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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SQL MP updates – version 6.7.2.0

  The SQL Management packs have been updated.  This is the first major release since 6.6.4.0, back in late 2015. I will list all the SQL MP below.  Don’t import all of them unless you need each specialization.  For instance, don’t import the reporting and analysis services MP’s if you really only want alerting and…

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Silect MPAuthor version 7.0 released

  The free version of Silect’s MP Author just released a new version:  7.0 http://www.silect.com/mp-author   June 2016: MP Author Version 7.0 The enhancements in MP Studio and MP Author consist of a number of changes to improve reliability and performance including the following: “Event Description” has been added as an expression option for both…

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Silect offers new MP Authoring tool – MP Author Professional

  http://www.silect.com/content/mp-author-professional   Building on the simple-to-use, free MP Author tool, they released MP Author Professional.  It adds/extends many more monitoring scenarios to the basic version.  

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Part 8: Use VSAE fragments to create a Windows Performance Monitor with Consecutive Samples

  This is Part 8 in a series of posts described here:   https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/ In our next example fragment – we will create Monitor for Windows Performance for our MP.     Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update these often as I enhance and add…

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Part 7: Use VSAE fragments to add custom Groups to your MP

  This is part 7 in a series of posts described here:   https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   In our next example fragment – we will create custom groups and add them to our MP. Groups are a critical part of any management pack.  We will use them for overrides, to scope monitoring views, and to scope subscriptions.  …

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Part 6: Use VSAE fragments to add Alert, State, and Performance views to your MP

  This is Part 6 in a series of posts described here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   In our next example fragment – we will create a folder and views to see our monitoring data we have generated thus far.   Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update…

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Part 5: Use VSAE fragments to create a performance collection rule

  This is Part 5 five in a series of posts described here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   In our next example fragment – we will create a rule to collect Windows Performance data.   Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update these often as I enhance and…

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Part 4: Use VSAE fragments to create an alert generating event log rule

  This is Part 4 in a series of posts described here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   In our next example fragment – we will monitor the event log for a specific event, and generate an alert if it occurs.   Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update…

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Part 3: Use VSAE fragments to monitor a service

  This is Part 3 in a series of posts described here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   In our next example fragment – we will monitor a service by creating a monitor that targets our custom class.   Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update these often as…

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Part 2: Use VSAE fragments to dynamically discover an application based on the existence of a registry key or value

  This is Part 2 in a series of posts described here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/   Now we will start with our first example fragment – discovering an app and creating a class for it.   Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update these often as I…

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Part 1: Use VSAE to create a new Management Pack Project

  This is Part 1 in a multi-part series explained here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/     Step 1:  Install a supported version of Visual Studio.   Step 2:  Install the VSAE components from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169   Step 3:  Open Visual Studio.  File > New > Project     Step 4:  Pick the version you want to write for,…

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Authoring Management Packs – the fast and easy way, using Visual Studio???

    I know what you are thinking.  “Wait, what did he just say?”     Well, hear me out. Over the years, there have been many tools that we have used to write MP’s.  The SCOM UI Authoring tab, Notepad, XML Notepad, Notepad++, SCOM 2007R2 Authoring Console, Silect MP Author, and Visual Studio.  …

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How to change the SCOM agent heartbeat interval in PowerShell

  Perhaps you have a special group of servers that are on poorly connected network segments, but most of your servers are in datacenters.  You may want to set the default heartbeat interval higher for these specific agents, so they are less likely to create heartbeat failures.  You can do this easily in the UI,…

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Monitoring a file hash using SCOM

  I had an interesting customer request recently – to monitor for a specific system file, and make SURE it is not a modified/threat file.   You can use this as a simple example of a two-state timed script monitor (using vbscript) which demonstrates script arguments, logging, alerting, propertybag outputs, etc.   In this case…

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