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This is an extension to my SCVMM 2012 SP1 in a Lab series, as was requested by one of my blog subscribers.

To create a host group structure

Open the Fabric workspace.

SCVMM - Create Host Group - Fabric

In the Fabric pane, expand Servers, and then do either of the following:

  • Right-click All Hosts, and then click Create Host Group.
  • Click All Hosts. On the Folder tab, in the Create group, click Create Host Group.

SCVMM - Create Host Group - Servers (All Hosts)

SCVMM - All Hosts - Create Host Group

SCVMM - Folder - Create Host Group

VMM creates a new host group that is named New host group, with the host group name highlighted.

Type a new name, and then press ENTER.

SCVMM - New Host Group Folder

NOTE: To rename a host group, do either of the following:

  • Right-click the host group, and then click Rename.
  • On the General tab of the host group properties, enter the host group name in the Name box

SCVMM - Rename New Host Group

SCVMM - New Host Group Properties

Repeat the steps in this procedure to create the rest of the host group structure.

TIP: To create a host group at a specific location in the tree, right-click the desired parent node, and then click Create Host Group.

To move a host group to another location

Open the Fabric workspace.

SCVMM - Create Host Group - Fabric

In the Fabric pane, expand Servers, and then expand All Hosts.

SCVMM - Expand All Hosts

To move a host group to another location in the tree, do any of the following:

Drag the host group that you want to move to its new location in the tree.

Right-click the host group that you want to move, and then click Move. In the Parent host group list, click a parent host group, and then click OK.

SCVMM - Host Group - RightClick Move

SCVMM - Move Host Group

Click the host group that you want to move. On the Folder tab, in the Actions group, click Move. In the Parent host group list, click a parent host group, and then click OK.

SCVMM - Folder - Move

SCVMM - Move Host Group


I encountered this error while attempting to install the System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) Central Console on my Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Server.

DPM Central Console Installation Error

I was following this TechNet article: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh758189.aspx.

The TechNet article lists 2 steps for this process, namely Install the Operations Manager agent, and Install Central Console.

Of interesting note, the second step within the Install the Operations Manager agent step says:

After you install the Operations Manager agent, set the following registry key – [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Modules\Global\PowerShell] “ScriptLimit”=dword:0000000f. After you modify this setting, restart the Health Service (System Center Management).

However, after I installed the SCOM Agent, this registry entry was not present. In fact, the Registry Key only went as far as: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Modules. But, after walking through the installation of the Central Console on the Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Server (although the installation failed, more on that in a bit), only then did this Registry entry appear on the DPM server.

That aside, according to the error message, let’s check out the DPMCentralConsoleSetup.log file. Looking through the log file, we find this:

MSI (s) (6C:04) [21:14:27:148]: Product: Microsoft System Center 2012 – DPM Remote Administration — Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable is not installed on this computer. You can download it from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=120135

That’s interesting. Especially when I specifically installed the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, since without it, you will encounter this error when first running the Central Console installer.

DPM Visual C++ Not Installed

However, if you navigate to the URL provided, you will end up at the download page for the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64). Note the x64 part.

But what is interesting is, if I install the x86 version of the Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable, this error no longer appears and I can continue with the installation. However, it’s not until the end of the attempted installation that the previously mentioned error occurs, and the log file states that the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable  is not installed.

So, I downloaded the x64 version of the C++ Redistributable, installed it, then attempted the DPM Central Console installation again. The result?

DPM Central Console Installation Complete

And if we launch the Operations Manager (SCOM) console, we will now see the monitoring for System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager. Notice that we can get details on specific workloads (i.e. Exchange, Hyper-V, SharePoint, SQL Server), along with state data on the disks, protection groups, and tape drives/libraries.

SCOM DPM Monitoring

 

 

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As requested by one of my readers, the following is an article on integrating App-V with SCCM 2012 R2 along with Virtual Environments.

For reference, here are some resources on the subject:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591609.aspx

http://blogs.technet.com/b/configmgrdogs/archive/2013/12/23/understanding-configmgr-2012-app-v-virtual-environments.aspx

http://www.virtualvibes.co.uk/virtual-environments-in-configuration-manager-2012-sp1-flexible-connection-groups/


The following steps are from the following TechNet article (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj591609.aspx), with the addition of screenshots by me.

How to Create App-V Virtual Environments in Configuration Manager

Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V) virtual environments in Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager enable deployed virtual applications to share the same file system and registry on client computers. This means that unlike standard virtual applications, these applications can share data with each other. Virtual environments are created or modified on client computers when the application is installed or when clients next evaluate their installed applications. You can order these applications so that when multiple applications try to modify a file system or registry value, the application with the highest order takes priority.

To create an App-V virtual environment

In the Configuration Manager console, click Software Library.

SCCM - Software Library

In the Software Library workspace, expand Application Management and then click App-V Virtual Environments.

SCCM - Software Library - AppV Virtual Environments

In the Home tab, in the Create group, click Create Virtual Environment.

SCCM - Create Virtual Environment

In the Create Virtual Environment dialog box, specify the following information:

Name: Specify a unique name for the virtual environment with a maximum of 128 characters.

Description: Optionally specify a description for the virtual environment.

SCCM - Create Virtual Environment (Dialog)

Click Add to add a new deployment type to the virtual environment. You must add at least one deployment type.

In the Add Applications dialog box, specify a Group name of up to 128 characters that you will use to refer to this group of applications that you add to the virtual environment.

SCCM - Add Applications (Dialog)

Click Add, select the App-V 5 applications and deployment types that you want to add to the group and then click OK.

SCCM - Specify Application (Dialog)

In the Add Applications dialog box, you can click Increase Order or Decrease Order to specify which application will take priority if multiple applications attempt to modify file system or registry settings in the same virtual environment.

Click OK to return to the Create Virtual Environment dialog box.

When you have finished adding groups, click OK to create the virtual environment. The new virtual environment is displayed in the App-V Virtual Environments node of the Configuration Manager console. You can monitor the status of your virtual environments by using the report App-V Virtual Environment Status.

NOTE: The virtual environment will be added or modified on client computers when the application is installed or when the client next evaluates installed applications.

As always, if this post helped you in any way, and you would like to show your appreciation, please rate it and comment on it. Also, feel free to contact me (via the About Me page) with requests for future articles.

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