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

SCOM – Monitor SCSM Data Warehouse Jobs

DW

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

SCSM – General Use SR Extensions

Good Advice

As you start to build your service catalogue in SCSM, and the number of Request Offerings grow and grow, the need for additional properties to store data also grows. For example, if you take my Create Announcement request offering (RO) example, there are six questions asked in order for the workflow to create the announcement.  All the answers to these questions will need to be mapped to properties in the.. 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

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 – 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

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