SCVMM 2016 with cu4 can not add more than 64 vCPUs

We have some demands on BIG-ASS VM´s and in our new environment with System Center 2016 and VMM 2016 we tried to add a hardware profile with more than 64 vCPU´s as now in Hyper-V 2016 we can have a VM with 240 vCPU´s and 12 TB of ram, but that cannot be done 🙁

We have also updated with the latest SCVMM CU4 but still no success! Neither via GUI or via PowerShell!

We installed a new Preview of SCVMM 1711 to see if it was any difference and guess what! It has finally been updated but we would much rather see it also comming in a CU in the near time for VMM 2016 as we cannot deploy a preview of the semianual into production..

The gui also have been updated for a hardware profile where it clearly states that it has to be a gen2 vm and also the OS cannot be lower than 2016 for both host and vm

 

Download System Center preview 1711 VHD´s with PowerShell

I have updated my PowerShell Script that download the evaluation VHD´s of System Center with the latest 1711 release and now you can utilize that and get all or selected System Center components you want to evaluate in your environment.

 

System Center 1711 preview version available now

As announced on Microsoft Ignite System Center will start with a new release cadence and now the first one is available as version 1711 (as it is 2017 and november)

You can if you want to evaluate it download as preconfigured VHDs:

good luck and explore

System Center 2016 Update Rollup 3

UR 3 for System Center 2016 have started to surface now and in the windows Catalog I have found VMM and SCOM 2016 UR3 packages. There are quite a few fixes and if you have a dev or stage environment you should start to evaluate this new rollup!

SCSM 2016 UR3 could be found in the download center at this link

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4014528/update-rollup-3-for-system-center-2016-virtual-machine-manager 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4016126/update-rollup-3-for-system-center-2016-operations-manager

https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4019979/update-rollup-3-for-system-center-2016-service-manager

There are no UR3 for DPM,Orch, SMA and SPF as according to this page: https://support.microsoft.com/en-ph/help/4020906/update-rollup-3-for-system-center-2016

 

 

 

 

 

Installing System Center VMM 2016 and SQL 2016 on Windows Server 2016 Core

I am a firm believer that Servers should not be used for the wrong things and thus I have now installed the new System Center VMM 2016 on a Windows Server 2016 Core.

In my home lab I do not have so many hosts so I have used the opportunity to install the SQL 2016 on the same core instance.

As I am installing the SQL on the same machine I had to enable the .net 3.5/2.0 feature on this server and yes I know and can´t agree more, please remove this requirement dear SQL team and move to the future!

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SQL 2016 does not support installing via the wizard on server core so I used the command line way (by the way based on this information req page it is not supported on Windows 2016 core yet 😉 )

Although it is not supported with the wizard for sql install on core it do show some progress through a graphical dialog…

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So once that was up and running I installed the ADK for windows 10, and I used the one for Windows 10 1607.

And then I could start the VMM install. And yes there is a command line way of installing the VMM but this time I wanted to see if I could use the wizard in core!

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During the installation the wizard complained about my memory that I had assigned to the VM that I was installing on and I could with the superduperfeature in 2016 add more to the running VM without doing any stop and start!

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After that I had no more issues and the installation completed successfully!

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Well once installed I had to do some patching as at the same time VMM 2016 was released Microsoft also announced the availability of CU1 🙂 and trying to use the short cut from the installation dialog fails on a Server core as those GUI parts are not present! I can though use the Sconfig and the “Download and install updates” option to get the updates I want…

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Happy playing!

Deploying VMM 2016 will require SQL 2012 SP2 or later

Revised: Based on the SQL req page that have been updated it now is supported to run on SQL standard and from SQL 2012 SP2, the following link on the VMM page though still says 2014 Enterprise but that will be updated. My MVP friend Anders Asp have got info that I share here:

“Official MSFT statement: That is likely a carry over from earlier TP content when we had a bug that installation would fail on Std SQL(TP3?). Standard should work.”

//As you can see the System Center VMM 2016 GA will require a SQL 2014 Enterprise or later, so you will not be able to use a standard SQL to be supported. So if you are upgrading from a VMM 2012 R2 you will also have to upgrade your SQL to the Enterprise level.//

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The SQL instance solely used for the System Center is included in the System Center licensing.

Download SysCtr 2016 VHD eval with PowerShell

Hi and hello,

As you maybe know by now the System Center 2016 suite and Windows Server 2016 was released this week during the Ignite conference in Atlanta

I have updated my script that you can use to download the Evaluation VHD´s with all System Center 2016 roles in an easy format ready to import into Hyper-V

Enjoy and start playing!

 

SC VMM bare metal deploy with UEFI enabled host

During last week I was working on some bare metal deployment on some Hyper-V hosts with System Center VMM. We had deployed them before using legacy boot but now we had updated the BIOS to latest version and got into some trouble.. Maybe it was because of the HPE instead of the HP 😉

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During the deployment the WinPE got an error and could not connect to the VMM server,

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We tried to update NIC drivers and stuff on the WinPE image but that did not help. During the testing we started the server and configured it to boot with EFI instead of legacy boot and olala it worked to connect to the VMM server but thus as the Hyper-V VHD was MBR we got the following error:

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The easiest way I could think of right there and then was to create my new GPT based VHD to boot the Hyper-V host with a powershell convert script from the original MBR vhd. The script required to be run on a Hyper-V host so I connected to one of the Hyper-V nodes in the test cluster and ran the script on a patched VM that was sysprepped:

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And once that was done I had to update the Physical profile to set the disk to GPT instead of MBR:

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And now the deployment worked nicely all the way!

 

Download SysCtr 2016 TP4 VHD´s with PowerShell

I have been using and publishing my script for easily download all the VHD´s for evaluating and testing the technical previews of System Center 2016 and now it is time for the TP4! These pre-installed VHD´s make it quite easy to spin up some of the System Center Suite as VM´s on your Hyper-V box within minutes once downloaded.

Here is the script for your convenience and start playing with the new release!