How does CPU monitoring work in the Windows Server 2016 management pack?

    First – let me warn you.  The way SCOM monitors Processor time is *incredibly* complicated.  If you don’t like it – there is *NOTHING* wrong with nuking this from orbit (disable via override) and just create your own very simple consecutive samples (or average) monitor.  That said, while complicated and difficult to understand,…

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Agent Management Pack – Making a SCOM Admin’s life a little easier

  This is a little example MP for some things that are possible with SCOM.  It also serves as a good example MP on how to write classes, discoveries, and most importantly many task examples for command line, VBscript, and PowerShell. I didn’t write all these – a bunch of ideas came from Jimmy Harper,…

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Enable proxy as a default setting in SCOM 2016

    The default setting for new SCOM agents is that Agent Proxy is disabled.  You can enable this agent by agent, or for specific agents with script automations.  I find this to be a clumsy task, and more and more management packs require this capability to be enabled, like Active Directory, SharePoint, Exchange, Clustering,…

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Management Pack authoring the REALLY fast and easy way, using Silect MP Author and Fragments

                 Silect MP Author Professional just added support for Visual studio fragments.  If you didn’t get to attend the webinar on this – here is the recording. MP Authoring just got really easy, and really FAST.  Check out the video and see how using MP fragments can take your SCOM environment to a…

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Recommended registry tweaks for SCOM 2016 management servers

  I will start with what people want most – the “list”:   These are the most common changes and settings I recommend to adjust on SCOM management servers.  Simply run these from an elevated command prompt on all your management servers.   reg add "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\HealthService\Parameters" /v "State Queue Items" /t REG_DWORD /d 20480 /f…

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SCOM Agent Version Addendum Management Pack

    One of the pain points in SCOM is keeping your agents up to date with your current UR level. What makes this worse, is the view in the SCOM Console for “Agent Managed” where you could actually fix agents with a “repair” does NOT show you the UR level of the agent. That…

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UR2 for SCOM 2016 – Step by Step

    KB Article for OpsMgr:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3209591/update-rollup-2-for-system-center-2016-operations-manager Download catalog site:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=3209591 Recommended hotfix page:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/01/27/which-hotfixes-should-i-apply/  Additional MP update download needed:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55025   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…

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How to test your ACS filter to ensure it is valid

  ACS (Audit Collection Services) in SCOM uses a WMI filter to reject certain events from being collected and stored in the Audit database. This filter supports about 4800 characters, so the filters can get very large and very advanced.  It is important to test these before implementing to ensure you are getting a valid…

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Removing unwanted product connectors in SCOM 2012 R2 and SCOM 2016

    There are certain management packs that will use product connectors to insert discovery data into SCOM, or to manage alerts.  Sometimes, you might find that the vendor did not provide a way to remove these product connectors, when you decide to stop using the MP or solution which created them. Below is a…

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UR12 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Step by Step

  KB Article for OpsMgr:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/3209587/system-center-2012-r2-om-ur12 Download catalog site:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=3209587 Additional MP Update download required:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=55033     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. …

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I retired a management server – now SCOM reporting doesn’t work?

    When you first install reporting, you have to supply a management server.  This is used for SDK based connections that SCOM reporting requires.  If you ever retire this management server, reporting will break so this is an additional step to ensure you check whenever you retire a MS.   There are three places…

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SCOM 2016 now supports SQL 2012 SP3

  When SCOM 2016 UR1 shipped – the only DB platforms supported were SQL 2014 SP2, and SQL 2016.   However, for SCOM 2012 R2 users, most were running SQL 2012.  This meant, in order to upgrade to SCOM 2016…..  you had to FIRST upgrade your SQL servers to a SQL platform that supports BOTH…

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Linux MP Update for SCOM 2016 UR1

    An update was recently released.  This can be considered the “UR1” update for the SCOM 2016 Linux MP’s.  Note – these are for SCOM 2016 ONLY.  Do not attempt to import SCOM 2016 Linux MP’s into SCOM 2012.    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696   Make sure you get the correct version:     Download, extract, and…

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