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Archive for January, 2013

I recently ran in the a error where all hyper-v host in a cluster ended up with host no responding in Virtual Machine Manager 2012 SP1. , reinstalling the agent restarting Windows Remote Management didn’t help.

Host is Windows Server 2012

 

Error (2912)
An internal error has occurred trying to contact the server: :

WinRM: URL: [Verb: [ENUMERATE],

Unknown error (0xc0000bbb)

Recommended Action
Check that WS-Management service is installed and running on server. For more information use the command “winrm helpmsg hresult”. If  is a host/library/update server or a PXE server role then ensure that VMM agent is installed and running.

 

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VMM Error 25013

Windows Management Instrumentation has stopped WMIPRVSE.EXE because a quota reached a warning value. Quota: HandleCount  Value: 81792 Maximum value: 4096 WMIPRVSE PID: 7160 Providers hosted in this process: %systemroot%\system32\wbem\cimwin32.dll, %systemroot%\system32\wbem\wmiprov.dll, C:\Windows\System32\wbem\WmiPerfClass.dll

So WMI is unhealthy on all the hosts , after a bit trial and error I ended up with rebuilding the performance counters with lodctr /R

And removing a old MPIO driver that was making life miserably for WMI

 

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After removal and reboot all hosts are back in business

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But  then again moving VM’s from host to host is fast Smiley

With System Center 2012 SP1 the support to use SQL Server 2012 as a database for Data Protection Manager was added

The use the SQL Server 2012 to colocate DPM databases there are a few things that needs to be configured

 

 

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SQL Reporting Services Need to be installed

 

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SQL needs to run under a service account (not its against recommendations to use the same account on for each role but for testing it works great)

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Just to be safe I always set the collation to “CPI_CI_AS” but honestly not sure if it’s a requirement

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Adding the account that host SQL and the admin account I will install DPM with

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And just default install of reporting services.

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On the SQL server run the DPM Remote SQL Prep Installer

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This only takes a few seconds after VC redist install

 

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On the DPM server start the installer and select use existing instance and enter administrative permissions for the remote SQL server

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and when the installer states that we need the requirement we can proceed

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Location for database is greyed out as the DB is on the remote sql instance

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And we need credentials for the reporting user

 

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And the installer skips SQL Server install and jumps directly to tools and workstations

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and a little bit later we are good to go

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and we can see that the installer added the rights needed to the SQL instance

 

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and DPM is ready for action.

Microsoft have shortly after the global SP1 release of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 make the global service monitor management pack and cloud service available for trial testing

Global Service Monitor is a Azure powered cloud service that can use synthetic transactions against web applications from external locations , this will help ensure that your website and web applications are available when tested from the outside of your company instead of “just” testing locally on the server , this will ensure a end to end perspective on monitoring

This post will cover the most basic functionality it’s the website up and running without http errors

There are a free 90 days trial available

https://orgaccount.microsoft.com/signup?offerIds=BE2A46EF-0639-43a4-8323-BB5E1D4340D3

thanks to Daniele Grandini for pointing me to the download location Smiley

 

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http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36422

The download link on the Global Service Monitoring site currently just redirects to msn so the above link contains the management packs needed for Global Service Monitoring to function

 

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There is a dependency on AlertAttachment management pack file , its located on the SP1 install media

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After installing the MSI from the download link import the management packs into Operations Manager

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And install Windows Identify Foundation

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After WIF install “Start Subscription” and logon with the credentials used for requesting the trial

 

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After selecting resource pool the Global Service Monitor is ready for work

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In this post we will just cover a basic http probe so “Configure Web Application Availability Tests”

 

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add the url you want to monitor

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And select some locations to monitor from

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With 3 probes and one url we end up with almost 13000 test a month

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There are addition tests being made other than if the site is responding or not

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and after a short while the probes show under test state

 

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And we have the boss view Smiley

 

Yesterday Microsoft announced that SP1 for System Center 2012 is now GA , this means that all customers can buy and deploy it for production , this is a great milestone for Windows Server 2012 as it s been tricky at best for large deployment without the management stack.

 

http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/archive/2013/01/15/system-center-2012-sp1-is-generally-available.aspx

If you don’t have the time to build a full lab before deploying in production there are preinstalled VHD’s ready from Microsoft

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager (Data Warehouse) – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Operations Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Orchestrator – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Data Protection Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Virtual Machine Manager – Evaluation (VHD)

 

Microsoft have released a update for data protection manager 2012 SP1 that support backup to Azure

The updates features is support for SQL based workloads and 120 days retention , the 120 days is a BIG feature enhancement

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2779569

Description of an update rollup package that adds features to Windows Azure Online Backup in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM and in Windows Server 2012

This article describes an update rollup package that adds the following features to the Windows Azure Online Backup for Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Data Protection Manager (DPM) and for a computer that is running Windows Server 2012:
This update improves the performance of Windows Azure Online Backup.
Windows Azure Online Backup support for a SQL Server data source in System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is available.
The retention range of Windows Azure Online Backup for System Center 2012 SP1 DPM is increased to support 120 recovery points

 

http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/home/features/online-backup/ there is a 300gb trial available install guide here http://flemmingriis.com/?p=1103 the “old” installer needs to be installed before installing the upgrade

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Verify that no jobs are running against Azure before starting the upgrade

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And 16 seconds later we are ready to rock

 

 

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And with the updated integrations we can now add SQL based workload
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And select the Cloud option , as always we need to backup to disk before cloud so short term is a requirement

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And another cool feature we can select what database we want protected with Azure

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And 120 days very very cool Smiley , we still need long term for tape in most environments , but then there is room for new features later on.

 

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And we can create a recovery point manually to the cloud instead of having to wait until the schedule kicks in

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and a short while later our data is moved to the cloud