PowerShell Script to Backup OpsMgr Overrides and Unsealed Management Packs

Attached is a PowerShell script that can be used to backup overrides and unsealed Management Packs from Operations Manager 2012, as well as OpsMgr 2007 R2. This script is an update to the PS script that my friend Boris Y had written a while ago. The updates include… Runs on Windows PowerShell (version 1 and 2)… Read more

Setup and Upgrade in System Center Operations Manager 2012

For the Operations Manager 2012 release, we have made some big changes in the setup and upgrade areas to make the deployment experience more simple, intuitive, and easy to use. In this post, I’m going to go through some of the major changes in the deployment experiences to help you better prepare for OM 2012…. Read more

Slow tab expansion in Ops Mgr Powershell V2 console

I am a big Powershell fan, and I use the Powershell console regularly.  Depending on what I’m taking care of at the time, I might be using the plain vanilla console or I might be using the Operations Manager snapin to work with the latest builds of our product.  In both contexts, I find that… Read more

Windows Agent Install MSI Use Cases and Commands

Recently, I have had a bunch for requests for more detail on installing a Windows Agent or upgrading a Agent from the command line.  So here you go!!  Use Case Command Fresh Install and set specific action account msiexec.exe /i \\path\Directory\MOMAgent.msi /qn /l*v %temp%\MOMAgentinstall.log  USE_SETTINGS_FROM_AD=0 MANAGEMENT_GROUP=<MG_Name> MANAGEMENT_SERVER_DNS=<MSDNSName> ACTIONS_USE_COMPUTER_ACCOUNT=0 ACTIONSUSER=<AccountUser> ACTIONSDOMAIN=<AccountDomain> ACTIONSPASSWORD=<AccountPassword> USE_MANUALLY_SPECIFIED_SETTINGS=1 SET_ACTIONS_ACCOUNT=1 Fresh Install… Read more

Notification Test Tool

The Notifications Test Tool is a simple tool you can use to test your notification channels and subscriptions.  This tool can be used to test email (SMTP), Instant Message (IM) or Text message (SMS) channels.  Also, you can use this to generate a test alert in OpsMgr to test subscriptions.    Install Instructions:   Download… Read more

Notifications Update Alert History Tool

One of the challenges we face when working with notifications in System Center Operation Manager is figuring out if a notification subscription was triggered and who received it.  Currently in OM2007SP1 and OM2007R2 we do not record when the notification was sent and who received the message. The following tool in the download link below uses a combination of a… Read more

MP Authoring Resources

I just want to make sure everyone is aware of some recent resources that are available for the deep MP author.  These are really focused on authors who use the authoring console / XML editing to build MPs and want to understand some of our more complex module type library and how to use them. … Read more

Troubleshooting OpsMgr 2007 and OpsMgr 2012 certificate issues with PowerShell

The steps for configuring certificates in Operations Manager are numerous and one can easily get them confused. I see posts to the newsgroups and discussion lists regularly trying to troubleshoot why certificate authentication is not working, perhaps for a workgroup machine or gateway. Sometimes it takes 3 or 4 messages back and forth before I or anyone… Read more

How to Delete an Operations Manager 2007 Managed Object from a Management Group using PowerShell (Updated PS script which works on PowerShell V2 and above)

(Updated PS script below which works on PowerShell V2 and above) We have had some customers ask us if there is a way to remove an agent managed computer using PowerShell from OpsMgr 2007 after the agent managed computer has been turned off. The scenario is that the machine that has an agent installed on… Read more

Obtaining Certificates for Ops Mgr via Command Line or Script

If you are deploying Ops Mgr on machines in untrusted domains or DMZs (anywhere outside of Kerberos trust), then you are going to need to leverage PKI and set up certificates on your boxes in order for authentication to work.  The process of requesting and retrieving the needed certificates can be confusing and painful, often… Read more