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

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

SCSM – Exporting Work Items with Action Log

SCSM Action Log

It is a fairly regular occurrence that I get asked to export a selection of work items from SCSM into a CSV, or something similar, so they can be reviewed.  What isn’t so regular is that I get asked to include the full Action Log with the export of the work items! I did get this request recently however, as an auditor required it for a number of random incidents,.. Read More

DPM – Issues with Tape Library Sharing

Backup Tapes

Although Microsoft would like everyone to be backing up their data to Azure from DPM, the reality is that most organisations still feel more comfortable with the traditional backup to tape. I’m sure this will change over time, but this is where most people are at the moment. This means that DPM has to be able to protect to tape, which it can do, but typically these days a tape library.. Read More