Network Monitoring with System Center Operations Manager 2012

(Post courtesy Nikunj Kansara) This post describes the network monitoring capabilities of the System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta. In my opinion, network monitoring is the most exciting feature of the upcoming Operations Manager 2012 release. This article will help users to get an overview of the network monitoring, how to discover network devices, configure…


SharePoint Conference 2011 Session Recordings Available

Update: It looks like the recordings have been pulled off of YouTube.  Perhaps they were not supposed to be there in the first place.  It was good while it lasted… make sure to sign up for SharePoint Conference 2012 here: Hello All- After eating all your turkey today (if you are in the US),…


Dashboards in System Center Operations Manager 2012 (Part 2)

(Post courtesy Rohit Kochher) In part 1 of this series, we discussed about the terminology used in dashboards and created a performance widget. In this part 2, we will create state and alert widgets. In the end we will have our Grid Layout ready with all the three widgets. We will also touch on integration…


Dashboards in System Center Operations Manager 2012 (Part 1)

(Post courtesy Rohit Kochher) System Center Operations Manager 2012 has some exciting features out of box like Networking Monitoring, Application monitoring and Dashboards. We will cover Dashboards in series of two blogs. In the first blog we talk about terminology of dashboards and create a performance widget. In the second blog, we will create state…


Is it possible to synchronize Dynamics CRM 2011 between the main office and branch offices?

(Post courtesy Partner Technical Consultant specializing on Dynamics CRM) Problem/Issue: Partners would like to increase the availability of Dynamics CRM data to customers worldwide or in different locations, thereby achieving redundancy. They are asking about the possibility of using SQL Server Log Shipping / SQL Server Database Mirroring / SQL Server replication towards this goal….


System Center Operations Manager 2012 Installation Walkthrough

(Post courtesy Rohit Kochher) System Center Operations Manager 2012 has significant changes in setup from Operations Manager 2007. Setup of 2012 has become simpler and installation has become easier. If you want to follow along on a test server, you can download Beta version of SCOM 2012 from here. Note: The Root Management Server (RMS)…


WSUS not configured error during Configuration Manager 2012 Software Update Point Installation

(Post courtesy Anil Malekani) Recently I tried configuring Software Update Management in Configuration Manager 2012. After installing WSUS on the Configuration Manager 2012 box, I tried to install Software Update Point as a site role. The Software Update Point role successfully installed, as per the SUPSetup.log file (under C:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\Logs) However, my updates…


Performing an Active Directory Health Check Before Upgrading

(Post courtesy Bonoshri Sarkar) Hi everyone, this is Bonoshri Sarkar here. I have worked for Microsoft as Partner Technical Consultant specializing in Directory Services for the past two years; providing end to end consulting to enable partners to design, position, sell and deploy Microsoft Platforms for their customers. In my earlier role, I worked for…


Operating System Deployment with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta

(Post courtesy Anil Malekani) A few days back, I configured OS deployment in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Beta 2 to deploy a Windows 7 Image, which I had captured using Configuration Manager 2007. It was all in a Hyper-V environment so no drivers were to be included in this scenario.  I wanted to share…