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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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How to use VMM Network Builder #scvmm #azure #cloud #winserv #NBT   2 comments

 

Anjay Ajodha and Matt McGlynn are Program Manager Interns on the System Center VMM team.

They spent their summer analyzing customer pain points regarding networking in VMM and have developed a small tool that should help ease the frustration with setting up VLAN-isolated networks in VMM. To help you get started quickly with networking in VMM and to simplify the process of creating new networks, we have created a UI add-in.

An entire basic networking setup can be created with this tool that can either be applied to hosts directly or used as a generic networking object base to be modified for customization to your configuration. VMM Network Builder compresses the steps required to build a logical switch. This tool will create networks that utilize VLAN isolation and is not purposed for creating NVGRE networking configurations.

and this is to bad the creation of a NVGRE network is often not easy.

Download the VMM Network Builder tool here : http://www.microsoft.com/en-my/download/details.aspx?id=43975

An quick installer Takes you to the next step. You need to import the Console or just run this from the installation folder.

 

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import add in console in the settings you can pick the import console add in.

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Normally you would go to the installer folder but now the .Zip is on your desktop odd place ( I was looking in the installed folder )

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After the import there is an extra Icon in the title bar “ build a network “

 

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Starting the VMM Network Builder

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I already have a management Network and the VMM Network Builder won’t create a second one.

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I’ll pick my creative name VMMBAD VMM Builder Address Device

 

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Create a IP pool and a if you want a static pool.

 

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then make a choice, I’ll pick to a host.

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I pick a host for this network.

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And in VMM you can see this network as created, with the vlan and the IP subnets

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A lot more options are in the tool. Play with the tools and maybe it is the right thing for you.

Download the VMM Network Builder tool here : http://www.microsoft.com/en-my/download/details.aspx?id=43975

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System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/

System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager

System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/

WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/

The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/

MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Advisor Limited Public Preview #Advisor #cloud #Scom #ch9   Leave a comment

At Teched 2014 NA a new preview was launched the Advisor Limited Public Preview’ service. If you don’t have an account you can create one here

https://preview.systemcenteradvisor.com/

More info is below on the Channel 9 site :

 

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Advisor Preview 2min Overview Video: http://aka.ms/unrpst

Advisor Preview Onboarding Steps Video: http://aka.ms/Lgt2zu

Advisor Preview TechEd announcement Video: http://aka.ms/Aulpqc

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There are some great new features to test these are not default there you need to add them

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Below is a nice overview of the rules that you can switch on or off.

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Go for the preview

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Posted June 3, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in System Center Advisor

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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.

System Center Hashtags like #cloud

System Center: #sysctr
System Center App Controller: #appctrl
System Center Virtual Machine Manager: #vmm
System Center Service Manager: #scsm
System Center Operations Manager: #scom
System Center Data Protection Manager: #dpm
System Center Orchestrator: #sco
System Center Advisor: #scadvisor
System Center Configuration Manager: #configmgr
System Center Azure: #azure
System Center Windows Azure Pack: #wap

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

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System Center Updates and Blog post #sysctr #cloud #wapack #azure   Leave a comment

Below is a great fresh list of Blog post and two new KB articles and a couple of great blog post from the  @Building_Clouds Series. See all the blog post below. Enjoy !

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KB Articles

 

Product

Title

Forefront Identity Manager

Hotfix rollup (build 4.3.1082.0) is available for the Generic LDAP connector for Forefront Identity Manager (2936070)

Virtual Machine Manager

Hotfix vEthernet network adapter properties cannot be managed in SCVMM 2012 R2 (2922827)

 

 

Blog Posts

 

Product

Title

Building Clouds

Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (File Servers)

Building Clouds

Introducing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Starter Kit (VDI SK) v1.0 Preview – Part 1

Building Clouds

Introducing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Starter Kit (VDI SK) v1.0 Preview – Part 2

Building Clouds

Contoso Labs-Storage Purchasing (SAS config)

Building Clouds

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 4): Automated Deployment of Tenant Workloads

Building Clouds

Contoso Labs-Network Purchasing (Vendor)

Building Clouds

Automation–The New World of Tenant Provisioning with Windows Azure Pack (Part 5): Working with the SQL Server resource provider, and the ITIL dilemma

Configuration Manager

Support Tip: SMSExec crashes after modifying the Maximum Number of Retries setting in ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Configuration Manager

Announcement: Update for Configuration Manager Clients for Mac Computers

Configuration Manager

Support Announcements for March 2014

Forefront Identity Manager

Hotfix rollup (build 4.3.1082.0) is available for the Generic LDAP connector for Forefront Identity Manager

In the Cloud

Recap: 2014 Hosting Summit

In the Cloud

Success with Hybrid Cloud: Getting Deep – Hyper-V Recovery Manager

Operations Manager

Support Tip: Operations Manager agents on Windows Server 2012 R2 show as grayed out

Service Manager

Monitoring and troubleshooting in Service Management Automation

Service Manager

Improving AD Connector Performance

System Center

Using Azure backup with DPM

Virtual Machine Manager

HOTFIX: The vEthernet network adapter properties cannot be managed in SCVMM 2012 R2

WSUS/Security

March 2014 Security Bulletin Webcast and Q&A

WSUS/Security

Configuring WSUS 6.x for Network Load Balancing (NLB)

WSUS/Security

Considerations for multiple WSUS instances sharing a content database when using System Center Configuration Manager, but without Network Load Balancing (NLB)

 

 

Want to join the twitter list or don’t know what the hastags are from the system center Products.

