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Today I’d like to share with you information about two great event with Private Cloud & Hybrid Cloud stuff!.

The IT Pro Evangelism team, Microsoft Learning and the Microsoft Virtual Academy are pleased to announce the next 2 FREE & PUBLIC Jump Start live events:

  • Building Private Cloud with Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 SP1 Jump Start (with Symon Perriman & Pete Zerger)
    • Tuesday June 18th, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT
    • Topics include: Planning Your Cloud Implementation, Building the Cloud Fabric, Preparing for Self-Service, Building Your Service Catalog
    • http://aka.ms/MVA-WsSc
  • Moving from Private to Hybrid Cloud with System Center 2012 and Windows Azure IaaS (with Matt McSpirit & Pete Zerger)
    • Thursday June 20th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm PDT
    • Topics include: Monitoring, Management and Operations, Connecting System Center to the Public Cloud, Service Delivery and Automation in the Hybrid Cloud, Reaching the Summit: ITIL-integrated Self-Service in the Hybrid Cloud
    • http://aka.ms/MVA-Sc-IaaS

Join these live online events designed for IT professionals to learn about building your private cloud infrastructure, and also moving from a private to hybrid cloud implementation. These 2 events are a series focusing on injecting real world scenarios and examples across Windows Server, System Center and Azure IaaS into the training. If you cannot make the live online event, sign up anyway so you can receive a notification when the recording is published on the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Microsoft has released Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (KB2802159). These updates are available from Microsoft Update, to obtain and install the updates follow these steps on a system that has an applicable System Center 2012 component installed:

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, double-click Windows Update.
  3. In the Windows Update window, click Check Online for updates from Microsoft Update.
  4. Click Important updates are available.
  5. Select the Update Rollup 2 package, and then click OK.
  6. Click Install updates to install the update package.

To manually download the update packages from Microsoft Update Catalog, go to the following Microsoft websites:

App Controller (KB2815569)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2815569

  • Issue 1: You cannot change the virtual machine network of deployed virtual machines.
  • Issue 2: The network connection is set to None after you view the network properties of a deployed virtual.
  • Issue 3: You cannot view the virtual networks for a virtual machine.
  • Issue 4: When you change the virtual network in App Controller, you receive the following error message: 10605-InvalidVLanConfiguration
  • Issue 5: You cannot copy VMs that have multiple processors or large amounts of memory from VMM to a Windows Azure.
  • Issue 6: App Controller requires Microsoft Silverlight 5 but links to the download page for Silverlight 4.
  • Issue 7: An argument null exception may occur if network connectivity is interrupted.

App Controller Setup (KB2823452)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2823452

  • Issue 1: App Controller cannot be installed if the Microsoft SQL Server database server name starts with a number.
  • Issue 2: Setup incorrectly reports that the SQL Server database has insufficient disk space.
  • Issue 3: Setup is unsuccessful when it tries to enable Internet Information Services (IIS).

Operations Manager (KB2826664)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2826664

  • Issue 1: The Web Console performance is very poor when a view is opened for the first time.
  • Issue 2: The alert links do not open in the Web Console after Service Pack 1 is applied for Operations Manager.
  • Issue 3: The Distributed Applications (DA) health state is incorrect in Diagram View.
  • Issue 4: The Details Widget does not display data when it is viewed by using the SharePoint webpart.
  • Issue 5: The renaming of the SCOM group in Group View will not work if the user language setting is not “English (United States).”
  • Issue 6: An alert description that includes multibyte UTF-8 characters is not displayed correctly in the Alert Properties view.
  • Issue 7: The Chinese (Taiwan) Web Console displays a wrong message.
  • Issue 8: The APM to IntelliTrace conversion is broken when alerts are generated from dynamic module events
  • Issue 9: Connectivity issues to System Center services are fixed.
  • Issue 10: High CPU problems are experienced in Operations Manager UI.
  • Issue 11: Query processor runs out of internal resources and cannot produce a query plan when you open Dashboard views.
  • Issue 12: Path details are missing for “Objects by Performance.”

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update) (KB2828653)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2828653

  • Issue 1: The Solaris agent could run out of file descriptors when many multi-version file systems (MVFS) are mounted.
  • Issue 2: Logical and physical disks are not discoverable on AIX-based computers when a disk device file is contained in a subdirectory.
  • Issue 3: Rules and monitors that were created by using the UNIX/Linux Shell Command templates do not contain some parameters.
  • Issue 4: Process monitors that were created by the UNIX/Linux Process Monitoring template cannot save in an existing management.
  • Issue 5: The Linux agent cannot install on a CentOS or Oracle Linux host by using FIPS version of OpenSSL 0.9.8.

