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HP StoreFront Manager 4.0 aka HP Storage Management Pack

Categories: 3PAR, Broken, Hyper-V, Operations Manager, SCOM, System Center, Virtual Machine Manager, VMM
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As the ever brilliant Stanislav pointed out there is a new management pack in town , well new name and version number but still its new Smiley

 

http://cloudadministrator.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/hp-storefront-manager-for-microsoft-4-0-hp-storage-management-integration-with-ms-system-center/

 

We currently have the 3.1 version of the HP Storage Management Pack installed

 

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And its happy and shiny showing us the state of our 3PAR installation

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And along comes the next version of the management pack , before reading the documentation we install it in the test enviroment only to find out that a upgrade is not supported

 

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Upgrading HP Storage Management Pack for System Center
Before installing v4.0, uninstall any previous versions of HP Storage Management Pack for System
Center.
NOTE: Upgrade to HP Storage Management Pack for System Center v4.0 is not supported.

 

And after reading the documentaion we can see thats its not supported

I get that its a free management pack but the kit we are monitoring is far from free so a litte effort for a upgrade patch would have been nice

 

 

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So time to kill our Override Management Pack

 

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Library and Other Storage related MP’s

 

 

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And uninstall the binaries

 

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And time to launch the installer

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Installing locally on dedicated management servers

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For the install we wont have the bindings to VMM so only the 3PAR MP without integration will be installed

 

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After install start the HP Storage Management Pack User Configuration Tool

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Add the 3PARs you want to monitor

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We have created dedicated browser users on each 3PAR , dont really understand why they want a superuser for discovery ,

not sure if its related to the VMM integration , but for now we use a browser user until we see something that breaks

 

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Time to override the discovery

 

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Enable the override for the discovery

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and 600 seconds and a bit later we have a shiny overview of our 3PAR installation , future post will cover enhancements

Oracle Linux 6.4 Running with SystemCenter 2012 R2 and Hyper-V 2012 R2 Part 1/4

Categories: Data Protection Manager, Hyper-V, Linux, Operations Manager, SCOM, System Center, Windows Server 2012
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This will be a start of a small series with Installing , Protecting and Monitoring Oracle Linux running on Hyper-V 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2

First off is basic install , 2nd is protecting with Data Protection Manager and 3rd is Monitoring with Operations Manager and last creating template with Virtual Machine Manager

Oracle have released Oracle 6.4 Linux that have support for Windows 2012 R2 Hyper-V

https://blogs.oracle.com/linux/entry/oracle_linux_6_4_has

download can be from

https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux 

and the good news is

Free to download and distribute, including patches and updates

http://www.oracle.com/us/technologies/linux/product/overview/index.html

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So as we dont have a template (yet) we need to create a new Virtual Machine from the VMM console

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And find a name , Generation 1 is required for Linux VM’s

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Attach the ISO and a select a disk

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And select Oracle Linux for OS type

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And a few minutes later the VM is ready to install

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Start Installer

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Select Basic Storage Device

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And Yes to discard existing data

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Select a host name

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and we need a password

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Select use all space

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And we just need a basic server install

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And we wait a bit to install

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And 5 minutes later we have a running Linux VM

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)