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

SCOM – Monitor SCSM Data Warehouse Jobs


The data warehouse jobs in SCSM are very important as they are responsible for maintaining the DW databases, synchronising the management packs between the operational and DW management groups, extracting, transforming and loading data, and processing cubes. These are all the jobs that should be enabled and should be running on their defined schedule. If any of these jobs don’t run successfully, data cannot be loaded into the DW, could.. Read More

SCOM – Updated Unsealed MP Backup Management Pack

There has been a community MP around for some time now that provides an automated mechanism for backing up your unsealed management packs in a SCOM management group.  This was always a must have MP as a deleted management pack is not recoverable, so a backup copy of the management pack is your only failsafe. The original version of this backup management pack was available on SystemCenterCentral, however it has.. Read More

SCOM 2016 UR1


Update Rollup 1 for SCOM 2016 was released on the same day that SCOM 2016 went generally available.  UR1 must be installed as soon as you install SCOM 2016 due to the large number of fixes it contains. Download UR1 at http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=3190029 And, that’s all I am going to say on the matter.  The rest I am going to leave to Kevin Holman’s step-by-step blog post…. UR1 for SCOM 2016.. Read More

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

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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

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

Updated System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extensions

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Today, Microsoft has released an updated version of the System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extensions, which includes support for Visual Studio 2015!!  I know a lot of people who have been waiting for this for a long time, so it’s great news that you can now download the latest version of VSAE from, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169 It’s the same straight forward 2 minute installation as it always has been, and provides everything you.. Read More

SCOM – Windows Event Log Data Mining Management Pack


The Data Mining management pack, written by my friend Stelian Postea, is great management pack to help you investigate issues and to improve the general health of your servers.  We all look at the evnt logs on our servers to investigate individual issues, however we very rarely take a look at the number, and type, of events being created to gain an overall status of health…. That’s where this MP.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR8 Released!

Out Now

For those that missed it, UR8 for System Center 2012 R2 is now available and brings fixes and features to Operations Manager, Service Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager, SPF and WAP.  The descriptions and download links for the updates are available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3096378. However, the Service Manager UR seems to be missing from this page but is available here, https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3096383. Happy updating!! David

Hyper-V Cluster Performance – Global Update Manager (GUM)

Problem & Solution

  Global Update Manager is a feature that was introduced in Windows Server 2012 R2 for fail-over clustering, which enables configuration of how the cluster database is updated.  The three configuration for a fail-over cluster are as follows:     By default, value 1 is automatically set for a Hyper-V fail-over cluster, which means that the cluster is operating in an asynchronous mode.  A write only needs to be committed to a.. Read More