SCOM Maintenance Mode PowerShell

My thanks to Matt Taylor and Kevin Holman, and John Kavanagh for their guidance! Updated 11 Dec 2018     Read on if these apply Trying to start, update, or end SCOM MM Get alerts when MM is updated PowerShell only in your shop! SCORCH in play but need to convert runbooks to straight PowerShell Ran…

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Service Map SCOM pack errors and events

Running Service Map SCOM management pack and getting errors?       Gotta love holidays Good family time Not at work if we’re lucky. When you come back, do you have to go investigate some new/weird errors?     This was one of those holidays for me 🙂       Figured I’d document SCOM errors,…

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Using MP Viewer to unseal or export MP to XLS or HTML

Use MPViewer and open the management pack files (MP and MPB)   Updated 14 Dec 2018   Thanks to Daniele Muscetta for converting this so many years ago! MPViewer tool originally at this blog https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dmuscett/2012/02/19/boriss-opsmgr-tools-updated/ MPViewer v2.3.3 added to TechNet Gallery for download here   Jan Van Meirvenne spent the time to update the functionality…

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Test fire any event on any server from any application

  Golden Oldies – always popular (tools vs music)   Old Holman blog that’s still relevant, even more powerful than EventLog Explorer   Basically anyone who wants to test fire events off a SCOM MP should use this tool. Event Create, write-eventlog all have limitations (certain event sources that can be used to create events, or…

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SCHANNEL event logging

First, my thanks to Bhuvnesh Kumar for his help!   Time to figure out what’s going on behind the curtain!     Are you seeing System Event Log, Event ID 36871 events?   Why does this matter?   Depending on OS versions and patches, the TLS Cipher Suites may not match on the various SCOM…

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XML for Product or Company Knowledge

Digging in the archives…     From a discussion with some PFE’s – the question was ‘how do I create knowledge for a monitor/rule?’ Tyson Paul pointed out the system Center Wiki  ‘Knowledge Article authoring’     When you create a knowledge article in an MP (let’s not even go into the console GUI! ) If the Knowledge…

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System Center Orchestrator 1801 Integration Packs

  Orchestra…?   FYI – Additional IP’s released this month for Orchestrator, SMA, and SPF Orchestrator https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56558 Service Management Automation https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56559 Service Provider Foundation https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=56557   In case you didn’t know, from Lynne Taggart’s blog , these integration packs (IP) were released in February: System Center 1801+ Integration Pack for HP iLO and OA System Center 1801+ -…

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How to be heard (provide feedback on Microsoft products)

Ever feel like everyone’s not listening? UserVoice Do you want to be heard? Are you willing to share ideas and feedback about OMS and the various products? Good, Microsoft development has that covered.   I recommend this to ALL of my customers Please sign-in, vote on ideas and feedback. Please put your comment, suggestion, feature out to…

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MMA Agent and SCOM Agent version numbers

This idea sprung from a discussion with Sr. PFE Brian Barrington, and it got me wondering…   FYI – If you’re running a SCOM agent, 2016 or above, various Log Analytics solutions may have pre-reqs.   OMS Gateway requires Microsoft Monitoring Agent (agent version – 8.0.10900.0 or later) Simple English, that means SCOM2016 RTM agent or…

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Installing and configuring the MMA agent

  Maybe the MMA agent is like Venom? Proof I’ve watched too many a Marvel movie…   An existential moment perhaps, but the MMA agent can be a bunch of strings stuck from one place to another, monitoring whatever its told to do.       If you are running SCOM2016 or above, the MMA…

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