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  • MiCloud Website Now Migrated To Azure Jan 12, 2015 - Hello everyone, As previously planned, I have now successfully migrated this site onto an Azure-based WordPress site. This means that the URL will change from http://AdinErmie.Wordpress.com, to the new URL of http://micloud.azurewebsites.net/. This means you will need to re-follow this site based on the new URL, and re-share are articles you have previously shared. I will […]
  • Installing .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Fails with Error Code 0x800F0906 Jan 9, 2015 - I encountered this issue while working on a project for a client, involving server build automation. The client provided me with a copy of their Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO, which I was using in my SCCM Build and Capture task sequence. As you can see from the screenshot, the Task Sequence includes copying the […]
  • Patching Hyper-V Hosts with SCVMM 2012 R2 – Part 3: Update Baselines Jan 2, 2015 - In the last post we performed additional configurations. In this post we will create and configure Update Baselines to apply updates to our Hyper-V cluster. Update Baselines Launch the VMM console, if it isn’t already open, and navigate to Library > Update Catalog and Baselines > Update Baselines. You should see two built-in baselines named Sample Baseline for Security Updates and Sample […]
  • 2014 In Review Jan 1, 2015 - The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 76,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see […]
  • MiCloud Website Changes Dec 29, 2014 - Hello everyone, With the new year approaching, I find that it’s that time again; time for a change. For those that have followed my blog for a while, you’ll recall the change in appearance and more content last year. This coming year will be more of the same. But, I want to get your opinions […]
  • Patching Hyper-V Hosts with SCVMM 2012 R2 – Part 2: Additional Configurations Dec 26, 2014 - In our last article we reviewed and setup the Prerequisites. In this article, we will finish with WSUS configuration, synchronize the updates, and connect WSUS to VMM. Synchronize Updates Now that we have WSUS installed, we need to sync updates with Microsoft. Start by launching the Windows Server Update Services console. The WSUS Console may […]
  • Patching Hyper-V Hosts with SCVMM 2012 R2 – Part 1: Prerequisites Dec 19, 2014 - Recently, I assisted a client that was experiencing an issue/error with SCVMM. The client was using SCVMM 2008 R2. Although the issue eventually was resolved, I took the opportunity to educate the client on some of the enhancement/improvements with the SCVMM 2012 product. One of the best improvements with the product is the ability to patch your […]
  • SCSM Dashboard – Expit EnSight – Part 3: System Requirements and Installation Dec 12, 2014 - As was requested by one of my blog followers/subscribers, the following is a series evaluating the SCSM Dashboard “Ensight” by Expit. In our previous post, I walked you through the rather cumbersome process involved to download the product. In this post, we will cover the System Requirements and the Installation based on the information provided […]
  • SCSM Dashboard – Expit EnSight – Part 2: Downloading Dec 5, 2014 - As was requested by one of my blog followers/subscribers, the following is a series evaluating the SCSM Dashboard “Ensight” by Expit. In our previous post, we were introduced to the SCSM Dashboard called Expit EnSight. How To Download First, navigate to to the main EnSight page, located here: http://expit.com/expit-ensight/m/60. Click on the ‘Download‘ button. This will […]
  • SCSM Dashboard – Expit EnSight – Part 1: Introduction Nov 28, 2014 - As was requested by one of my subscribers, the following is a series evaluating the SCSM Dashboard “Ensight” by Expit. To start, here’s an introduction. What is Expit EnSight? An Advanced Dashboard and analytics platform  for Microsoft System Center Service Manager. Service Manager data analysis is simplified with Expit EnSight. Expit EnSight for Service Manager […]
  • Applying SCVMM 2012 R2 Update Rollups To Perimeter Hyper-V Hosts Nov 21, 2014 - I came across this scenario while writing my How to Add Hyper-V Hosts in a Perimeter Network in VMM 2012 R2 post. After adding my Hyper-V Host to my SCVMM installation, I installed the Update Rollup 3 to VMM. However, when doing so, even though the installation itself was successful, the status of the SCVMM Agent installed […]
  • SCVMM 2012 R2 Compliance Scan Fails With Error 2927 Nov 14, 2014 - I encountered this issue while writing my article series on Patching Hyper-V Hosts with SCVMM 2012.  As a reminder, my Hyper-V Host is NOT a member of my Lab domain. Therefore, it is added to SCVMM as a Perimeter Host. At first, I was actually encountering the following error. Error (24035) Compliance scan failed with error: […]
  • Monitoring Linux with SCOM 2012 R2 – Part 3: Installing the SCOM Agent On Linux Nov 7, 2014 - In our last post, we went through preparing SCOM for monitoring Linux, which included creating Run As Accounts, and associating them to the applicable Run As Profiles. In this part, we will be installing the SCOM Agent on the Linux system. Create Linux Accounts If you recall from our last post, we created 3 Run […]
  • Monitoring Linux with SCOM 2012 R2 – Part 2: Configure SCOM For Monitoring Linux Oct 31, 2014 - In our last post, we went through the Installation and Configuration of a Linux Virtual Machine. In this part, we will configure System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) to be prepared to monitor UNIX / Linux systems. To accomplish this, we will need to setup a Resource Pool, import the appropriate Management Packs, Configure Name Resolution, […]
