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

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

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


To start with the 2016 products this is the place to be

System Center Evaluations



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


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


here are the links for downloading the kit

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


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


Get the utility’s here download and install them

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.


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


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.


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


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.


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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Author: Robert Smit [MVP]

Robert Smit is Senior Technical Evangelist and is a current Microsoft MVP in Clustering as of 2009. Robert has over 20 years experience in IT with experience in the educational, health-care and finance industries. Robert’s past IT experience in the trenches of IT gives him the knowledge and insight that allows him to communicate effectively with IT professionals who are trying to address real concerns around business continuity, disaster recovery and regulatory compliance issues. Robert holds the following certifications: MCT - Microsoft Certified Trainer, MCTS - Windows Server Virtualization, MCSE, MCSA and MCPS. He is an active participant in the Microsoft newsgroup community and is currently focused on Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, SQL Server, Azure and all things related to Cloud Computing and Infrastructure Optimalization. Follow Robert on Twitter @ClusterMVP Or follow his blog Linkedin Profile Http:// Robert is also capable of transferring his knowledge to others which is a rare feature in the field of IT. He makes a point of not only solving issues but also of giving on the job training of his colleagues. A customer says " Robert has been a big influence on our technical staff and I have to come to know him as a brilliant specialist concerning Microsoft Products. He was Capable with his in-depth knowledge of Microsoft products to troubleshoot problems and develop our infrastructure to a higher level. I would certainly hire him again in the future. " Details of the Recommendation: "I have been coordinating with Robert implementing a very complex system. Although he was primarily a Microsoft infrastructure specialist; he was able to understand and debug .Net based complext Windows applications and websites. His input to improve performance of applications proved very helpful for the success of our project

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