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

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

FaultyDisk

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

VS2015 Banner

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

Stalin

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

SCSM – Console Performance

Service Manager

UPDATE (03/12/2015):  It seems as if Microsoft has pulled or moved the article I reference for this post.  Here are the screenshots of the post when it was available!   —–   One of the main complaints with Service Manager has been the performance of the console, which hasn’t really improved much even with all the latest updates applied.  Whilst it is logical to believe that console performance is directly.. Read More

SCSM – Grooming

Computer Health

Data grooming in Service Manager is extremely important, yet most of the time it happens in the background and few people know what grooming is being done, and how it is being performed.  Due to it’s importance, for both data consistency and performance, Scott Walker (Senior Support Escalation Engineer at Microsoft) has posted three articles on why grooming is needed, what grooming is performed, and how it can be checked!.. 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

DPM – Error Code Catalogue on TechNet Wiki

TechNet Wiki

Hi All, Just a quick post to all you that work with DPM… If you weren’t already aware, the error code catalogue for DPM is now on TechNet Wiki!!! http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/24613.system-center-data-protection-manager-error-codes.aspx Why is this worth posting, I hear you ask???  Because, with it being on the TechNet Wiki, you are able to update it with your findings when receiving errors.  There have been plenty of complaints in the past that errors.. Read More

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

SCU Europe 2015 – Videos Online

SCU Europe

Back in August I attended the great SCU Europe event in Basel, Switzerland, as I blogged about at the time.  One thing I mentioned in one of my postys is that all the sessions would be recorded and be made available online.  Well, this week, the sessions have been available to everyone 🙂 Visit http://www.vimeo.com/itnetx to view the sessions. Enjoy watching them, there is plenty to learn!! David

SCOM – Monitor Power Plan Setting

Power Plan Setting

All Windows computers have a power plans that affect how the computer behaves, and this should be set appropriately for each individual computer.  For example, on a laptop you may select the “Power saver” plan which will save as much energy (battery life) as possible, but will also decrease the performance of the system.  But, on a server, you would probably want to select the “High Performance” power plan, to.. Read More