  • Monitoring Linux with SCOM 2012 R2 – Part 1: Installation and Configuration of Linux (SUSE) Virtual Machine Oct 24, 2014 - I wanted to write a post/series on something that I knew about, but never had the opportunity to actually do in a Production environment; monitoring Linux/UNIX servers using System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). All of my experience has been in a Windows-based environment. Even though the environments I have worked in did have some Linux/UNIX […]
  • SCSM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Service Manager Management Server) Oct 20, 2014 - Install System Center Service Manager Technical Preview In my Lab example, I am using the following: Windows Server Technical Preview SQL Server 2014 These have been setup as per my previous guides for the OS and SQL setup. IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, youMUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and […]
  • Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012 by CodeCraft-Solutions – Part 4: Troubleshooting Oct 17, 2014 - In our last post, we covered the Installation of the Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012. In this post, we will walk through some Troubleshooting steps. According to the Installation Guide from the Vendor, here are the steps as requested by the Vendor.   Troubleshooting the Advanced Portal If you have any problems with the installation, please collect some […]
  • Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012 by CodeCraft-Solutions – Part 3: Installation Oct 10, 2014 - In our last post, we covered the Requirements of the Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012. In this post, we will walk through the Installation steps. IMPORTANT: If you have a previous Trial version installed, you will have to uninstall it before beginning the installation.   Advanced Portal Installation Start by downloading the current version of the Advanced […]
  • SCDPM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM) Oct 9, 2014 - Install System Center Data Protection Manager Technical Preview In my Lab example, I am using the following: Windows Server Technical Preview SQL Server 2014 These have been setup as per my previous guides. IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, youMUST be using the Windows Server Technical Preview, and SQL Server 2014; as per the […]
  • SCVMM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCVMM) Oct 8, 2014 - Install System Center Virtual Machine Manager Technical Preview In my Lab example, I am using the following: Windows Server Technical Preview SQL Server 2014 Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) for Windows 8.1 Update (Note the Update version reference) These have been setup as per my previous guides. IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center […]
  • SCORCH Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Orchestrator) Oct 7, 2014 - Install System Center Orchestrator Technical Preview In my Lab example, I am using the following: Windows Server Technical Preview SQL Server 2014 Web Server (IIS) These have been setup as per my previous guides for the OS and SQL setup. IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, you MUST be using the Windows Server Technical […]
  • SCOM Technical Preview in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCOM) Oct 6, 2014 - Install System Center Operations Manager Technical Preview In my Lab example, I am using the following: Windows Server Technical Preview SQL Server 2014 Web Server (IIS) These have been setup as per my previous guides for the OS and SQL setup. IMPORTANT: In order to evaluate the System Center Technical Preview, you MUST be using the […]
  • Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012 by CodeCraft-Solutions – Part 2: Requirements Oct 3, 2014 - In our last post, we were introduced to the Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012. In this post, we will walk through the Requirements, and get those ready. Requirements To be able to use the Advanced Portal, you need to ensure that the server it will be hosted on meets the following requirements prior to starting the […]
  • Upcoming Articles Oct 3, 2014 - Hello All, I thought I would add a sticky post to the home page, to list/show what articles and series I am preparing to post. Hope this keeps you coming back for more. Here is the list of upcoming articles (in no particular order). If you would like a specific post/series to appear sooner than later, […]
  • Windows Server Technical Preview – New/Removed Windows Server Roles and Features Oct 1, 2014 - You all may be aware that Microsoft released the new Windows 10 Technical Preview. But what you might not know is that Microsoft also released  the Windows Server Technical Preview. There is no official version/naming that I am aware of, but for reference the build version is 6.4.9841.0. In addition to the similar changes previewed in […]
  • Windows 10 Technical Preview – First Experiences Oct 1, 2014 - Hello All, For those that may not know, Microsoft announced yesterday the new version of Windows, called Windows 10. Yes, that’s right, we’ve gone from Windows 8/8.1 straight to 10, no 9. Why you may wonder? Well according to the Q & A session after the event (found here via TheVerge), one individual asked “Can […]
