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System Center 2016 VMM Place template VM in Custom OU #sysctr #Cloud #Deploy #VM   2 comments

when using VMM and deploying templates you not always want to place them in the default OU computers

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But instead you want the Template Server 2016 places in OU TP5 and Hyper-V server directly placed in the OU Hyper-v.

Default there is no Gui item in the VMM console to do this. Say on the domain join tab place this VM in the Hyper-V OU

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Instead of this you need to fill in the Value in Powershell. and Make a custom OU field.

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You can Add Custom Properties as you like.

But first we are creating a Custom Guest OS profile this profile is the basis for the new build template and the Custom OU Placement.

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Now that the Custom OS profile is in place we can check it there is a domain OU field

Get-SCGuestOSProfile

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this shows us the field that we must fill in to get the right OU placement.

Get-SCGuestOSProfile |select Name

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Get-SCGuestOSProfile -name "Guest OS 2016TP5"

Setting this in the OS profile

Get-SCGuestOSProfile -name "Guest OS 2016TP5" |Set-SCGuestOSProfile -DomainJoinOrganizationalUnit "OU=SCVMM16,DC=MVP,DC=local"

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Now when I create a new template with this OS profile the VM is place in the SCVMM16 OU but it is not anywhere visible in the GUI.

and what if I have already build templates how to place them in Custom OU.

Yes you can do this. First I select all the templates to pick the right one

Get-SCVMTemplate |select name

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$template = Get-SCVMTemplate | where {$_.Name -eq "ws2016G2"}
$template |select name

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As I made the OU a variable :

$ou = "OU=SCVMM16,DC=MVP,DC=local"

Set-SCVMTemplate -VMTemplate $template -DomainJoinOrganizationalUnit $ou

 

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So now the Template has a custom OU also.

But still there is no GUI property to show this. therefore go to the Template and create a Custom Property

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go to the Manage custom Properties

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Select Virtual Machine Template Properties give it a name “ custom OU “ and assign this to the template

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Now that tis is assigned we can enable this in the GUI

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But before we get any value in this field we need match this with the PowerShell Value DomainJoinOrganizationalUnit

 

Get-SCVMTemplate | %{ Set-SCCustomPropertyValue -InputObject $_ -CustomProperty $(Get-SCCustomProperty -Name "Custom OU") -Value $_.DomainJoinOrganizationalUnit }

 

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As you can see there is an error this is because one template has no value.

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Now With new deployments the VM’s will be places in the Custom OU

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System Center 2016 VMM Current Updates installation | Cumulative Update 1 & 2   Leave a comment

When testing with Windows Server 2016 and system Center 2016 you need to install the CU1 and CU2 update to get the best results. there are several fixes in these updates.

 

 

 

Issue 1: As a Delegated Administrator (DA), when you try to configure the load balancer on the Network Controller Service, the service crashes with a NULL pointer exception.

Issue 2: When you try to configure VPN connections that are running on a Network Controller-managed gateway, VMM does not display the VPNServerAddress object on the VMM Console.

Issue 6: Creating Shielded VMs on Guarded Hosts on an untrusted network or on a perimeter network fails.

To get more info on all the fixes and solutions and read the KB you may need to change something in the Database! So no hit and run on the System Center  cumulative Updates. 

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As you can see only 86 days left on this evaluation.

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After the updates make sure the Hyper-v servers have the latest Agent version!

 

How to obtain and install CU1 for System Center 2016 VMM Technical Preview 5

Download information

Update packages for VMM are available by manual download.

Manual download of the update packages

Go to the following websites to manually download the update packages from the Microsoft Download Center:

Installation instructions
 
How to obtain and install Cumulative Update 2 for System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview 5
 
Download information
Update packages for Virtual Machine Manager are available by manual download.
Manual download of the update packages
Go to the following websites to manually download the update packages from the Microsoft Download Center:

DownloadDownload the Server update package now.

Add your Azure Subscription v1 only to System Center Virtual Machine manager 2016 #SCVMM #Azure #MSCloud   4 comments

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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Install the OMS agent using GPO automation with Powershell OMS WorkSpace lookup #MSOMS #Azure   1 comment

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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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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