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…

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Powershell: Retrieve Group Membership for a given Computer in Operations Manager (2012/ 2012 R2)

  In System Center Operations Manager (2012/ 2012 R2) you may find it difficult to retrieve all the Groups a given Computer Instance belongs to. Doing it via Powershell it becomes quite simple – something you can achieve by running the following script:   Import-Module OperationsManager  $ComputerFQDN = '<YourServerFQDNname>' $Groups = Get-SCOMGroup Write-Host $ComputerFQDN "…

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Operations Manager 2012 - Create Override Packs via PowerShell

  An example PowerShell script to automate the creation of override packs within Operations Manager can be downloaded from Script Center. This shows how you can easily setup and follow the Management Pack life cycle for change control via PowerShell This script facilitates the creation of unsealed override packs to match the name of the sealed management pack with the…

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Secondary Sites and SQL Server Express 2012

Lately, I’ve been helping my customer plan for a ConfigMgr 2012 upgrade from SP1 to R2.  After a particularly troubled initial upgrade from RTM to SP1 a couple of years ago, I was emphasising how important it was to give the pre-upgrade checklist its due diligence.  Most of the items on the list are fairly…

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How To Auto Uninstall User Device Affinity Applications in Configuration Manager 2012

Before Christmas, a colleague came to me with a customer scenario where they were leveraging User Device Affinity to pre-deploy software installations to users, however they were looking for a method to automatically uninstall the software when either a user’s device affinity changed or the application was revoked. The application virtualisation white paper discusses methods…

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CM TechDay Additional Content

Hi All, This post is meant as a reference to additional content for those that attended our TechDay on System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager last week.  That said, the resources below may be generally useful for anyone working on Configuration Manager. First up we have Ricky Simpson's network bandwidth testing sessions script references: To…

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Service Manager 2012 - Creating Workflow Notifications in Change Requests

The Change Request process in Service Manager can involve a lot of repetitive data entry. This is largely caused because workflow emails for a Review\Manual Activity in a CR by design only take information from themselves and not the parent CR/ For example, if the parent CR for the review activity has been logged as the…

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#8 - Operations Manager Agent deployment and basic monitoring testing over the Windows Azure P2S VPN connection

    This post is (last) Part #8 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring-over-p2s-vpn-by-using-system-center-2012-operations-manager.aspx     Please make sure you read previous post(s) beforehand.     Link to previous part: #7 – Configure Name resolution over P2S VPN Connection . . . . ….

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#7 - Configure Name resolution over P2S VPN Connection

  This post is Part #7 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring-over-p2s-vpn-by-using-system-center-2012-operations-manager.aspx    Please make sure you read previous post(s) beforehand.    Link to previous part: #6 – Configure and connect the P2S VPN Client to the Windows Azure P2S VPN     . ….

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#6 - Configure and connect the P2S VPN Client to the Windows Azure P2S VPN.

  This post is Part #6 of the: Windows Azure Monitoring over P2S VPN using System Center 2012 Operations Manager Available here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/manageabilityguys/archive/2013/11/05/windows-azure-infrastructure-as-a-service-iaas-point-to-site-p2s-test-vpn-setup-virtual-machine-monitoring-over-p2s-vpn-by-using-system-center-2012-operations-manager.aspx    Please make sure you read previous post(s) beforehand.    Link to previous part: #5 – Create and Export the P2S VPN Client Certificate   . . . . . . ….

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