Moving the Blog to WordPress

I am moving my blog to http://alipka.wordpress.com. The reason is … you may be surprised: I am leaving Microsoft, and going to work in another company (you will probably hear soon on that from my new blog). I will still work with Microsoft technologies, but will not be limited to management products. So the profile…

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New (6.0.6278.12) E2k7 OpMGR MP discovery and rule bugs

The just released E2k7 MP has two important bugs in it. I communicated this to the product group, and they are working on releasing a fix. Meanwhile workarounds are (thanks to Ake for quick response to this): 1. Discovery discovers E2k3 clustered backend servers as Ex.Common and All Exchange 2007 roles. To resolve this follow:…

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Hyper-V Offline backup script

I have created yet another backup script, since the previous one although correct worked only under VMM 2008. And VMM 2008 in its current BETA (+hyper-v patch) is still a bit unstable and the script caused the host to hang for large VM backups. The script I created is a script that saves, exports VMs…

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Writing English documents the "proper" way

While working on internal Hyper-V documentation I wrote over 200 pages of content (mostly technical). I got some reviews by Rob Dendtler (thx Rob!), and the most interesting things I learned from him were not technical, but tips regarding writing style. The two common mistakes I made (and they are common in general as I…

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[off-topic] new 2008 MTB season started!

So a new season for mountain biking started. Actually for me it never ended, since we had a really mild 2007/2008 winter in Poland. But during the time from october 2007 till april 2008 I didn’t do any racing, except one 2-day “orientation race” with my dad – it was lots of fun, but did…

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OpsMgr 2007 "Registered Servers" in Operations Console

There is a tab when you select Tools->Connect from Ops Console that is called “Registered Servers”. It actually will go into your AD and query for CN=SDKServiceSCP, which is a container that stores information on your Management Groups and RMS servers:   It normally works well, but there are a few gotcha’s: 1. if you…

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What makes an ideal OpsMgr administrator/specialist/consultant?

Walter posted an interesting entry on his blog about OpgMgr 2007 qualifications and requirements: http://wchomak.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!F56EFE25599555EC!969.entry. I must say I fully agree with it and can add some additional input. 1. Responsibility and accountability OpsMgr is a tool that is very powerful. With OpsMgr administrator privilege and agents installed on all Windows servers in the enterprise…

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System Center Visio Connector available for download

My friend Tomek (http://blogs.dirteam.com/blogs/tomek/default.aspx) pointed me to the new tool for automatic diagram generation of SCCM and SCOM. It has just shown up on Microsoft Downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=521b3884-1eda-4b9d-8ad7-67d00fe9ce8a&displaylang=en&tm. Haven’t yet time to test it. If it is half as good as the AD Topology Diagrammer (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=cb42fc06-50c7-47ed-a65c-862661742764&displaylang=en) it will be really helpful. Currently the tool supports alerts…

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