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10
Feb

SCCM 2012 R2 CU4 Client Upgrade Issue

I recently upgraded our System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 environment to CU4.  The upgrade of all the site systems went very smoothly.  However, when upgrading all our clients I did run into some problems. Read moreRead more

10
Dec

Alert Widget Static Column Width

Update 2/10: This issue appears to be fixed in 2012 R2 UR5.

A while back I ran into an issue with creating some dashboards for SCOM.  Specifically, the issue came along when working with the Alert Widget.  I ran into the issue where columns in the Alert Widget would get very wide and one column could fill up an entire screen, rending the rest of the view essentially useless.  This is due to the “Auto” width feature in the widget.  While it is great to have Auto as an option, it isn’t always appropriate for all columns. Read moreRead more

9
Oct

Install Application Step fails in Task Sequence

We recently ran into a problem where we were getting failures in our OSD Task Sequences trying to use the Install Applications step using System Center Configuration manager 2012 R2.  When the Task Sequence hits the Install Application step it would fail with the error 0x80004005.  After some troubleshooting were able to isolate the cause of the problem and find a workaround. Read moreRead more

5
Jun

SQL max worker threads Problem When Using VSS To Backup Numerous Databases

In our ongoing (sort-of pilot) migration from VMware vSphere 5.5 to Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2, we encountered a very concerning and puzzling issue with backups. The transition had been smooth for the most part and we used the project to bring aging Windows/SQL 2008 servers up to 2012 R2 and 2014, respectively. Two of our SQL environments had moved over just fine and were being backed up successfully with Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 for the time being (other products are being considered, including Veeam). The third of such SQL environments ran into a host of VSS errors once its data was populated and a backup attempted.

sqlvss_dpmfailed

DPM 2012 R2 – Job Failed

Background (before/after):

  • Hypervisor: vSphere 5.5 to Hyper-V 2012 R2
  • Guest OS: Windows Server 2008 to 2014
  • Backup product: EMC Avamar 7.0.1 to MS DPM 2012 R2
  • Backup method: Crash-consistent image to VSS-quiesced image

 

We had seen an occasional VSS-related backup failure from time to time in DPM, but most were tied to available disk space for the protection group (DPM doesn’t do so well with deduplication of images, so growing has been near-continual). Retrying didn’t make a difference this time, though. We restarted VSS writers and even took downtime to restart the VM. Still the same failure. Read moreRead more

11
Apr

Service Manager 2012 SP1 CU2 Install Error

I ran into an issue when attempting to install CU2 for Service Manager 2012 SP1.  I wanted to share the error and solution in case anyone else came across the problem.  In my scenario, I was able to successfully update all Console, my Data Warehouse Management Server, and my Self-Service Portal servers, without issue.  However, on my Primary Management server the update failed and provided the following error:

An error occurred while executing custom action: “_Installhealthserviceperfcountersforpatching”

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9
Jul

Notification workflow on Work Item assignments (Part 2)

This is a follow-up post to my original post on this topic: SCSM: Notification workflow on Work Item assignments.

With the release of Service Manager 2012 there are now two new work item types, Service Requests and Release Records.  It is also possible to create notifications for assignments of these new work item types.  This is done just like it was done in the original post using the same concepts.

I have attached two new working management pack examples.  One more Service Request and one for Release Records.  Just like the previous packs, you will need to update the notification template GUID to get them to work.  Also, the Service Request example that is attached works similar to the Incident example is my previous post (it also notifies the Affected User that their ticket was assigned).

<WorkflowArrayParameter Name=”NotificationTemplatesType=”guid>
<Item>Change this GUID</Item>
</WorkflowArrayParameter>

AssignmentChanges.Notification.ManagementPacks2.zip

 

14
May

OSD: Access content directly from DP in TS problem

I ran into a problem after migrating my task sequences from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012.  I found that I could not easily set my task sequence deployments to use the setting “Access content directly from a distribution point when needed by the running task sequence.”  By default it was setting itself to “Download content locally when needed by running task sequence.”

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1
May

Software Update Migration Issues (ConfigMgr 07 to 2012)

During the migration process from Configuration Manager 2007 R3 to Configuration Manager 2012 RTM, we ran into an issue where Deployed Software Updates would not detect as applicable on client machines.  I didn’t find much about this issue on the web, so I thought I would blog about it.

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10
Apr

Upgrading to SCOM 2012 – SQL Issue

I ran into an issue when upgrading SCOM to 2012 (from 2007 R2 CU5).  The installer stated that the upgrade was successful, but no activity was taking place in my management group.  I had one error in my event logs (see below).

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2
Apr

System Center 2012 Released

For all those early adopters, Microsoft has now published System Center 2012 RTM to their volume licensing download site and is available for download.  The System Center 2012 Datacenter product contains downloads for all System Center 2012 Products (SCOM, SCCM, SCSM, etc.).  As of now, it is not yet on technet/msdn as far as I can see.  Microsoft also has not yet updated any websites and blogs stating the release.