Creating a Repeated Event Detection *Rule*

  One of the built in Monitor types in the SCOM Console, is a repeated event detection monitor.  This is a cool way of creating an alert when we want to know when multiple similar events are recorded in a specified time frame.  This is helpful for applications that might log one one or two…

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Using MPAuthor to create a class, discover and monitor a service

  This post will be a simple walk through on how to create a class for an application, discover instances of that class, and then monitor a service associated with that application: First – make sure you have the latest version of MP Author from Silect:  http://www.silect.com/content/mp-author-free-download-form Open up MP author, and create a new…

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Troubleshooting SCOM discovery scripts – and those annoying XML special characters

  I wrote about basic discovery script troubleshooting here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/03/09/basic-troubleshooting-of-discovery-scripts.aspx   One of the pains when needing to troubleshoot a Discovery script, is getting the script extracted from the management pack in a runnable format. The challenge is, there are characters used in VBScript, that are not allowed in XML.  These are called XML Reserved…

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Agents that never connect to management server

  Was working with a customer on this issue: The agent would install correctly, it would even push install (but took forever) or a manual installation would make it show up in pending, but after approval, it would never communicate with a management server. The logs on the management server didn’t show anything interesting. The…

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Scheduled Maintenance mode tool updated to V4

  There is an updated version of the popular Scheduled Maintenance Mode tool available at: http://www.scom2k7.com/scom-2012-maintenance-mode-scheduler-4/ Looks like they have added some new features: Here are the new features in V4: Multi-select Computers  This has been the most requested feature as end users often want to schedule multiple computers at a time without have to…

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APM’s Application Advisor link tries to connect to retired Web Console server?

  When you are in AppDiagnostics, there is a link to the Application Advisor reporting page:   This URL is set in the OperationsManager database, when the first web console server is installed.  If you retire that web console server, and you want to update this URL, it is stored in the apm.CONFIG table in…

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FAQ: How can I tell which servers are physical or virtual in SCOM?

  This comes up all the time in conversations I have.  Q:  How can I tell which monitored servers are a VM or a Physical Machine, including VMWare virtual machines? A:  We need to disable a discovery, and add a new customized one in a management pack to accomplish this:   There is a property…

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FAQ: How do I get a simple list of specific computers based on simple criteria?

  I probably get about 5 to 10 questions a day on SCOM, from all kinds of sources.  I am going to start a FAQ series of blog posts based on some of these questions just so I know there are examples of these solutions documented.   Q:  I want a list of all my…

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Silect MPAuthor Service Pack 2 released

  Silect MP Author is the simple tool for authoring SCOM Management Packs.  They shipped Service Pack 2 today: http://www.silect.com/mp-author Download here:  http://www.silect.com/content/mp-author-free-download-form Questions?  info@silect.com

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UR3 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Step by Step

    KB Article for OpsMgr:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965445 KB Article for all System Center components:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965090 Download catalog site:  http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2965445   Key fixes:   Reliability fix:  A deadlock condition occurs when a database is connected after an outage. You may experience this issue may when one or more HealthServices services in the environment are listed as…

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Operations Manager 2012 R2 now supports SQL 2012 SP2

  I didn’t see any announcements on this – but several customers have been asking.  From the SQL Requirements for System Center 2012 R2, which looks like it was updated on July 9th: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn281933.aspx   System Center 2012 R2 component SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard, Datacenter SQL Server 2008 R2 SP2 Standard, Datacenter SQL…

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Monitor for file size with SCOM – Using script and WMI examples

  SCOM has many different ways to monitor for a file size.  Here are some simple examples using script and WMI monitor types. In this specific example – this will be a monitor to look for Windows Server Registry Bloat.  The monitor will inspect the registry hives for the registry file size, and alarm when…

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The case of the Dell (Detailed) MP – beware of large environments

  This article is not just a warning about the Dell (Detailed) MP, but the danger of importing ANY management pack into your environment without fully understanding the intended scope, scalability, and any known/common issues. I recently worked with a customer who had an interesting issue.  They had a very large agent based monitoring environment…

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Tweaking SCOM 2012 Management Servers for large environments

  There are many articles on tweaking certain registry settings for SCOM agents, Gateways, and Management servers, for many reasons.  Large deployments, custom 3rd party MP’s, monitoring Exchange 2010 to name a few.  Matt Goedtel has a good list on his blog:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/mgoedtel/archive/2010/08/24/performance-optimizations-for-operations-manager-2007-r2.aspx   Below – I’d like to post some settings that I change…

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UR2 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Step by Step

  Sorry I am a bit behind in publishing this post.    KB Article:   http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2929891 Download catalog site:  http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2929891   Key fixes: Issue 1 – This update rollup makes the stored procedure performance aggregate more robust against out-of-range values.Issue 2 – Adding multiple regular expressions (RegEx) to a group definition causes an SQL exception when…

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Introducing Thing 1 and Thing 2

    My blog has been silent for a bit lately.  This is because of the birth of my first children.  SCOM world – Meet Logan and Lexi Holman.  I’ll be taking some time off work to spend with them during the next few weeks as well. Logan has already been discussing a management pack…

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Creating Groups of Health Service Watcher Objects based on other Groups

  It has been a well known requirement for most customers, to be able to Create Groups of Windows Computers that also contain corresponding Health Service Watcher objects.  This was needed for Alert Notification subscriptions so that different teams could receive alert notifications filtered by groups, but also include alerts from the Watcher, such as…

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Windows 8 Client OS MP doesn’t discover Windows 8.1

  This article is based on version 6.0.7024.0 of the Windows 8 Client MP available here:   http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=38434 Microsoft released a management pack to discover and monitor the Windows 8 client OS in SCOM.  This is useful for mission critical desktops, kiosks, ATMs, etc. However, the management pack was not updated for Windows 8.1, and does…

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SQL MP 6.4.1.0 – SQL 2012 DB Engine group does not contain all SQL servers

  Ian wrote about this issue back in September:  http://ianblythmanagement.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/sql-server-2012-db-engine-group-problem/ Essentially – SCOM discovers the SQL Version from a registry key that SQL places.  The problem arises that the SQL version in that key uses a different SQL version that what is considered typical.  SQL build versions are visible here:  http://sqlserverbuilds.blogspot.com/ When you apply SQL…

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