Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2019 is Now Available

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Hello folks,

I am glad to share with you that Microsoft just released Update Rollup (UR2) in 2020 for System Center 2019. This is the second update rollup that Microsoft released for System Center 2019 after the first Update Rollup (UR1) which was released in February 2020.

Please find the description for each component that is fixed in System Center 2019 UR2 including the new features that are included in System Center 2019 Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and System Center 2019 Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) UR2.

System Center 2019 components that are fixed in Update Rollup 2 are the following:

 Virtual Machine Manager 2019 UR2➡(KB4569533 & KB4569534):

You can obtain and install the update package from Windows Update directly, or Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), or you can go to the following URLs and manually download the update packages:

This UR update has a significant payload for VMM 2019, you can find the issues fixed below (around 12 bugs fixed and functionality updates):

  • VM cross-cluster migration fails intermittently when SOFS file share is used as shared storage.
  • Performance counter data extracted using the rule “Micrososft.SystemCenter.VirtualMahcineManager.2016.CLoudUsageCollection ” is not stored correctly in OperationsManagerDW DB.
  • Performance counter ‘NetworkIOsent’ returning incorrectly as 0 when running the command Get-SCPerformanceData -VM $VM -PerformanceCounter ‘NetworkIOSent.
  • Adding a VLAN in Logical Network properties (Network Site screen) fails by throwing an error message that the IP address should be in the range.
  • If a cluster is provisioned with local disks using external storage and the same drive letters are assigned to disks on different nodes of the cluster, then VMM shows duplicate drives. If a VM is created on one of these disks, then VM refresh might fail.
  • VMM SCOM integration fails with multiple ‘DiscoveryDataInvalidRelationshipSourceExceptionOM10’ exceptions.
  • Port mirroring information configured by SDN gets cleared by SCVMM.
  • Adding a node to a cluster externally via Failover cluster manager and then adding it to VMM makes the node stuck in ‘pending state’.
  • For a VM when a self-service user is granted/revoked access, although the VM is visible, the console connects permissions are not granted/revoked readily. Hence the console connects for the VM fails for the self-service user until VM is refreshed.
  • Creating a VM with VM Template where the answer file is used and either Windows OS 7,8 or 10 is selected, encounters “unable to find a value for one or more required Sysprep parameters” error.
  • Gateway IPv4 frontend subnet is switched to HNV logical network in the VMM console for an existing SDN deployment.
  • VMM making a large number of REST calls to NC as part of the periodic host refresh.

In addition to these, all the issues fixed in System Center 2019 VMM UR1 and prior URs for VMM 2016 are also fixed in System Center VMM 2019 UR2.

Improvements and new features in UR2:

  • Support for Red Hat 8.0, CentOS 8, Debian 10, Ubuntu 20.04 Linux Operating system is added.
  • Support renewal of self-signed certificates generated by VMM.
  • Support for ESXi 6.7 hosts.
  • User experience improvements in creating logical switches.
  • Support for SDN IPv6 deployment.
  • Provision to set affinity between virtual network adapters and physical adapters.

You can run the following PowerShell script that will help you to automate the VMM agent update on all your managed Hyper-V hosts.

# Get SCVMM Admin Account 
$AdminAccount = Get-SCRunAsAccount -Name ‘SCVMM Admin’

# Get Current SCVMM Agent Version
foreach ($VMMHost in (Get-SCVMMManagedComputer)){ 
    Get-SCVMMManagedComputer | FT ComputerName, AgentVersion -AutoSize 
}

# Update SCVMM Agent 
foreach ($VMMHost in (Get-SCVMMManagedComputer)){ 
    Update-SCVMMManagedComputer -VMMManagedComputer $VMMHost -Credential $AdminAccount -RunAsynchronously 
}

# Confirm SCVMM Agent Version
foreach ($VMMHost in (Get-SCVMMManagedComputer)){ 
    Get-SCVMMManagedComputer | FT ComputerName, AgentVersion -AutoSize 
}

Data Protection Manager 2019 UR2➡(KB4563392)

See the following Knowledge Base article for details about these fixes and installation instructions:

The main new features that were included in UR2 release are the following:

  1. Support for SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) using Cluster Shared Volume (CSV). System Center Data Protection Manager 2019 UR2 version introduces the support for protecting and recovering SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances on Cluster Shared Volumes. If you were already using SQL Server on CSVs, you can go ahead and start protecting your SQL DBs with DPM 2019 UR2.
  2. Optimized Volume to Volume Migration. The enhanced migration process migrates only active backup copy (Active Replica) to the new volume. All the new recovery points are created on the new volume while existing recovery points are maintained on the existing volume. This less data transfer compared to the full volume migration approach makes the optimized volume migration process finishes quickly.
  3. SQL Server 2019 support as System Center Data Protection Manager database. You can now install SQL Server 2019 on a remote server, or on the System Center Data Protection Manager server.
  4. Offline Backup using Azure Data Box. With DPM 2019 UR2, Microsoft is adding support for Azure Data Box for offline/initial seeding besides the Azure Import/Export service. With Azure Data Box you can use Microsoft provided disk and save on time and cost of acquiring your own disk. To learn more about Azure Data Box Disk, please check the official documentation from Microsoft.

Please check the following article to learn more about the bug fixes and the new features were introduced in DPM 2019 UR1.

To learn more about System Center Data Protection Manager and Microsoft Azure Backup, I highly encourage you to check my recent published booked here.

Operations Manager 2019 UR2➡(KB4558752)

See the following Knowledge Base article for details about these fixes and installation instructions. This update includes a large number of fixes.

KB4558752 Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2019 Operations Manager.

Orchestrator 2019 UR2➡(KB4569536)

See the following Knowledge Base article for details about these fixes and installation instructions:

KB4569536 Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2019 Orchestrator.

Service Manager 2019 UR2➡(KB4558753)

See the following Knowledge Base article for details about these fixes and installation instructions:

KB4558753 Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2019 Service Manager.

Service Management Automation

There are no updates to Service Management Automation 2019 in Update Rollup 2.

Service Provider Foundation

There are no updates to Service Provider Foundation 2019 in Update Rollup 2.

How to obtain and install Update Rollup 2 for System Center 2019?

Please see each KB article above to obtain the specific installation instructions for each component.

Please remember to try the update first in a dev/test environment before you install them in production!

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-Charbel Nemnom-

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