Wizard opens.

  1. On the Select Source page, next to the Select the virtual machine that you would like to convert box, click Browse.
  2. In the Select Virtual Machine Source dialog box, click the VMware virtual machine that you want to convert, and then click OK.
    TipTip
    Verify that the Virtualization Platform column indicates VMware ESX Server.
  3. On the Select Source page, click Next.
  4. On the Specify Virtual Machine Identity page, either keep or change the virtual machine name, enter an optional description, and then click Next.
    noteNote
    The virtual machine name identifies the virtual machine to VMM. The name does not have to match the computer name of the virtual machine. However, to avoid confusion, we recommend that you use the same name as the computer name.
  5. On the Virtual Machine Configuration page, configure the number of processors and the amount of memory to assign (in megabytes or gigabytes), and then click Next.
  6. On the Select Host page, select a Hyper-V host for placement, and then click Next.
  7. On the Select Path page, do the following, and then click Next:
    1. In the Storage location box, configure the storage location on the host for virtual machine files. By default, the default virtual machine paths on the target host are listed. To select a different location, click Browse, click a folder, and then click OK.
      noteNote
      As a best practice, do not specify a path that is on the same drive as the operating system files.
    2. If desired, select the Add this path to the list of default storage locations on the host check box.
  8. On the Select Networks page, select the logical network, the virtual network and the VLAN (if applicable) to use for the virtual machine, and then click Next.
    noteNote
    The list of available logical networks, virtual networks, and VLANs matches what is configured on the host physical network adapters.
  9. On the Add Properties page, configure the desired settings, and then click Next.
  10. On the Summary page, review the settings. Optionally, select the Start the virtual machine after deploying it check box. To start the conversion process, click Create.The Jobs dialog box appears to indicate the job status. Verify that the job has a status of Completed, and then close the dialog box.
  11. To verify that the virtual machine was converted, do the following:
    1. In the VMs and Services workspace, locate and then click the Hyper-V host that you selected during placement.
    2. On the Home tab, in the Show group, click VMs.
    3. In the VMs pane, verify that the virtual machine appears.


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#Microsoft Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 – #SCVMM

This article discusses the installation instructions for Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2012 and the issues that are fixed in the update rollup.
Follow the installation instructionsto download and then install the update packages for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager, System Center 2012 App Controller and System Center 2012 Operations Manager.

Issues that are fixed in Update Rollup 1

Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959)

Issue 1

If a snapshot is merging into the parent virtual hard disk (VHD), and if the virtual machine is deleted, the VHD file is not deleted.

Issue 2

The Store-VM and Move-VM Windows PowerShell cmdlets ignore the -RunAsynchronouslyswitch.

Issue 3

When an IP address is used from an IP pool, cluster creation is unsuccessful, and you receive the following error message:

Error (25342)
Network configuration of hosts to be clustered requires at least one static IP address to create a cluster.
Issue 4

If a highly available virtual machine is running on a cluster node that fails, the virtual machine status changes to “Update Failed.” Additionally, the status is not updated until the cluster node is back online.

Issue 5

When you manually install the Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Agent on a perimeter host, the user name and password are unexpectedly logged in the AgentSetup.log file on the host computer.

Issue 6

Successive virtual machine creations take longer if many virtual machines are created and deleted in a short time.

Issue 7

Agent upgrade fails during VMM upgrade if the Microsoft Virtual C++ 2008 Redistributable package is installed on the host computer. Additionally, you receive the following error message:

Error (2916)
VMM is unable to complete the request. The connection to the agent servername.domainname.com was lost.
Unknown error (0x80338126)

Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960)

Issue 1

Powershell.exe memory usage may increase when the Set-SCGuestInfo and Read-SCGuestInfo Windows PowerShell cmdlets are used to obtain or to set the virtual machine Key Value Pair (KVP) values.
NoteThis is a VMM Client and Server issue. To resolve this issue, you must install the Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960) package and the Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959) package.

Issue 2

The Virtual Machine Manager console stops responding when many virtual machines are sorted.

Issue 3

If System Center App Controller and the VMM Server are installed on separate servers, single sign-on does not work when App Controller is used.

