Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager #scvmm #winserv #azure #cloud   Leave a comment

There is a UR 2 Released for The System Center 2012 Stack. And as in UR1 read the Installation instructions not only install the update but also apply the SQL script to the Database.  There is a huge list of fixed in SCVMM but also for the other System center product a lots of fixes and even if you use the Azure Pack you will get a nice list with updates.

The Script can be found here : http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2932926 



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Important After you install the update package, you must apply the following SQL script on your Virtual Machine Manager Microsoft SQL Server database for Update Rollup 2 to function correctly.

Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager resolves the following issues:

  • Files cannot be found on a network-attached storage device that uses NetApp storage and Server Message Block version 3 (SMBv3) protocol.
  • After an account’s password is changed, the Scale-Out File Server provider goes into a "not responding" state.
  • VMM wipes the System Access Control List (SACL) configurations on ports.
  • When an uplink profile’s name contains the "or" string, VMM console cannot show its details when it adds the uplink profile to a logical switch.
  • Dynamic disks cannot be used as pass-through disks.
  • When you create a standard virtual switch on a host without selecting the Allow management operating system to share this network adapter check box, the virtual switch is created. However, the virtual switch still binds to the host unexpectedly.
  • Network address translation (NAT) uses port number 49152 or a larger number, which Windows prohibits from being used by NAT.
  • When a virtual machine IP address type is static Out-of-Band and there is no IP address pool that is associated with the virtual machine network or the logical network, migration is complete with multiple errors.
  • If a highly available virtual machine is migrated from one node to another node by using Failover Cluster Manager, you receive an error message that indicates the absence of VHD files.
  • Some performance issues in VMM.
  • Connection with Operations Manager fails in a non-English environment.
  • After you upgrade VMM from System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) to System Center 2012 R2, VLAN settings disappear and cannot be saved in the virtual machine.
  • Virtualization gateway could not be discovered by management packs.
  • The New-SCPhysicalComputerProfile Windows PowerShell cmdlet fails with a NullReferenceException exception.
  • Assume that you put a host into maintenance mode. When any highly available virtual machines cannot evacuate successfully, they are put into a saved state instead of into task failures.
  • Assume that you have a computer that is running VMware ESX Server to host virtual machines. Additionally, assume that cumulative progress for many applications, scripts or actions (that is reported by guest agent) becomes large. In this situation, all deployments time out, as the guest agent cannot communicate to the server successfully.
  • You cannot deploy a service template to VMware ESX 5.1 hosts. Additionally, you receive an error 22042 and a TimeoutWhileWaitingForVmToBootException (609) exception.
  • When you migrate a virtual machine together with Out-of-Band checkpoints, database corruption occurs.
  • Pass-through disks are not updated correctly in the database after they are refreshed from an Out-of-Band migration.
  • Assume that hosts establish a Common Information Model (CIM) session that can send policies to the host after the Hyper-V Network Virtualization initialization. Additionally, assume that a policy-sending activity is initiated before the CIM session creation is completed. In this situation, policies are stuck in the sending queue, and the host does not receive any Hyper-V Network Virtualization policies.
  • Communication is broken in Hyper-V Network Virtualization.
  • When you use a same user name for Run As Accounts in guest customization, a conflict occurs.
  • You cannot use a parameter together with .sql scripts for a Run As Account during a service installation.
  • You deploy a template that uses empty classification to a cloud. However, the template does not respect storage classifications that are set on the cloud.
  • When Windows Server fast file copy cannot deploy files successfully, the Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) fallback task continues using the fast file copy credentials.


To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to one of the following download websites, as appropriate:

Data Protection Manager (KB2958100)

DownloadDownload the Orchestrator package now.

DownloadDownload the Service Manager package now.

Service Provider Foundation (KB 2932939)
DownloadDownload the Service Provider Foundation package now.

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Posted April 23, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in System Center, System Center Hotfixes

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Windows Server 2012 R2 Update KB2919355 #update #winserv #PoshPAIG #Patch #Audit/Installation GUI   Leave a comment

Don’t forget to update your servers with update 1 and keep in mind that if you choose to update your clusters by hand. That you patch all the servers and not leave the cluster is a split-patched environment!. You will not be the first that have cluster troubles by mispatching.

now that there is a Update 1 you can see different patch models from 800 Mb to 3 MB depends on the update status from the machine.



Windows Server 2012 R2 Update is a cumulative set of security updates, critical updates and updates. You must install Windows Server 2012 R2 Update to ensure that your computer can continue to receive future Windows Updates, including security updates. For a complete listing of the issues that are included in this update, see the associated Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer.

But if you don’t know the status of your servers and you don’t use wsus but patching from Microsoft update and there is no SCCM in place. you need some other tool to audit your servers. Write a Powershell script DSC or use a tool from codeplex Enter the PowerShell Patch Audit/Installation GUI (PoshPAIG).


