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MVP V-Conf – MVPs Online Event

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Microsoft is hosting a virtual event with MVPs in various places in the world available in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

The date of the event will be the same of the other countries of the world in 14 and 15 may, details at http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference.aspx

Registration can be done by the link: http://aka.ms/mvpvirtualconference2015

The link http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/virtualconference-sessions.aspx#Brazil it is possible to view the full grid of lectures in English, Portuguese or Spanich, made by native MVPs.

Along with Vidal have two presentations (pt-BR) and invite everyone to participate!

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System Center Technical Preview (vNext) – Removed Features

Already for some time we have available to download preview versions of System Center, and a question on send is often about SCCM and the app controller.

Where’s the SCCM TP?

First we take the Configuration Manager (SCCM). Despite being part of the family (suite) of System Center products, SCCM is handled by a separate group. While the Group of Program Managers of CDM (Cloud and Datacenter Management) takes care of the entire suite, SCCM is under the Enterprise Group Client Management since you’re more connected to client tier than servers and it operations as other products.

Thus, SCCM is not yet available in Technical Preview version.

App Controller

Now let’s talk about the app controller. This tool is one that particularly I loved (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/search.aspx?q=appcontroller), because it integrates the administration of private environment (via VMM) with the public environment in Azure, allowing to use the same templates and a single administrative tool.

In version vNext System Center it will be discontinued, and the reason is that few companies used the app controller to manage hybrid environments, using the app controller as self-service portal.

With the launch of Windows Azure Pack (WAP), the main customers of the app controller have been given a much more robust self-service tool and complete for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS (app controller only provided IaaS).

Server App-V

I discussed this tool in the past (http://www.marcelosincic.com.br/post/Virtualizacao-de-Aplicacoes-de-Servidores-com-o-Server-App-V-do-VMM-2012.aspx) and its functionality has always been little used.

With telemetry and use Microsoft’s research found that customers use more templates with the applications and software’s installed than the sequencing of applications/services.

Based on this low usage and duplicity of ways to embed applications, Microsoft decided by more economical which is discontinue development.

Other Removals

There are still some other items, but are less relevant and obvious, such as older versions of vCenter and Xen.

All the removals are available at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn806370.aspx

Free eBook: Microsoft Azure Essentials – Fundamentals of Azure

The launch of this book earlier this month, free in digital format, brings good tidings in the series of books about Microsoft Azure: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/microsoft_press/archive/2015/02/03/free-ebook-microsoft-azure-essentials-fundamentals-of-azure.aspx

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Separated into 7 chapters of technical content of Azure, discusses how to create web sites, VMs, manage, arrays, virtual networks, databases, Active Directory. Taking into account that the book intended to fundamentals discusses how start using with PaaS (web sites) and IaaS (infrastructure and VM).

Chapter 8 deals with PowerShell and chapter 9 brings some examples of implementations that can be made.

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Is a simple book, but with content that can be used as references for those using the Azure occasionally or with the help of assistants.

Remembering that the entire collection of free books available by Microsoft can be found at http://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/ebooks

Windows 10 and System Center vNext – Roadmap and Compatibility News

The official announcement today on the Windows team blog and System Center reserve some very important information after the announcement of the new build and the automatic update and free for Windows 7 and 8/8.1

In short, the release of Windows will be 10 in early 2016 along with System Center vNext (temporary name). The next Preview build will be the first North American, between March and may.

System Center vNext – launch Synchronized

Source: http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/01/30/windows-server-and-system-center-roadmap-update.aspx

This gives us an idea that we don’t have a release of System Center behind the Windows OS 10. It really was a problem with the release of System Center 2012 that couldn’t support Windows 2012 and only supported Windows 8 after SP1 that came out several weeks later.

Synchronization between the release of Windows 10 and System Center vNext will allow administrators to distribute is the new OS, as well as migration. This point is important taking into account the duration of 1 year for the free upgrade.

Windows 10-Compatibility

Source: http://blogs.windows.com/business/2015/01/30/windows-10-for-enterprise-more-secure-and-up-to-date

In this news we noted a commitment to maintain compatibility with Windows 7 and 8/8.1, assumed after seeing the difficulty that companies faced by having to migrate applications from Windows XP to Windows 7.

This difficulty of migration of Windows becomes more critical when we think about companies with hard-coded processes or equipment, such as machinery manufacturing and specialized computers. Some migration projects from Windows XP to Windows 7 failed and ended up making migration from Windows XP to Windows 8, so time-consuming that projects have become.

With the long-term commitment to compatibility, we can trust that will be easier migrations.

Deduplication with Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2

Yesterday in a client used my server to the System Center Demos and he became interested when he said that he used the resource Deduplication (or Dedup) of Windows Server 2012 R2. Consequently, the meeting migrated from System Center for optimization of disks with Hyper-V.

After all, the gain with Dedup in VHDs is impressive, coming in my case for almost 80% of additional space:

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Important:First point in that conversation is make clear that Microsoft doesn’t support Dedup for Hyper-V in Hyper-V hosts for VMs into production. The reason is explained in TechNet http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831700.aspx, and basically it’s because Dedup in environment where the files are open can generate several errors:

“Deduplication of open files has not been fully validated for general virtualization or other applications, and additional issues may be encountered.”