Issue 4

If a host network adapter property setting is changed, the SubNet VLAN settings are changed even if the settings were not changed by the administrator.

Issue 5

An Internal virtual network is created as a private network if the virtual network name contains any of the following special characters:

/ ? ! @ # % ^ & * ( ) _ + } { ” : ] [ \

NoteThis is a VMM Client and Server issue. To resolve this issue, you must install the Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960) package and the Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959) package. If the VMM Self-Service Portal is installed, the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal Update (KB2663961) package must also be installed.

Issue 6

Performance issues may occur if the console is open for several days and if many jobs were created.

Issue 7

Concurrent attach and detach operations may take a long time to complete on a cluster that hosts many virtual machines.
NoteThis is a VMM Client and Server issue. To resolve this issue, you must install the Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960) package and the Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959) package. If the VMM Self-Service Portal is installed, the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal Update (KB2663961) package must also be installed.

Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal Update (KB2663961)

Issues 5 and 7 in the “Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960)” section are fixed in this update package.

Management Pack Update for Virtual Machine Manager

Issue 1
“VGS not installed” alerts are triggered for every virtual machine regardless of whether the virtual guest services are installed.
Issue 2
Operations Manager discovery fails with the following error if a host has virtual machines names that combined exceed 255 characters:

Operations Manager discovery failed with error: “Exception of type ‘Microsoft.VirtualManager.EnterpriseManagement.Common.DiscoveryDataInvalidRelationshipSourceExceptionOM10’ was thrown.”.

Issue 3
Virtual Machines in an Unsupported Cluster Configuration state are not reflected properly in Operations Manager.
Issue 4
The Cloud StorageUsageGB monitor fails to go into a warning or critical state when storage usage approaches the defined private cloud capacity.
Issue 5
The “Host has exceeded the supported maximum number of running VMs” alerts are triggered even though the host has not exceeded the maximum number of running virtual machines.
Issue 6
Management pack was not localized in all languages supported by Virtual Machine Manager.
Issue 7
The Total RAM for hosts in the Host Utilization report is reported incorrectly.
Issue 8
The Total Cost provided in the Chargeback Report is incorrect.

App Controller Update (KB2677596)

Issue 1

Users are prompted for credentials even though single sign-on functionality is enabled for App Controller. For more information about how to enable single sign-on for App Controller, go to the following Microsoft TechNet website:

Issue 2

When the Repair option is run by using the Programs and Features item in Control Panel, the SQL database configuration for App Controller is removed.
Note Installing this update package for App Controller will restore the SQL database configuration. The administrator can also restore the SQL database configuration by following the steps in the “Removal Instructions for App Controller” section.

Operations Manager Update (KB2674695) – Windows monitoring

Issue 1

Environment crashes in Operations Manager because of RoleInstanceStatusProbe module in AzureMP.

Issue 2

When multiple (two or three) consoles are running on the same computer under the same user account, the consoles may crash.

Issue 3

You cannot start or stop tracing for Reporting and Web Console if they were installed to a stand-alone server that is running IIS.

Issue 4

Connected Group alert viewing is not working, but no error is given in console.

Issue 5

Task result – CompletedWithInfo not supported with the SDK2007 assemblies.

Issue 6

SeriesFactory and Microsoft.SystemCenter.Visualization.DatatoSeriesController have to be public to give the controls extensibility and reuse.

Issue 7

WebConsole is not FIPS compliant out of the box.

Issue 8

Network Dashboard should overlay Availability when displaying health state.

Issue 9

Dashboards: Group picker does not show all groups in large environment.

Issue 10

IIS Discovery: Prevent GetAdminSection from failing when framework version was detected incorrectly by IIS API.

Issue 11

Performance Counters are not displayed in the Application list view of AppDiagnostics.

Issue 12

Console crashes when state view with self-contained object class is opened.

Issue 13

PerformanceWidget displays stale “last value” in the legend because of core data access DataModel.

Issue 14

Availability Report and “Computer Not Reachable” Monitor display incorrect data.

Issue 15

Agent install fails on Win8 Core because of dependency on the .NET Framework 2.0.

Issue 16

Web Services Availability Monitoring Wizard – Console crashes if the wizard finishes before a test has finished.

