Revamp ConfigMgr's cluster patching, and remove it from PreRelease
Cluster patching feature was added in #SCCM CB 1602, but has been in prelease for a long time. It needs to:
1) Have improved/revamped UI
2) Remove dependency on collections
3) Orchestrate patching for any machines, not just servers/clusters
4) Remove the feature from prerelease
Nudging this to started again… as there are even more updates in #MEMCM 2001.2 and 2002 tech previews.
It would be prudent to 1. include basic documentation on use of feature 2. the feature does appear to be functional but has issues in 1606, tech preview for 1609 does not even mention this feature or improvements to it. 3. This feature should be a number one priority as it is a basic requirement for datacenter automation. 4. No new version preview or production should be released without updates to this feature which is currently broken.
I notice there are more features released in 1606, but the maintenance sequence list only populates in one of my environments... Is there a trick or step that I am missing, or is that a known issue?
Martin Wüthrich commented
the feature is shipped within the Current Branch 1602. Will there be some more information on the TechNet Pages?
Justen H. commented
Take a look at what Infront Consulting has to offer - OPAS; it's a great tool to addon to SCCM. It handles the patching of clusters and other applications or server groups such as web farms or Exchange DAGs - it SO easy to use and is becoming hugely popular.
A must have IMO: http://www.infrontconsulting.com/opas
Hi, I did try this out with a 2 Node cluster. The following happened:
allowed offline 51% - both rebooted at the same time
allowed offline 50% - both rebooted at the same time
allowed offline 49% - none of them rebooted: even though the restart windows indicated, that an automatic reboot will happen, after the grace period, nothing happened. both windows were showing 00s remaining, none of them rebooted.
Nicolas Vaneberg commented
What would be great, would be to be able to create one collection and all clusterer machines as members of it and that sccm could handle that in once. For the moment we need to create one collection for each cluster. I need to work with maintenance windows, so creating x collections + x maintenance windows is not feasible for me. For the tests I had with TEchnical Preview 3, it's a lot of work to configure and maintain it. One collection with all clusters and same maintenance window should be a very great improve. Else i'll continue with Orchestrator runbooks to handle the clusters patching.
René Kierstein commented
True, they talked about it at ignite, but the new feature must include better control with the cluster progress update than presented in the session.
René Kierstein commented
You should consider to include following functionality and error checking:
What should happen if one server in a sequence fails updating? Should the sequence stop and perform a rollback and report the error.
(generally, the ability to rollback software updates deployed by SCCM would be nice)
At least make it possible to configure if the sequence should stop or continue in case of an error.
Using scenario “Specify the maintenance sequence”
Each step should have pre and post script options, including error handling (return codes). This is required to be able to control if a cluster resource is successfully moved to another cluster node before continuing the update sequence
Make sure that the function works with both software deploy and Windows updates.
Make sure that there are good logs. I can foresee some issue troubleshooting a failed update sequence if logging is missing.
Automated Support for patching SharePoint Farms (without having to take the entire farm offline)
Validate cluster services are online pre / post patching
Improved In-console Monitoring for patching critical servers like cluster > more detailed state messages sent back to server > state messages for critical server patching sent through with a higher priority (like the state messages for SCEP are)
Ability to configure alerts for cluster patching .
Ability to configure email enabled alerts for cluster patching failure / success
Ability to trigger Orchestrator runbooks as pre / post cluster patching actions
PowerShell cmdlets to configure cluster patching feature in Config Manager
Ignite session that we were told about this feature coming in 2016.
Thomas Forsmark Soerensen commented
On Ignite we were told that this is already planed for ConfigMgr 2016
Implement native cluster aware patching with SCCM to support cluster aware updating.