SCVMM error 609 deploying from a Template – SOLVED

If you encounter that your SCVMM – System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 are giving you an error 609 when you try to install a new Virtual Machine from a template, you might want to ensure this settings:

  • If you have supplied a KMS key under the “Guest OS Profile” under Library\Profiles – Change it to a KMS key.

SCVMM Guest OS Profile

  • If you forgot to define the OS version of your Template server disk, do it under Library\Library Servers\

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Then try to deploy your template again.

 

How to import existing computer objects to a SCCM 2012 collection with PowerShell

 Sometimes you need to add a lot of different already existing computer objects to a Configuration Manager collection.

 If you are lucky, these objects are placed in another collection or in a AD group, BUT – what if you just got a specific list of computers from someone ells that they would like to have updated with a certain application?

 Instead of adding the computer objects manually to the SCCM collection membership, you can add all object to an existing collection using Configuration Manager 2012 PowerShell.

 First: Create a collection in SCCM with the name you like

 Second: save the list of computers in a 1 column CSV file with the computer names only, remove all other information.

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 Third: Run this script and change the CSV file name and path and SCCM Collection Name.

$computers = Get-Content “c:\temp\computers.csv” | foreach {Add-CMDeviceCollectionDirectMembershipRule -CollectionName “COLLECTION NAME HERE” -ResourceId $(get-cmdevice -Name $_).ResourceID}

 At Last: Run this PowerShell script in the Configuration Manager Console PowerShell windows – at your own risk –  and please test with a single computer object first!

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I hope this tip will help you save some time.

Updating #FEP or #SCEP definitions gives error 0x80248014 – small fix required when using Windows Update as source

If you update Forefront Endpoint Protection from the agent shown below, it will sometime not update its definitions from Microsoft Update unless you have allowed the OS to receive updates from other products than Microsoft.

SCEPGUI

If you encounter something like the error code 0x80248014 below when updating FEP – Forefront Endpoint Protection or SCEP – System Center Endpoint Protection definitions, you need to make a small adjustment.

Microsoft Antimalware has encountered an error trying to update signatures.
New Signature Version:
Previous Signature Version: 1.173.226.0
Update Source: Microsoft Update Server
Update Stage: Search
Source Path: http://www.microsoft.com
Signature Type: AntiVirus
Update Type: Full
User: NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM
Current Engine Version:
Previous Engine Version: 1.1.10502.0
Error code: 0x80248014
Error description: An unexpected problem occurred while checking for updates. For information on installing or troubleshooting updates, see Help and Support.

Forefront Endpoint Protection cannot get Definition updates from Microsoft Update unless you check this box “Give me updates for other Microsoft Products when I update Windows”:

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If SCCM 2012 show this Antimalware Policy configuration, the “Updates distributed from Microsoft Update” will not work until you have checked the box.

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You can use a VB script to change it:

Save the text below in a file with a VBS extension.

Set ServiceManager = CreateObject(“Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager”)
ServiceManager.ClientApplicationID = “My App”
‘add the Microsoft Update Service, GUID
Set NewUpdateService = ServiceManager.AddService2(“7971f918-a847-4430-9279-4a52d1efe18d”,7,””)

Run the below command in an elevated command prompt: cscript optinMU.vbs

 

The reverse step is also possible with a simple alteration:

Set ServiceManager = CreateObject(“Microsoft.Update.ServiceManager”)
ServiceManager.ClientApplicationID = “My App”
‘remove the Microsoft Update Service by GUID
ServiceManager.RemoveService(“7971f918-a847-4430-9279-4a52d1efe18d”)

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2832355

Hotfix and Update List for Windows Server 2012 and R2

Look here to find recommended updates regarding Hyper-V and Windows Server 2012 and R2 installations.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Hotfix and update list for Windows Server 2012 R2 failover clusers

Update list for Windows Server 2012 R2

 

Windows Server 2012

Hotfix and update list for Windows Server 2012 Failover clusters

Update list for Windows Server 2012

HP Proliant BL460c G8 PXE Boot Black screen SOLVED

When booting into Windows PE with the HP Proliant BL460C G8 server (and maybe many others), it will load WinPE and go into a black screen, nothing can be done.

HPProliantPXEBlackscreen

This is because this server does not support WinPE 5.0 (yet) which Configuration Manager 2012 R2 is using.

To fix this problem use the Boot.wim file from a Windows Server 2012 media, and import this into Configuration Manager by using the Console and right clicking “Boot Images” choosing “import”. (Remember to place it on the Distribution Points allso)

Use this image and the servers can now boot again, the downside is that Configuration Manager 2012 R2 does not give full administration possibilities with the WinPE 4.0 image, so it is not possible to import drivers using the console. But none the less it was not nessesary in my case.

I hope it will help you in your struggle.

