How to add a product key when you are installing System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.

September 3, 2014

Once your installation is complete it’s time to make sure you apply your license key. As you know there isn’t any prompt for adding the license key during the installs.

Instead it’s a Post-installation task you must perform.

The process I really simple. We use the PowerShell Set-SCOMLicence cmdlet.

1. Open an elevated PowerShell prompt. (Run as Administrator).

2. Type import-module operationsmanager.

3. Type New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection to connect your management group

4. Run the command Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId “<yourlicensekey>“

5. Check the settings by running the command:

Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration –a

You may have to restart the Management server/-s to make sure that these changes are registered correctly.

Study guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409

May 20, 2014

Veeam are providing a “Free Study Guide for Microsoft Certification Exam 74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center

The guide is a 150 page pdf document that covers the exam objectives in 8 chapters.

You will learn about:

  • Virtual Machine Settings
  • Virtual machine storage
  • Hyper-V Virtual Networks and virtualization networking
  • Implementing virtual machines
  • Managing Virtualization Hosts and Infrastructure
  • Hyper-V Failover Clustering and Failover Clustering Roles
  • Virtual Machine Movement
  • Monitoring and disaster recovery

74-409, 70-246 and 70-247 and how they work together

January 4, 2014

I got a question on twitter regarding the new Microsoft exam 74-409 and the Microsoft Private Cloud exams 70-246 and 70-247.

The new 74-409 Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center exam is as I see it a replacement for the old MCTS/MCITP Exam 70-659 Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization.

Server virtualization is a foundation for a cloud implementation. If you stay on premise in a private cloud, reach out to add online resources in a hybrid cloud or simply move your workload online into a public cloud.

Microsoft Private cloud exam 70-247 Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 teaches you how to use System Center to build your private cloud.

70-246 Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 teaches you how to integrate and maintain your workload in that cloud.

If you haven’t started studying for the Microsoft exams I would suggest that you start with 74-409 followed by 70-247 and 70-246, top that off with a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012 and you are Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE): Private Cloud + Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and System Center.

By the way you know that you can get the 74-409 for FREE 🙂 Check out this article to get started.

Earn Your Microsoft Certified Specialist: Server Virtualization Title with a Free Exam

Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

October 21, 2013

Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

There is an updated article regarding the Upgrade Sequencing for System Center 2012 R2

The article has been updated to reflect these changes. When reading blog posts like this. Always look at TechNet for the most up to date information.

First of all if you plan on upgrading more than one System Center component it is important to read the upgrade guidelines in the product documentation. It will save you a lot of time.

It is important that you understand the order to upgrade System Center if you do not follow the sequencing guidelines you might end up in a non-recovery situation

The upgrade order for System Center components are as follows:

  1. Service Management Automation
  2. Orchestrator
  3. Service Manager
  4. Data Protection Manager (DPM)
  5. Operations Manager
  6. Configuration Manager
  7. Virtual Machine Manager
  8. Service Provider Foundation
  9. Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server
  10. Service Bus Clouds
  11. Windows Azure Pack
  12. Service Reporting
  13. App Controller

Since Orchestrator is the first System Center component to be upgrades we better start upgrading it first.
I will perform this upgrade in my Lab environment and I currently use a single server installation with a separate database. I will point out the differences along the way if you have another setup in your environment.

There are some things that we need to do prior to installing the new version

1. Let your runbooks finish and make sure no runbooks are running.

2. Verify that you don’t have any pending restarts.

3. Backup your Orchestrator database (Full backup)

4. Verify that your hardware, software and OS version specs meet the requirement of System Center 2012 R2

5. Put all orchestrator servers in maintenance mode. (SCOM or your other monitoring software)

6. Uninstall all Orchestrator components management server, Runbook Designer, runbook servers and Web Service.

Do not uninstall any integration Pack (IP) at this stage. Leaving the System Center 2012 IPs in place makes sure that current functionality continues to work until the other components are upgraded. The old integration packs will continue to work until you upgrade the subsequent components, for example after the System Center 2012 – Service Manager upgrade (which is next in line) you will also deploy a new Integration Pack.
After the upgrade you will be able to run integration packs for a:
System Center 2012 component
System Center 2012 SP1 component
System Center 2012 R2 component
You can’t perform an in place upgrade, following message is displayed if the software isn’t uninstalled.


