Windows Server 2016 Management Packs are available

  These are now available: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54303   This is version 10.0.8.0.  It covers the Windows Server 2016 MP release ONLY, and does not include other management packs for previous operating systems, which will be interesting to see how the product group combines these in future updates, since they share the same base libraries.    …

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How to move views in My Workspace into a Management Pack

  Customers often use “My Workspace” to create customized views that they use on a regular basis.  However, one of the drawbacks on My Workspace is that these views are not available to any other users.  Generally, we recommend customers use My Workspace to test and develop views, then simply re-create them in a Management…

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Understanding SCOM Resource Pools

      Resource pools are nothing new – they were introduced in SCOM 2012 RTM, for two reasons: 1.  To remove the single-point-of-failure that was the RMS role in SCOM 2007. 2.  To provide a mechanism for high availability of agentless/remote workflows, such as Unix/Linux, Network, and URL monitoring, among others.   That said…

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Installing the Exchange 2010 Correlation Engine on a Non-Management Server and without a console

  These is an issue with the current Exchange 2010 Correlation Engine – which causes it to fail on SCOM 2012 or 2016 Management Servers.  Jimmy wrote about these here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jimmyharper/2015/04/15/exchange-2010-correlation-engine-not-generating-alerts/   So one remedy to this – is to install the Correlation Engine (CE) on a non-management server role.  Either on a dedicated reporting…

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SCOM SQL queries

  These queries work for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2016.  Updated 11/11/2016     Large Table query.  (I am putting this at the top, because I use it so much – to find out what is taking up so much space in the OpsDB or DW) –Large Table query. I am putting this at the…

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Monitoring UNIX/Linux with OpsMgr 2016

    Microsoft started including Unix and Linux monitoring in OpsMgr directly in OpsMgr 2007 R2, which shipped in 2009.  Some significant updates have been made to this for OpsMgr 2012.  Primarily these updates are around: Highly available Monitoring via Resource Pools Sudo elevation support for using a low priv account with elevation rights for…

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Does SCOM 2012 R2 support monitoring Windows Server 2016?

  This has been coming up quite a bit lately – The answer is YES, and we have updated the SCOM 2012 R2 documentation: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn281931(v=sc.12).aspx   There is no minimum UR level required to support this.  However, we always recommend applying the most current cumulative update rollup to your SCOM agents.     Operations Manager…

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Deploying SCOM 2016 Agents to Domain controllers – some assembly required

    Something that a fellow PFE (Brian Barrington) called to my attention, with SCOM 2016 agents, when installed on a Domain Controller:  the agent just sits there and does not communicate.   The reason?  Local System is denied by HSLOCKDOWN. HSLockdown is a tool that grants or denies a particular RunAs account access to…

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SCOM Console crashes after October Windows cumulative updates – Resolved

  There is an issue where after patching your Windows Server or Workstation machine with the monthly cumulative updates – you might see you SCOM console crash with an exception.   This affects SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2016       Log Name:      Application Event ID:      1000 Description: Faulting application name: Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring.Console.exe, version: 7.2.11719.0, time…

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Enabling Scheduled Maintenance in SCOM 2016 UR1

  When you try and use the new Scheduled Maintenance feature in SCOM 2016 UR1, you will probably see the following error pop up as soon as you select “Maintenance Schedules” in the Operations Console:     Date: 10/22/2016 3:03:32 PMApplication: Operations ManagerApplication Version: 7.2.11719.0Severity: ErrorMessage: The EXECUTE permission was denied on the object ‘sp_help_jobactivity’,…

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UR1 for SCOM 2016 – Step by Step

      KB Article for OpsMgr:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3190029 Download catalog site:  http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3190029     NOTE:  I get this question every time we release an update rollup:   ALL SCOM Update Rollups are CUMULATIVE.  This means you do not need to apply them in order, you can always just apply the latest update.  If you have deployed…

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OpsMgr 2016 – QuickStart Deployment Guide

    There is already a very good deployment guide posted on TechNet here:   https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center-docs/om/deploy/deploying-system-center-2016-operations-manager The TechNet deployment guide provides an excellent walkthrough of installing OpsMgr 2016 for the “all in one” scenario, where all roles are installed on a single server.  That is a very good method for doing simple functionality testing and lab…

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VSAE (Visual Studio Authoring Extensions) updated for SCOM 2016

      VSAE has been updated for SCOM 2016.   Get it here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169       Works great with my fragment library – which you can download and try out here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/     Even if you ARE running SCOM 2016 – I still recommend choosing SCOM 2012R2 – so any MP’s you…

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SCOM 2016 is available

        Yes, yes, I know.  Late to the party.  Better late than never.      For those that don’t know – SCOM 2016 was released at Ignite this year, on Sept 29th. It hit the GA milestone on October 12th, which is the date it becomes Generally Available on Volume License media and…

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UR11 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Step by Step

    KB Article for OpsMgr:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3183990 Download catalog site:  http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3183990     NOTE:  I get this question every time we release an update rollup:   ALL SCOM Update Rollups are CUMULATIVE.  This means you do not need to apply them in order, you can always just apply the latest update.  If you have deployed SCOM…

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SQL MP Run As Accounts – NO LONGER REQUIRED

                 Over the years I have written many articles dealing with RunAs accounts.  Specifically, the most common need is for monitoring with the SQL MP.  I have explained the issues and configurations in detail here:  Configuring Run As Accounts and Profiles in OpsMgr – A SQL Management Pack Example   Later, I wrote…

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MP Update: Windows Server Operating System 6.0.7316.0 released

  The base operating system MP’s have been updated: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9296   Previously, there were a couple interim releases that were pulled due to issues, mostly affecting older operating system versions.  This was due to the MP focusing on changes for Windows Server 2016.  This MP update addresses those issues caused by the interim MP changes. …

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How to add accounts from another domain into a SCOM User Role

  Normally – when you have a trust with a remote account domain, and you want to add users from the rote domain to SCOM, things go perfectly. However, if the user account in the remote domain uses a different UPN name than the SAM account name – the SCOM UI block’s it.   For…

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Updated SQL RunAs addendum MP’s

  Just a quick notice to let everyone know I updated my SQL RunAs Addendum MP’s. If you haven’t read about this, it is a new way to configure security for the SQL management packs which eases administrative burden with traditional RunAs accounts.  Read more about the solution here:    https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/04/26/sql-mp-run-as-accounts-no-longer-required/   In this update: Version…

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System Center 2016 gets a launch date

  System Center 2016 and Windows Server 2016 will be launched at the Microsoft Ignite conference in September 2016.   Read about it here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/systemcenter/2016/07/12/system-center-2016-to-launch-in-september/

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