Category Archive: System Center

Aug 14 2017

PowerShell Script: Convert-VMWareVM

In the past couple of days, I have been busy working on a new script to automate migration of VMs from VMWare to Hyper-V, or more precisely to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). You may ask why on earth would I use a script to “automate” a function that already exists in VMM and …

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Jun 29 2017

Migrate from NIC Teaming to SET in Windows Server 2016 and VMM

So you just upgraded your Hyper-V hosts to Windows Server 2016 and read about the new Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) switches and how they make life all roses and butterflies. In this post, we will discuss how to migrate from the traditional teaming in previous versions of Windows Server to the amazing SET virtual switch …

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Jun 29 2017

Ping all VMs in a Hyper-V Cluster

In a perfect world, everyone trusts that their VMs are working properly if Hyper-V or VMM are reporting that it is in a running state. However, sometimes we need to double check things using the most basic tool, PING! In this post, we will walk through a few PowerShell snippets that do the following, Finds …

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Jun 07 2017

VMM is unable to refresh Hyper-V hosts

Error (2916) VMM is unable to complete the request. The connection to the agent 'srvhv5.example.com' was lost. WinRM: URL: [http://srvhv5.example.com:5985], Verb: [ENUMERATE], Resource: [http://schemas.microsoft.com/wbem/wsman/1/wmi/root/standardcimv2/MSFT_NetAdapter], Filter: [] Unknown error (0x80338126)

I recently had to endure a painful issue with VMM and Hyper-V while working on a VMWare to Hyper-V migration project. First let me tell you about the architecture, 2 Hyper-V clusters made of Lenovo blade servers. Each cluster in its own enclosure. 1 VMM cluster with 2 nodes as VMs. One node on each …

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Feb 25 2017

Service Manager Complex Approvals Tutorial: Part 2 – Service Manager: Creating the Service Request

This is the second part of a 6-part post about creating a Service Request with complex approvals in Microsoft System Center Service Manager. The parts are as follows, Introduction. Service Manager: Creating the Service Request. (This Post!) Orchestrator: Check and update Service Request. Coming Soon! Orchestrator: Monitor Review Activity and Custom Approval. Coming Soon! Orchestrator: …

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Feb 06 2017

Orchestrator Runbook: Select Domain Controller with Minimum PS Sessions

Many of the Runbooks I have connect to domain controller to perform an activity using a PowerShell script, and usually this means multiple instance of the Runbook may be running at the same time. These Runbooks require the FQDN of the domain controller to work on. Two challenges lie there, Load balancing: I want to …

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Jan 28 2017

Service Manager Complex Approvals Tutorial: Part 1 – Introduction

I have been playing around with Microsoft System Center Service Manager and Orchestrator lately. The two applications are always better together and you cannot really master one without the other. In this multi-part blog, I will share some of the stuff I learned during the past couple of months. In the form of a multi-part …

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Jan 11 2017

Updating SAP client logon configuration file

The SAP client supports several methods to detect the logon configuration file, this INI file contains information for the SAP client to connect to SAP servers. Normally the file is created in the users AppData folder during first start of the client. Or during setup you can configure a custom SAPLogon.ini file to be used …

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Oct 16 2013

Managing software updates and installation with SCCM 2012 on Windows Server 2012 Core

This is a quick post. I have been working with server core since its first iteration. Also I usually prefer to patch production servers using System Center Configuration Manager. Doing this on a core installation is not a very straightforward process though due to the absence of the GUI. Administrators who are control freaks, or …

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Jun 15 2013

How to deal with SCOM fragmentation alerts?

Have you just installed the Windows Server Management Packs only to find that next Saturday a flood of warnings saying that your drives’ fragmentation levels are high? Well, here is how to deal with this monitor. But first, understand that this monitors runs a check every Saturday at 3:00 AM by default, and running the …

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