Windows Automatic Services Monitoring using SCOM

Monitoring services in windows computers is available out of box in SCOM through Service Monitoring Template. But in a large enterprise with over 1000s of windows computers and 100s of applications, it is difficult to list out all services that needs to be monitored in each computer and create monitoring using template. Consider monitoring on…

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SCOM Advanced Authoring : Powershell Discovery from CSV file – Explained using “TCP Port Monitoring” Scenario

SCOM is exceptional tool which allows IT Administrators to customize the monitoring scenario to any extent. To have a customized monitoring solution, one must understand the authoring capabilities in SCOM, so that the solution can be easily implemented, highly optimized and has less overhead on SCOM Management servers and agents. In this post we will…

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PowerShell: Retrieve Group Policy details for Remote Computer

  There are multiple scenarios as a part of AD management where we need to retrieve Group Policy information for managed computers. There are generally two methods to get the information. Method 1: Most common method is to use gpresult.exe command which is detailed in this technet article. This works well only if that User…

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SCOM: Unix/Linux Shell Command Monitoring – Unique Requirement

When I was working with a customer recently, I came across an requirement, to execute a Shell Command and based on the results, the monitor state needs to be set for Target Server. One of the best example solution available in web is this. THE PROBLEM: But the uniqueness however  in this requirement is that…

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PowerShell Script to Simulate Outlook Web Access URL User Logon

Recently I came across with a requirement to do user logon synthetic transaction on Outlook Web Access URL and capture its performance. This can be accomplished using Invoke-WebRequest PowerShell command let. The command let returns form elements which needs to be filled with username and password and the login page is invoked with the post…

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SCOM: What’s wrong with my Unix agents? Why are they greyed out?

  It is quite difficult to work with the Offline Unix agents especially in a large monitoring environment. Though SCOM offers native heartbeat monitor, it is hard to quickly determine whether the computer is actually down or something wrong with the agent configuration. An Unix agent may be down due to various reasons like issue…

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