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Thursday, June 25, 2015

System Center Management Packs for Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 Reporting, Library, Discovery and Monitoring and Dedup


Do you feel bored on DPM Standard Reports? It is been few version of DPM that the product came with six standard reports:

  • Disk utilization
  • Recovery
  • Recovery Point Status
  • Status
  • Tape Management
  • Tape Utilization

Standard report were useful for auditing and monitoring basic details for each DPM Server.


However thing start to improve on DPM 2012 R2 with Update Rollup 5 and integrate with SCOM. You can now generate customize report which aggregate data from multiple DPM server.

[ Requirements]

  • DPM 2012 R2 with CU5 or higher
  • SCOM 2012 R2 with CU5 or higher


  • Install DPM Central Console and Role Based Access on SCOM with DPM.
    • Imported default DPM MP
    • Install DPM Central Console
    • Install DPM SCOM Agent on entire DPM Servers
  • Download management pack from here.
  • Import the downloaded management using Operation Manager Console.
  • View report from Operation Manager Console | Reporting workspace | System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager Reporting | DPM Executive Summary Report



New enhancement will include information such as

  • Job success rate
  • SLA
  • Deduplication Space Savings
  • Protected Data Source Overview
  • Backup Duration Summary
  • Total Backup Failure
  • Data Transferred
  • Bandwidth Utilization
  • Storage Utilization


To get SLA, you must execute the following command on DPM Server using DPM Shell

Get-DPMProtectionGroup | where {$_.Name –ieq ‘MyProtectionGroup’} | Set-DPMProtectionGroupSLA –SLAInHours 24


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MS Press Book: Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft System Center Data Protection for the Hybrid Cloud

Part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book helps you optimize your System Center Data Protection Manager environment. It focuses on best practices, design concepts, how-to procedures, and in-depth technical troubleshooting.

  • Shreesh Dubey, Vijay Tandra Sistla, Shivam Garg, and Aashish Ramdas; Mitch Tulloch, Series Editor
    June 2015
    112 pages

Download the PDF (3.48 MB)

Download the EPUB file (4.63 MB)

Download the Mobi for Kindle file (10.3 MB)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Is OpsMgr still relevant in the Cloud?


Savision has just released a new whitepaper written by MVP Cameron Fuller. The Cloud has truly changed how we monitor in Microsoft solutions. In this whitepaper, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller will answer the question: Is Operations Manager still relevant in the Cloud?

The whitepaper covers the following topics:

  • A history of Operations Manager and what conclusions we can draw from that history
  • Cloud first, mobile first, and it’s impacts on System Center
  • The Microsoft Operations Management Suite and how it compares with Operations Manager
  • Monitoring available within Azure, and solutions to monitor Azure
  • The Cloud Platform Stack, WAP, and Azure Stack
  • Architecting Operations Manager to run in the cloud

You can download the whitepaper by Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller by clicking here


Monday, June 15, 2015

Managing Microsoft Azure By Using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2


VMM Administrator Console  is a graphical user interface (GUI) that you use to

  • managing fabric (compute, network & storage)
  • managing private cloud
  • managing virtual machine

Besides that, we also can use VMM Administrator Console to manage Amazon AWS, please feel free to check out our previous post.

Guess what is included in UR6?

Now we can have a single pane of glass to manage Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine by using VMM Administrator Console. Do check out below on how do we able to manage Azure Virtual Machine.


  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2
  • Update VMM to Update Rollup 6
  • Microsoft Azure Subscription


1. Create a management certificate by using makecert.

makecert -sky exchange -r -n "CN=VMMLab2012R2" -pe -a sha1 -len 2048 -ss My "VMMLab2012R2.cer"


2. Upload the management certificate to Microsoft Azure Management Portal. Go to Settings | Management Certificate | Upload

3. Using VMM Administrator Console to add Azure Subscription. Click on Add Subscription from the toolbar (VM and Services Workspace)


4. Enter your subscription details:

  • Display name

  • Subscription ID (get it from Azure Management Portal)

  • Certificate (from previous step)


5. Once added, you will be able to use VMM Administrator Console to perform actions:

  • Start

  • Stop

  • Shutdown

  • Restart

  • Connect to RDP


Unable to Import System Center Virtual Machine Manager Host and Virtual Machine Dashboard MP Because Dependent Management Packs are Missing



  • Would like to Import System Center Virtual Machine Manager Host and Virtual Machine Dashboard MP


Click on Error, will displayed more detail information




  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2
  • System Center Operation Manager 2012 R2


  • Go to SCOM Server and import the following management pack:
    • Microsoft System Center Visualization Component Library.mpb
    • Microsoft System Center Visualization Library.mpb


  • Import again System Center Virtual Machine Manager Host and Virtual Machine Dashboard MP

Download Microsoft System Center Operation Manager Management Pack

For those that has play around with System Center Operation Manager, you may interest on a page which provide entire listed Microsoft MP. Each MP included with version and date release.