  • Advanced Portal for SCSM 2012 by CodeCraft-Solutions – Part 1: Introduction Sep 26, 2014 - If anyone has worked with System Center Service Manager, and in particular the Portal, you know that there is a lot to be desired by way of functionality, etc. Now, since the release of SharePoint 2013, and the Service Manager Portal NOT being supported on this platform (and through other comments I have read), this […]
  • SCDPM 2012 R2 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM) Sep 19, 2014 - As per a reader’s request, here is an updated guide for installing SCDPM 2012 R2. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install SCDPM, we have to install a few prerequisites. .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 SQL Server IMPORTANT: This guide assumes that you have already installed SQL Server, and the DPM […]
  • Using WDS to Deploy SCCM Images without PXE-Enabled DPs Sep 12, 2014 - I ran into this scenario recently while at a client’s site, working with SCCM to create a server build task sequence. Let’s say you have SCCM installed, including a CAS, multiple Primary Sites and Secondary Sites, and many Distribution / Management Points. However, despite having Distribution Points in your environment, you do not have them PXE-enabled. […]
  • How to Add Hyper-V Hosts in a Perimeter Network in VMM 2012 R2 Sep 6, 2014 - In my home lab environment, I have a single host, which is NOT a member of my lab’s domain. This is due to the fact that I am constantly re-building my lab environment, which includes my Active Directory Domain Controllers. Therefore, I don’t want to add my host to the domain, and then potentially loose […]
  • SMTRAK Entreprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 4: Offline License Activation Aug 29, 2014 - In our previous post, we completed the Installation and Configuration of SMTrak. However, if your web server did not have an active Internet connection, you were not able to activate the trial license (which was the case in my lab). So, that means you need to perform an Offline License Activation. Here are the steps […]
  • SMTrak Entreprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 3: Installation And Configuration Aug 24, 2014 - In our previous post, we covered the Requirements to the Enterprise Dashboards by Signature Consultancy. In this post we will walk through the Installation. Installation Steps Login to the web server with an account that has privileges to install a new application. Download or copy the installation file to the web server, and then run the .MSI file (SMTrak.msi). […]
  • SMTRAK Entreprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 2: Requirements and Prerequisites Aug 15, 2014 - In our previous post, we introduced you to the SMTrak Enterprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy. In this post we will walk through the Requirements. Requirements Following along with the Deployment and Configuration Guide provided by the Vendor, the use of these Enterprise Dashboards has the following requirements. System Center Service Manager 2012 (RTM or Later) System Center […]
  • SMTrak Entreprise Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 1: Introduction Aug 7, 2014 - If you have read/followed my SCSM 2012 Dashboard by Signature Consultancy series, you’ll know that the company recently released an Enterprise version of their dashboards. So, similar to my original series, here is a series about the Enterprise version of the Dashboards. Here is a description of the product: SMTrak is the only enterprise ready reporting […]
  • SCVMM 2012 R2 In A Lab – How to Create a Host Group Structure in VMM Jul 26, 2014 - 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. 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 […]
  • DPM Central Console – ID: 810. Details: Fatal error during installation Jul 20, 2014 - I encountered this error while attempting to install the System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) Central Console on my Operations Manager (SCOM) Management Server. 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 […]
  • Integrate App-V with SCCM 2012 R2 Using Virtual Environments Jul 11, 2014 - 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 […]
  • SCSM 2012 Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 3: Publishing the Dashboards Jul 4, 2014 - In our previous post, we completed the Installation of the SCSM 2012 Dashboards by Signature Consultancy. In this post we will walk through the process of Publishing the Dashboards in SharePoint. Portal Publishing – Signature SCSM dashboard Publishing Procedures IMPORTANT: These steps should be performed in SharePoint. You need to have SharePoint administrative privileges to do the configuration.   Start by first accessing the SharePoint Central Administration site. From the menu, select Site Actions, and click […]
  • SCSM 2012 Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 2: Requirements and Installation Jun 29, 2014 - In our previous post, we introduced you to the SCSM 2012 Dashboards by Signature Consultancy. In this post we will walk through the Requirements, and the Installation procedure. Requirements Following along with the Deployment and Configuration Guide provided by the Vendor, the use of these Dashboards has the following requirements. System Center 2012 Service Manager […]
