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

SCSM – Custom Postpone Activity

Workflow

A number of requests I have had of late have been to build in a time delay into the workflow of a service request in SCSM.  An example of this was building a server de-provisioning workflow, which needed to have a two week delay between powering off the server, and completely deleting it.  The workflow I put together for this involved Orchestrator runbooks to perform tasks such as removing System Center agents.. Read More

SCU Europe

SCU Europe

With August fast approaching, it is almost time for System Center Universe in Europe which I will be attending.  I’m looking forward to geeking out with lots of like-minded people, and enjoying a beer or two 😉 If you work with System Center, Azure or Hyper-V in any capacity, this event is likely to have something for you…  Here are common questions that have been answered by the people running.. Read More

SCSM – Changing the Workflow Management Server

CMDB Source

Recently, I had to upgrade the infrastructure for a Service Manager management group, and as part of this upgrade I had to change the workflow management server to a newly built management server.  At first, this looked like a straight forward process as defined on Microsoft TechNet. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh524221.aspx I prepared the new management server, run the SQL query, and restarted the System Center services, and everything was completed successfully.  After.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR7 Released! (Almost)

Microsoft

As has become the usual pattern, an update rollup package has been released for System Center 2012 R2 every three months.. And, it is now that time for Update Rollup 7. UR7 is now available for all products in the System Center suite, except for Operations Manager (SCOM), which is listed as ‘Coming soon’. To get more details on the UR7 update, and the downloaded links, visit https://t.co/SgMSlpoB0i. Happy updating!.. Read More

SCSM – Preventing MPSync Issues

DW MP's

Within a Service Manager environment, there are two management groups, one operational management group and one data warehouse management group.  In order for data to be committed to the data warehouse correctly, management packs (sealed only) that are in the operational management group need to be sync’d over to the data warehouse management group, and the versions of the management packs needs to be the same in both.  This sync.. Read More

SCOM – Pending Reboot Management Pack

Alerts

Today, I put together another management pack for SCOM, and this time this management pack monitors if servers need a reboot. The management checks for a pending reboot requirement in four places…  These three registry locations are checked for values that indicate a reboot is required: HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate\Auto Update HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Component Based Servicing And, Microsoft.Update.SystemInfo is queried for a requirement to reboot. After testing though, I did notice that some applications.. Read More

SCSM – Assign Reviewer to Review Activity Automatically

Service Manager

  Within Change Request templates in SCSM, it is common to add a Review Activity to the workflow to ensure the relevant people are aware of, and agree the change can taking place.  Placing a review activity at the beginning of a workflow (as in the image below) ensures that no other activities to actually do any work take place, and provides an audit trail for the change. If you.. Read More

SCOM – Auto-Enabling Agent Proxying

When deploying agents in SCOM, it is often required to enable agent proxying in order to achieve full monitoring. Common servers that require agent proxying are AD servers, cluster servers, Exchange servers etc. The reason for enabling agent proxying is to allow the agent to pass data about a computer name other than itself, such as another AD server that is being replicated.  For most SCOM administrators, managing agent proxying.. Read More

SCOM 2012 R2 – Delete Agent using PowerShell

SCOM

Hi All, Within the SCOM console there is the option to Uninstall, Repair and Delete an agent from the Agent Managed view.  However, when using the Operations Manager cmdlets in PowerShell, it is only possible to Uninstall or Repair.  In most cases these options are fine, but there are times when servers go offline unexpectantly, or as part of certain processes, where an agent needs to be Deleted from the.. Read More