MP Update: Windows Server 2016 MP version 10.0.21.0

  Quick download:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=54303 This MP contains several updates and fixes, depending on what version you are currently running.   1.  Time Sync Monitoring The MP contains a relatively new monitor for Time Accuracy: This monitor was very noisy in previous versions of this MP.  Changes made:  This now ships disabled out of the box. …

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How to multihome a large number of agents in SCOM

  Quick download:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-MultiHome-management-557aba93   I have written solutions that include tasks to add and remove management group assignments to SCOM agents before: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/05/09/agent-management-pack-making-a-scom-admins-life-a-little-easier/   But, what if you are doing a side by side SCOM migration to a new management group, and you have thousands of agents to move?  There are a lot of…

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Implementing TLS 1.2 enforcement with SCOM

    Quicklinks:  Download Script  Download Management Pack   This is a requirement that I see is picking up steam with customers.  Customers are getting told by their security teams that they need to support their application and database servers using TLS 1.2 only, and no previous protocols enabled for SCHANNEL communications.   The good…

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Deleting and Purging data from the SCOM Database

    First, I have to begin with a disclaimer – Microsoft does not support customers manually editing the database, unless under the guidance of a Microsoft support engineer with a support case. However, I have seen several blogs now “leaking” this guidance I send out or use from time to time…. so it is…

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UR5 for SCOM 2016 – Step by Step

  KB Article for OpsMgr:  https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4090987/update-rollup-5-for-system-center-2016-operations-manager Download catalog site:  http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=4090987 Updated UNIX/Linux Management Packs:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 Recommended hotfix page:  https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/01/27/which-hotfixes-should-i-apply/     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…

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Monitoring AD Certificate Services on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016

  We have management packs for Active Directory Certificate Services on Windows 2012R2 and Windows 2016.  WS 2012 and 2012R2:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34765 WS 2016:  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56671   However, there is an issue with the recently released ADCS MP for WS 2016.  A change was made in the library MP which modified some class property names.  This breaks…

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What versions of SCOM can be upgraded to Operations Manager 1801?

    If you would like to move your SCOM deployment on to the Semi-Annual Channel, what versions does Microsoft support moving from? The answer is here:  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/plan-system-requirements?view=sc-om-1801#supported-coexistence   There are two methods to get to SCOM 1801: Migration (parallel install with coexistence) In Place Upgrade Both are supported.   System Center Operations Manager 1801…

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Operations Manager 1801 – Quickstart Deployment Guide

  There is already a very good deployment guide posted on Microsoft Docs here:   https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/deploy-overview?view=sc-om-1801   The following article will cover a basic install of System Center Operations Manager 1801.   The concept is to perform a limited deployment of OpsMgr, only utilizing as few servers as possible, but enough to demonstrate the roles and capabilities. …

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Operations Manager 1801 is available!

    This is a major change from all previous versions of SCOM.  Operations Manager 1801 is the first release of SCOM built on the Semi-Annual Channel release cycle.  All new features and updates will now be delivered in this Semi-Annual Channel (SAC), following the same Semi-Annual release cycle that Windows Server is using.   …

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Using Hashtables in your SCOM scripts

    When we work with getting data out of SCOM via PowerShell, or building automations, something that can really help speed things up are Hashtables.   I was recently working with a customer to build a discovery for a new class, and get properties from other existing classes.  I had to build an array…

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