Managing Nano Server with System Center 2016 TP4 VMM

This week Microsoft has released the Technical Preview 4 for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.

-> http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2015/11/19/make-innovation-easier-with-windows-server-2016-and-system-center-2016-technical-preview-4.aspx

Finally the package bits of the SCVMM agent for the Nano Server are included in the ISO.

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When you are creating your Nano Server image run the following four lines to integrate the SCVMM agent into your image.

dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.basepackagesMicrosoft-Windows-Server-SCVMM-Compute-Package.cab /Image:.mountdir
dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.basepackagesen-usMicrosoft-Windows-Server-SCVMM-Compute-Package.cab /Image:.mountdir
dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.basepackagesMicrosoft-Windows-Server-SCVMM-Package.cab /Image:.mountdir
dism /Add-Package /PackagePath:.basepackagesen-usMicrosoft-Windows-Server-SCVMM-Package.cab /Image:.mountdir

The only thing you have to do is customizing the paths of the parameters /PackagePath: and /Image:.

After you have booted your Nano Server you can easily at the machine to your VMM environment through the Add Resource Wizard.

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As you can see it is the same experience to add a Nano Server to VMM. During the job VMM will check if the SCVMM agent is present on your Nano Server.

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After the Nano Server is under the management of VMM you can set for example the SMB 3 file share as the storage for VMs.

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Actually there is an issue in TP4 that makes it impossible to deploy a Logical Switch onto a Nano Server.

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When you are trying to deploy a Logical Switch the job will fail with the following message.

Error (2927)
A Hardware Management error has occurred trying to contact server ‘nhv-01.cdm.local’ :w:SchemaValidationError :HRESULT 0x80338041:The WS-Management service cannot process the request. The object contains an unrecognized argument: “EnablePacketDirect”. Verify that the spelling of the argument name is correct. .

WinRM: URL: [http://nhv-01.cdm.local:5985], Verb: [INVOKE], Method: [CreateLogicalSwitch], Resource: [http://schemas.microsoft.com/wbem/wsman/1/wmi/root/scvmm/NetTeamManagement]

Unknown error (0x80338041)

Recommended Action
Check that WinRM is installed and running on server ‘nhv-01.cdm.local’. For more information use the command “winrm helpmsg hresult” and http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2742275.

This issue appears only with a Nano Server. Windows Server 2016 TP4 Server Core or Windows Server 2016 TP4 GUI working fine.

I reported the issue on Microsoft Connect and will keep you up to date.

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