This is a little toolkit that can do this for you If you don’t have tools in place and you need fast results this is the best way.

The tool is self explaining So I don’t go in to detail the source is here: http://poshpaig.codeplex.com/



/Happy Patching

Posted April 22, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2012 R2

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Enterprise Customers Support for Windows XP ends today #xp #win8 #winserv #upgrade   Leave a comment

So finally today ends the windows XP version. But will it end or are you ignoring the fact that you are running a OS that is more than 10 years old.

And still you want the latest version of your phone with the latest updates, and your tablet is also running the latest version. But your PC is Old and is holding all your email and bank accounts so no problem if the pc is full of malware or other extra software.

originalSo what to do ?  Should I turn it off or upgrade the machine or push the machine thru a shredder.


Well option 3 is the best choice. There is no upgrade path from Windows XP to Windows 7 or 8 only fresh installs are possible.

Probably your machine is at least 6 years old and there are no drivers for your machine. and the fresh install and patching will take a day.

average engineer will cost 500 euro a day so running a old machine is not the best way.

Buy a new machine directly with windows 8 or after today 8.1 Update 1 http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2014/04/02/windows-8-1-update-important-refinements-to-the-windows-experience.aspx

Or do nothing and wait for the first hacker and your machine will be joined to the largest botnet with all other XP machines Winking smile but this could be fun remember all the software hacks for Windows 95 , open your CD drive of switch the mouse buttons or send a BSOD while you are on line and chatting with me Winking smile 




SO buy a new device not for yourself but for me , so that I do not get all the spam from the open internet machine collective.

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Thanks for not using XP anymore.

Posted April 8, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows XP

Book Review Learning Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control #winserv #BYOD @packtpub   Leave a comment

Recently I had the opportunity to read another Packt Publishing book about Dynamic Access Control.

This book is a bit off topic from my normal cluster stuff. The book is written by Jochen Nickel. The Dynamic Access Control book is not a large book. The book consists of 9 chapters which total 125 pages, but the book is all about DAC one role fully covered in a book.

If you start reading this book understanding of windows 2012 , Forefront Identity Manager & ADFS is needed. but even if you are starting with this it is a great place to start.

The learning goals of this book: ( more details http://bit.ly/1dJV1Ha )

  • Understand how Dynamic Access Control can help your organization control access to information
  • Identify and get to know the main building blocks and functionality of Dynamic Access Control
  • Create Central Access and Auditing Policies, including Transformation Policies
  • Classify information using different methods, including a deep dive into the File Classification infrastructure
  • Design and implement Rights Management integration
  • Extend your solution with third-party tools in particular for classification
  • Integrate Dynamic Access Control in SharePoint and other products
  • Discover the possibilities you get by using Dynamic Access Control for BYOD
  • Explore how other Microsoft solutions can be used as an enhancement of your solution

This book is in great detail and step by step samples, and if you a starter I suggest do take the paper book. this is easier but that is totally my opinion.

The book is one big step by step guide and even if you a starter on this that is no problem. there is a lot of explanations of the samples and great for learning. If you are working with the concept of BYOD there is a nice chapter on how to support this with work folders etc , I will not go into to much detail.

This book is a more practical book on how to do this but with explanations how to setup the DAC and the PowerShell commands and using the Claims. my favorite chapters are 8 & 9. Automation and troubleshooting, this is always a pain set it up and you have problems to get this working.

In chapter 9 there is a nice drill down on where and how to find stuff with nice details in the screenshots. as a sample finding Data quality in Active Directory is also a common problem, this is nicely explained.

I recommend this book for engineers who have the task or consider deployment/configuration of Dynamic Access Control in their environments.

The book can be found here : http://bit.ly/1dJV1Ha

Posted April 8, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in packt

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Windows Server 2012 R2 with SQL Server 2014 Cluster installation in less than 15 minutes #winserv #Rocks #movie   Leave a comment

Robert Smit [MVP]:

SQL Server 2014 now Generally Available Build your Cluster #sql

Originally posted on The Windows Server FCI Blog:

Just for the fun I recorded a movie on the installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 . I thought just a quick recording and done but as it turns out it took longer than I expected, I made a typo in the script or clicked the wrong script or forgot to clean out my netbios name. then you gona build failsafe items in the scripts and they will be shown as errors because some items are already be set and can’t set twice.

The basic Idea was record a quick movie of an unattended installation of a SQL cluster in a few minutes is this possible yes it cab be done in les than 15 minutes. installation of the OS , Cluster with full Storage validation and a two node SQL cluster based on normal disk and a two node cluster based on CSV.

Eh in 15 minutes two full…

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Posted April 1, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in Windows Server 2012 R2

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