April 21 2015

Melbourne based System Center guru goes it alone!

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I good friend of mine who I met many years ago in the workplace has decided to open up his own consultancy.  For anyone that does work in the System Center space, they would already know Tao  from his fantastic blog over at http://blog.tyang.org/.  Tao is  a technical genius who focuses on the Microsoft System Center stack however he truly lives and breathes SCOM (Operations Manager).  Good luck to Tao and I recommend you check out TY Consulting’s new website over at http://www.tyconsulting.com.au/

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April 4 2013

System Center 2012 SP1 resources

I went hunting for the download of SP1 for System Center 2012 today, but as I suspected this isn’t a public download, it’s only available via MVLS, TechNet etc. I came across a great link that summarises a lot of the information and links that you need to know about for Service Pack 1 of System Center 2012. Head to http://systemscentre.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/system-center-2012-service-pack-1.html for more info.



March 30 2013

Exam 70-247: Config & Deploy Private Cloud with SC2012

Today I took and passed the 70-247: “Configuring and Deploying a Private Cloud with System Center 2012” exam as part of my track to obtain the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.

I found the exam reasonably challenging. The exam focused mainly on VMM & App Controller, a fair bit of DPM, SCSM & SCOM and a little bit of App-V and SCORC.

There is an MVP who has broken down his experience of the exam – http://blog.scsmfaq.ch/2012/07/06/private-cloud-exam-70-247-my-experience/ – I would agree  with the breakdown however my exam was 62 questions and included 2 large case studies.

I’d recommend a very good understanding and experience with VMM & App Controller, and at least a good logical understanding of the remaining technologies before sitting this exam.




June 1 2012

Install VMM 2012 console on non-domain workstation

While most of the time you are going to be installing the System Center Virtual Machine Machine 2012 console on a domain joined machine, I had a requirement to install the console on a non-domain joined machine. You can’t do this via the regular VMM setup as the installer does a check for domain membership as a pre-req and there is no way around this.

So this is how I got it working:

  • Enable the ‘.NET Framework 3.5.1’ feature (pre-req as per http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg610640.aspx)
  • Set PowerShell execution policy to Unrestricted (set-executionpolicy unrestricted)
  • Browse to the amd64SetupmsiClient folder from the VMM 2012 media and run AdminConsole.msi

You should now have a working VMM 2012 console on your non-domain machine.