Service Manager (KB2828618)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2828618

  • Issue 1: If the number of “Manual Activities” displayed in the Service Manager Portal exceeds a certain limit, page loads may time out.
  • Issue 2: Incorrect cleanup of a custom related type causes grooming on the EntityChangeLog table to stall.
  • Issue 3: Service requests complete unexpectedly because of a race condition between workflows.
  • Issue 4: The console crashes when you double-click a parent incident link on an extended incident class.
  • Issue 5: PowerShell tasks that were created by using the authoring tool do not run because of an incorrect reference.
  • Issue 6: The Exchange management pack is stuck in a Pending state after management pack synchronization.

Orchestrator (KB2828616)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2828616

  • Issue 1: The Monitor SNMP Trap activity publishes incorrect values for strings when a Microsoft SNMP Trap Service connection is used.
  • Issue 2: Inconsistent results when you use Orchestrator to query an Oracle database.

Data Protection Manager (KB2822782)

Download: http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2822782

  • Issue 1: An express full backup job in SC 2012 SP1 may stop responding on a Hyper-V cluster that has 600 or more VMs.
  • Issue 2: When a SC 2012 SP1 item level restore operation is performed on a SharePoint the restore is unsuccessful.
  • Issue 3: When you open DPM on a computer that is running SC 2012 SP1, the Welcome screen does not indicate the correct version of SP1.
  • Issue 4: When you perform a disconnected installation of the DPM 2012 SP1 agent, you receive an error message: Protection agent cannot be installed on a machine where DPM is installed.
  • Issue 5: When you use DPM 2012 SP1 for tape backup, a checksum error may occur when the WriteMBC workflow is run.
  • Issue 6: Backups of CSV volumes may be unsuccessful with metadata file corruption in DPM 2012 SP1.
  • Issue 7: The DPM console may require more time to open than expected when many client systems are being protected.

If you evaluating System Center 2012 and want to test Orchestrator or App Controller with Windows Azure IaaS you need certificate for management purpose. One of the best way for test environment is self-signed certificate. How to create it? Use Certificate Creation Tool (MakeCert).

MakeCert isn’t part of Windows operating system. It’s distributed with Windows SDK (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/desktop/hh852363) or Visual Studio (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=255934). Standalone tool you can download form TechNet Gallery http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Certificate-Creation-tool-5b7c054d.

Below syntax create self-signed management certificate for Windows Azure.

makecert.exe -n "CN=Azure Management, O=Company Name" -pe -ss My -sr CurrentUser -r -a sha1 -sp "Microsoft Enhanced RSA and AES Cryptographic Provider" -sy 24 -sky exchange -len 2048

Your certificate will created in Certificetes Store in Personal container in Current User node.

Next steps? Just export your certificate with public key (.cer) and also with private key (.pfx) using MMC console with Certificates Snap-in.

If your answer is NO, because you don’t have time to install test environment with System Center products… sorry, no cop-out anymore!

Now, you can download pre-configured VHD files with all System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 components for evaluating. Below you’ve got links to Microsoft Download Center:

Enjoy! Have fun & remember no cop-out anymore! 😉

Update:

Of course, you can also download pure setup disks of System Center 2012 and install it 🙂

Evaluation downloads you find here: Microsoft System Center Private Cloud Evaluation Software

Na stronie Microsoft Connect udostępniono wersję beta darmowego dodatku dla SCVMM – Virtual Machine Servicing Tool.

VMST umożliwia aktualizację systemów operacyjnych oraz aplikacji w nieaktywnych maszynach wirtualnych (OffLine w bibliotece, zatrzymane), szablonach, plikach VHD przy pomocy Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) / System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

Aby pobrać i przetestować Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 2012 Beta należy użyć tego łącza:

VMST 2012 jest przeznaczony dla najnowszej edycji SCVMM, czyli System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager. Dodatkowo do współpracy mogą być zaprzęgnięte następujące wersje WSUS / SCCM:

  • Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) 3.0 SP2
  • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Na stronach TechNet dodatkowo dostępna jest ogólna dokumentacja pod tym łączem:

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