  • SCSM 2012 Dashboard by Signature Consultancy – Part 1: Introduction Jun 22, 2014 - If anyone has worked with System Center Service Manager, and in particular the Reporting, there may be a little more desired; for example Dashboards. Here are some resources that might be of assistance: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh916549.aspx http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Using-Excel-to-create-SCSM-33bba2f8 http://blogs.technet.com/b/antoni/archive/2013/05/18/how-to-create-an-incident-dashboard-using-excel-in-system-center-2012-sp1-service-manager-scsm-2012.aspx Aside from these references, a company (Signature Consultancy) has created and released (for free) some dashboards for Service Manager. These […]
  • My Experience With The PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) – Part 4 (PDT GUI for PowerShell Deployment Toolkit) Jun 14, 2014 - Recently, via Twitter, I was alerted to something new and exciting with the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT).  Previous, I have written a series on My Experience With The PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT). which continues to get hits/views every day!  I was very excited to see a Tweet about a new PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) GUI! […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 7: EUPSCO First Launch Jun 8, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 6: Portal Configuration), we covered the post-install Portal Configuration. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the First Launch. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition of screenshots by me.   […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 6: Portal Configuration Jun 2, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 5: Portal Installation), we covered the installation of the End User Portal. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the post-installation Portal Configuration. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition of […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 5: Portal Installation May 26, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 4: Database), we covered setting up/preparing the Prerequisites. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the Portal Installation. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition of screenshots by me.   Portal […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 4: Database May 21, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 3: Service Accounts), we covered setting up/preparing the Service Accounts. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the Database. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition of screenshots by me.   […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 3: Service Accounts May 16, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 2: Prerequisites), we covered setting up/preparing the Prerequisites. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the Service Accounts. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition of screenshots by me.   Service […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 2: Prerequisites May 9, 2014 - In our previous post (ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 1: Introduction), we were introduced to the ITQ End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator. In this post we follow Damian Flynn’s steps on the Prerequisites. The following is a re-write (to accommodate screenshots) from Damian Flynn’s article, with the addition […]
  • ITQ’s End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator (EUPSCO) – Part 1: Introduction May 9, 2014 - Recently I came across this End User Portal for System Center Orchestrator. The concept behind it, is if you don’t have Service Manager (or the Service Manager Portal) implemented, you can still leverage the power of Orchestrator Runbooks to provide automation for activities. Here’s the official statement: “The ITQ End User Portal for System Center […]
  • Access Is Denied Error With Orchestrator Exchange Admin Integration Pack May 5, 2014 - While implementing System Center 2012 R2  Orchestrator for a client, I encountered this error when trying to setup/test connectivity into their Exchange environment. So, as all good consultants do, we go to our lab and try to mimic the environment/scenario. So in my lab, I am running System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator (with no Update […]
  • SCOM 2012 R2 Agent On Service Manager Error: “The management group configuration could not be saved” May 3, 2014 - I encountered this error when attempting to configure SCOM monitoring of a Service Manager server. For those that may not be aware, you cannot push a SCOM Agent through the SCOM console onto a system the is running System Center Service Manager. Why is that? Well, because Service Manager is built on top of SCOM. […]
  • SCOM 2012 R2 Data Access Service (DAS) High Availability – Part 4: Enable NLB on each Management Server > Add A Host to NLB Cluster Apr 25, 2014 - In the previous post in this mini-series, we created a NLB cluster, and added the first SCOM Management Server. Now we will add the second SCOM Management Server to the cluster. Use the following procedure to add hosts to a Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster. You can also perform the task described in this procedure by […]
  • Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 Now Available Apr 23, 2014 - I just wanted to send out a quick post about the latest Update Rollup for System Center 2012 R2, which was released today! Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available for download. This update rollup includes fixes for the following components: Data Protection Manager Operations Manager Orchestrator Service Manager Service Provider […]