However, there are always two questions in this case:

Question 1: But the Windows R2 2012 Dedup for PowerShell has the “Files” and “Hyper-V”, as it is not supported?

Reply:For Hyper-V is only supported for VDI environment, where the machines are SO client user. How VDI environments generally utilize the pool mode and a single VM is doubled with each new section, if 100 user are online we’d have 100 VHDs being dynamically created with duplicate data.
In this case it is clear that the use of Dedup will be supported, since the VHDs are dynamic and are constantly in use. Besides in general are used differencing disks, keeping the parent disk unchanged.

Question 2: If is not supported, because I am using? ;-)

Reply: Is not supported, but in my case it’s not the production environment and using Dedup manual:

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I don’t keep my server all day connected, so when all the VMs are stopped, usually do it weekly, beginning the Job of Dedup with the command:

Start-DedupJob-Type Optimization-Volume X:

Then just monitor if the Job finished with Get-DedupJob:

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So, my VHD files don’t run the risk of being manipulated while in use and I assure that periodically being updated the Dedup.

However, it is always good to remember that not to have problems the ideal is to have a disk or volume separately for the VHDs because Dedup configuration this volume will be configured as VDI (or Hyper-V in PowerShell):

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Using Windows Azure Pack as Service Manager Portal

A constant complaint from users of the System Center Service Manager (SCSM) is your portal. In version available for testing Technical Preview that will be launched this year, the SM portal remains in SharePoint Foundation 2010 and without allowing customization at the interface. In this way, customers who use the WAP as external access, you should have a third tool to make requests.

However, something few have utilized is the integration between the Windows Azure Pack (WAP) with the Service Manager to provide a complete portal of self-provisioning with VMs, databases, Web sites, and service requests.

Configuring Windows Azure Pack as Service Manager Portal

The first step for integration is to download the GridPro component which is free until a signature (tenant), and need to purchase the Pro version to work with multiple signatures (multi-tenant).

Enter the WAP portal and Request Management download GridPro component, which will be manually and simple, requesting some data from Service Manager server:

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After the installation of the component use the WAP interface to include the data from the server with the GridPro:

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The next step is to include the Service Request Management as part of the signature pattern that is offered in the Azure portal Pack:

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Using the Windows Azure Portal Pack

Now we can open the WAP portal and see that the tab "Requests" was enabled, allowing visas called open or add new called (incidents):

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When using the creation of a new request, the modern WAP interface aligns with the data provided in the offer of the service, very clear and easy to understand:

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If your service offering contains objects, such as lists and enumerators, all are supported in WAP:

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As a result, when you open the request by WAP portal we can check all your details and the list of open requests:

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When opening the request registered, we can see details and the list of activities that the Service Manager template sets in workflows, far more intuitive than the Self-Service Manager Portal and attached documents and articles of knowledge (KB):

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Even the part of comments and interactions between the system/operator and the user are simple and easy to be accessed and used:

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However, if your company still use Self-Portal, will be possible to show the so-called open in WAP within it, as the example below request that we open:

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Conclusion

With the integration between the Windows Azure Pack 2.0 and System Center Service Manager, offer Cloud services (public or private) will become much more professional!

SQL Server Error in the Installation of System Center Operations Manager

I have already received several times questions of professionals about the error below the installed SCOM in all its versions.

Actually the error is pretty generic and who typically asked me not requirements pages consulted found the problem.

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In this specific example that I faked, the error is SQL Server SP1 in 2012 and SCOM requires SP2, which had not yet been applied:

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But how to get to this detail to see if the problem is a patch, service pack or communication with the server?

The installer of the System Center generates a log that is in the directory C:\User\ <user>\AppData\SCOM\Logs with the name OpsMgrSetupWizard.txt

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This file is detailed the steps of validations as below:

[11:08:46]: Debug:: MSSQLSERVER on server w2012r2-sql2012 is in a running state
[11:08:46]: Info:: Info: Opening/Testing Sql Connection on w2012r2-sql2012, port:
[11:08:46]: Debug:: Connection was not open. We will try to open it.
[11:08:46]: Debug:: SqlConnectionReady returned True.
[11:08:47]: Debug:: MSSQLSERVER on server w2012r2-sql2012 is in a running state
[11:08:47]: Debug:: Connection was not open. We will try to open it.
[11:08:47]: Debug:: SqlConnectionReady returned True.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: Using DB command timeout = 1800 seconds.
[11:08:47]: Info:: SQL Product Level: SP1
[11:08:47]: Info:: SQL Edition: Enterprise Edition (64-bit)
[11:08:47]: Info:: SQL Version: 11.0.3128.0
[11:08:47]: Always:: Current Version of SQL = 11.0.3128.0 Required Version = 11.0.5058
[11:08:47]: Always:: Entering GetRemoteOSVersion.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: remoteOS = 6.3.9600
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: Using DB command timeout = 1800 seconds.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: Using DB command timeout = 1800 seconds.
[11:08:47]: Info:: The SQL Collation is valid.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: Using DB command timeout = 1800 seconds.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: DatabaseConfigurationPage: DB connection attempt completed.
[11:08:47]: Info:: Info: DatabaseConfigurationPage: DB connection attempt completed.

In this file you can view all tests that he performed and whether the problem is permission, port, collation or, as in this example, lack of update.

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