Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Released

Microsoft recently released Update Rollup 8 for the following System Center 2012 R2 Components:

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager
Windows Azure Pack

For more details about Update Rollup 8 including Issues that are fixed, How to obtain and install and Installation instructions, check KB3096378

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Important note about deployment of Exchange 2013 on Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Based on virtualization requirements for Exchange 2013 on Microsoft TechNet which was update in May 2015, deployment on Microsoft Azure virtual machines is supported if all storage volumes used for Exchange databases and database transaction logs (including transport databases) are configured for Azure Premium Storage.

Exchange 2013 Iaas is supported if all supportability requirements are met.

For more information about Exchange 2013 virtualization requirements, check the below post from Microsoft TechNet:

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj619301(v=exchg.150).aspx

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SCVMM 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is available

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager is now available, some issues are fixed and some features are added to VMM:

New Features:

For more information about new features and list of issues solved by Update Roll up 6 check KB3050317

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System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager Cumulative Update 4 released

Recently Microsoft released Cumulative Update 4 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to solve issues related to:

– Client
– Software distribution and application management
– Network Access Protection
– Operating System Deployment
– Administrator Console
– Site servers and site systems
– Mobile devices
– Migration
– Reporting
– Software updates

additionally CU4 include the changes to the following:

– Windows PowerShell
– Data replication
– Endpoint Protection
– Operating systems other than Windows

The new version of Configuration Manager will be 5.00.7958.1501 and the new version of Endpoint Protection will be 4.6.0305.0.

For more information about what Cumulative Update 4 fix and update, check KB3026739

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How to enable Enterprise Mode for Internet Explorer 11

Summary

Enterprise mode is a compatibility mode feature in Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 arrive as part of Windows 8.1 Update 1 and Windows 7 devices, this feature will helps to improve compatibility of website, this feature is designed for users who still use applications written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer.

Enterprise Mode lets websites render using a modified browser configuration that’s designed to emulate Internet Explorer 8, avoiding the common compatibility problems associated with web apps written and tested on older versions of Internet Explorer. You can only add specific URLs, not Internet or Intranet Zones.

Enterprise Mode available as an update to Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7, Windows RT, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2012 R2.

This feature target users who stuck on older versions of Internet Explorer and can’t upgrade to latest version of Windows and Internet Explorer.

How to enable Enterprise Mode Feature?

You can enable this feature ether by local group policy, domain group policy or by registry.

The following screenshot will show you how to enable Enterprise Mode from Local Group Policy:

  1. Open Run and write gpedit.msc then press OK.

  1. Local Group Policy Editor Console will open.

  1. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Internet Explorer -> Let users turn on and use Enterprise Mode from the tool menu

  1. Set it to Enable

  1. Optionally, specify location of your own list of websites that will be automatically loaded in Enterprise Mode.

    For more information about website lists check:
    Add multiple sites to the Enterprise Mode site list using a file and Enterprise Mode Site List Manager

  1. Close Internet explorer 11 and open it again.
  2. Go to Tools menu and click on Enterprise Mode to enable

If you want to enable this feature from Domain Group Policy:

  1. Open Group Policy Management Console.
  2. Create a new group policy or use current one.
  3. Navigate to Use the Enterprise Mode IE website list setting, and then click Enabled from the following path:

    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Template -> Internet Explorer

If you want to enable this feature from Local Registry:

  1. Open Registry Editor such as Regedit.exe
  2. For all Users navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode

    For current use navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\EnterpriseMode

  3. Optionally, Type the location for where you plan to store your Enterprise Mode site list file. For example:

     

    HTTP location: “SiteList”=http://localhost:8080/sites.xml

    Local network: “SiteList”=file://network/shares/sites.xml

    Local file: “SiteList”=file:///c:\\Users\\<user>\\Documents\\testList.xml

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How to install SQL Server Reporting Service (SSRS) to an existing SQL clustered instance

SYMPTOMS

We all know that SQL Server Reporting Service SSRS is not a cluster aware service, so if we tried to install it on an existing SQL cluster instance we may face the following error during installation:

EXISTING CLUSTERD OR CLUSTER-PREPARED INSTANCE:

RULES “EXISTING CLUSTERD OR CLUSTER-PREPARED INSTANCE” FAILED.

THE INSTANCE SELECTED FOR INSTALLATION IS ALREADY INSTALLED AND CLUSTERD ON COMPUTER “SQL CLUSTER INSTANCE NAME”. TO CONTINUE, SELECT DIFFERENT INSTANCE TO CLUSTER

Solution

We can’t install SSRS on SQL clustered instance through normal installation. Otherwise we will receive the error message above, the solution is to skip the installation rules to install SQL Server Reporting Services in an existing clustered instance. By running the following command:

Setup.exe /SkipRules=StandaloneInstall_HasClusteredOrPreparedInstanceCheck /Action=Install

Now the installation will start without checking rules to install SQL Server Reporting Services in an existing clustered instance, as we can see in the below snapshot:

Now we can see that SQL Server Reporting Service installed successfully:

 

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CU: Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

Summary

On March 28, 2014 Microsoft release Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager to fix issue related to:

  1. Administrator Console.
  2. Mobile Device Management.
  3. Reporting.
  4. Application Virtualization.
  5. Internet-based clients.
  6. Software Center.
  7. Operating system deployment.
  8. Endpoint Protection.
  9. Supported operating systems.
  10. Site systems.
  11. Windows PowerShell.
  12. Wake-up proxy

The following KB’s are also included in CU1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager:

KB2928122 Application contents are duplicated in stand-alone media in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
KB2905002 An update is available for the “Operating System Deployment” feature of System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
KB2910552 You cannot stage a Windows PE 3.1 boot image to a Windows XP-based computer in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
KB2907566 Per-computer variables for imported computers are not read in System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager
KB2913703 Applications that use dynamic variable lists are not installed in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager SP1
KB2918997 A hotfix is available to update the Software Requirements user interface for the Mac software distribution operating system in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager
KB2932274 Description of Windows PowerShell changes in Cumulative Update 1 for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager

 

Important Note: After this cumulative update is installed on site servers, any operating system boot image should be updated.

To download hotfix and for more information, please refer to the following link from Microsoft:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2938441/en-us

 

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