PowerShell v4 Desired State Configuration Cheat Sheet

If you are interested in the new PowerShell v4 feature Desired State Configuration you can download a Cheat Sheet at the Microsoft Download Center.   PPT version or PDF version  


Update: List of latest cumulative update releases for Operations Manager

This article lists all latest cumulative updates that were released for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. I created this overview to easily find the latest Update Rollups for all the different versions of Operations Manager. Hope you also like this overview. Cumulative Updates Overview Windows Agents OpsMgr Version Latest Cummulative Update with patches for OpsMgr…


Evaluating System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager

As you all probably have noticed we announced the Preview version of System Center 2012 R2 during at TechEd Europe 2013.  You can download the Evaluation VHD from here. Downloading the VHDs saves you quite some time evaluating these new OpsMgr bits. Some time ago I wrote a blogpost on how to install OpsMgr 2012…


Failing OM2012 Gateway Server installation

This week I needed to install a OM2012 Gateway Server in my demo environment (Windows Server 2012 standard) and the installation was failing with the following error.   After adding the .NET Framework 3.5 using PowerShell the installation was successful.  


Finding Referenced Management Packs

Today I was helping a customer with some OpsMgr MP authoring and you sometimes need to find a Referenced Management Pack before you can edit a MP in the Authoring Console.       It’s sometimes difficult to find the correct Version of a MP if you have stored different versions on your system. The…


New OM2012 PowerShell Function (Remove-SCOMRule)

Today I got a question from my fellow Premier Field Engineer Anders Bengtsson if I could help him with an OpsMgr PowerShell script he was creating for an Orchestrator Runbook he started to create. And while waiting for a PowerShell workshop I was about to deliver I booted my OM2012 servers and had a look…


Updated version: Download MMS 2013 Videos from Channel 9

Sitting at the McCarran International Airport waiting for my flight to Amsterdam (the Netherlands) I had some time to kill so I wrote a simpel PowerShell script which helps to easily download the MMS 2013 sessions from the Channel 9 RSS feed. Using the Out-GridView Cmdlet you can easily select the sessions you are interested…


Retrieving MMS 2013 Content Sessions using PowerShell

In between my PowerShell activities, I’ll visiting the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas next week. This week I’m delivering a PowerShell workshop in the Netherlands, and when returning from MMS I’ll again be teaching a PowerShell workshop before going to the PowerShell Summit in Redmond. So it’s going to be a busy month traveling…


Retrieving Management Pack Reference Aliases using PowerShell

Today I was playing around with some MP Authoring automation using PowerShell and I needed to retrieve the Management Pack Reference Alias within a Management Pack. If you export a Management Pack to XML using the Get-SCOMManagementPack Cmdlet you can view the XML file and its contents. Get-SCOMManagementPack -Name Stefan.Test.MP | Export-SCOMManagementPack -Path c:\temp If…


Retrieving the network devices being monitored by OM2012 using PowerShell

Today I got a question from a co-worker about retrieving the monitored network devices by OM2012 using PowerShell. For Agents it’s pretty simple, you just use the Get-SCOMAgent Cmdlet and you have a nice overview of the Agents being monitored by OM2012. But which Cmdlet should you use to get an overview of the monitored…