Skip to content

This site is automatic translation of http://www.marcelosincic.com.br, original in portuguese

New Management Packs for SQL

Complementing the previous post about the new Management Packs updated after the release of Windows and System 2016 ( https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/new-system-center-operations-manager-2016-management-packs/ ), Update follows.

The Preview of the new Management Pack for SQL has been released today from the 2008 to 2016 release.

Important that this preview already solves some problems that have occurred with databases and indicators in the SCOM 2016 console:

SQL Server 2008/2008 R2 / 2012 MP Features and Fixes

  • No extra permissions on remote WMI are now required for Local System account when Always On hosts have names that are no longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Always On discovery and monitoring scripts can not read cashed values ​​in Windows registry
  • Fixed: Wrong MP version number in some Always On scripts
  • Fixed: CPUUsage and DBDiskLatency scripts fail with the reason: "Index operation failed"
  • Added retry policy in some Always On workflows to make PS-scripts work more stable
  • Updated the visualization library
  • Changed behavior of Always On scripts for cases when WSFC service is stopped

New SQL Server 2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • No extra permissions on remote WMI are now required for Local System account when Always On hosts have names that are no longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Always On discovery and monitoring scripts can not read cashed values ​​in Windows registry
  • Fixed: Wrong MP version number in some Always On scripts
  • Fixed: CPUUsage and DBDiskLatency scripts fail with the reason: "Index operation failed"
  • Added retry policy in some Always On workflows to make PS-scripts work more stable
  • Updated the visualization library
  • Fixed: Always On objects get undiscovered when any Always On discovery crashes

SQL Server Replication 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: MonitorDistributorSnapshotFreeSpace fails when being launched against SQL Server 2014 SP2
  • Fixed: Wrong source detection in logging
  • Updated the visualization library

New Features in SQL Server Analysis Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: AS workflows sometimes crash
  • Updated the visualization library

New Features in SQL Server Reporting Services 2008/2012/2014/2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • Added support for configurations where computer host names are longer than 15 symbols
  • Fixed: Web Service monitors do not support URL reservation https: // +: <port> / <ReportServerPage> (protocol is HTTPS)
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server Dashboards Features and Fixes

  • Fixed: Tiles content is replaced with question marks after a long period of inactivity

Download and available details https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/released-public-preview-for-system-center-management-packs-for-sql-server/

New System Center Operations Manager 2016 Management Packs

Above new Management Packs available after System Center 2016 (SCOM) launch and install:

New Management Packs:

System Center Operations Manager Management Packs for Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server

System Center 2016 Management Packs for Open Source Software

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for System Center Service Manager

System Center Management Packs for Data Protection Manager 2016 Reporting, Discovery and Monitoring

Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Service Provider Foundation (SPF)

Microsoft System Center 2016 Management Pack for Orchestrator

System Center 2016-Updates Rollup

Following the release of Windows 2016 with Rollup 1 (https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/14/upgrade-and-update-of-windows-server-2016/), the same happens with the System Center 2016.

See new SCOM 2016 Management Packs in https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/new-system-center-operations-manager-2016-management-packs/ 

Why this happens?

Before a manufacturer releasing a final media to the public, it is distributed to the manufacturers.

For example, the manufacturer of HW needs to make sure that an update did not affect drivers or functionalities of the server.Developers (ISVs) need to make sure your plugins and software are still “talking” with the new version.

As the two products were made available to the media for manufacturers and developers a few weeks before the launch, Microsoft need to catalog and generate a package of updates that occurred between this launch for the manufacturers and the GA (General Availability) audience, which is usually 45 to 60 days.

Update Rollups of System Center 2016

Update Rollup 1 for VMM: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3190597

Update Rollup 1 for SCOM 2007: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3190029

Update Rollup 1 for Orchestrator: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3190603

Update Rollup 1 for DPM: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3190600

Update Rollup for SCCM 1609 TP: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/enterprisemobility/2016/09/27/update-1609-for-configuration-manager-technical-preview-available-now/

Noting that in the case of the SCCM upgrades and updates is carried out in own console as discussed in https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/new-sccm-2016-updates-model/

Installation and Upgrade of System Center 2016

With the launch of the media RTM (Release To Manufacturing or End) of the Windows System Center 2016 2016 and it comes time to do the upgrade of 2012 and 2016 R2 releases Technical Preview.

