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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Unable to Deploy DPM 2012 SP1 Agent to Target Server


It’s sound weird but this is just happening to me. I got a project which just require to deploy DPM 2012 SP1 into the environment which need to protect physical hyper-v server and virtual machine running Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012. The funny thing is I can successful deploy agent to Windows Server 2012 VM but failed to Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Error message that I received is “Error 347:- An error occurred when the agent operation attempted to create the DPM agent coordinator service”


Search using Google and Tech-Net article advice to perform manual agent installation. Tried that as well but failed to load the setup launch Screen.


Thanks to Flemming which has posted the solution.

Here is the summary of the solution which I have taken:-

a) Install

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x64) or

Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) depend on your target guest operating system version.

b) Install .Net Framework 3.5 SP1

c) Re-deploy DPM Agent to the target VMs.

d) If still having the issue, you may want to deploy .Net Framework 3.5 with SP1

Additional resources:-

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Error Failed to Create or Launch Virtual Machine Settings dialog for Virtual Machine Using Failover Cluster Manager snap-in.


Just encountered an error message as display below:-



a) Two nodes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Cluster (Host1, Host2)

b) Some VMs resides in Host1  and some in Host2.

c) We can “Connect” VM using Failover Cluster Manager snap-in but when try to view VM Settings, we received the above error message. This only happen when VM is reside in another host owner. Example:-

VM reside in Host1.

On Host2, use Failover Cluster Manager snap-in to view VM Settings. You will receive above error message.

On Host1, no issue reported.

d) Using another domain account to access to the server


This is how I resolved this issue:

a) Open azman.msc (Authorization Manager snap-in)

b) Open the InitialStore.xml which located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Hyper-V\InitialStore.xml


d) Add the user account that you login to access the Failover Cluster Manager snap-in the Role Assignments | Administrator

That should do the trick and you will not receive any error message when view VM Settings from Failover Cluster Manager snap-in.

Meet Ben Armstrong, Hyper-V Program Manager in MVP Summit 2013


During MVP Summit 2013, our peer Carsten Rachfahl (MVP Virtual Machine) has interviewed Ben Armstrong about the new features of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V. Check out the video

At the end of the video (around 5.30-5.35), you can see me and some of the MVP Virtual Machine shouting “Hyper-V Rock!” as the conclusion of the video. Enjoy the video.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Error Could not update managed code add-in pipeline in VMM 2012 SP1



1. Open VMM 2012 SP1 Console and received an error message:-

"Could not update managed code add-in pipeline due to the following error:

Access to the path 'C:\Program files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager\Bin\AddInPipeline\' is denied"


The following is the step that I took to resolve this issue

1. Navidate to 'C:\Program files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Virtual Machine Manager\Bin\AddInPipeline and change the security permission

a) Add vmm service account – Full Control

b) Add Domain Administrator – Full Control


c) Then open the VMM 2012 SP1 Console. You will not receive any error message.

Back from Microsoft MVP Summit 2013



After a long 35 hours flight, finally I’m back to Malaysia. It was a great MVP summit this year. Now my body just fighting to adjust itself on the jet-lag. Here is some of the photo taken by the MVP .








South East Asia (SEA) MVP



Friday, February 15, 2013

Out Of Office–Journey to MVP Summit 2013



Hi folks,

I will be away to MVP Global Summit 2013, Microsoft headquarters in Redmond ,Washington from 15 – 24th Feb 2013.So during this period, I won’t be blogging and remind myself again of not blogging through out the periods of the event due to strict NDA.

The following items is packed during my journey to the west:-

a) Nexus 7 tablet + Keyboard.- Still guessing will i be blacklisted when bringing other tablet besides than Surface.

b) Powerbank – To keep my gadget running during the flight from MY-> NRT –> LAX –> SEA

c) USB To Go cable – for me to use with tablet and USB Thumb drive (which contains tons of movie to keep me occupy during 30+ hours flight)

d) Laptop – still thinking why I bring this bulky gadget?

e) External USB HDD – to copy stuff (in case). But normally wont have anything to copy back due to NDA.

f) Travel Adaptor – a must items to keep my gadget running.


Do I miss anything behind? Hope not!. See you all after 25th Feb 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Windows Server 2012 Cumulative Update–Nov 2012


This is not a new cumulative update release recently by Microsoft. This update has been released since Nov 2012. I just posted it here so you can at least patch this CU after install Windows Server 2012 operating system.

For more information:-

To Download CU, go to

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Updated Poster:- Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V


[Updated] – Feb 2013

Interested on visual reference for understanding Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V? If yes, please feel free to download the poster from here.

Here is the summary of the contents:-

a) Hyper-V and Failover Clustering


b) Hyper-V Networking


c) Hyper-V Replica


d) Hyper-V Storage


e) Hyper-V VM Mobility


f) Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Architecture


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