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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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…


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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How are GUIDs in SCOM and SCSM calculated?

Quite some time ago I discussed with Raphael Burri how GUIDs for SCOM elements are getting calculated. To be honest even with Raphael's great explanation I did not fully understand this topic. Today I read a post from Anton Gritsenko by accident, talking about GUIDs in SCSM and I thought this is the right time…


An approach to automate SCOM service account password change – part 2/3: prerequisites and execution steps

This is part two of my little blog series about how to change SCOM service accounts. In part one I talked about the challenges and the overall process. This part explains the necessary prerequisites and steps to perform the automated password change. Prerequisites So what prerequisites do we need and why? Software (on a workstation…


An approach to automate SCOM service account password change – part 1/3: background and process

Changing SCOM Service account passwords can be challenging and complex. MVP Marnix Wolf has written an excellent blog post about all necessary steps we have to take to change passwords in all the different locations like AD, Windows OS (Service), RunAs accounts, SQL Reporting configuration etc. But as SCOM is a powerful and mighty tool…


Quick note from the field: SDK/DAS Service account needs SCOM admin role membership

Configuring a high secure SCOM Management Group with the least amount of privileges possible can be challenging. Thanks to my colleagues Kevin Holman and Sergio Carrilho there is an excellent document which describes all accounts and their required access rights: SCOM Security Account Matrix Please be aware, that you also assign the SDK/DAS service account…


Quick note from the field: Access rights for set-scomlicense

Just in case you try to set a license for a SCOM Management Group with set-scomlicense and the Cmdlet hangs forever:Make sure that you execute set-scomlicense in an elevated Shell: On a SCOM Management Server (preferably the RMS emulator) With a user account that have this access rights: local Admin rights on the Management Server…