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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
System Center Service Manager

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.

System Center Update

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

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.

System Center Service Manager

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)
System Center Service Manager

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?