How do I delete an attribute in OpsMgr 2007?

I notice – when viewing a custom attribute, there is no option to delete it… only view the properties? Apparently this is by design.  There is no harm in having “extra” attributes in SCOM – that arent used.  However, if you do want to delete an unused attribute – you will have to export your…

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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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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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When searching for objects to include in reports – the results are limited to 500 objects

Keep this in mind when searching for an object when creating a report.  If you don’t give very specific search criteria… or if you just select "Add Object" then select "Search" with no criteria…. the result set is limited to 500 objects returned.  Therefore – if the object you are looking for doesn’t show up…

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System Center 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012 R2 coming October 18th

Microsoft has announced this date, and Brad Anderson announced this publically today on his blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx   On that day, consumers and businesses will have access to Windows 8.1, and eligible customers will have access to Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and the latest updates for Windows Intune.       To keep…

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AD Role Holders Report – how to get data

The “AD Role Holders” report has some incorrect description information on how to run the report.  If you follow the instructions… adding the “Active Directory Domain Controller Computer Role” you will get no data returned.  This will be fixed in an upcoming ADMP update… but in the meantime:   Instead – you need to add…

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All OpsMgr Events in a spreadsheet by ID

Daniele Muscetta (Microsoft PFE) has published a VERY handy spreadsheet, which contains all the OpsMgr events and their descriptions.  This is a super handy reference when looking up events, especially when someone is verbally calling them out, or you dont have the OpsMgr DLL’s to read the log. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dmuscett/archive/2010/06/23/opsmgr_2d00_event_2d00_ids_2d00_spreadsheet.aspx  

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A SQL query to get task output data from the OpsDB

Something I wrote to get a report on tasks being run on the OpsDB, and their output: select tv.Name as TaskName, bme.fullname as ObjectName, jsv.SubmittedBy, jsv.TimeStarted, jsv.TimeFinished, jsv.Output, tv.Description as TaskDescription from JobStatusView jsv inner join TaskView tv on jsv.MonitoringTaskId = tv.Id inner join BaseManagedEntity bme on jsv.TargetMonitoringObjectId = bme.BaseManagedEntityId order by TimeStarted DESC This…

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OpsMgr 2012: How to remove management servers from the AMSRP

  There are VERY specific scenarios where you might want to remove a management server from the All Management Servers Resource Pool (AMSRP) However, there are some challenges you might experience if this is done.  Russ Slaten walks through the challenges and workarounds to make this happen with success. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/rslaten/archive/2013/05/30/management-servers-turn-gray-when-they-are-removed-from-the-amsrp.aspx

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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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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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Updated Scheduled Maintenance Mode scripts for R2

Tim McFadden of Microsoft PFE has updated the scripts for his “SCOM Remote Maintenance Mode Scheduler 2.0” tool.  They now work with R2 and wont put the HealthService or HealthService Watcher into maintenance mode, as this is automatic in R2 and not necessary. Get the original tool:  SCOM Remote Maintenance Mode Scheduler 2.0 Get the…

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Hotfix to be aware of: 2790831 – Handle leak in WMI on WS2012 and Win8

  Available at:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2790831/en-us   This hotfix addresses an issue found in Windows Server 2012 (and Win8) that can be exposed when performance data is queried via WMI.  Products that regularly query WMI for performance data are SCOM, SCVMM, and SCDPM.  Since ConfigMgr also depends on WMI so heavily, you might consider this for Win8…

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Boosting OpsMgr performance – by reducing the OpsDB data retention

Here is a little tip I often advise my customers on….. The default data retention in OpsMgr is 7 days for most data types:     These are default settings which work well for a large cross section of different agent counts.  In MOM 2005 – we defaulted to 4 days.  Many customers, especially with…

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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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Update: Automating Run As Account distribution dynamically

  Just an FYI – I have updated the automatic run as account distribution script I published, to make it more reliable in large environments, limit resources used and decrease the chance of a timeout, along with adding better debug logging.   Get the script and read more here: Automating Run As Account Distribution –…

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Nice clean Alert descriptions have been added to R2. Ahem.

I didn’t realize this feature got added – very nice.   In OpsMgr SP1 – we had to use some hacks to get the Alert Description formatted to be nicely readable.  I wrote about this HERE.  The problem was – we could add a </BR> to the alert description and get this to work in…

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System Center Universe is coming – January 19th!

  REGISTER NOW HERE:  http://www.systemcenteruniverse.com/   Read Cameron Fuller’s blog post on this here:  http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/12/17/scuniverse-returns-to-dallas-tx-and-the-world-on-january-19th-2016/     SCU is an awesome day of sessions covering Microsoft System Center, Windows Server, and Azure technologies from top speakers including Microsoft experts and MVP’s in the field. There are two tracks depending on your interests – Cloud and…

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