Don’t forget the SSRS switches!!

A short post but I hope it is useful. SCOM has some great inbuilt reports that you can get to from the console. But what if you don’t want loads of consoles installed (there is a limit in a Management Group after all). That is easy, use SSRS. OK so you set up a link…


Setting System Center Orchestrator Runbook Operator Privileges

Hi, Common question I keep getting asked by my customers is: How do I set Orchestrator Operator privileges in specific Runbook contexts? This post is all about providing you with a simple and precise set of guidelines to enable to answer the question above. The Scenario: “WSUS Operators” Domain Group needs to only gain Operator…


Update your VMM Managed Hyper-V Host Agents with PowerShell

Hey there, the kids are finally in bed and the dog is snoring on the sofa, which means I’ve got some time to get this blog finished. Firstly, I need to start this post with a caveat, a PowerShell related caveat…  I’m not a PowerShell guru!  The PowerShell gurus out there can probably smell the lack of…


Troubleshooting PXE boot issues in Configuration Manager 2012

A very short one from me today, we recently published an interactive tutorial in troubleshooting PXE. Choose to get straight down to it or go through an overview and background of PXE first: Rob York Premier Field Engineer


What's New With ConfigMgr's Client Notification Feature

With the release of Configuration Manager this month – ConfigMgr 1602, was the introduction of some new features within the console in regards to how an administrator can interact with a client.  This blog will look to explain these new features, how they work and where they’ve been developed from.  Firstly, some background.  Way back…


Enabling the Microsoft Monitoring Agent in Windows JSON Templates

Remember the good old days when operating systems came on floppy disks and a cheese fondue was the height of culinary sophistication. These days, there is no need to worry about the dog eating disk 65 of 132 when a couple of clicks of a mouse can deploy complex infrastructure quickly to a repeatable standard…


Monitoring Database Replication Efficiency in Configuration Manager 2012

In this blog post I want to look at DRS replication within System Center Configuration Manager and discuss some impacts that can be seen in a busy site.  If you are running a single site environment, then this article is not for you.  If you run a CAS and multiple primary sites then you might…


Making your Product Connector Highly Available in OpsMgr 2012

During testing with a customer it was noted that the 3rd party product connector they were using to forward alerts did not work if the management server holding the RMS emulator role was unavailable. The connector itself seemed to be targeted at the all management server resource pool (AMSRP) but no alerts got updated to…


Operations Manager 2012 R2 “Perfect Failover Service”.

Over my time using SCOM 2012 I have found that there is still some confusion about how the core of a SCOM Management Group, now with the Resource Pools, actually functions. You may have heard of the Perfect Failover Service before. I have delved around for documentation and found that public information for this is…


SCOM Alerts from Windows Events

Having spent some time on the Service Model, I’ll start to look at some monitoring to help us build a Health Model. I’ll start with what is usually a straight forward requirement – monitoring a windows log e.g. the application log – and generating an alert if a specific event id is detected. I've made…