System Center Operations Manager Technology Update – May 2018


Lynne Taggart here with another Operations Manager update. I haven’t had the time to catch up on blogging in the last few months with everything on my plate, but here we go.

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Latest Releases

    • SCOM console and Service Manager console for PowerShell modules can now coexist on the same server.
      Note Both SCOM Update Rollup 5 (this update) and Service Manager Update Rollup 5 (update KB 4093685) must be installed to resolve this issue.
    • Active Directory Integration rules are not visible or editable in an upgraded 2016 Management Group. This prevents the ongoing management of Active Directory integration assignment in the upgraded Management Group.
    • When the UNIX host name on the server is in lowercase, the OS and MonitoredBy information is displayed incorrectly in the Unix/Linux Computers view.
    • Active Directory integrated agents do not display correct failover server information.
    • Performance views in the web console do not persist the selection of counters after web console restart or refresh.
    • The PowerShell cmdlet Get-SCXAgent fails with error “This cmdlet requires PowerShell version 3.0 or greater.”
    • During the upgrade from SCOM 2016 to SCOM 1801, if the reporting server is installed on a server other than the management server, the upgrade fails. Additionally, you receive the error message, "The management server to which this component reports has not been upgraded."
    • If a group name has been changed through the operations console, the Get-SCOMGroup cmdlet does not retrieve the group data that includes the changed group name.
    • Error HTTP 500 occurs when you access Diagram view through the web console.
    • When you download a Linux management pack after you upgrade to SCOM 2016, the error "OpsMgr Management Configuration Service failed to process configuration request (Xml configuration file or management pack request)" occurs.The SQLCommand Timeout property is exposed so that it can be dynamically adjusted by users to manage random and expected influx of data scenarios.The MonitoringHost process crashes and returns the exception "System.OverflowException: Value was either too large or too small for an Int32."
    • When company knowledge is edited by using the Japanese version of Microsoft Office through the SCOM console, the error (translated in English) "Failed to launch Microsoft Word. Please make sure Microsoft Word is installed. Here is the error message: Item with specified name does not exist" occurs.
    • Accessing Silverlight dashboards displays the "Web Console Configuration Required" message because of a certificate issue.
    • Microsoft.SystemCenter.ManagementPack.Recommendations causes errors to be logged on instances of Microsoft SQL Server that have case-sensitive collations.
    • Deep monitoring displays error “Discovery_Not_Found” if the installation of JBoss application server is customized.
    • Adds support for the Lancer driver on IBM Power 8 Servers that use AIX.
    • The ComputerOptInCompatibleMonitor monitor is disabled in the Microsoft.SystemCenter.Advisor.Internal management pack. This monitor is no longer valid.


    Latest KB Articles


    Microsoft Bloggers

    System Center Operations Manager Team (https://aka.ms/SCOMTeam)

    Keven Holman (https://aka.ms/kevinholman or https://aka.ms/SuperPFE)

    Kevin Justin (https://aka.ms/kjustin)

    Bruno Gabrielli (https://aka.ms/brunoG)

    Michael Repperger - https://aka.ms/omx

    Sertac Topal (https://aka.ms/Sertac)

    Silvana Deac (https://aka.ms/Silvana)

    Stefan Stranger (https://aka.ms/SStranger)

    Tim McFadden (https://www.scom2k7.com)

    Tyson Paul (https://aka.ms/tysonpaul)

    Nathan Gau (https://aka.ms/NathanGau)

    Antoni Hanus (https://aka.ms/antonih)

    Wei H Lim (https://aka.ms/weioutthere)

    Nicole Welch (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/nicole_welch/)

    Said Nikjou (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/axinthefield/)

    Jarrett Renshaw

    Philip Van de Vyver (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/philipvandevyver/)

    SQL Server Release Service (https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/)


    Community Bloggers

    Bob Cornelissen (https://www.bictt.com/blogs/)

    Cameron Fuller (http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/author/cfuller/)

    Kevin Greene (http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.com/)

    Marnix Wolf (http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/)

    Tao Yang (https://blog.tyang.org/)


    Management Packs


    Silect (https://www.silect.com)

    • What’s in a Name (or Version Number)? - With each release of Operations Manager, Microsoft updates the management packs (MPs) that are delivered with the product. Each MP has a name, which doesn’t change, and a version number that should change. As each MP is updated, the version number should be changed to indicate that there is a newer version of the MP.
    • TFS Compared to Silect Management Pack Store - Silect Store is a database used by Silect to store management packs (MPs), test results, preferences, and other information used by MP Studio. Team Foundation Server (TFS) is a source control repository from Microsoft which is used to store source code and other files. Some customers have wondered about the relative merits of using TFS to store MPs compared to Silect Store. There are some things in common between the two solutions (storing multiple versions of files in a hierarchical structure), but this report will concentrate on the differences.
    • MP Studio / MP Author Professional Version 8.2 - Silect announced the General Availability of MP Studio and MP Author Professional version 8.2. Silect made lots of updates and improvements to the products

