SCOM – Creating a Visio Dashboard and Publishing to SharePoint

There are a lot of great dashboard capabilities in System Center 2012 R2.  In this post I will be walking through the process to create a customized Visio Dashboard that displays the current health state of an Active Directory environment based on the information contained in System Center Operations Manager.   I have also attached a…

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Monitoring for GPO Modifications with SCOM

–Updated 8/16/16– I recently had a request to assist in monitoring to changes to Group Policies using System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2.  We found an existing TechNet article that described the process, but the steps were slightly outdated and referred to a SCOM 2007 Environment.  However, it provided a good starting point.  http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3862.scom-monitoring-gpo-changes-using-scom-and-powershell.aspx.  The…

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Simplified SCOM Override Tracking

I often get requests from customers for assistance in tracking and controlling Overrides within SCOM.   Obviously overrides can be found and managed from within the Authoring pane of the Console and the built-in ‘Overrides’ Report in the Microsoft Generic Report Library provides a significant amount of detail.  However, many SCOM Admins would like an easier way to…

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SCOM – Active Directory Run-As account for Linux System Monitoring

I had a recent customer request to use Active Directory Service Accounts as a Linux Monitoring and Agent Maintenance Run-As accounts on a set of domain joined RHEL 6.5 systems.   The Service Accounts are in the same domain as the Linux systems. The AD account had been configured for sudo Elevation per this TechNet article:…

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SCOM – Runbook for persisting Stale Heartbeat Alerts

One of the more common alerts that I see in SCOM environments is the ‘Health Service Heartbeat Failure’.  All too often it is still possible to ping the system, and yet the heartbeat alert remains.  The typical fix is to simply stop the health service on the problem system, delete the contents of the Health…

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SCOM – Identifying Overrides saved in the Default Management Pack

The problem: I recently ran into a problem at one of my customer sites, with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007 & 2012, where numerous custom overrides had been saved to the Default Management Pack over the course of quite some time. Obviously there was an issue with administrators going in and quickly creating overrides…

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