Issue 17

Several Windows PowerShell changes are needed:

  • Changed License parameter in Get-SCOMAccessLicense to ShowLicense
  • Changed SCOMConnectorForTier cmdlets to SCOMTierConnector
  • Some formatting changes

Operations Manager Update (KB2674695) – Unix and Linux monitoring

Issue 1

Schannel error events are logged to the System log on Operations Manager Management servers and on gateways that manage UNIX/Linux agents.

Issue 2

On HP-UX, Operations Manager cannot discover and monitor a logical volume composed of more than 127 physical volumes.

Issue 3

Upgrade of UNIX and Linux agents fails when using Run As credentials in the Agent Upgrade Wizard or Update-SCXAgent Windows PowerShell cmdlet.

Operations Manager Update (KB2674695) – New feature

Update Rollup1 for Operations Manager adds support for Oracle Solaris 11 (x86 and SPARC).

How to obtain and install Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012

The update packages for Virtual Machine Manager and App Controller are available from Microsoft Update. To download the management pack update for VMM, go to the following Microsoft Download Center website:

To download the update packages for Operations Manager, go to the following Microsoft Download Center website:

  • To obtain and install the update packages from Microsoft Update, follow these steps on a system that has a Virtual Machine Manager or App Controller component installed:
    1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
    2. In Control Panel, double-click Windows Update.
    3. In the Windows Update window, click Check Online for updates from Microsoft Update.
    4. Click the important updates are available hyperlink.
    5. Select Update Rollup 1, and then click OK.
    6. Click Install updates to install the update package.

    Note The VMM agent on the managed computers has to be updated after the Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959) is installed.
    To update the VMM agent on the managed computers, follow these steps:

    1. Open the VMM Console.
    2. Click Fabric, and then select Servers.
    3. Under Managed Computers, select the servers, and then click Update Agent.

    Note Before you install the update package for App Controller, make sure that you review the “Installation instructions for App Controller” section.
    ImportantThe update package for App Controller shows in Microsoft Update only after the update package for Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960) is installed. To install this update package and the update package for App Controller, follow these steps on the App Controller server:

    1. In the Windows Update window, click Check Online for updates from Microsoft Update.
    2. Select Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960), and then install the update package.
    3. Restart the App Controller server.
    4. Open Windows Update again.
    5. In the Windows Update window, click Check Online for updates from Microsoft Update.
    6. Select App Controller Update (KB2677596) , and then install the update package.
  • To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:
    Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959)

    Virtual Machine Manager Console Update (KB2663960)

    Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal Update (KB2663961)

    App Controller Update (KB2677596)

    To manually install the update packages, run the following command from an elevated command prompt:

    msiexec.exe /update PackageName

    For example, to install the Virtual Machine Manager Server Update (KB2663959), run the following command:

    msiexec.exe /update KB2663959_vmmServer_amd64.msp

Installation and removal instructions

Installation instructions for App Controller

To install Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2012 App Controller, follow these steps:

  1. On the App Controller server, install the update package for Virtual Machine Manager Console (KB2663960).
    Note The update package for App Controller will not be installed if KB2663960 is not installed.
  2. Re-import the library certificates for each VMM server. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Log on to App Controller as an administrator.
    2. Expand Settings, and then click Connections.
    3. For each VMM server, select the VMM server, and then click Import Certificates.

    Notes

    • You can re-import the VMM library certificates before or after you install the update package for App Controller.
    • Until the library certificates are re-imported, App Controller cannot copy files into the VMM library.
  3. Install the update package for Microsoft System Center 2012 App Controller (KB2677596).

Here you can see the complete Microsoft support Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012


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Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – App Controller #sysctr #Powershell #Cloud

Here you can download the Technical documentation for System Center 2012 – App Controller.

System Center 2012 – App Controller is a web-based management solution that lets you manage multiple public and private clouds in your organization and deploy services to them through a unified console. After deploying App Controller, you will be able to:

  • Connect to and manage Windows Azure subscriptions and private clouds on System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) servers.
  • Deploy and manage services and virtual machines across multiple public and private clouds.
  • Manage and share file resources, service templates and virtual machine templates.
  • Delegate role-based access to users for the management of services and resources on public and private clouds.