Hello everyone,

I’m happy to let you know that Microsoft has just released an update rollup for System Center 2012 R2 6.

Here you will find a description of the components updated in System Center 2012 R2 UR6 and the new features added to Virtual Machine Manager:

Virtual Machine Management (KB3050317):

    • Add Azure subscription feature: Using the Add Azure subscription feature in Update Rollup 6, Virtual Machine Manager administrators can add Microsoft Azure subscriptions to the VMM and perform basic operations on Azure instances in those subscriptions. This feature is included in Virtual Machine Manager in Update Center 6 for System Center 2012 R2. You can view each Azure subscription that you add on the console to see all instances of the role in all deployment groups for that subscription.
      What you can do with this feature
      If you already manage your local virtual machines in Virtual Machine Manager, you can use this feature to perform some very basic functions in Azure instances without leaving the VMM console. For example, you can do the following:
      • Add or delete one or more Azure subscriptions using the VMM console.
      • See a list view of the details and states of all role examples in that order.
      • Manually update the instance list.
      • Perform the following basic operations for instances:
        • start
        • Stop
        • Extinguish
        • Restart
        • Connect via RDP

      See more information Adding an Azure subscription to a VMM by using the System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6.

    • Improved E2A ASR protection scenario: With Update Rollup 6 in Virtual Machine Manager, it is easier to find and fix an issue that sometimes occurs when you configure Azure Site Recovery (ASR) protection. This issue occurs when you want to add ASR protection to local virtual machines and you have the following virtual machine features:
      • No operating system version specified
      • There are no indications as to which disk contains the operating system of the virtual machine

      These features need to be configured because Azure Site Recovery requires them. In Service Pack 6, a clearer set of error messages is displayed in the Jobs pane in VMM if you try to configure a virtual machine that does not meet the requirements.
      For more information on ASR requirements, see
      Conditions and support In the Azure Site Recovery Planning Guide.

    • Possibility to use 2nd generation virtual machines in services and virtual roles: In Update Pack 6, VMM now provides support for 2nd generation virtual machine services and VM roles. This feature allows you to deploy multi-level services and select the virtual machine generation for individual levels. Users can serve these service instances with a standard and image-based service.
      See more information
      Understanding 1st and 2nd generation virtual machines in VMM.
    • General rules for network access in the management package: This change introduces two rules that apply to Hyper-V servers:
      • Total traffic collection rule for the incoming VNic network
      • Total traffic collection rule for the outgoing VNic network

      These rules measure the size of total incoming and outgoing traffic in kilobytes / VNic / virtual machine as follows:
      For each virtual machine:

      1. Enable Hyper-V measurement if not in use.
      2. Run Measure the VM.
      3. Collect measurement data for each remote address “0.0.0.0/0” or “:: / 0” per VNic.

      These rules are executed by default every hour. Users can override this setting if they wish Interval seconds property. These rules should not be performed more often than every five minutes (300 seconds).
      Behavior in previous versions: VMM did not measure data consumption. It only measured permeability.

    • Option to replace cloud services and host group capacity with replica virtual machines: With System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Management, you can put your virtual machine in a replicated cloud or host group if they fit your capacity settings. Until now, VMM assumed that all resources reserved for replica virtual machines were in use. Therefore, a virtual machine did not allow you to place replica virtual machines in a cloud or host group if it would increase the total load of all replica virtual machines outside the cloud or host group capacity.While this behavior ensured that all replica virtual machines could boot at the same time, it could cause atypical use of replica clouds and host groups. This happens if you try (company or server) to put more virtual machines in the cloud or on a host group. In other words, if you have overbooked a copy cloud or host group. In Update Rollup 6, you can bypass clouds and host groups in a VMM by specifying the following registry key for the VMM:Location of the register: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE Microsoft Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager Server Settings Placement
    • DWORD Name: SkipMemoryForStoppedReplicaVM
      DWORD value: 1
      Entry If the placement subkey does not exist, create it

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:
3050317
System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Update Rollup 6.

Components that are fixed in Update Rollup 6:
System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Application driver:

There are no updates for this component in this update collection.

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Privacy Policy (KB3030574):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3030574 System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager Update Rollup 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Operations Manager (KB3051169):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3051169 System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Update Rollup 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Orchestra:

There are no updates for this component in this update collection.

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Service Manager (KB3039363):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3039363 System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager Update Rollup 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Service Provider Foundation (KB3050307):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3050307 System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator – Service Provider Foundation Update Pack 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Service Reporting (KB3050321):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3050321 System Center 2012 R2 Service Reporting Update Rollup 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Windows Azure Pack (KB3051166):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3051166 Windows Azure Pack R2 Update Rollup 6

System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6 is now available #SysCtr #SystemCenter #VMM 1 Windows Azure Pack Websites (KB3051142):

For more information about the following fixes and installation instructions, see the following database article:

3051142 Windows Azure Pack Sites Service Pack 6

How to obtain and install the System Center 2012 R2 Update Rollup 6.

See the KB articles above for detailed installation instructions for each component.

Warning: Be sure to try the update first in the dev / test environment before installing them in production!

Good testing Smile

Cheers,
/ Charbel

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