Add your Azure Subscription v1 only to System Center Virtual Machine manager 2016 #SCVMM #Azure #MSCloud   Leave a comment

When you are testing Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) in System Center 2016 and you want to connect your Azure Subscription connected you need a Certificate and publish this is the admin portal. But as you thought he cool I can access all my resource groups VM’s and my old VM’s eh no VMM 2016 Preview can only manage  the old VM’s.

To do this go to the VMM Console and Add Subscription

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Easy as it is fill in the blanks

The Display name is the name you want and has no pointer to Azure

the Subscription ID is directly linked to Azure this is where your VM’s are

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The Certificate we need to make this by hand.

First the Subscription ID go to the Azure.com portal and in the Subscriptions there is the ID.

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Next we need a Certificate for a selfsigned certificate we can use Makecert but what fun is that .

Makecert.exe

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Create a new self-signed certificate

You can use any tool available to create a self-signed certificate as long as they adhere to these settings:

  • An X.509 certificate.
  • Contains a private key.
  • Created for key exchange (.pfx file).
  • Subject name must match the domain used to access the cloud service. > You cannot acquire an SSL certificate for the cloudapp.net (or for any Azure related) domain; the certificate’s subject name must match the custom domain name used to access your application. For example, contoso.net, not contoso.cloudapp.net.
  • Minimum of 2048-bit encryption.
  • Service Certificate Only: Client-side certificate must reside in the Personal certificate store.

There are two easy ways to create a certificate on Windows, with the makecert.exe utility, or IIS.

Makecert.exe

This utility has been deprecated and is no longer documented here. Please see this MSDN article for more information.

Create a Certificate with Powershell

there is a new command in powershell : New-SelfSignedCertificate

this is how we create a certificate quick and easy and I also exported the Certificate

#Create new Certificate
$cert = New-SelfSignedCertificate -Subject AzureVMM01 -FriendlyName AzureVMM01 -Type Custom -CertStoreLocation "Cert:\currentuser\My" -KeyExportPolicy ExportableEncrypted -KeyLength 2048 -KeySpec KeyExchange

#set password for PFX
$password = ConvertTo-SecureString -String "P@ssw0rd" -Force -AsPlainText

#Export Certificate
Export-PfxCertificate -Cert $cert -FilePath "c:\cert\scvmm16azure.pfx" -Password $password

# to use this certificate in the Azure management portal export it to a .cer file
Export-Certificate -Type CERT -Cert $cert -FilePath "c:\cert\scvmm16azure.cer"

 

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Now that the Certificate is exported I can upload this in the Old Azure V1 portal

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Go to Settings and Management Certificates at the bottom there is a upload link.

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Select the fresh created Certificate with the right subscription ( must be the same as the ID picked earlier )

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Now that the Azure Certificate is in place I check browse and see the local certificate also.

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After these steps we see the subscription in the console

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here you can manage the VM’s with out the Azure v1 Portal.

As the the Resource Group option is still unavailable you can Vote for this in the user https://systemcentervmm.uservoice.com

Add Azure Resource Manager Stack based Azure VMs to the subscription view

 

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In this blog post I connect my Office 365 with my on premise Active Directory Based on the Azure AD Connect

Before you start installing Azure AD Connect, make sure to download Azure AD Connect and complete the pre-requisite steps in Azure AD Connect: Hardware and prerequisites.

Azure AD Connect allows you to quickly onboard to Azure AD and Office 365

Integrating your on-premises directories with Azure AD makes your users more productive by providing a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premises resources. With this integration users and organizations can take advantage of the following:

  • Organizations can provide users with a common hybrid identity across on-premises or cloud-based services leveraging Windows Server Active Directory and then connecting to Azure Active Directory.
  • Administrators can provide conditional access based on application resource, device and user identity, network location and multifactor authentication.
  • Users can leverage their common identity through accounts in Azure AD to Office 365, Intune, SaaS apps and third-party applications.
  • Developers can build applications that leverage the common identity model, integrating applications into Active Directory on-premises or Azure for cloud-based applications

Azure AD Connect makes this integration easy and simplifies the management of your on-premises and cloud identity infrastructure.

 

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As using the Office 365 domain the .Local are useless you can’t resolve them over the internet.

 

Installing Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect

When Installing Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect you will need the pre-requisite steps in Azure AD Connect: Hardware and prerequisites.

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In the next steps you can customize the installation

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I change the Default install Location

I use a dedicated SQL server that holds my Sync DB and this can be a my sql express DB.

I pre Created a Service Account that has the right amount of rights else you will see an account like MSOL_46396c1d8b6e.

 

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I used my 356 account and the password and I use Password sync.

