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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SCSM Dashboard from Expit in Version 3.0 available

ExpitLogoI have written about the Expit Ensight last Year, now there is a new Version and new Features. Expit is providing Ensight 3.0 as a Dashboard for SCSM.

Dashboard and KPI are very important for Analysts, so Expit is providing a solution for that.

There is a free Community Edition which limits the functionality to Incidents and Problems. The paid Professional Edition has no limitation on Reporting and Dashboard functionality.

Whats New?

Expit done a lot about Performance, so the Console is much faster than the old one. Also in a Environemnt with a lot of Data, the Console is still fast.

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Installation and first look at the new SCSM HTML5 Portal

Hi, today the Update Rollup 8 and the new System Center Service Manager Portal has been released.

Microsoft released a new and fresh HTML5 Version, without the need of Silverlight or SharePoint.

In this Article I want to take a look at the Setup and the look and feel of the new SCSM Portal.

The Portal will show up in a modern UI, Announcements, Caching and some customizations.

Setup

Download the Setup and Management Pack from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49556

First, enable the IIS Role, if you are installing the Portal on a new Server.

The following Features need to be selected

  • ASP.Net 4.5
  • Basic Authentication
  • Windows Authentication
  • .Net Extensibility 4.5
  • HTTP Activation (.NET Framework 4.5 Feature)

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How to add a Category to SCSM Business Service Components

I recently faced the challenge to add custom Category Classes to System Center Service Manager Business Service Components.

I will skip the introduction on how to build custom classes with Visual Studio, cause Marcel did an awesome Job already here: http://marcelzehner.ch/2015/04/13/scsm-quickvids-for-scsm-20122012r2-authoring-video-4-create-a-custom-form-step-1/

I want to show how to create this classes, cause I think someone can also need this.

Preparation

As Marcel showed us in his Videos, we need the related Management Pack as a reference in our Visual Studio Solution.

But what Management Pack?

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