Orchestrator Web Console Fails after Upgrade to 2012 R2

This is an issue we have been tracking for a while now. Please see the KB article on how to get around this error. Excerpt: After upgrading to System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator, attempts to start the Orchestration Web Console fails and the following messages will pop up in the browser:Error Executing the current operation[httpwebrequest_webexception_remoteserver]Arguments:…

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What version of VMM am I running?!?

A new KB has been released that makes it simple to know what build of VMM you are running. This is important as you should always be at the latest Update Rollup or Service Pack possible. By knowing your build number you can identify updates that need to be installed. Find your build number on the list,…

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Technical Documentation: Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2

This is the go to source for VMM. Can VMM do x? How do you make VMM do x? Both questions answered in this ~800 page document, with a multitude of links to related information. Keep this one in your VMM toolkit. … and to answer your first question, yes; SC2012_VMM does not reflect that…

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Free ebook: Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

A great free book has been released for App Controller 2012 R2. This is not a product generally covered in this blog, but can be an integral part of your System Center installation. Briefly… an excerpt from the post below. Introduction Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler…

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You may have problems with Virtual Machine Manager if some SPNs are missing

As a support engineer at Microsoft, I see almost daily some issues with Service Principle Names (SPNs). SPNs are as important to VMM communication as DNS. They are attributes on DNS entries that allow other services to find VMM. This is not a new issue, and this article covers how SPNs should be set up…

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System Center Update Rollups!

Two new updates have been released for System Center 2012 and for System Center 2012 SP1. There are many fixes in these rollups, so treat them as mandatory, not optional. Links below. Happy troubleshooting!     System Center 2012 Description of Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2888943   System Center 2012 SP1 Description…

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Free ebook: Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

A great new book has been released from Microsoft Press that covers Orchestrator and the creation of Runbooks very well. As a support professional I found the book to be informative from an architectural perspective, and full of great examples to get started. From the posting on the Orchestrator TechNet blog site: “We’re very excited…

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VMM Repro: Simple tracing for VMM

Supports: VMM 2012 SP1 VMM 2012 R2 VMM Repro captures detailed information on systems involved in a reproducible VMM problem. This is a verbose data capture and should be run for a short period of time while the problem is reproduced. Features It will test to see that the right version of VMM is installed,…

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SCOtrace – Orchestrator Trace Tool

What is SCOtrace? SCOtrace increases the Orchestrator log level, provides time for you to reproduce a problem, then sets all log levels back to their lowest (normal) level. Log files are then gathered for you in a central location. How does it work? Orchestrator activity is logged all the time, whether you know it or…

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Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2012 SP1

This blog focuses on VMM and Orchestrator, and for VMM alone there are 20 fixes in this update. Many of these corrections relate to networking. This update has helped a number of customers I have worked with resolve their issues entirely. Even in a controlled classroom environment (I’m out delivering training this week. Go OKC!)…

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