I will address each of them from 2016 Technical Preview releases since the migration of 2012 R2 versions is typically simpler and supported.

Update: After install or upgrade download Update Rollups of System Center 2016: https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/system-center-2016-updates-rollup/ 

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)

SCCM is one of the products that were already in 2016 version since the beginning of the year, when it was released as SCCM 1511, following Windows nomenclature 10.

Follow the posts that I’ve written about this version:

https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/new-feature-of-system-center-configuration-manager-1511-updates-and-updates/

https://msincic.wordpress.com/2015/12/28/system-center-configuration-manager-1511-change-evaluation/

https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/10/03/new-sccm-2016-updates-model/

For those who have the SCCM R2 upgrade 2012 is quiet and just run the Setup to work.

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)

The SCOM upgrade can be done both of the 2012 version R2 as of 2016 Techincal Preview versions in the same way, it supports both paths.

The only recommendation that the setup is to back up the databases (and DW) before, because there’s no way back if errors occur in the middle of the process:

capture20161013145918707

You will need to upgrade the Report Viewer, before we use the RV of SQL 2012 and should now be used RV of SQL 2016, which is found in the link of the actual Setup:

capture20161013150339362

capture20161013155424938

System Center Service Manager (SCSM)

Upgrade both the 2012 R2 as the Technical Preview is simple, requires no type of restriction, occurring very quiet:

capture20161013145905162

It is important to remember at the end which will upgrade the Management Packs from the wizard to the SCOM 2016 has:

https://msincic.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/automatic-updates-in-system-center-operations-manager-2016-tp4/

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

This is a product that does not allow the automatic upgrade of the Techinical version Preview, but allows from the 2012 R2.

In the case of Tecnhinical Previwe, the Setup will indicate that already exists and will ask to uninstall:

capture20161013151606238

However, the reinstallation is simple. Just when choosing to keep the database:

capture20161013151636326

When you run Setup again using the same database and directory of libraries:

capture20161013152117951

capture20161013152715060

After that VMM will function normally, but it’s good to remember that you will need to uninstall and reinstall agents, if he doesn’t do the automatic upgrade of the agent.

Recalling that one of the most interesting features is integration with Azure: https://msincic.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/system-center-virtual-machine-manager-2016-tp2-integrated-with-azure/

System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH)

As well as the VMM, it requires reinstalling but it is possible to maintain the database and repointing on new installation:

capture20161013153558520

capture20161013153757300

capture20161013153847695

After the process, the normally appear with the same runbooks Integrations Packs.

In the case of SCORCH Packs and Integrations of the SCOM 2007 is important to upgrade the packages, and in SCOM 2007 is a lot easier to have the menu, while not the Orchestrator.

Upgrade and Update of Windows Server 2016

Last night (10/12/2016) Microsoft released the Windows Media Server Standard and Enterprise 2016 for MSDN subscribers and customers of volume by the VLSC.

This new release brings several new features, such as distributed Storage (similar to VMWare VSAM), new features to the operating system.

On the page https://www.microsoft.com/pt-br/server-cloud/products/windows-server -2016/default.aspx # MenuItem3 is possible to see all the new features and documentation.

Important to note that other than Windows R2, Windows 2012 2016 back having feature differences between the Standard version and Enterprise!

Update Post Installation

It is important that together with the installation media also download the Cumulative Update 1:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3194798

capture20161013105959189

That’s right, the media finals was available along with the first Cumulative Update. The reason is that the availability of media Technical Preview generated data for new fixes, and these were included in the CU1.

2012 R2 Version upgrade and Technical Preview

Is it possible to upgrade from the 2012 version R2 normally in any type of installation.

For those who had already installed some TP is possible to upgrade directly, but only for the version with Desktop Experience installed.

Other cases can be found at https://technet.microsoft.com/windows-server-docs/get-started/supported-upgrade paths

In the example below, the result of upgrading a clustered Hyper-V server that has Storage Spaces with SSD disks and RAID several VMs running:

capture20161013105351510

capture20161013105829117

capture20161013105836439

Upgrade problems

As in previous versions, if an error occurs during the upgrade you can revert to the previous state without problems.

However, unlike a client operating systems (Windows 10) this revert is not possible after the upgrade to be finished.

