Sealing referenced Management Packs for MP Authoring

This week I again had the ‘pleasure’ of needing sealed Management Packs when trying to author Management Packs. Take a look at the error message I got when I wanted to author a Management Pack in Silect’s MP Author tool. So I tried to find all the sealed mp files I could find on my…


Downloading MP Wiki info

As OpsMgr engineers we regularly check the Microsoft Management Pack Wiki for update info about Management Packs. Wouldn’t it be great if we could that automated using PowerShell? For the System Center RAP as a Service (kind of Health Check for System Center) we check if the Premier Customer has installed the latest Management Packs…


Free ebook: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience

We’re happy to announce the release of our newest free ebook, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience (ISBN 9780735695825). More information can be found here: I only had a very small contribution to this eBook


OpsMgr installation in Azure VM

Lately I’m busy with learning more and more about Azure. I even passed my Azure 70-533 exam last week Today I wanted to start installing Operations Manager 2012 R2 in a newly deployed VM in Azure. Instead of downloading the installation bits from MSDN from within the VM hosted in Azure I wanted to upload…


Using Operational Insights to find missing Update Rollups for OpsMgr

Today I was looking for an easy way to find if I had installed the latest Update Rollups for Operations Manager 2012 R2 on all my machines. I know I had installed the latest Update Rollup 4 for OpsMgr 2012 R2 manually in my Windows Azure Pack demo environment. But did I miss some machines?…


Real-Time monitoring of OM Techical Preview installation for errors

Some days ago we announced the availability of Windows Server Technical Preview and System Center Technical Preview. After downloading the vhd file using a PowerShell script shared on Niklas Akerlund’s blog I wanted to monitor the installation of OpsMgr in real-time for errors. As you may already know there is OpsMgrSetupWizard.log file which reports activity…


New Operations Manager Dashboard section Script Center

We recently added an area for sharing scripts for SCOM dashboards featuring PowerShell extensibility widgets to the TechNet Script Center repository. This is a centralized location with PowerShell scripts for the extensibility widgets. I’ve uploaded my PowerShell Grid Widget Helper script to this section too. And did you know I also used my PowerShell Script…


TechEd North America 2014 OpsMgr Content

TechEd North America is provides technical education, product evaluation, and community resources to plan, architect, deploy, manage and secure a connected enterprise. The brightest and most skilled technology professions meet to increase their technical expertise through deep hands-on technical learning, sharing of best practices and interaction with Microsoft and a variety of industry experts and…


New release from Silect: MP Author SP1

Yesterday Silect released a new version of their MP Authoring tool targeted to IT Pros. This tool is called MP Author and is completely free for all System Center Customers and will be the tool we recommend to IT Pros who need to do MP Authoring. It replaces previous tools we have piloted such as…