  • SCOM 2012 R2 Data Access Service (DAS) High Availability – Part 3: Enable NLB on each Management Server > Create A NLB Cluster Apr 23, 2014 - In the previous post in this mini-series, we installed the Network Load Balancing feature on each of our Management Servers. Now we will create a NLB cluster. To configure the Network Load Balancing (NLB) cluster, you must configure three types of the parameters: Host parameters, which are specific to each host in a NLB cluster. Cluster […]
  • SCOM 2012 R2 Data Access Service (DAS) High Availability – Part 2: Enable NLB on each Management Server > Install Network Load Balancing Apr 20, 2014 - In the previous post in this mini-series, we configured each of our Management Servers with a static IP Address. Now we will enable NLB on each Management Server, by first installing the Network Load Balancing feature. To use Network Load Balancing (NLB), a computer must have only TCP/IP on the adapter on which NLB is installed. […]
  • SCOM 2012 R2 Data Access Service (DAS) High Availability – Part 1: Configure A Static IP Apr 18, 2014 - Hello All, and welcome to a new mini-series, these posts will be on SCOM High Availability, in particular the Data Access Service (which is what the Console connects to). By default if your Operations Manager Operations console is connected to the Data Access service of one management server and the connection fails, it does not […]
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 1 Apr 6, 2014 - As you may or may not know, the update to Windows 8.1 will become generally available as a Windows Update (KB2919355) on Tuesday April 8, 2014. But this update also applies to Windows Server 2012 R2. If you have a TechNet or MSDN subscription, you can gain early access to the update. I have installed […]
  • Service Manager 2012 R2 Installation Fails To Identify SQL Server Instance, and Throws ‘Access Denied’ Error Mar 26, 2014 - I came across this error/issue when attempting to install System Center Service Manager in my lab. My architecture/design is to have 3 servers: One for the Service Manager Management Server along with its database One for the Service Manager Warehouse along with its database and SQL Reporting Services, and SQL Analysis Services One for SharePoint […]
  • Configuring SCORCH Integration Pack Connection(s) Produces A “Blank” Error Mar 19, 2014 - Hi everyone, I came across this issue while recording some videos to go along with the articles I have written/posted (NOTE: MiCloud now has its own YouTube channel!). So, in System Center Orchestrator, after you have downloaded, installed, registered, and deployed Integration Packs, you need to setup/configure the connection between Orchestrator and the product. In […]
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Generation 2 VMs and x86 MDT Boot Media = Boot Failure! Mar 12, 2014 - I came across this scenario today, when creating a video walk through on using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013, which can be found on my MiCloud YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/SCMiCloud. When using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to build and capture a reference image, part of the process is to create Boot Media. To use […]
  • SCOM Agent Grayed Out When Trying To Monitor Domain Controller(s) Feb 26, 2014 - Hello Everyone, Sorry that I haven’t been able to post anything for a little while. Here’s something I wanted to quickly share in relation to System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and monitoring Active Directory Domain Controllers. So, let’s say you have SCOM installed, and you want to monitor your Active Directory. So you go through […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 7: Build And Capture A Reference System Feb 6, 2014 - In our last post we finished creating the Boot Media to use when building and capturing a Windows image. Now we are going to create use the Boot Media and (finally) build and capture a Windows image. Build And Capture A Reference System Take the Boot Image that we created (found in \Boot). We are going to […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 6: Boot Media Feb 5, 2014 - In our last post we created a Task Sequence to build and capture a Windows image. Now we are going to create the Boot Media that will be used to build and capture a Windows image. Start by launching the Deployment Workbench. Create Boot Media We are going to create Boot Media to demonstrate using the Microsoft […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 5: Create A Task Sequence Feb 5, 2014 - In our last post we imported an Application’s source files to begin using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for building and capturing a Windows image. Now we are going to create the Task Sequence that will be used to build and capture a Windows image. Start by launching the Deployment Workbench. Create A Task Sequence Now that […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 4: Create An Application Package Feb 5, 2014 - In our last post we imported some Operating System source files to begin using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for building and capturing a Windows image. Now we are going to create an Application Package to get the Deployment Share ready to use fully. Start by launching the Deployment Workbench. We will now create an example Application […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 3: Import Operating System Source Files Feb 5, 2014 - In our last post we created a new Deployment Share to begin using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) for building and capturing a Windows image. Now we are going to do a few things to get the Deployment Share ready to use fully (i.e. importing Operating System files, preparing Application packages, creating Task Sequences, etc.). Start by […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 2: Create A Deployment Share Feb 5, 2014 - In our last post we installed the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (WADK) for Windows 8.1, along with the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013. Now we are going to use the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) to build and capture a Windows image. Start by launching the Deployment Workbench. Create A Deployment Share The first thing that […]
