Skype for Business 2015 (premise) Addendum MP

Ever try to figure out a Skype alert, for which server in the pool(s) is failing?   While maybe not the clearest to find root cause, the Skype pack brings a bunch of functionality, including synthetic transactions.   I was lucky enough to collaborate with Nick Wood, Skype PFE, to help provide more detail, troubleshooting, impact…


Lync 2013 Addendum Management Pack

Continuing the Addendum tradition 🙂 Lync couldn’t be forgotten.   To understand options and methods available on the Server and SCOM, re-read the Active Directory Addendum blog     Lync 2013 Now that we understand the methods available, let’s get to the Addendum.     The Addendum pack has 32 Recovery Tasks for Lync Service…


Skype for Business 2015 (SfB) Addendum Management Pack

    Continuing the Addendum tradition 🙂 Skype was next on the list.   To understand options and methods available on the Server and SCOM, re-read the Active Directory Addendum blog     Skype for Business 2015 (SfB) Now that we understand the methods available, let’s get to the Addendum. This Skype Addendum MP adds Recovery…


Active Directory 2012-2016 Addendum Management Pack

A Post-it note is like an addendum, no?     As an Operations engineer, how many times do you get notified for a service restart?   Did you know about Service Recovery actions, or SCOM Recovery Tasks?   Why didn’t the SCOM Recovery tasks get added to many of the common Microsoft Applications?     Hopefully today,…


Sealing SCOM MP’s

  Sealing MP’s This is an updated version of Kevin Holman’s blog, and Jonathan Almquist’s blog for SCOM2012R2 and 2016   First why seal? If you seal the MP – we will be able to use the classes/groups created for overrides in any other override MP. Unsealed MP – any overrides you use for classes/groups will be…


Clarification on Registry Key discoveries

  Ran across this in my travels, difficulty getting a monitor to work properly To clarify some of the registry MP fragments, make sure you follow the whole path This post is to help with using the Monitor.RegistryValue.Exists.mpx fragment     Example – Verify Registry Key under TestService   This is an excerpt from the MP…


Exchange 2013 monitoring Addendum

This is a good source for additional Exchange Server 2013+ monitoring, brought to my attention from Exchange PFE Dave Groll!   See Volkan Coskun’s blog post here Update 30 Nov 2018 NOTE this content is no longer available – posted Volkun’s custom extension pack on TechNet Gallery here     This will help provide additional visibility to…

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PowerShell Monitor Fragment with Run As

Stop!   Ever need to run a PowerShell command (or script) as a specific ID? Maybe you need to know when the command fails to catch degraded application health?   Let’s work into the scenario with a MP Fragment   Download the latest fragments here


Load Test MP fragment

Shout to Tyson Paul for his initial MP with 2016, catch his blog here!   This should help speed up building the MP if you have Visual Studio 2013 or 2015 with Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE).  Read Kevin Holman’s blog if this is new   Download the latest fragments here   Quicker method To…


Load Test MP with Report

Read below if you want a specific MP for load testing   I don’t know about you, but I’ve come across the situation where you need to compare performance.   This MP should help validate performance, whether to validate physical versus virtual, or a new Server Farm, storage performance between environments, etc.   Shout to…