System Center Hashtags like #cloud

System Center: #sysctr
System Center App Controller:
#appctrl
System Center Virtual Machine Manager:
#vmm
System Center Service Manager:
#scsm
System Center Operations Manager:
#scom
System Center Data Protection Manager:
#dpm
System Center Orchestrator:
#sco
System Center Advisor:
#scadvisor
System Center Configuration Manager:
#configmgr
System Center Azure:
#azure
System Center Windows Azure Pack:
#wap

System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/

System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager

System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/

WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/

The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/

MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog :
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Posted March 25, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in System Center, System Center 2012

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Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 #scvmm #winserv #syctr   Leave a comment

There are some updates for SCVMM,SCOM,SCDMP the easy method is by windows update But did you read the KB ?

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If you do read the KB from the SCVMM you need to do some extra steps. Do not forget those steps !

 

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There are 13 Virtual Machine Manager issues fixed in Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2. There is a download package for the VMM console and a separate download package for VMM Server. KB article 2904712

(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904712)

In this KB there is a T-SQL script that must be run. Keep in mind it should be run on the VMM DB

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The Second step is give rights or you could see this errors :

  • An error occurred while trying to create an add-in folder for your account:
    Access to the path: "C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\bin\AddInPipeline\AddIns" is denied.

  • When you open the VMM console, you receive the following error message:

    Could not update managed code add-in pipeline due to the following error:
    The required folder "C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\bin\AddInPipeline\HostSideAdapters" does not exist.

So go to this location C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Virtual Machine Manager\bin

Click the Select a principal link, type Authenticated Users, and then click OK

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My System Center Cloud is done patching.

Keep in mind there are also updates for SCOM and DPM see below and read the KB for the extra steps !uu

There are seven Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring Management Pack issues fixed in Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2. See KB 2904678

There are 10 Operations Manager issues fixed in Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2. See KB article 2904678

(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904678)

 

There are three Data Protection Manager (DPM) issues fixed in Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2. See KB article 2904687

(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2904687)

 

Want to join the twitter list or don’t know what the hastags are from the system center Products.

System Center Hashtags like #cloud

System Center: #sysctr
System Center App Controller: #appctrl
System Center Virtual Machine Manager: #vmm
System Center Service Manager: #scsm
System Center Operations Manager: #scom
System Center Data Protection Manager: #dpm
System Center Orchestrator: #sco
System Center Advisor: #scadvisor
System Center Configuration Manager: #configmgr
System Center Azure: #azure
System Center Windows Azure Pack: #wap

Posted January 29, 2014 by Robert Smit [MVP] in System Center, System Center 2012

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Review System Center 2012 Orchestrator 2012 CookBook #scorch #sysctr   Leave a comment

Recently I had the opportunity to play with Orchestrator and saw that I need some more practice on how to create a runbook Most of the time creating the runbook cost me more time than doing this by hand ;-(

Then I saw this cookbook  Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012.

The book is written by : Andreas Baumgarten (MVP), Steve Beaumont and Sam Erskine.

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 simplifies the process of automating systems administration tasks. Originally a third-party product named Opalis, which Microsoft acquired in 2009, Orchestrator provides a simplified way of building complex automation. System Center Orchestrator is a complete solution that goes beyond basic automation.

“Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook” will teach you how to plan, create and manage powerful runbooks to help you automate mission-critical and routine administration tasks. The book is a very practical book guidance on installation and configuring the Security settings and securing the SQL server.

 

System Center 2012 Orchestrator 2012 CookBook #scorch #sysctr

The Table of content. there are nine chapters described as below. and yes system center products are more and more needed so Highly available Scorch is an option. ( well Not described as an FCI ) On the Packt website you can find all the chapter details. I just highlight two chapters.

Chapter 1: Unpacking System Center 2012 Orchestrator

  • Chapter 2: Initial Configuration and Making SCORCH Highly Available
    • Introduction
    • Loading Integration Packs (IPs)
    • Configuring Integration Pack connections
    • Deploying Runbook Servers and Designers with Deployment Manager
    • Making your Runbooks highly available
    • Creating and maintaining a security model for Orchestrator

Chapter 3: Planning and Creating Runbook Designs
Chapter 4: Creating Runbooks for Active Directory Tasks
Chapter 5: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Tasks
Chapter 6: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Tasks
Chapter 7: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager Tasks
Chapter 8: Creating Runbooks for System Center 2012 Service Manager Tasks

  • Chapter 9: Using Advanced Techniques in Runbooks
    • Introduction
    • Creating child Runbooks
    • Implementing error handling in your Runbooks
    • Implementing logging in your Runbooks
    • Creating looping Runbooks

Appendix: Useful Websites and Community Resources

After reading this book you will see this example as not so complicated anymore. This book is very helpful If you are beginners or pro’s on Orchestrators

This is a great guide and really helpful if you are using Orchestrator

 

The book is available at Pack Publishing, Amazon.com, and Amazon.de :

“Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook” at Packt Publishing

“Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook” at Amazon.de

“Microsoft System Center 2012 Orchestrator Cookbook” at Amazon.com

 

 

Here is a great list with the latest System Center and Management related content.

Want to join the twitter list or don’t know what the hastags are from the system center Products.

System Center Hashtags like #cloud

System Center: #sysctr
System Center App Controller: #appctrl
System Center Virtual Machine Manager: #vmm
System Center Service Manager: #scsm
System Center Operations Manager: #scom
System Center Data Protection Manager: #dpm
System Center Orchestrator: #sco
System Center Advisor: #scadvisor
System Center Configuration Manager: #configmgr
System Center Azure: #azure
System Center Windows Azure Pack: #wap

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