Thursday, October 9, 2014

First glance: System Center vNext Operations Manager Technical Preview

Along with the announcement of Windows 10 last week, the Technical Previews of the System Center suite and Windows Server was also announced. I finally got round to installing into my lab. Prerequisites match those of System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, with the required SQL version being SQL Server 2014.

The most obvious new feature I can see are a bunch of new widget types for the Dashboards:


I can see some very attractive new dashboards being built. I just played a little bit with some of the widgets, and considering I have nothing monitored yet, this is not too shabby :)


Now to get some agents in and push this puppy.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

First glance: Windows 10

The technical preview of Windows 10 was announced this week and is open to the public (download here). As I was travelling, I had to wait a couple of days before downloading, but finally got round to it this morning. I fired up a new machine in Hyper-V and got cracking.

The installation is pretty straight forward, and looks very much like the previous Windows installers.


And even with only 1GB of memory, the installation took less than 8 minutes to complete.


The OS is responsive, the UI is clean and I love the snappable start menu. I look forward to playing with this new release a lot more over the next couple of weeks for some real impressions.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Windows 2008 VM on Hyper-V in Windows 8

A note to self: If you want to deploy a Windows Server 2008 VM within Hyper-V on Windows 8, the VM needs to be created as a generation 1 VM, not 2. If you use Generation 2, not even switching off Secure boot will allow the installation to go through.

In other news, my lab is now just about built. Not sure why it took me so long, considering I’ve been in my new position for 3 months already.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

AppFabric installation error

While trying to set up a SharePoint 2013 machine in my lab for testing OpsMgr dashboards, I ran into this error with installing one of the prerequisites, AppFabric:

AppFabric installation failed because installer MSI returned with error code : 1603

This solution resolved the problem for me. Issue is caused by an extraneous quote at the end of the PSModulePath in Environmental variables. To resolve, as per th resolution posted:

Incorrect path:

C:\Windows\system32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0\Modules\;C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\110\Tools\PowerShell\Modules"

removing the extraneous " corrected the issue

To change this go to Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> On the Advanced Tab Select Enviroment Variables -> Under System Variables there is a Variable named PSModulePath, select it -> Click Edit -> Remove trailing "


Credit for solution goes to original poster. Really just keeping this here for my own sanity.

Friday, December 20, 2013

SCSM: ETL jobs stuck after upgrade to R2

If you have upgraded your SCSM environment to System Center 2012 R2, you may run into a situation where the data warehouse ETL jobs get stuck.


  • The ETL jobs status shows running, but the jobs are disabled. The MPSyncJob does not complete.


  • Some management packs have a Failed deployment status, and if you try to redeploy them, they fail immediately.
  • Event 33519 in the OperationsManager event log on the DW management server:


3. You have attempted to repair the ETL jobs using this brilliant post by Doug Sigmon, with no luck.



Run the SQL queries as described in this article against the DW Repository, CM DataMart, DW Datamart and OM Datamart databases. Once complete, click on each failed management pack and select Restart Deployment. Within a couple of minutes the management packs should have a completed state (including those that were in a waiting state waiting for the failed MPs to complete) and your ETL jobs should complete as normal.

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