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Service Manager LyncUp Summary March 2015

Maybe you already heard about the regular Service Manager LyncUp calls hosted by Kathleen Wilson and the Service Manager product team. I join the calls whenever I can, but often I just can’t make it. Fortunately the calls are recorded! And since I always forget about the stuff which was discussed in the call I decided to summarize the calls and share them here. I will try to do this for future calls too and share these summaries as well. Hopefully a bit more closely to the release date of the recording 🙂

Please let me know if I forgot something important and also if I interpreted something wrong 🙂 You can always download the recording and the slides from here. Availability of the recordings is announced on the official Service Manager blog. The next call is scheduled to take place on April 21st, 9 am PST. 

Update Rollup 5 Hotfix

First of all, if your data warehouse server does not use Month-Day-Year time format, then an event “The conversion of a navchar data type to a datetime datatype resulted in an out-of-range value” is logged in your Service Manager Data Warehouse, and extract job no longer runs after installing Update Rollup 5.

The Service Manager team now released a hotfix which addresses this issue. The hotfix should be installed after UR5 and will also be part of Update Rollup 6. The fix might receive additional testing. Therefore if you are not severely affected by this problem, it is recommended that you wait for the next update rollup that contains this hotfix. If you can’t wait download the hotfix from http://aka.ms/kb3045893

Update Rollup 6

Update Rollup 6 is planned to be released on April 28th, 2015. UR6 has not yet passed test and quality checks, hence the final payload might change.

For now, the following key improvements are planned for UR6

  • Considerable improvement in sync time of AD and SCCM connector
  • AD connector sync schedule will become configurable from console (similar to SCCM connector)
  • In current state, the AD connector Group Expansion Workflow runs even if the corresponding AD connector is disabled. This problem will get fixed in UR6. Make sure that your internal workflows and other IT processes do not assume this broken scenario the be the expected behavior
  • If a user extended screen to open forms, the SM console continues trying toto open the form windows in the extended display that no longer exists. This problem will get fixed after UR6

Connect Issues

Like in most of the calls, the product team presented some of the top voted Connect issues. As you can see below, Lync 2013 will not be supported in current release. However there exists a request on Connect to support Lync 2013 with current version. Vote on that one if you need Lync 2013 integration for current release. According to the product team, there are no plans to integrate Skype for business yet.

Top Voted Connect Issues March 2015

As for Connect, there should be a feature request section for Service Manager available soon. I did not check on that one but I think this should already be available by now. Use this area for all your feature requests.

If you are not already a Member of connect:

  1. Register for Connect, you will need a Microsoft Account
    https://connect.microsoft.com/directory/
  1. Join the Windows Server System Center Public Connect
    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/SC_Public
  1. Vote up or down the existing reported issues at
    https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback

Below you can find various issues which are logged on connect and have been mentioned during the call. Feel free to vote on any of those.

If a User changes from having a manager in AD to NOT having a manager, the relationship is not removed/updated in the CMDB
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1183474

Scroll wheel doesnt work in the incident form
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1183442

UR5 scrambled customized Service Request Areas
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1170952

Move Service Request Lists into Unsealed Management Packs
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1102193

Data Collision Exception / Item has been changed by another user or process
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1062768

AD Connector: CN=DeletedObjects query not working when scoped.
According to the product team, this one is currently under investigation. They did not start working on a fix but it is on the effort which is done for AD connector.
https://connect.microsoft.com/WindowsServer/Feedback/Details/1115057

General discussion/questions

Other interesting facts/questions which came up during the call are the following:

Does the product team take time to look at what other products such as ServiceNow/Remedy do well and look to incorporate functionality
Yes they do

Any plan to support In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2014 to speed up SCSM considerably? SQL 2014 support is in the plan for vNext but no plans to support In-Memory OLTP

And probably the most interesting one: Is there a separate dev team for vNext?
No it’s the same team working together for both. These guys are pretty busy…

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