New SCCM 2016 Updates Model

As I had written some time ago, one of the most interesting new features of System Center 2016 is the ability of products if update automatically.

In System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and Service Manager (SCSM) are OS Management Packs and in System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) update includes the binaries on the server, agent, and console.

Automatic update of SCCM

By SCCM console go to Administration -> Cloud Services-> Updates and Servicing and will be possible to view the list of updates, which in the case of SCCM are the Builds, since he has no more versions.

Click on the version that is available, the SCCM will keep track of the updates already carried out.

Capturar

When selecting the update it is possible to view the new features that the update will make the list of Knowledge Bases:

Capturar0

An interesting item to start update is that we can ignore the prerequisites as can be seen on the screen below the checkbox to ‘ force ‘ the update.

Of course it is important to allow the requirements to be tested, to install an update that is not with the complete environment can generate problems and permanent unavailability.

Capturar1

Another important item is the possibility to choose the features that will be included in the CONFIGURATION MANAGER with the update. For example, the Apple Purchase Volume is installed right now as if they were the features by the console in "Site Roles and Services".

If you do not choose to install the features at the time of installation of the update, you can run again later the same way:

Capturar2

How updates "carry" the new features we can choose what we will enable as in other configurations of roles:

Capturar3

Finally after the update the SCCM may ask to restart the console and finish the installation:

Capturar4

Conclusion

It really is an excellent resource to have updates to hand so simple and reliable.

This feature will make it easier to keep the SCCM and other System Center products healthy with the latest updates.

Skype Meeting Broadcast – Solution for Meetings and Online Training

One of the resources released for customers who have Skype For Business is the Broadcast, that allows sessions and online events for up to 10000 people, with anonymous access, restricted, moderator and other resources in a web interface without plug-ins.

This feature works like the Webex, with questions and answers Panel, audio and video. However, as the presenter is the Skype For Business can share from a ppt to a whole desktop.

The best of it? Is a free resource for all Enterprise clients with Office 365 E1, E3, E5 or Skype For Business Plan 2!!!!

Important: you must enable the feature in your tenant, which can be done using PowerShellhttps://support.office.com/en-us/article/Enable-Skype-Meeting-Broadcast-5299cce0-850e-42dc-b6ae-2d0ee775c4a9

How to set up a session or Event

Go to the website https://broadcast.skype.com with your corporate account and you will have access to your calendar with upcoming events:

capture20160810001204686

To create a new event, click "new meeting" and enter the required data:

  • Members: Are users that will join with the Skype For Business and can both make simultaneous presentation as act as moderators
  • Participants: Who can watch, if anonymous just repost the link generated. If it’s safe, it will be necessary to inform the list and can be external users. If you choose any company will be validated with the Azure AD
  • Video Recording: when you select this option, the meeting is recorded and is available on the portal above. However, if you choose the option "Provide." users will be able to attend the event with the link of the inscription, as a Replay

capture20160810001238469

After created the scheduling is possible to show details such as link and create an invitation to be distributed:

capture20160810001313233

But is the screen "Participants page settings" where we have a few interesting items:

capture20160810001358751

    • Troubleshooting and support: The link appears at the meeting for users click if you have any problems. Is not interactive and a standard Microsoft page that can be replaced by a custom page
    • Custom Link: As the default link has session codes, it is possible to both shorten with specific sites like http://aka.ms orhttp://bit.ly or enter the link please, remember that will always bear the name of the tenant
    • Right or left panel application: We can choose which application will appear to users such as Yammer, Pulse or the most important of all, the questions and Answers pane.

capture20160810001410690

 

Initiating and participating in the Session

By using the link provided, it is the custom or default, will be presented with the screen below:

capture20160810001513280

When you click "Enter as a member of the team of the event" will open the Skype For Business as it is where we can use voice, video, and sharing, in addition to the chat frame which will be P & R seen by participants.

When you click to "participate in the event" the user will see the screen or content shared by the members of the team along with the response that is the most common configuration:

capture20160810001620880

 

Conclusion

We have an excellent tool at hand, many today use paid services and don’t know the Office 365 plans today offer this feature free games!

References: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt631189.aspx e https://support.office.com/en-us/article/What-is-a-Skype-Meeting-Broadcast-c472c76b-21f1-4e4b-ab58-329a6c33757d