We found this page quite useful and may come handy for some of you. Click here to get MP


Note: the page was constantly update when got new MP release

How to Check System Center Operation Manager 2012 R2 Build Version?


[Updated 12 June 2015]

[Build version]

Build version Description Link
7.1.10226.0 RTM
7.1.10226.1009 UR 1
7.1.10226.1015 UR 2
7.1.10226.1037 UR 3
7.1.10226.1046 UR 4
7.1.10226.1052 UR 5
7.1.10226.1064 UR 6

[ Verification]

When you go to Help | About on SCOM Console, it is listed build version as 7.1.10226. How about after apply UR?


Well, it remain the same build number. Hmm, to verify after apply UR, you need to check on the following files:


  • Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Operation Manager\Server
  • Add attributes File version.


Files version 7.1.10226.1064

  • Microsoft Enterprise Management Data Access Service OperationManager.dll
  • Microsoft Enterprise Management Data Warehouse Data Access.dll
  • Microsoft Enterprise Management Health Service Modules DataWarehouse.dll
  • Microsoft Enterprise Management Runtime Service.dll
  • Microsoft Enterprise Management Utility Workflow Expansion.dll


From the result, 7.1.10226.1064 mean our SCOM 2012 R2 has updated with UR6.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Microsoft Remote Differential Compression (RDC) Must Be Registered For Configuration Manager Site Server Installation


Error message:

  • Cannot proceed to install SCCM 2012 R2. Failed during pre-requisite check.
  • Failed on Microsoft Remote Differential Compression (RDC) Must Be Registered For Configuration Manager Site Server Installation.



  • Install System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2


  • Add features Remote Differential Compression by using Server Manager | Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  • Once installed the RDC features, re-run the pre-requisite check and able to passed and continue the SCCM 2012 R2 installation


Friday, June 12, 2015

Hybrid Cloud Visio Stencil

Are you interested on collection of Microsoft Integration Stencil for Visio Stencil?

We as consultant always need to draw architecture, planning and design drawing. Finding a right stencil to do the right work is important and we came across this stencil from Microsoft Technet Gallery. This package contains a set of symbols/icons (258 shapes) that will help you visually represent integration architectures (on-premise, cloud or hybrid scenario) and solution diagrams in visio 2013.

Here is some screenshot of stencil available:






and many more. Interested, please feel free to download from here.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Download Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect

Microsoft has officially released Microsoft Azure Active Directory Connect tool which allow you to integrate your on-premise directory with Azure AD to provide a common identity for accessing both cloud and on-premise resources.
Check out our previous post about AAD Connect:
Click here

Thursday, June 4, 2015

How to Get Workplace Join For Android Devices?


To perform workplace join for android devices, you can do so by :

1. Download Azure Authenticator from Google Play Store :-


2. Once downloaded the app, open the app. The Azure Authenticator app not only provide code for MFA, it also possible to use for workplace join.


3. Click on menu (top, 3 line). Click on Add work account


4. Key in your Azure authentication to enable your device join and access organization resources.



Tuesday, June 2, 2015

List of Mobile Application Management for Android by Using Microsoft Intune


Last week, we have tested on integrate System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Microsoft Intune. We have decided to test latest features: MAM (Mobile Application) which release during Microsoft Ignite.

For MAM feature to work, you need to

  • Upgrade System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 from CU5 to SP1. Do not download from MSDN website. You will realize the size listed on the MSDN website is 6MB.


So where to download?

Well, head to to download it and patch your SCCM server.

Then you can follow the step to publish policy mobile application management by following step from here:

One thing that you need to take note is the correct URL to publish polish mobile application management for Android. Here is the list of application and URL:

Note: Do use straight away use the URL from Google Play Store. Some app is using different URL

Good luck on your testing on mobile application management by using SCCM and Intune.