Thursday, March 28, 2013

vSphere: Add a vSwitch that has no access to physical network adapters

I have a few test servers that I wanted to be virtualized but have no access to the campus network or Internet. I also wanted to be able to give those servers access to the Internet or campus network easily for whatever reason. Some good use cases are test environments for domain controllers, SCCM upgrades, you name it.

In vSphere, I created a new vSwitch that does not have access to any physical network adapters. When a particular vm needs Internet access, I can simply change the network settings on that vm's network adapter.

Pretty simple stuff.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Upgrading SCCM 2012 to SP1

Here are the Microsoft TechNet articles that I used to prep for this install.

What’s New in Configuration Manager SP1
Considerations For Upgrading to Configuration Manager SP1
Upgrading System Center 2012 Configuration Manager to Service Pack 1 (TechNet Video)

Run Prerequisite Checker   /bin/X64/prereqchk.exe  (Run As Administrator)

Install the Windows ADK (do this ahead of time if possible)
  [x] Deployment tools
  [x] Windows preinstallation environment
  [x] User State Migration Tool

Make sure you are on "Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 2"

Run SCCM SP1 installer (make sure you run this as the account you installed SCCM with)
(o) Upgrade this Configuration Manager site

MS SQL Server 2012 Express
[x] I accept these License Terms

MS SQL Server 2012 Native Client
[x] I accept these LIcense Terms

MS Silverlight 5
[x] I accept these Licesnse Terms

Download required files (ahead of time if possible)

Preqequisite Checker will run again
  WSUS Warning (I do not use WSUS on SCCM, ignored)

The install took approximately 25 minutes.

To upgrade CM clients to the latest:

Sites node > Hierarchy Settings > Automatic Client Upgrade tab
   [x] Upgrade client automatically when new client updates are available
   2 days (I prefer to have my clients upgraded in a faster schedule than the default 7 days)