  • Working With The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 – Part 1: Installation Feb 5, 2014 - Hello All, Recently I have had to create some documentation at work for creating images for use with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager (SCCM), by using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). Therefore, I figured it would be of benefit to provide that same level of documentation on the site. So, let’s get started with MDT. […]
  • My Experience With The PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) – Part 3 (Installer.ps1) Jan 29, 2014 - In our last post, we used the PDT’s VMCreator.ps1 script to create all the VMs that are required to setup all System Center components. Now, we are going to use the Installer.ps1 script to finish the installation. Installer.PS1 SCRIPT Start by running PowerShell command prompt as Administrator. Right-click on PowerShell and choose ‘Run As Administrator’. In the PowerShell command prompt, […]
  • My Experience With The PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) – Part 2 (VMCreator.ps1) Jan 26, 2014 - In our last post, we used the PDT’s Downloader.ps1 script to download all the files, pre-requisites, etc. that are required to setup all System Center components. Now, we are going to use the VMCreator.ps1 script to create all the VMs we need. For more information about the VMCreator.ps1, see the following: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2013/02/18/deployment-the-pdt-vm-creator.aspx IMPORTANT: This script only support creating of VM’s on Microsoft […]
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Deploy an Agent to an Existing Hyper-V Host) Jan 26, 2014 - In our last post we finished installing Forecast Analysis Reporting. Now we will start on the configuration. Hello everyone, if you have been following along with my guides, you should now have SCVMM installed. But SCVMM won’t do you any good if it doesn’t know about any Hypervisor/virtualization hosts or VMs, so that’s where we will start […]
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Forecasting Analysis Reporting) Jan 26, 2014 - By default, you should now have all the SCVMM reports available in SCOM’s Reporting space. However, there is an additional set of reports that is not made available by default. These are the Forecasting Analysis reports, and the only way to be able to use them is with SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS). Since SCVMM […]
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Reporting) Jan 26, 2014 - Now that we have SCVMM installed, we want to be able to report on the utilization and capacity of our hosts and VMs. The only requirement for SCVMM reporting, isn’t SCVMM at all, but rather System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)! Huh? Why do you need to install a different System Center product just to have […]
  • SCVMM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCVMM) Jan 26, 2014 - We are now finally ready to install SCVMM. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install SCVMM, we have to install a few prerequisites. Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit for Windows 8 Deployment Tools Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) WADK Install SCVMM requires the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit to be […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure SCOM Agents for Monitoring) Jan 26, 2014 - Management Group Names Must be Unique When you deploy both a Service Manager and data warehouse management server, you are asked to provide a management group name. You are also asked to provide a management group name when you deploy Operations Manager. The management group names that you use for the Service Manager management group, […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Set Up and Configure Notifications) Jan 26, 2014 - Before notifications are sent, first configure each notification channel, such as the settings for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). Notification messages are sent based on a notification template. Therefore, you must create a notification template. You can then use the Notification Subscription Wizard to subscribe a group of users to a notification that will be […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure the SCVMM Connector) Jan 26, 2014 - To create a System Center Virtual Machine Manager connector In the Service Manager console, click Administration.   In the Administration pane, expand Administration, and then click Connectors.   In the Tasks pane, under Connectors, click Create Connector, and then click Virtual Machine Manager connector. Complete these steps to complete the Virtual Machine Manager Connector Wizard: On the Before You Begin page, click Next.   