 

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Connect my local Active Directory with my own local Account. Filling in the blanks and use Add Directory

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In the next steps you can customize the sync properties and the OU that you want to sync. If you pick the whole AD then all objects are synced and Deletion in the Web is not real funny.

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After I picked the OU for filtering we are ready for the first sync.

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as you can choose sync right now or later

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as you can see there is a new sync user created in Office 365

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and on the server where you installed Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect there is a troubleshooting tool

it can be found : C:\Program Files\Microsoft Azure AD Sync\UIShell\miisclient.exe

 

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This is the installation on premise but you can also use the Office 365 Wizard to sync your AD.

Logon as an Office 365 Global Administrator and in the Admin Center Settings there is an Azure AD option

But Remember : When you are using a Free or trail subscription the usage of the Azure AD Free Version will not work you will need to use the Azure AD instead.

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Connecting to the Dirsync wizard and starting the Readiness Wizard will guide you to 3 steps

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Step 1 a new popup will do the checks

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A little download will popup

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The Tools are installed and will run. If not make sure you have admin rights on the machine that is running this assistant

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Now that the scan is ready and completed we can see some details about the scan

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my demo Ad is not that big

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it also scans my Domains  / UPC records and shows me what is suitable and what not

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my domains in the O365 suite

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After correcting the domain setup I can use the domains for O365.

 

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A little clean up is needed in my AD

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The next step is installing Azure AD Connect I already did this above and I’m running this on the same machine so no problem to go further.

 

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the last step and the AD sync is working.

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So this is all a lot of steps but basically it is al very simple when you have the right info and the domains setup up then you are good to go.

And remember don’t sync the entire AD just as test.

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Suppose you want to deploy the OMS ( Microsoft Operations Management Suite ) Agent but you don’t want to do this by hand. Well Supposed you could run a Powershell script that installs the Agent. But in this case it is about deployments and a lot of VM’s are getting deployed and removed and you don’t want to put the Agent in the Template VM. I recently had to build a poor man’s lightweight deployment solution. As there is noting yet in the Cloud I used the good Old Active Directory.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/operations-management-suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

So Old Skool deployment by GPO as you could use this for any file or solution. and yes Powershell could also be handy but in this case the VM’s can be remote controlled as the remote Port is firewalled.

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Create a GPO in my case “ Deploy-OMS”

Edit the GPO

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and Go to the Computer Settings right Click on the folder choose New and folder 

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Now the GPO Creates a folder on all targeted Machines I did place this GPO on top be carful with that!

 

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Next same as on the Folder new file

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In this new file I’ll use the Source and destination keep in mind the destination is on the machine where the agent needs to be.

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Do this for both files or if you have more then do this per file and If you want to limited this a bit there a a few options to do that.

the Apply once option and the Item-Level targeting based on your Query the GPO will Execute or Not. (this is not needed but it is optional )

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As I used a CMD batch file you need to create one with your task

I used this one liner to install the OMS Agent use your own key and save this file as a CMD file

"c:\Package-deploy\MMASetup-AMD64.exe" /C:"setup.exe /qn ADD_OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE=1 OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_ID=d69d8969-1111-4586-80f0-4a11bc111199c OPINSIGHTS_WORKSPACE_KEY=3zNTcggsfsfsdgjhkldsaOyQ0/dgMwsbdtrgQVPXqu== AcceptEndUserLicenseAgreement=1"

 

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In case you can’t find the Workspace ID check your portal and go to the settings Dashboard. and get your info.

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But In case you want to do a little bit of Powershell.  OMS Powershell

First let me check if the Modules are installed if not Install the modules.

 

Find-Module AzureRM.OperationalInsights | Install-Module
Install-Module AzureRM.OperationalInsights -Scope CurrentUser
Get-Module AzureRm.OperationalInsights

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Next we need to login to your Subscription

Login-AzureRmAccount
Get-AzureRmSubscription

If you have Multiple subscriptions pick the right one

Select-AzureRmSubscription –SubscriptionId

#Get your WorkSpace ID
Get-AzureRmOperationalInsightsWorkspace |select Name,ResourceGroupName,CustomerId

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I use these two as variable

$ResourceGroupName = "OI-Default-East-US"
$WorkSpaceName = "clustermvp"

Now we get the key that we needed.

Get-AzureRmOperationalInsightsWorkspaceSharedKeys -ResourceGroupName $ResourceGroupName -Name $WorkSpaceName

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See how easy Powershell is just take baby steps find the info and you will learn every day step by step.

 

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Hyper-v vm’s are depending on the integration tools. And often the tools are not updated or in line with the Hyper-v Server. Or there are unsupported versions of VM’s So even if you think you are mastering Hyper-v with just tagging the checkbox or running a Powershell command.

