How I do it: SCOM Override handling

Summary for the impatientThis post describes why and how to implement a certain naming convention for the Override description field and provides an automated solution to enforce this syntax, handle temporary Overrides and report on Overrides. Use case Working with Overrides for SCOM workflows is a common task. There is a lot of documentation available…


Quick note: new SQL MP 6.6.2.0 with fixes around dashboards available -> Fix 6.6.3.0 available

IMPORTANT NOTE (13.11.2015): An updated version 6.6.3.0 is now available which fixes the previous issues SQL Server Visualization Library (dashboards) features and changes in v6.6.3.0 Implemented batching to all data aggregation mechanisms to ensure low temp database space and log space usage. Please see Notes section below for further details. Implemented a control bit to divide…


How I do it: SCOM alert handling/management

This week I had a discussion with some colleagues about SCOM alert handling/management. When do I close an alert? How do I do that? What about the monitors causing the alert?  How can we automate this stuff? What about roll-up monitors? A lot of questions and I never took the time to think about that…


The book I always wanted to write

As my blog title “Operating Operations Manager” says, I focus on giving hints and tips on how to operate OpsMgr. My dream has always been to collect all my experiences and best practices and put them all together in a book. This dream has been somehow destroyed today *smile* Three highly respected colleagues have already…


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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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 2: Getting the latest Management Packs

This is part two of my little “MP store” series. Part 1 can be found here. In this post I will talk about: How do I get the most current MP versions? How can I tell if my Management Group has the most current MP versions installed? But before we start let’s have a brief…

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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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