On the General page, in the Name box, […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure the Orchestrator Connector) Jan 26, 2014 - To create an Orchestrator connector In the Service Manager console, click Administration. In the Administration pane, expand Administration, and then click Connectors.   In the Tasks pane, under Connectors, click Create Connector, and then click Orchestrator connector. Perform these steps to complete the Orchestrator Connector Wizard: On the Before You Begin page, click Next. On the General page, in the Name box, type a name for the new connector. Make sure that Enable […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure the Configuration Manager CI Connector) Jan 26, 2014 - Important: Before you can create the Configuration Manager connector, you have to verify that System Center Configuration Manager is installed in your environment, and you have to turn on Windows User Account Control (UAC). To create a Configuration Manager connector In the Service Manager console, click Administration.   In the Administration pane, expand Administration, and then click Connectors.   In […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure The Operations Manager Alert Connector And CI Connector) Jan 26, 2014 - Two connectors for Operations Manager are available in System Center 2012 – Service Manager: the configuration item (CI) connector that imports objects that are discovered by Operations Manager into the Service Manager database, and an alert connector that can create incidents based on alerts. System Center Operations Manager collects information about many different types of […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure the Active Directory Connector) Jan 26, 2014 - Now we are going to configure the Active Directory (AD) connector to Service Manager. In the Service Manager console, click Administration.   In the Administration pane, expand Administration, and then click Connectors.   In the Tasks pane, under Connectors, click Create Connector, and then click Active Directory Connector.   Complete these steps in the Active Directory Connector Wizard: On the Before You Begin page, click Next. On the General page, […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Register The Data Warehouse) Jan 26, 2014 - Hello everyone, if you have been following along with my guides, you should now have the Service Manager Management Server and Warehouse Server installed. We have a lot of configuration to go through. To start we will register the data warehouse. With an account that is a member of the Service Manager and data warehouse […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SharePoint / Self-Service Portal) Jan 26, 2014 - Now that we have the Service Manager Management Server, and the Warehouse Server installed, the last piece we need to install is SharePoint for the Self-Service Portal. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install Service Manager Self-Service Portal, we don’t actually have to install any prerequisites, because by installing SharePoint, […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Service Manager Data Warehouse Server) Jan 26, 2014 - Now that we have the Service Manager Management Server installed, we can move onto the Data Warehouse. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install Service Manager Management Server, we have to install a few prerequisites. .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Management Objects Microsoft SQL Server Native Client […]
  • SCSM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Service Manager Management Server) Jan 26, 2014 - Install System Center Service Manager We are now finally ready to install Service Manager. As an FYI, Service Manager requires a minimum of 2 servers. This is the largest deployment (as far as VMs go) even in a lab. This is because we cannot deploy Service Manager on a single server, even in a lab/POC […]
  • SCORCH 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Runbooks) Jan 26, 2014 - So at this point we have Orchestrator setup and running, but we don’t have any runbooks yet. So, we are going to use the Sample Runbook from this TechNet article: Creating and Testing a Sample Runbook. The following topic describes how to create and test a simple runbook. The purpose of this runbook is to detect […]
  • SCORCH 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Integration Packs) Jan 26, 2014 - Hello everyone, if you have been following along with my guides, you should now have Orchestrator installed. Orchestrator includes over 41 built-in workflow standard activities that perform a wide variety of functions. You can expand Orchestrator’s functionality and ability to integrate with other Microsoft and third-party platforms and products by installing integration packs. Integration packs […]
  • SCORCH 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install Orchestrator) Jan 26, 2014 - We are ready to install SCORCH. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install SCORCH, we have to install a few prerequisites. .