Install-WindowsFeature –Name Hyper-V -ComputerName <computer_name> -IncludeManagementTools –Restart

Well let me tell you that is where the Fun starts.

Take a look at the integration Versions you can easily see this in VMM but you can also see this quickly in PowerShell. and I’m not talking about the VMM Agent.

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So is this windows only ? no as Microsoft is loving Linux there is also a Pack for Linux. With his own guidance 

Hyper-V Linux Integration Services (LIS)

Hyper-V Linux Integration Services, sometimes referred to simply as Hyper-V LIS, provides two types of components: drivers and services. The drivers play an important role in enhancing the performance of Linux virtual machines, and services are designed to perform a specific job.

Linux Integration Services Version 4.0 for Hyper-V

Current version: 4.0.11 Please refer to the Linux Virtual Machines on Hyper-V topics for up to date information on the LIS feature set, all supported Linux distributions, availability and download locations.

Download the ISO

Back to the Windows Versions as the Integration services differ there is also an option on  virtual machine configuration versions that are supported on a host. is this different than the IS yes as you can migrate a VM to and from a Hyper-v 2012R2 to a Hyper-v 2016 and back so the VM needs to know that.

Let us check the Integration Services Version (IS)

Get-VM | ft Name, IntegrationServicesVersion  – On a Hyper-v 2012R2

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Get-VM | ft Name, IntegrationServicesVersion  – On a Hyper-v 2016

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As you can see there is clearly a difference between Windows Server 2012R2 and 2016.

PowerShell Hyper-V Supported Version

But what about the Tag in the Hyper-v Console there is also a Version.

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This is a Windows Server 2016 and as you can see two different versions is this Wrong ? No it isn’t.

Get-VMHostSupportedVersion will list the output below ( works only in Windows Server 2016 )

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So there are Currently six different versions. With all the options why should I care setting this.

Well there are a couple of reasons why you should set this option. Make the latest Hyper-V features available on your virtual machines by upgrading the configuration version. Don’t do this until:

  • You upgrade your Hyper-V hosts to the latest version of Windows or Windows Server.
  • You upgrade the cluster functional level.
  • You’re sure that you won’t need to move the virtual machine back to a Hyper-V host that runs a previous version of Windows or Windows Server.

And you you replicate from a Hyper-v 2016 Server to a Hyper-v 2012 Server for DR then make sure you don’t run in a higher version than 5.0

When you move or import a virtual machine to a computer that runs Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10, the virtual machine’s configuration isn’t automatically updated. This means that you can move the virtual machine back to a Hyper-V host that runs a previous version of Windows or Windows Server. But, this also means that you can’t use some of the new virtual machine features until you manually update the configuration version. You can’t downgrade the virtual machine configuration version after you’ve upgraded it.

The virtual machine configuration version represents the compatibility of the virtual machine’s configuration, saved state, and snapshot files with the version of Hyper-V. When you update the configuration version, you change the file structure that is used to store the virtual machines configuration and the checkpoint files. You also update the configuration version to the latest version supported by that Hyper-V host. Upgraded virtual machines use a new configuration file format, which is designed to increase the efficiency of reading and writing virtual machine configuration data. The upgrade also reduces the potential for data corruption in the event of a storage failure

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So Creating a VM in Hyper-v 2016 Server it will always have version 7.1 when you create this in the GUI

But When using Powershell you can set the Version tag only then is the VM compatible with Hyper-v Server 2012

New-VM -Name “DemoVM17” -Version 5.0

When listing the VM Configurations you can see the difference. and easily see the 5.0 Version VM’s  config.XML

Virtual machine configuration information that is stored in binary file format. File name extension: .vmcx

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But what if I want to upgrade the VM’s ? yes you can but only to the default level and PowerShell Only

Update-VMVersion “VM Name”

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as you can see the DemoVm06 is already at the max level but when updating the DemoVM01 which has Version 5.0 it will be upgraded to Version 7.1 and the Config file will be transferred this can’t be undone!

Virtual machine configuration information that is stored in binary file format. File name extension: .vmcx

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More about this https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt695898.aspx

HAppY Vm

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Save the date! System Center Summer Night 2016 – donderdag 23 juni 2016

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Het is alweer enige tijd geleden dat we als User Group een evenement hebben georganiseerd. Gelukkig komt daar binnenkort een einde aan. Dit jaar organiseren we namelijk weer de System Center Summer Night en wel op donderdag 23 juni 2016! Naast een mooie agenda hebben we dit jaar ook een aantal verrassende sprekers bereid gevonden om te komen spreken. Het is een gevarieerd programma over actuele onderwerpen als cloud & security en hoe we omgaan met identity & productivity.