Update: HP have supplied the following links for this issue, but i have not tested any of them.

  1. Media Driver is missing
  2. Technical White Paper

How to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 in your enterprise

If you are running Windows 8 Pro or some versions below, you can start “STORE” and upgrade to version 8.1 trough here. But in Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you do not have this feature.

Instead: Download the source files for Windows 8.1 that fits your Windows 8 version. Run this  command from the media “setup.exe /auto:upgrade”

This way it is possible to use Configuration Manager to control this upgrade by creating a package with these source files and an installation sequence that has the above commands inside.

You can read this blog for more telling information regarding this feature.

http://windowsdeployments.net/upgrading-to-windows-8-1-in-the-enterprise/

Have a nice day 🙂

How to get drivers for HP Proliant G8 servers into SCCM 2012 R2

If you want to install HP Proliant servers with System Center 2012 (R2), look into the “HP Insight Control for System Center”

Only issue is that current version 7.3.1 only supports System Center 2012 SP1, and Windows Server 2012.

So instead, download the Tool and get hold of the drivers that are build into this ISO file and import them to SCCM 2012 R2.

If you try to install the Tool on SCCM 2012 R2,  you will get this error “CreateBootImagePackage(HP ProLiant Boot Image x64, x64, ) = failed to create wimfile” so decieded to find the drivers instead.

In my situation i needed drivers to do Bare Metal Deployment with Windows Server 2012 R2 on HP Proliant G8 Blades.

The Toolkit can be downloaded here: https://h20392.www2.hp.com/portal/swdepot/displayProductInfo.do?productNumber=HPICE

Documentation can be optained here: http://h17007.www1.hp.com/us/en/enterprise/servers/solutions/info-library/index.aspx?cat=insightmanagement&subcat=icms

When you Mount the ISO you will see these components:

HPInsightFiles

Open “HP SCCM 2012 Integration Kit” and use 7-zip to extract the one hpsccm2012kit-2013.09.0.4.exe file into a folder.

Inside this file you will find a folder called “DRIVERS” – choose your OS and import these drivers to you SCCM 2012 R2 server and choose the ones to import to your Boot Images.

I hope this helps you to find the drivers you need for SCCM 2012 R2 regarding HP Proliant servers.

How to use Powershell Deployment Toolkit – on one laptop

This post is not a step-by-step guide, it is a Collection of informations that i have gathered to make it work for me on one laptop.

Powershell Deployment Toolkit is not perfect, i have experienced a lot of errors, but the latest version 2.5.2509 is better than ever:

The tookit can be downloaded here: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PowerShell-Deployment-f20bb605

Run all scripts in an elevated powershell command promt:

1. Run “Downloader.ps1” to get all required files – will take many hours.

2. Create the two reference OS VHDX files. Server 2012 R2 and Server 2008R2 SP1. All you need is the .ISO file and then follow my other post (EASY!): http://mcloud.info/convert-a-wim-or-iso-file-to-vhdx/

3. Modify the “VariablesAD.XML” with the settings you like, BUT rather move files that change here, the way of success i make as little changes as possible.

4. Change the VariableAD.XML file to Variable.xml and delete the other version.

5. Create the Virtual Switch on your HyperV Manager – Default “CorpNet01” (choose Private, internet access is not required)

6. run “VMCreator.ps1” and it will create all VM’s and push the installation files into the VM’s and the DC01 will be the one to drive the installation, it is save to log in on it when the other VM’s are booting up.

I ran this script on a Dell Pricision M6700 laptop with 32gb og memory and a raid 0 on two SSD drives on Windows 8.1 in a Workgroup. 16gb of memory is pushing it and requires that you pause the VMcreator.ps1 script when it is booting VM’s around half way, so the dynamic memory can drop a bit before resuming the powerhshell script.

So. One laptop, one private (closed) Virtual Network in hyper-v and time.

Troubleshooting PowerShell Deployment Toolkit: http://blogs.technet.com/b/privatecloud/archive/2013/02/27/deployment-troubleshooting-pdt.aspx

Of you want at step by step guide, i can recommend this one: http://adinermie.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/my-experience-with-the-powershell-deployment-toolkit-pdt-part-1-downloader-ps1/

How to convert a WIM or ISO file to VHDX or VHD – Easy

Quite often you will need to convert a WIM or ISO file to VHDX or VHD file.

This will happen when dooing deployments of operating systems mostly.

Today i was preparing for the PowerShell Deployment Toolkit and ran into this fantastic powershell Tool that can convert Windows Server 2008 R2, 2012, 2012R2 Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 .ISO files directly to .VHD or .VHDX.

I can recommend to try WIM2VHD For Windows 8 and 8.1 out, it worked perfectly for me and saved me a lot of time.

http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Convert-WindowsImageps1-0fe23a8f

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