Optimizing and reducing the noise on Admin Packs Scom

I have been working with my customer around reducing the noise and also optimising SCOM 2007 R2. The main emphasis of my work has been around the Active Directory Managment pack, but some of the techniques that I have highlighted and the links that I have used can be used more generic http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2010/02/19/opsmgr-2007-r2-mp-version-6-1-7599-0-is-released.aspx Check whether…

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Giving Non Administrators permission to read Event Logs Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

Apologies for not blogging for sometime. I have been away on vacation, out of the country on training plus work commitments so add that up and it equals and enforced hiatus. Plus of course do not forget the Volcano :). Well I am back now and have an interesting information around Event Log access and…

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Looking for a New Career – How about Premier Field Engineering

Hi Everyone, I am really excited to tell you that due to our continued success Premier Field Engineering in the U.K. is looking to recruit some more Engineers to join our ranks. If you are interested in joining a dynamic and exciting team, and working for a great Company, and love working with a wide…

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Microsoft Desktop Player This has potential !

Apologies for not blogging recent weeks. I have been tremendously busy plus working out of the country My good friend Justin Zarb showed me this the other day. Microsoft Desktop Player This is a great utility that gives you a platform to search for technet content based around . You can either use the online…

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Powershell script to help check WMI setting has been configured

We all know how powerful Powershell is, so it is great to highlight an example of where it was showed to be very effective and really quick to create a positive result. Recently I highlighted and issue that affected 2003 Domain Controllers which caused High CPU on WMIprvse.exe caused by a memory leak dnsprov.dll. http://blogs.technet.com/janelewis/archive/2009/12/18/high-cpu-on-wmiprvse-exe-caused-by-memory-leak-dnsprov-dll-windows-2003.aspx…

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Enterprise Domain Controllers Group and Group Policies

Myself and a colleague Mark Empson have been developing a New Service entitled a GPO Health Check that looks at every aspect of the health of your Group Policies. Well one of the tests involved was checking for any Group Policies that had only the Read Group Policy Object permission and not the Apply Group…

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A couple of cool downloads for your Win 7 Platform

I had a couple of informative emails today bringing my attention to some great new tools and utilities. The first one is the Windows System State Analyzer as blogged about by the  Ask the Performance team. I never realise this functionality existed . As they state on their blog. “The basic functionality of the System…

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High CPU on Wmiprvse.exe caused by memory leak DNSPROV.DLL Windows 2003

Certain customers have recently been experiencing an issue which I wanted to bring to your attention. Issue with Domain Controllers Windows 2003 sp2 Wmiprvse.exe consistently consumes a high percentage of  CPU on Domain Controllers and svchost.exe has a a high handle count of around 75000 and another svchost.exe hosting rpcss has 23000 handles. Impact: Servers…

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How to modify a system owned object

Hello, I had an interesting customer request recently that I thought I would share with you. Prior to an upgrade to 2003 they had an account which was used for Remote Desktop Users. On upgrading to 2003 this account became replaced by a System Owned Object with exactly the same name. So their question to…

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Interesting Question from Customer at Teched Europe 2009

Well even when you are working on the floor at Teched you have the opportunity to research and deal with customer queries. So I was busy doing my flipping between the Ask the Experts and the Hands On Labs  and a delegate asked me a question that deserves serious consideration.   The delegate was asking…

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