Global Service Monitor not working because the remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure

When we install and use Global Service Monitor in System Center Operations Manager 2012, the Management Server(s) need to access the GSM site in Azure which will be using a certificate from Microsoft. The Management Server needs to trust this certificate and for this it needs to have in its computer certificate store, in Trusted…

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For which Alerts did I get a Notification in SC Operations Manager 2012?

Have you ever asked yourself, which Alerts that are currently in the OperationsManager database match your configured Criteria from your Subscriptions? Well, I have been asked this and so the easiest way was to create a PS Script which uses the Configuration of every Subscription and exports all the Alerts it finds in the database…

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Tweaking the AD and CM Connectors in Service Manager 2012

IMPORTANT: Always perform a FULL Backup of the database before doing anything to it !!! ALSO: It is advised that you open a case at Microsoft before doing this – directly editing the database is not supported and you may find yourself in an unsupported state if anything goes wrong.   Some Connectors (like the Active…

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Resetting and running the Service Manager Data Warehouse Jobs separately

We can see quite some issues with running the SM Data Warehouse Jobs or finishing the Cube Processing Jobs. Most of these issues are related to performance problems due to down-sizing of the hardware on the SM Data Warehouse server, SQL Server with the DW databases and/or SQL Server with the SQL Analysis Services. So…

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Orchestrator and Activity data size limits – a case of re-executing Runbooks

I am going to start by mentioning this great article which explains about the maximum size of the parameters we can use in Orchestrator: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/archive/2012/05/08/orchestrator-quick-tip-what-s-the-maximum-size-of-parameters.aspx As the article also states, we can have data passed onto the databus as large as 2GB – *but* – and this is the catch here – different Activities used may…

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Bad OM Performance because State Change Events are not groomed out

IMPORTANT: Always perform a FULL Backup of the database before doing anything to it !!! ALSO: It is advised that you open a case at Microsoft before doing this – directly editing the database is not supported and you may find yourself in an unsupported state if anything goes wrong.   So I have encountered…

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Custom Activity with User Picker in Service Manager 2012

Well, so we need to create an extended Manual Activity Class/Form or a brand new custom Activity Class/Form and we want to have a new User Picker (or Single Instance Picker) on the Form to be able to select a User (or CI) which is somehow related to this Activity. Pretty easy huh? Well ……

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