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Windows Server 2012 inplace upgrade to Windows 2012 R2

Getting ready for the Windows 2012 R2 release. I was searching for the inplace upgrade procedures but couldn’t see any blog or technet writeup if its supported or how should we get this done.

As expected, Windows  Server 2012 can be upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2. ie inplace upgrade is supported. I just tested with a standalone HyperV node with the in place upgrade and successfully completed Windows 2012 R2 installation.

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The compatibility check will detect the applications and report in case of any issues.  I had few VMs which was running at the time of upgrade. And thus the compatibility report clearly says that Virtual machines are ON and needs to turned off before starting the upgrade.

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After turning off the VMs, I was able to proceed with the next step.

 

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And thats all. In approximately 30 minutes, the server got upgraded. HyperV service was all fine and VMs are perfectly running.

Cheers

Shaba

 

MPIO and Windows 2012 Server

I was trying to configure Multi-path software for a new cluster which is using Dell Compellent storage. Installed MPIO feature and was trying different options to get it configured. However, after each reboot, I still see two disk for each volume.

While trying to discover the Multipath from MPIO graphical interface, I noticed an error.

The program can’t start because MSVCR100.dll is missing from your computer

 

MPIO Error

If I click on OK, Configuration will continue and end up in a reboot prompt. After reboot, I will still see two disk for each volume.

At last, I got a write-up which gave me a clue that this is a generic error where VC++ redistributable is missing. So on the next node, I tried it and it was successful.

The first step before starting MPIO configuration was installaing Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 Redistributable Package (x64)

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=14632

And then proceed with MPIO configuration. From MPIO control Panel, Select Discover Multi-Path and then select Compellent from the list of devices listed. After that, Click on Add. System will configure MPIO and may take few minutes to complete.

 

Configuring MPIO on Windows 2012 Server

Configuring MPIO on Windows 2012 Server

At the end of configurations, a reboot prompt will be displayed. To complete MPIO configuration, Proceed with a reboot.

 

 

SCVMM 2012 SP1 – Installation guide – Part 2

After completing the per-requisites which I mentioned on my last post – scvmm-2012-sp1-installation-guide-part-1 , I moved further with the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Sp1.

Mount the ISO image for SCVMM 2012 Sp1

Run Setup.exe

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 1

Click on Install

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Select the features to install

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 3 - Product Registration

Read the license agreement :) and accept the terms and conditions.

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 4 - Agreement

License – Terms and Conditions

If you wish, Opt for Customer Experience improvement Program (CEIP)

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 5 CEIP

CEIP

Configure Microsoft update for SCVMM.

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 6 - Microsoft Update

Microsoft Update

Select the installation path

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 7 - Installation Path

Choose Installation Location

 

Enter the SQL Server name, Instance name and DB Name. In my case, I was already having an instance name which was used for the SCVMM 2012 SP1 Beta. On the same instance, I opted for a new DB.

 

SCVMM 2012 Sp1 Database Configuration

Database Configuration

Configure Service account and the DKM location.

 

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SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation – Configuring Service Account and Distributed Key Management

Configure the port details. The default ports will be listed out and if you want to make it into custom, you can change it here.

 

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - Configuring Custom Ports

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation – Configuring Custom Ports

Configure Virtual Machine Manager Library. If you already have one, you can choose it. Else, the same server will be configured as a library server.

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - Choose VMM library or Create a new library

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation – Choose VMM library or Create a new library

Verify the settings and click on Install

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation

Installation Summary

Installation will start and you can see the components getting installed

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation - 15 - Installation Progress

And finally we will get the Completion note.

Installation Completed Successfully

Installation Completed Successfully

Go ahead with opening the SCVMM console.

 

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SCVMM 2012 Sp1 Console launch

SCVMM 2012 Sp1 Console

SCVMM 2012 Sp1 Console

 

Few errors/warning if you don’t have the prerequisites

Windows Assessment and Deployment kit not installed

SCVMM 2012 SP1 Installation -Error-ADK

SQL Commandline utilites not installed

Warning  - SQL Commandline Utilities not installed

Warning – SQL Commandline Utilities not installed

Service Account used for SCVMM is not a local administrator on the sever

Service Account not local administrator

Service Account not local administrator

Distributed Key Management – Delegation incorrect

Service Account dont have privilege on AD

Service Account dont have privilege on AD

 

 

 

 

SCVMM 2012 SP1 – Installation guide – Part 1

I got System Center 2012 Sp1 downloaded today. The next immediate thought is why should I wait – So I did the installation immediately.

Before we start the installation – Please take care of the below mandatory points

  • Windows patch updates
  • Windows Assessment and Deployment tool kit
  • SQL 2008 /SQL 2012 Command line utilities
  • Service Account for SCVMM
  • Create specific container in AD for Distributed Key Management
  • Delegate rights for SCVMM service account on the Distributed Key Management OU

Windows Assessment and Deployment tool kit

Download the installation files from the below location.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652

Start the installation

BeforeStart-ADK Installation

Chose the Installation path.

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Select the required features.

Click on Install – This whole process took 30 minutes for me to complete.

BeforeStart-ADK Installation - Completed

SQL Command Line Utilities

The first step is to install SQL Native Client.

For downloading SQL 2008 R2 –  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16978

For downloading SQL 2012 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29065

BeforeStart-SQLCMDLineUtility-Nativ Client

After SQL native client installation, Proceed with SQL  Command Line utilities.

For downloading Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 R2 Command Line Utilities  –  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=16978

For downloading Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Command Line Utilities  – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29065

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Service Account and Permission Delegation on Distributed Key Management OU

Create a service account

Create an OU to for Distributed Key Management

Right click the OU and click on properties

On Security tab, Click on Add

Select the Service Account and Click on OK

Assign Read, Write and Create Child Items for the service account

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I will detail you on the installation step on my next post.

Cheers !

Shaba