Cannot add library server in SCVMM 2012 R2

Cannot add library server in SCVMM 2012 R2 

Few days ago I deployed SCVMM 2012 R2  U5 failover cluster. When SCVMM run on  failover cluster installation process skips the SCVMM Library configuration part – you have to add Library to SCVMM server manually after deployment is finished. There are few possibilities:

  • Use separate standalone server for Library
  • use one of the SCVMM Failover cluster nodes as library server
  • or any other Windows server which can work as file server

If you would like to have HA on Library server use Windows file server in failover cluster.

Adding SCVMM Library server into SCVMM 2012R2 deployment is trivial and generally does not take longer than 2 minutes but …. there is always but 🙂 … due to GUI bug in new SCVMM 2012 R2 U5 – took me few hours to do it. I was not able to ad Library server into my SCVMM 2012 R2 failover cluster – there was no error – nothing – simply empty Task window pop up with no info inside.

I had to use Powershell to find out what is going on. As you can see below – I was using the same service account  which was already used by SCVMM services to run on.  Solution was simple – create new run as account for SCVMM library server and use it.


Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).