SCOM Gray Agents in VMM – Report & Email

A customer had a number of agents hosted in VMM, and often a VM would hang after patching. It was “Running” according to VMM but not actually responsive. This script helped identity these Gray Agents. They also had VMs hosted in Azure, and those were identifiable by naming convention. It relies on the VMM and…

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Script to delete decommissioned servers in SCOM

This is a modified version of Tim McFadden’s script. This script will take a text file containing the FQDNs of agents which need to be removed from SCOM. Note this process is for when a server has been decommissioned but was never removed from SCOM. If you are instead trying to remove the agent from…

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Troubleshooting SCOM discovery – a thorough how-to

Something not getting discovered? Objects not appearing in the console after importing a management pack? Too often it turns out the wrong version of the product’s management pack was imported, or a typo in the Run As Account credentials. So double-, triple-check: Do you have the right management pack? Do you have the right account…

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A high-level comparison of monitoring Windows OS with SCOM / OMS and Azure

A customer wants to move their core OS monitoring off of SCOM and over to OMS or another Azure-based solution.  I wrote up this comparison to highlight the key capabilities and differences in each. It’s not intended to be an exhaustive list, but as a way to start the conversation. Note that all the info…

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Search SCOM subscriptions for a specific string

Today I made this simple script for a customer. It searches all notification subscriptions in your SCOM management group for a specific string. This script will look at subscriptions’ display name, description, and criteria. Matched results are printed out in green, and added to an array which is returned at the end of the script….

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Effective monitoring in SCOM

  Occasionally, a customer requests a full list of the monitoring on a specific agent – all rules, monitors, thresholds, and overrides.  While the task called “Show Running Rules and Monitors for this Health Service” will be helpful, it does not show thresholds or overridden thresholds. For this, you can use the PowerShell cmdlet: Export-SCOMEffectiveMonitoringConfiguration….

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