New SCOM dashboard gems available with SQL MP 6.6.0.0

This is just a short post to point everybody to the new SQL MP 6.6.0.0 released last week. This MP comes with completely new and revamped dashboards: Overview (Datacenter) Dashboard You can create overview dashboards for SCOM groups and include State and Alert data for the group as well as aggregated performance and monitoring data:…

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Analyzing SCOM 2012 Alert logging latency

Periodically having multiple Alerts in the SCOM database with latency above 1 minute is usually a sign of a serious performance problems with either the core SCOM infrastructure (database, Management server etc.) or with specific agents. This post focuses on finding the agents causing the delayed alerts by executing these steps: Step 1: Checking, if…

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The importance of the Event ID 15003

Sometimes events, which seems to be unimportant can be really important: The OpsMgr Event ID 15003 is such an event. What does Event ID 15003 tell us? The informational Event 15003 is OpsMgrs way to tell us, that the amount of Management Servers in a resource pool has changed and that the load of running common…

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PowerShell function testing if a SCOM ETL trace is running

The other day I needed a function which tells me if a SCOM ETL trace is currently running or not. I had some hard time to figure out a simple and reliable way testing this. With some great assistance from my Support colleagues Silvana Deac and Mihai Sarbulescu I finally found a way 🙂 The attached…

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Reporting RunAsAccount usage information in a SCOM 2012 (R2) Management Group

A few days ago I was asked if I had a script to list all RunAsAccounts in a SCOM Management Group and their associated RunAsProfile (“Which profile uses which account?” or "Which account is used in which profile?"). I had none, but in my youthful carelessness I thought, that couldn’t be rocket science… Ok, it…

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Analyzing running workflows on a SCOM Agent (HealthService)

Today I was asked: How do I get a usable list of all workflows running on a SCOM Agent? That’s easy, I thought: that’s why we have the built-in task “Show Running Rules and Monitors for this Health Service” for:   Unfortunately, the output is not really easy to understand and to process. Therefore I…

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How to verify that all Management Packs in a SCOM Management Group are up-to-date?

Have you checked your Management Groups lately if they contain the most current sealed Management Packs? How do you that? Easy task, isn’t it? Simply use the SCOM console to verify your MPs against the Microsoft online MP Web catalog and you are done! The problem Hmm, is it really that simple? Unfortunately I don’t…

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This blog is dead – long live the blog "GERMANageability"

This will probably my last post in this blog. Do I stop blogging? Quite the contrary! My colleagues and I from the German Premier Field Egineer (PFE) team for Monitoring decided to start a new blog: GERMANanageability! You will find a lot of hopefully useful information related to SCOM, OMS, Azure Insights, PowerShell and SMA…

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Creating your own MP store – Part 3: Automating most of that stuff

This is part three of my little “MP store” series. Please read Part 1 and Part 2 to understand my thoughts behind the following scripts. Now it is time to automate at least most of this MP store stuff. Creating a MP store folder structure Ok, this is lame, but as I am lazy I…

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Creating your own MP store – Part 1: Fundamental thoughts

Foreword: Recently there have been several blog posts on the topic of creating a personal Management catalog (or store) by Tao Yang, Cameron Fuller and others. I really like their ideas and their creativity. So why do I write about a similar topic? Because I think that these posts do not cover the whole picture and…

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