Keynote
Als keynote speaker hebben we dit jaar niemand minder dan Andrew de la Haye. Andrew is COO van RIPE en is verantwoordelijk voor alle ip adres registraties van Europa, Azie en Midden Oosten. Zoals iedereen weet raken de IPv4 adressen op, terwijl de vraag alleen maar toeneemt met zaken zoals tablets, smartphones, IoT, etc. Welke trends ziet RIPE in andere werelddelen zoals China waar al veel eerder dan in Europa de IP adressen op waren ? Er is tevens een levendige handel ontstaan in ip adressen, hoe gaat RIPE hier mee om? Kortom wat is de toekomst van ons internet?

Programma
Momenteel werken wij nog aan de laatste details van het programma en deze zal de komende dagen concreet gemaakt worden. Het programma bestaat uit een tweetal tracks (Azure/Platform & Productivity/Workplace). Ter afsluiting wordt aan het eind van het programma de BBQ ontstoken! Onder het genot van een hapje en een drankje biedt dit gelegenheid om experts, sprekers en sponsoren vragen te stellen die tijdens de sessies niet aan bod zijn gekomen. Het voorlopige programma willen we je niet onthouden en kun je hieronder terug vinden.

Track 1 Azure/Datacenter

Track 2 Productivity/Workplace

14:30 Walk in/welcome

15:00 Keynote – Andrew de la Haye (RIPE)

16:00 Marc Scholman (Inovativ) Azure

Pieter Wigleven (Microsoft) Windows 10

17:00 Break

17:15 Pascal Naber (Xpirit) Azure/Dev

Stefan van der Wiele (Microsoft) Identity

18:15 Wouter Janssen (Fox-IT) Forensic

Session 7

19:15 The Sourcing Company

Session 8

20:15 BBQ

Sponsoren
Dergelijke community evenementen als deze is zonder sponsoren niet mogelijk. We zijn dan ook erg blij met de volgende sponsored die de System Center Summer Night 2016 mogelijk maken!

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Better together System Center 2016 with Windows Server 2016 And SQL Server 2016 #SQL #SCVMM #Winserv   Leave a comment

For installing System Center 2016 with Windows Server 2016 And SQL Server 2016 We need several Steps. As this will be a first step in deploying VMM this blog will cover the basic install of VMM. In case you need more just let me know and I’ll post the unattended files.

First install a Windows Server 2016 Server and as I use a single Server as VMM Server I install Also SQL Server 2016 on this server. This is not real best practice but in my demo this is no issue.  For installation I used the 5 minute install option https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrHfPZcPsko

All based on a unattended file.

Now that the SQL server 2016 and the windows server 2016 are in place we start the Setup of VMM 2016

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To start with the 2016 products this is the place to be https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-system-center-technical-preview

System Center Evaluations

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These first few steps are easy just press next. but for the ADK kit you need the latest version!

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So where can I find this version? just go to the System Center Evaluations site and download the kit there

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here are the links for downloading the kit

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/dn913721.aspx

https://insider.windows.com/

in case you are a insider you can download the kit there.

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You only need to install the Deployment tools and the Windows PE items.

After the installation of the Windows Assessment deployment toolkit recheck the installation of the VMM server.

Again a new missing software component  the SQL Command line utility

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Get the utility’s here download and install them

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36433

Microsoft® Command Line Utilities 11 for Microsoft SQL Server®

    The SQLCMD utility allows users to connect to, send Transact-SQL batches from, and output rowset information from SQL Server instances. The bcp utility bulk copies data between an instance of Microsoft SQL Server and a data file in a user-specified format. The bcp utility can be used to import large numbers of new rows into SQL Server tables or to export data out of tables into data files.


Microsoft® ODBC Driver 11 for Microsoft SQL Server® – Windows

    The Microsoft ODBC Driver for SQL Server provides native connectivity from Windows to Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Azure SQL Database.


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in the utility’s there is another download that you will need for the installation. In the setup I noticed that you can better abort the setup and start again now with all the prereqs in place

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Use the SQL Server 2016 with a new Database Use a service account to handle the user rights or use the system account. But better and more secure is using a Service account. Ad this point I also want my SQL management studio As it is not best practice to install the studio  on the SQL server 2016 I need to download this for my later blog items. As it is not default installed in SQL server2016

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After restarting the System Center Virtual Machine Manager setup every thing is fine follow the wizard and fill in the blanks. Store the distributed key in the Active directory and use a different service account to run the VMM services.

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Now that the Setup is complete You can run the VMM console.

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But running all items on one server you may need a service adjustment. When rebooting the server and starting the SQL services the VMM services may fail to start. So in this case I use a delay starting of the vmm services just in case.

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So now that the VMM console is in place you can build the other components and  configure the SCVMM server for optimal usage.

 

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