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 .NET Framework 4.0 IIS (Web Server role) Here is a video walk through:   Install SCORCH Start by either extracting the DVD contents, or mounting […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Protection Groups) Jan 26, 2014 - In order for DPM to protect our data, we need to have the DPM Protection Agent installed. But that’s not enough. We also need to add the system to a Protection Group. That’s what we will document here. Start by launching the DPM console, and navigating to the Protection area. On the toolbar at the […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Install Protection Agent) Jan 26, 2014 - Now that we have DPM installed, it doesn’t protect our environment if there are no Agents installed. Start by launching the DPM console and navigating to the Management space. Next click on the Agents link. In the toolbar, click Install. On the Agent Installation Wizard, Agent Deployment Method page, there are 2 options to choose […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Configure End User Recovery) Jan 26, 2014 - Configure Active Directory In reference to this TechNet article, by configuring Active Directory Domain Services to support end-user recovery. Start by launching the DPM console, and click on Management. In the toolbar at the top of the screen, click on Options. On the Options dialog, on the ‘End-User Recovery’ tab, click on the ‘Configure Active Directory’ button. […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Add Disks) Jan 26, 2014 - Adding a Physical Disk to a Hyper-V Virtual Machine NOTE: Some of these steps will need to be completed on the physical Hyper-V host, and others will be completed in the DPM VM after you have installed the Operating System. In order for DPM to be able to use a hard drive for backups, it […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM Self Service Recovery) Jan 26, 2014 - Install DPM Self Service Recovery The Self-Service Recovery Tool (SSRT) for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) enables end users to recover SQL Server databases that are backed up by the DPM server, without any intervention from the DPM administrator. Start by mounting/extracting the ISO (just like when we installed DPM). On the […]
  • SCDPM 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install SCDPM) Jan 26, 2014 - We are now ready to install DPM. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install SCDPM, we have to install a few prerequisites. .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Install SCDPM Start by either extracting the DVD contents, or mounting the ISO (the TechNet ISO is currently labelled as mu_system_center_2012_data_protection_manager_with_sp1_x64_dvd_1359086.iso). Start by running […]
  • SCAC 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Customize the Organization Logo) Jan 26, 2014 - You can customize the organization logo of the App Controller console. To customize the organization logo Navigate to the website root of the App Controller installation directory. By default, this is %PROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft System Center 2012\App Controller\wwwroot.  Create a backup of the default organization logos by renaming the files as follows: Rename SC2012_WebHeaderLeft_AC.png to SC2012_WebHeaderLeft_AC.png.old Rename […]
  • SCAC 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Connect App Controller to A VMM Management Server) Jan 26, 2014 - On the App Controller server, open a browser and navigate to the app controller site (in this lab example my site URL is https://SCSM.SC.LAB). Click on the ‘Connect a Virtual Machine Manager server and…’ link. In the Connect dialog box, enter a name for this connection. This name is displayed in the Name column of Clouds page. Add an optional description in […]
  • SCAC 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Configuration Guide (Enable Single Sign-On) Jan 26, 2014 - How to Enable Single Sign-On for App Controller By default, App Controller is enabled to prompt users to sign in by entering their Active Directory user name and password. The following procedures describe how to configure App Controller to use the user’s current Windows credentials to automatically sign on. To verify or change the authentication method […]
  • SCAC 2012 SP1 in a LAB – Installation Guide (Install App Controller) Jan 26, 2014 - We are ready to install SCAC. Install Prerequisites To start, before we will actually be able to install SCAC, we have to install a few prerequisites. .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 .NET Framework 4.0 IIS (Web Server role) Common HTTP Features Default Document Directory Browsing HTTP Errors Static Content Health and Diagnostics HTTP Logging Request Monitor […]
  • My Experience With The PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) – Part 1 (Downloader.ps1) Jan 26, 2014 - Hello Everyone, Despite not being able to post anything new for a while (in the process of moving), I thought I would share a few things quickly. First, although this has been out for a little while, I happened to stumble across it recently, the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit. If anyone has following my guides on […]
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 – Hyper-V Virtual Memory Error Jan 25, 2014 - Hello All, After upgrading my physical host to Windows Server 2012 R2, I noticed something different with Hyper-V. When you create a Virtual Machine (VM), you can choose to specify the Startup RAM, and also to enable Dynamic Memory. This is not something new. However, I have noticed that if you use 512 MB for […]
  • Active Directory Certificate Services – Configuration Jan 25, 2014 - On the Credentials page, supply appropriate credentials and then click Next. On the Role Services page, select Certification Authority and then click Next. On the Setup Type page, select Enterprise CA and then click Next. On the Specify CA Type page, select Root CA and then click Next. On the Set Up Private Key page select Create a new private key and then click Next. Leave the defaults on the Configure Cryptography for CA page, and then click Next. Important: CSP, Hash […]
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