    SquaredUp (https://squaredup.com)

    • What's it like to be a Developer at Squared Up? - To give you an insight into what life is like as a developer at Squared Up, we're pleased to share an interview with Wayne Plummer, Lead Developer. Wayne is one of our most experienced developers and is infamous for his dad jokes! Check out what he has to say about working at Squared Up, development as a career, and how much it has changed since his first job.
    • 3 awesome ways to use your SCOM Data Warehouse - This technical tutorial webinar provides an introduction to querying your SCOM Data Warehouse, together with examples of some of the awesome insights you can glean from it.
    • v3.4 - Donuts, Dashboard Export, Azure Log Analytics and more – SquaredUp officially announce the release of the latest version of Squared Up, v3.4. New features included in the v3.4 release are: The awesome Donut Tile, Dashboard Export to Excel, Azure Log Analytics Tile, Azure Application Insights Tile.
    • SCOM MP University... coming to a desktop screen near you! - Silect have announced that their popular SCOM MP University will make its return on May 9, 2018 and we're delighted to have been invited to present.


    TechNet Gallery

    • SCCM Service Window to SCOM Maintenance Mode Automation Management Pack (Jason Daggett- Microsoft) - This management pack was designed with two parts. These parts, contained in a single Rule and one Data Source Method, were broken up to provide System Center Operations Manager with the ability of automatically placing a system into Maintenance Mode using System Center Configuration Manager Service Windows. 
    • SCOM: Export Effective Monitoring Configuration with PowerShell (Tyson Paul- Microsoft) - Export-SCOMEffectiveMonitoringConfiguration does not output ALL contained instance configurations even when the "-RecurseContainedObjects"  parameter is used. Yes, really!  It outputs configuration data for only one instance of each particular type, be it a logical disk or Ethernet adapter etc., you only get monitor and rule configuration output for one of a kind in the resulting .csv file. If you have three logical disks (i.e. C:, D:, E:) you will only see configuration data for one of those, whichever one gets enumerated first by the cmdlet.
    • Install Linux on OMS and SCOM (on-boarding Linux Systems in OMS) (GouravIN) - Document for installing OMS agent on Linux
    • SCOM Alerts Query (GouravIN) - documents on SCOM alerts.with the help of this document we can fetch crtical, warning , open, closed alerts from Database or Powershell.
    • Error 1714 : System Error 1612. (GouravIN)  - The Older version of Microsoft Monitoring Agent cannot be removed. Contact your technical support group. System Error 1612. In this article I have covered the step by step process to fix the above issue during agent upgrade. We can apply this when we cannot uninstall agent on server and as well install new on server this will help us.
    • SCOM SQL Performance Rule Bloat (Kevin Justin - Microsoft) - Read the blog  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinjustin/2018/03/02/sql-mp-bloat/  to see how much data the SQL packs add to your SCOM database and DW aggregating from ~60 to ~200 performance counters (depending on which SQL MP version(s) you are running.
    • LAPS Solution for Microsoft OMS (Adin Ermie) - This is a pre-built solution for the Operations Management Suite  (www.microsoft.com/oms),  to visualize the Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) events. This solution requires the OMS Security and Audit solution to be enabled first, as it leverages the collected Security Logs. To add this solution to your OMS Workspace, use the View Designer and add this view. For full details on the creations of this Solution, see http://adinermie.com/laps-oms-solution/
    • Office 365 Supplemental Management Pack V1 (Brian Zoucha – MSFT) Updated - The Office 365 Supplemental Management Pack includes synthetic transactions that provide an increased level of visibility into the health of the Office 365 environment.
    • Server Performance Solution for Microsoft Log Analytics (Cameron Fuller) Updated - This is a pre-built server performance solution for Microsoft OMS (www.microsoft.com/oms). To add this solution, use the view designer and add this view. Then add the following Windows performance counters on the settings page: Logical Disk(*)\% Free Space Logical Disk(*)\Free
    • Cireson Portal & Cache Builder Management Pack for SCOM 2012 R2 – 2016 (GavSpeed) Updated -
    • This Management Pack provides discovery, monitoring and alerting for all the key supporting components of Cireson Portal instances


    Knowledge Opportunity / Mind Growth

    • Silect: MP University MAY 9, 2018 from 9AM to 4PM  CEST - Join Microsoft, Silect and other industry leading partners for this free 1 day event on Management Pack Authoring, SCOM and Microsoft Azure. Learn MP authoring best practices, how to leverage Fragments, how to optimize SCOM performance, what’s new in SCOM 1801, Azure management and much much more! Speakers include industry experts Brian Wren, Kevin Holman and Aditya Goda from Microsoft, Jonas Lenntun from Approved Consulting, Matthew Long and Nathan Foreman from Squared Up, Mike Sargent from Silect and more.

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