7. Install the Orchestrator management server
Click Install

8. Enter your registration information. Note that if you don’t provide a product key Orchestrator will be installed as an evaluation edition.


9. Select the features to install. If you want to separate your features you just select the Management Server. To install Orchestrator across multiple servers is a wise thing to do. I will post a separate post explaining why in the next day or so.
Management Server
The management server deploys runbooks and Integration Packs to the runbooks server and the runbook designer
Runbook Server
Runbook Servers handle running instances of active runbooks. Runbook servers require active communication to the Datastore (part of the Management server installation) Atleast one runbookserver is required per installation.
Orchestration Console and Web Service
The Web Components consist of the Orchestration console and the Orchestrator Web Services. The Orchestration Console enables real time monitoring and control of runbook operation and status from a brower based interface. The Web Service allows developers to build automation that interacts with Orchestrator runbook operations.
Runbook Designer
The Runbook Designer provides for creation, modification, testing and activation of runbooks and includes the Runbook testing Console.

10. Read thru the license terms and accept to continue.

11. Checking for required hardware and software

12. Configure the service account

13. Configure the database server

14. Configure the database and select existing database

15. Configure Orchestrator user group. This can be a local group or an Active Directory

16. Configure the ports for the web service. (port 81 and 82 are the default ports)

17. Select where to install.

18. Microsoft Update
I select Off (I update my environment with a local WSUS installation.)

19. Chose if you are willing to participate in the Customer Improvement program and how you will participate in Error Reporting.

20. Installation summary, review the selections for the components you are installing.
Click install to continue.
To change something click the appropriate Change link or click previous

21. Installing features

22. Finsished
Note the checkboxes that will launch Windows Update, visit System Center Orchestrator Online or wheter to launch the Orchestrator Runbook Designer.

23.Start your runbooks.

27. Take the Orchestrator servers out of maintenance mode.

28. Return to the Upgrade Sequencing Guide, next up is System Center Service Manager 2012 R2 Ler

C you in the next post, upgrading System center Service Manager 2012 R2

Start upgrading, you know I do

Mark Your Calendars Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET The R2 Wave is Coming

October 16, 2013

I have read across twitter about the anticipation about Brad Andersons blog post,

Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!

But since I live in Europe I don’t have to wait that long Ler

Microsoft will start this off at 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand that makes it Thursday 17 Oct kl 13:00 CET. So we in Europe have less then 24 hours to wait for the update.

Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 will be provided as a free update. If you have installed the preview of Windows 8.1 there will be no update, how ever my friend and collegue Niklas Åkerlund @vNiklas has made a blogpost that makes that possible. Upgrade Windows 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM with some quirks

But there is more J that also marks the time where we can start expecting the download of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!

Keep an eye on the TechNet Evaluation Center…


You know I will!

The summer break is over, no sleep ‘til Christmas!

August 19, 2013

Autumn is approaching even if i try my hardest to resist the colder weather. I probably will use shorts until the first frost

I kick off with delivery of two Microsoft Private Cloud classes at Cornerstone in Stockholm.


I start with the Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and then continue the following week with Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012

The corresponding exams 70-246 and 70-247 adds to the MCSA on Windows Server to the MCSE Private Cloud.

It’s going to be great fun, so if you are interested hurry up and get your seat.

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012

September 10, 2012

The TechNet technical documentation has been updated to match the release of System Center 2012 SP1.

The documents where recently updated e.g. September 2012 and now includes references to Windows Server 2012 and SP1. The previous version had references to Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2.

System Center 2012 Technical Documentation

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – App Controller

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Orchestrator

Technical Documentation Download for System Center 2012 – Service Manager