Windows Phone Push Notifications for your OpsMgr Alerts - Part 1

Did you know you can easily create your own Windows Phone Push Notifications using the Notify My Windows Phone app? NMWP is a platform that helps you push information to virtually any Windows Phone 7 (and 8) device you own. What do you need to get started? Windows Phone 7 or 8 The NMWP app…

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New KBArticle: Understanding Operations Manager Maintenance Mode

Yesterday we published a new KBArticle about Operations Manager Maintenance Mode. It explains everything you want to know about Maintenance Mode.   What is Maintenance Mode? Maintenance mode is a feature in Operations Manager to suspend monitoring of an object during regular software or hardware maintenance activities like Software Update installations, Hardware replacements, etc.  …

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Extract Exchange 2010 Management Pack files from MSI file

Today I wanted to have a look at the Exchange 2010 Management Pack files, but I did not had access to an OpsMgr 2007 environment and only had my laptop with Windows 7 running with me. So I started to download the Exchange 2010 MP from the Microsoft PinPoint Website. After the download had finished…

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Who put the RMS in Maintenance Mode? (2nd update)

I was investigating an issue with OpsMgr Agents who where stuck in Maintenance Mode. A big help was this article from David Dixon. We managed to solve the issue but we also wanted to know what caused the issue and I investigated if the RMS HealthService was put in Maintenance Mode accidentally. By the way,…

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Finding Multihomed OpsMgr agents with PowerShell

This week I got some questions about Multihoming agents. As you know, a multihomed architecture is based on the concept of an agent reporting to two (or more) management groups. But first I wanted to know how I could see if an agent was a multihomed agent and I used PowerShell to look into the…

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What is the impact of the OpsMgr Web Console on the RMS?

This week I had a conversation with a customer who wanted to offer their admins OpsMgr Web Consoles instead of the “normal” fat-client OpsMgr Consoles. Most customers think that the Web Console would have less impact on the RSM as the “normal” fat-client. But when we look in the Operations Manager 2007 Performance and Scalability…

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Pulling OpsMgr Company Knowledge from Management Pack and send it to email

Some weeks ago I got a question from Marnix Wolf asking if it’s possible to retrieve Company Knowledge for a monitor or rule and sent that as email. And after an evening playing around with PowerShell I created a PowerShell script that could do exactly that.   Pre-requisites: OpsMgr 2007 (R2) PowerShell version 2.0 (I…

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Sneak preview of sealed MPs using PowerShell

Today I needed to check if a customer had installed the latest versions of available Management Packs. And there are many tools that can help you with that, but I wanted to know if the downloaded MP files had a newer version than the ones installed in the Management Group. I could have used  Boris…

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OpsMgr (Custom) Reporting Links

Yesterday I was at a customer explaining OpsMgr Reporting and how they could start creating custom OpsMgr Reports. They told me they had trouble finding information about creating OpsMgr Reports so I created a list with all the information I had been saving in OneNote. And I thought it would be a good idea to…

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Documenting your OperationsManager Databases? Use PowerShell!

I’ve already blogged a couple of times about ways to document your Operations Manager Databases. First I showed you to use SQLSpec from ElsaSoft, a couple days ago I told you you can find more information about the OperationsManagerDW schema in the new Reporting Documentation. And now I’m telling you, you can use PowerShell to…

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