SQL MP Update – 6.7.15.0

      The SQL MP’s have been updated.   SQL 2016 DB Engine https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53008 SQL 2016 Analysis Services https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53011 SQL 2016 Replication https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53009 SQL 2016 Reporting https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=53010     SQL 2014 DB Engine https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42573 SQL 2014 Analysis Services https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=44586 SQL 2014 Replication https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=47720 SQL 2014 Reporting https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43390     SQL 2008-2012 DB Engine https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=10631…

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MP Update – Totally new Active Directory MP for Windows Server 2012 and 2016

    This is pretty exciting. Microsoft just shipped a totally new AD MP.  This one has no dependencies on the previous ADMP, that has been mostly based on the same core design for the past 15 years!   https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54525   The new ADMP supports monitoring Active Directory when yours DC’s are Windows Server 2012,…

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Where are the Server 2016 Management Packs?

    I will try to use this post as a running record to help you find all the MP’s that we have released for Windows Server 2016 OS and the unique server roles for which we create MP’s for. As with all MP’s, you should give great scrutiny, and only import MP’s that are…

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Getting Monitor State Change Events via PowerShell

    This is a script example on how to get statechangeevents from monitor context using PowerShell.  This example uses a URL transaction monitor, but you can change this to any class/classinstance.   #Set arrays to empty $Monitor = @() $MonitorColl = @() $States = @() #Get Web Transaction URL Class $URLClass = Get-SCOMClass -Name…

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Extending UNIX/Linux Computer class from a local file

    I recently wrote a blog article on Extending the Windows Computer class from Registry keys on agents.  You can read about that here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/12/04/extending-windows-computer-class-from-registry-keys-in-scom/ However, what about UNIX/Linux agents?  They don’t have the concept of a Windows Registry.  For those, we can use a file on the filesystem as an example.   In…

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How to collect events – but not ALL the events?

  I recently had an interesting customer issue. They wanted to collect some specific events for reporting.  This was specific to NTLM authentications.  The problem was – that these events could potentially FLOOD some servers, and they didn’t want to collect ALL the events, just a sample of unique events on a somewhat regular basis,…

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MP Update: Windows Server OS MP’s updated for Windows 2003 – Windows 2012R2

    The Windows Server Operating System MP’s (2003 – 2012R2) have been updated. Download link: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9296   This MP’s is a minor update streamlined to work with the same Base OS libraries from the separate download for Windows Server 2016: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54303   From the guide:   Changes in Version 6.0.7323.0•    Added Storport Miniport monitor…

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Silect wants your feedback – support fragments in MP Author?

  Silect is looking for user community feedback, to see if it is valuable to support the import of VSAE fragments into MP author, to extend the types of workflows that MP Author could support. They are looking to see how valuable this would be, and how many MP authors would actually use and benefit…

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Alerting on Events – waiting for a specific amount of time to pass

  Consider the scenario –  you want to monitor the event logs for a specific event, however, this event has a tendency to “storm” or log hundreds of events in a short time window.  Not a good condition for a monitoring system, as you can quickly overwhelm the system, nor do you want hundreds or…

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Extending Windows Computer class from a SQL CMDB in SCOM

  Years ago – I wrote a post on customizing the “Windows Computer” class, showing how to use registry keys to add properties to the “Windows Computer” class, to make creating custom groups much simpler.  You can read about the details of how and why here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/06/10/creating-custom-dynamic-computer-groups-based-on-registry-keys-on-agents/ I later updated that sample MP here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/12/04/extending-windows-computer-class-from-registry-keys-in-scom/…

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Extending Windows Computer class from a CSV file in SCOM

  Years ago – I wrote a post on customizing the “Windows Computer” class, showing how to use registry keys to add properties to the “Windows Computer” class, to make creating custom groups much simpler.  You can read about the details of how and why here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/06/10/creating-custom-dynamic-computer-groups-based-on-registry-keys-on-agents/ I later updated that sample MP here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/12/04/extending-windows-computer-class-from-registry-keys-in-scom/…

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Extending Windows Computer class from Registry Keys in SCOM

  Years ago – I wrote a post on this, showing how to use registry keys to add properties to the “Windows Computer” class, to make creating custom groups much simpler.  You can read about the details of how and why here:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/06/10/creating-custom-dynamic-computer-groups-based-on-registry-keys-on-agents/\   This post is a simple updated example of that Management Pack,…

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