If you want to save some time installing all the System Center 2012 R2 products within your production environment or demo lab environment, the HydrationKit is just the way to go!! System Center guru Johan Arwidmark has created a fully automated installation upon MDT 2013! Within just a few minutes, you’re ready to rock!!
Download the HydrationKit for System Center 2012 R2
Special thanks to Johan!! Please visit his blog at http://www.deploymentresearch.com and leave a message for him!!
Microsoft released Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 R2 with updates and fixes for Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager and Operations Manager.
Components that are fixed in this update rollup
• Data Protection Manager (KB 2904687)
• Operations Manager (KB 2904678)
• Virtual Machine Manager (KB 2904712)
Yesterday Microsoft released the Windows Server 2012 R2 Private Cloud Virtualization and Storage Poster and Mini-Posters. This includes overviews over Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, Scale-Out File Server, Storage Spaces and much more. These posters provide a visual reference for understanding key private cloud storage and virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2. They focus on understanding storage architecture, virtual hard disks, cluster shared volumes, scale-out file servers, storage spaces, data deduplication, Hyper-V, Failover Clustering, and virtual hard disk sharing.
Bedsides the overview poster, Microsoft Includes the following Mini-Posters:
•Virtual Hard Disk and Cluster Shared Volumes Mini Poster
•Virtual Hard Disk Sharing Mini Poster
•Understanding Storage Architecture Mini Poster
•Storage Spaces and Deduplication Mini Poster
•Scale-Out and SMB Mini Poster
•Hyper-V and Failover Clustering Mini Poster
You can get the posters from the Microsoft download page.
When you default install an SQL 2012 R2 server, the database collation is “Latin1_General_CI_AS“. But if you want to install System Center Configuration Manager, one of the prerequisites is that the database collation is “SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS“. My SQL server has only one instance, so I had to change the database collation. There are no databases configured yet, so no problem for me at all.
See also the following URL:
1.) Make sure you backup all your data!
2.) Attach the SQL 2012 R2 ISO
3.) Run the command prompt as administrator
4.) Type the following command
Setup /QUIET /ACTION=REBUILDDATABASE /INSTANCENAME=InstanceName
/SQLSYSADMINACCOUNTS=accounts /SAPWD= StrongPassword
4.) After the setup has finished, the database collation has changed. You’re now ready to rock!
In some cases I’ve to create multiple VM’s within my Hyper-V environment. You can choose to create and configure each VM manually, but you can also use PowerShell. Now you can see how powerfull PowerShell really is! I’ve created multiple VM’s within a few seconds and ready to rock! I’ve created the following script. The only thing you’ve to do, is changing some variables
In this example the script will create a new VM named RES-MGN01. The VM will be configured with 2 GB, using Dynamic Memory. The VM is using a differencing disk (VHDK) with a Windows Server 2012 R2 sysprepped parent VHDX, placed on an SSD disk (P: drive) in my server. The virtual switch the VM is connected to, is named NIC – WAN.
$VMName = “RES-MGN01″
$VMMemMaxBytes = 2048MB
$VHDXName = “OS.vhdx”
$VMMemStartup = 512MB
$VMMemMinBytes = 512MB
$VMPath = “E:\”
$VHDParent = “P:\Hyper-V Parents\TMPL-W2012R2DC\Virtual Hard Disks\TMPL-W2012R2DC.vhdx”
$VMSwitchName = “NIC – WAN”
New-VM -Name $VMName -Path $VMpath$VMName -Generation 2 -SwitchName $VMSwitchName
Set-VM -Name $VMName -DynamicMemory -MemoryStartupBytes 512MB -MemoryMinimumBytes $VMMemMinBytes -MemoryMaximumBytes $VMMemMaxBytes
New-VHD -ParentPath $VHDParent -Path $VMPath\$VMName\$VMName\$VHDXName -Differencing
Add-VMHardDiskDrive -VMName $VMName -Path $VMPath\$VMName\$VMName\$VHDXName
Add-VMDvdDrive -VMName $VMName
Start-VM -Name $VMName
2013 was a great year, with a lot of great blogposts, great products and knowledge from the community. With a copple of hours to go, 2014 is there!! Wishing you all the best for the new year and with again some great blogposts! I want to thank all the sponsors for the support on this blog!
For now I want to say everyone…happy new year!!