(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V and Cloud

SCSM – Add Cireson Portal URL’s to Email Notifications


If you have SCSM in your environment, one of the must have products is the Cireson portal, as it provides lightning fast access to SCSM through HTML5 web pages that render appropriately on any device in any browser.  Because of this, after any deployment of the Cireson portal, no one ever wants to use the SCSM console again unless they really have to. As the only requirement to view the portal.. Read More

System Center Universe 2016 – Europe


This post I have written while sitting in Berlin Tegel airport waiting for my flight home after another great System Center Universe conference.   It was another three days of great informative technical sessions, all presented by experts who didn’t just know the subject matter in theory, they all have masses of real world experience.   Whether you are moving to the cloud, or still on-premises, or somewhere in between, there were sessions.. Read More

Azure Automation – Hybrid Runbook Workers in Proxy Environments


Azure Automation has been out for a while now, and is a very powerful tool that can automate the manual, long-running, error-prone, and common tasks that are regularly performed in the cloud and on premises.  To provide automation within your own data centre, hybrid runbook workers can be deployed within your environment that will communicate with Azure Automation for it’s configuration and runbooks. For more information on what hybrid runbook workers can do and what.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – Update Rollup 11

Check It Out

I’ve been a little bit quiet recently on the blogging front for a number of reasons, and I missed advising of the release of UR10, however I’m now back and can immediately advise that UR11 is now available for System Center 2012 R2. UR11 doesn’t include updates for all the products in the System Center suite, so go take a look and see if any apply to you at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3184867… Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR9 Released!

Hot off the Press

Yesterday, UR9 for System Center 2012 R2 was released and is now available.  It brings fixes and features to Operations Manager, Service Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, SPF and WAP.  The descriptions and download links for the updates are available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3129757. Happy updating!! David

OMS – New MS Blog

Important Announcement

Ed Wilson, aka the Microsoft Scripting Guy, has launched a new Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) blog. Read the full announcement at, https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/msoms/2016/01/04/welcome-to-the-microsoft-operations-management-suite-blog/.   Enjoy! David  

SCOM – Top Microsoft Support Call Solutions


Microsoft has rather a lot of customers using System Center Operations Manager, and therefore there have been rather a lot of calls raised with Microsoft Support for assistance in resolving different issues.  Over the years, many support tickets have been raised for the same or similar issues, so Microsoft have kindly published the top support calls, and their resolutions! This is well worth adding to your SCOM favourites…. https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/topsupportsolutions/2015/12/19/top-support-solutions-for-system-center-2012-operations-manager-7/  .. Read More

SCOM – Embedding SCOM Reports in SquaredUp

Dashboard Snippet

I’m a big fan of SquaredUp for visualising SCOM data in a fast and flexible way, and will always create a nice new dashboard when one is required.  There are times though when I’m just too busy to create a new dashboard, and am happy to use a SCOM out of the box report, even if it’s just a temporary solution.  The problem with using a report though is that users.. Read More

SCSM/SCORCH – Runbook Invocation Failed


When using Runbook Automation Activities in SCSM workflows, the call to start the relevant runbook is made using the Orchetsrator web service to the management server. If the call to Orchestrator fails, the runbook activity will fail, and an entry will be added to the log stating ‘Runbook invocation failed because the Runbook contract has changed. See the eventlog for additional information’.   In my experience, at this point most.. Read More

SCOM / DPM – NTFS reported the logical disk is in error or corrupt


One of the monitors provided by the core operating system management packs in SCOM checks NTFS disks for errors or corruption, and alerts appropriately….. Alert: NTFS reported the logical disk is in error or corrupt. Source: C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica\SqlServerWriter\vol_6e3fa29a-eeaf-4c3f-b9cc-ab4678d4ec72 Path: XYZ.ABC.COM Last modified by: System Last modified time: 27/11/2015 09:07:30 Alert description: NTFS on the logical disk C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\DPM\DPM\Volumes\Replica\SqlServerWriter\vol_6e3fa29a-eeaf-4c3f-b9cc-ab4678d4ec72 has reported that some.. Read More