#SysCtr 2012 R2 is still kicking -VMWare support and more


Waiting for the 2016 wave and stunned by OMS auto-fire in terms of new features and solution pack, we cannot forget our good old System Center 2012 R2. This is the tool that helps today protecting and monitoring our hybrid cloud.
The end of August brought UR11, and UR11 brought the long overdue VMWare support for DPM. So this post is a quick recap and reference for UR11, starting with DPM.

System Cneter Data Protection Manager 2012 R2 UR 11 introduces VMWare support, the binaries of this thing have been around for a long time and eventually they’re available to everyone. They bring:

  • Agentless backup
  • Detection and backup of VMs through vCenter / ESXi v5.5 or v6.0 servers
  • DPM detection and protection at the folder level if customers organize VMs in VM folders in vCenter
  • Protection of VMs that are stored on cluster storage, NFS, or direct attached storage
  • Recovery of an entire virtual machine or individual files and folders by using item-level recovery for Windows VMs

UR11 for OpsMgr is basically bug fixing and some backporting from the 2016 version. most notable fixes based on our use of SCOM:

  • Improved support for OMS with the ability to register non US absed workspaces
  • Support for Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS
  • fixed a memory leak when monitoring network devices by using SNMPv3
  • fixed a bug where alert subscriptions are not always fired for 3 state monitors
  • fixed an annoying event log error when using local runas accounts, such when you have workgroup machines
  • fixed a very annoying lock condition that affects anyone who develops Management Pack in mpb format. Now they can be imported multiple times without using powershell or closing and restarting the console after each import.

…and speaking of SCOM, a new preview version of the SQL Management Pack is available from the download site with a ton of needed fixes.

-Daniele
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