Creating Linux VM Templates with System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager

Configuring a VHD for use in a Linux VM template involves the following steps:

  1. Create a virtual machine (or use an existing one) and install your Linux operating system.
  2. Install or update the latest Hyper-V Linux Integration Services
  3. Install the VMM Agent for Linux – the VMM Agent for Linux is a small agent that receives incoming configuration from VMM and applies the OS configuration.  Following a successful VM deployment, the agent removes itself.
  4. To make this prepared VHD available for templates: shut down the VM, and copy the VM to a VMM Library share and refresh the VMM Library.

The steps to create a VM Template are:

  • In the Library pane of the VMM console, launch Create VM Template
  • Select Use an existing VM template or virtual hard disk stored in the library, click Browse, and select your template VHD

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OpsMgr UNIX/Linux updates

Updates were released this week for UNIX/Linux features multiple versions of OpsMgr, with a good selection of fixes:

CU7 for SCOM 2007 R2 fixes the following issues for UNIX and Linux monitoring:

  • Logical disk performance statistics are not collected for some volume types on Solaris computers.
  • Some Network Adapters on HP-UX computers may not be discovered.
  • Network adapter performance statistics are not collected for HP-UX network adapters.
  • The Solaris 8 and 9 agent may not restart after an ungraceful shutdown.

The HP-UX managements have also been updated for 2007 R2, available in catalog or here.

For 2012 and 2012 SP1, fixes related to UNIX and Linux monitoring are delivered in MP updates. The fixes are described in the KB articles for the Update Rollup releases:

System Center 2012 – Operations Manager

  • When multiple process monitors are used to target the same computer or group, processes may incorrectly monitor some template instances.  Additionally, problems with the monitored processes may not be detected. This issue occurs when each process monitor uses the same name as the process even though different argument filters are used in each process monitor.
  • Logical disk performance statistics are not collected for certain volume kinds of disks on Solaris-based computers.
  • Certain Network Adapters on HP-UX computers may not be discovered.
  • Network adapter performance statistics are not collected for HP-UX Network Adapters.
  • Logical disk performance statistics are not collected for certain kinds of device on Linux-based computers.
  • In Solaris operating systems, memory that is used for the ZFS Adaptive Replacement Cache is considered used memory incorrectly.

UR1 for System Center 2012 SP1 – Operations Manager

  • When multiple process monitors are used to target the same computer or group, processes may incorrectly monitor some template instances.  Additionally, problems with the monitored processes may not be detected. This issue occurs when each process monitor uses the same name as the process even though different argument filters are used in each process monitor.

For both 2012 and SP1, the UNIX/Linux MPs can be found here.

I’d also recommend checking out Bob Cornelisson’s notes on the updates:
http://www.bictt.com/blogs/bictt.php/2013/01/09/ur1-for-system-center-2012

http://www.bictt.com/blogs/bictt.php/2013/01/09/cu7-for-scom-2007-r2