My First Book, SCO 2016 Cookbook

19983349_10213512180022234_3764719510414147102_oHi all, I am feeling really proud, cause my first book has been published a few days ago.

A few months ago, the guys from PacktPublishing asked me to write the System Center 2016 Orchestrator Cookbook. It took not too long to make a decision and this was positive.

So I have decided not only to write an update, I have done a complete makeover of this book.

I have added a lot of new Recipes and have added a lot of my experience from the past 6 years. In the End, we have a complete new book, so go ahead and get your copy.

http://amzn.to/2t8fZmX

Don’t forget to write a Review on Amazon.

Thanks

Michael Seidl aka Techguy

 

SCDPM Presentation at CDC Germany 2017

2017-03-06-10_48_20-Cloud-Datacenter-Conference-Germany-Die-Zukunft-Ihrer-IT-gestalten-and-3-mThis is is just a short Post about my Presentation at CDC Germany this year. See “10 Gründe um Data Protection Manager 2016 zu nutzen” in German Language.

And to make sure, this was an awesome Event organized by Carsten Rachfahl, hopefully I am allowed to speak next year Smile

 

Modern Backup Storage with SCDPM 2016

System Center Data Protection Manager have come a long way, and has gotten some cool new features in the last few years.

Cloud Backup, VMware Support, best Backup Solution for Microsoft Products, support for all the new Server 2016 Features like Storage Spaces Direct, RCT, Virtual TPM, Backup Mixed Mode Cluster and many more.

System Center Data Protection Manager has been always the first choice for our Customers, to provide a perfect Backup Solution of their Microsoft workload, fully integrated in their Microsoft Datacenter and the possibility to store the long term Backup to the Cloud.

 

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So, SCDPM 2016 has been released in Q4 2016 and we got a huge new Feature to store our Backup files called Modern Backup Storage.

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Upgrade to System Center Orchestrator 2016

System Center Orchestrator should be the first Product to upgrade to 2016, so we also will start with SCO.

The Upgrade is straight forward and an easy one, but we have some pre-checks to make sure everything runs smooth.

First we will make a small Health Check to make sure SCO is doing fine, afterwards we proceed with our Backups followed by uninstall 2012 R2 and Installing 2016.

Lets go.

SCO Health Check

We normally use the “Orchestrator Health Checker” to get a quick overview of our environment. You an download the small Tool here:  http://scorch.codeplex.com/releases/view/99063

So take a look at your running and queued Runbooks and make sure nothing important is sill running or not to many Runbooks are in Queue.

After we have made sure that our SCO is healthy, we can take the next step.

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System Center 2016 is here

 

We have been waiting a long time, Microsoft released the new System Center 2016 suite nearly a month ago.

A few days after, also Update Rollup 1 has been released.

As I am mainly related to SCDPM, SCSM and SCO, I will show you all the news around these three Products

So lets take a look, what’s new with System Center 2016.

Service Manager 2016

  • Time to create and update Work Item is reduced
  • Workflows are faster
  • Group and queue calculations improved
  • Faster SCCM and Active Directory Connector
  • Grooming improvements

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Update Rollup 10 for System Center 2012 R2 released

Microsoft released the Update Rollup 10 for System Center 2012 R2.

Update Rollup 9 contains Fixes and Updates for SCDPM, SPF, VMM, Windows Azure Pack.

As we know, there is the possibility that the actual Update Rollup can contain some Bugs, so maybe wait a few days to install, or try it on a Test Environment.

Get all Information’s about Update Rollup 10 for System Center 2012 R2:

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I’m speaking at…

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a lot of cool Events in the near Future. I want to us this Post to give you some Information’s about my upcoming Speaker Slots.

On April 28th 2016 I will speak at the System Center Usergroup Meeting in Linz, Austria. At this Event I will speak about SCOOSP. So this will be the first Public Event in Austria related to SCOOSP, so come in and join. Its absolutely free to attend, for more Information’s got to https://www.xing.com/events/system-center-powershell-user-group-event-austria-1666689/guestlist

 

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The next Event will be really big. Carsten Rachfahl (MVP) is organizing a Community Event with 5 parallel Tracks. There will be 19 MVP’s including myself.

I will talk about SCDPM 2016, and all the new cool Features.

The Event will be in Düsseldorf, Germany on the May 12th, 2016. There are still some tickets available, so hurry up. https://www.cdc-germany.de/

 

 

Michael Seidl aka Techguy

SCSM 2012 R2 and SCCM 1511 supported?

Hi, a lot of people out there, including some of our customers, did an upgrade of SCCM to Version 1511 with an SCSM Connector in use. Than some errors has been reported in the community and MS told us that SCCM 1511 and SCSM 2012 R2 is not supported at this time.

No good News. The Event Log showing Errors with EventID 33333 and 34115 with Messages like “Data Access Layer rejected retry on SqlError:” and “Error writing relationship of type System.MobileDeviceHasOperatingSystem”

Microsoft told us first, they will support SCCM 1511 with SCSM 2016, no good new too.

But MS was surprising us today and announced they will support SCCM 1511 with SCSM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 10.

Additionally, MS told us that each new SCCM Version will be followed by a supported SCSM Version within 4 weeks.

Thanks MS for helping us with our customers.

Michael Seidl aka Techguy

Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2 released

Microsoft released the Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2.

Update Rollup 9 contains Fixes and Updates for SCDPM, SCOM, SCSM, SPF, SCVMM and Windows Azure Pack..

As we know, there is the possibility that the actual Update Rollup can contain some Bugs, so maybe wait a few days to install, or try it on a Test Environment.

Get all Information’s about Update Rollup 9 for System Center 2012 R2: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3129757

Here are some Details

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Check Last Backup, Version 1.3 available

There is a new release of my “Check Last Backup” SCDPM Script. I have done some modification on the Code and added some new Features.

Skip HyperV now reports the span Days, so you can see if there is a Problem.

The query for running Job now ignores Tape Jobs.

And we now create a Summary Report and you will be able to send this via mail.

Hope you like the new Script, here is the Code, at the End is the Link to TechNet Gallery Download. Please rate and comment for new Features.

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