QuickTip: Hyper-V Automatic Stop Action settings to save disk space

In Hyper-V versions prior to Windows Server 2012, a .bin file was created for each virtual machine, that was the exact same size as the memory allocated to the VM.  This was to automatically reserve the disk space needed if you ever saved the state of the VM.  It ensured that if you needed to…

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OpsMgr: Infrastructure Planning and Design guide released for OpsMgr 2012

  Download it here:     http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=245476   This guide outlines the infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Operations Manager. It guides you through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. You’ll find easy-to-follow steps on identification and design of the required management groups, helping you…

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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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DataWarehouse StandardDataSetMaintenance fails due to too many tables

I wrote previously about the most common issues that cause the StandardDataSetMaintenance to fail: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/08/30/the-31552-event-or-why-is-my-data-warehouse-server-consuming-so-much-cpu.aspx   One of those reasons can be caused by using SQL 2005, and having long retention with large amounts of data being stored.  This can bring about a situation where more than 256 tables exist for a given dataset (state,…

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Internet Explorer 9 ships final version today

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/products/ie/home   I have been using IE9 from beta, to RC, and now I am on the RTM version which shipped last night.  I really, really like IE9.  It is crazy fast, and very secure.  While on the beta version – there where a bunch of websites that I had trouble with – but enabling…

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Service Pack 1 ships for Server 2008R2 and Windows 7

Microsoft recently announced the release of Service Pack 1 for both Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. SP1 is available for download with your MSDN subscription now, and general availability on Feb 22.   Documentation on SP1, what it includes, and changes to each OS is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=61924cea-83fe-46e9-96d8-027ae59ddc11&displaylang=en   I have been running SP1…

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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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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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New Dell Sever Hardware MP available 4.1

Marnix just blogged about it here: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2010/12/new-dell-mp-41-a00-has-been-released.html

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Want to provide direct feedback on Microsoft Management packs?

  You can do this easily yourself now.    I often hear customers mention to me while I am onsite, little complaints about some of our MP’s.  The problem is – these complaints (sometimes even bugs) never make it up to the MP owners because the customers don’t open a case with Microsoft about the…

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ADMP for Windows Server 2008 – Alerts not generated for some Rules

There is a very recently discovered issue in the current ADMP (Version 6.0.7065.0).  The Event log rules in the Microsoft.Windows.Server.AD.2008.Monitoring.mp don’t generate alerts as expected.  Jimmy Harper has created an “Addendum” MP which contains overrides to disable all of these, and then recreated each rule with a fixed version.  You’ll just need to import this…

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Silect MP Author releases SP3

  This tool is getting more and more powerful every day! Check it out:   http://www.silect.com/mp-author From their page: MP Author is better than ever. The SP3 release of MP Author includes the following updates: Improved knowledge viewing and editing in multiple language environments Improved XML editing New feature to "Check for missing display names" Added…

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Follow me on twitter

  By the way – if you want to get updates whenever I have a new blog post, or additional topics/highlights/discussions, follow me on twitter. @thekevinholman https://twitter.com/thekevinholman

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A new-ish blog to add to your blogrolls

A friend of mine – Marnix Wolf – is a System Center consultant in the Netherlands.  He started blogging recently and has some good stuff out there.  Add this one to your RSS reader. http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/

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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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SCOM 2016 is available

        Yes, yes, I know.  Late to the party.  Better late than never.      For those that don’t know – SCOM 2016 was released at Ignite this year, on Sept 29th. It hit the GA milestone on October 12th, which is the date it becomes Generally Available on Volume License media and…

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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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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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