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

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

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

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 3

SquaredUp Edit

In this third post on using SquaredUp to maximise your SCOM setup, I will be looking at the ways in which new dashboards can be created, and how easy it is!!   No Additional Tools to Build Dashboards With all the products an IT admin has to work with these days, the last thing one wants is another one, and SquaredUp understand this, as their product is completely web based! .. Read More

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 2

SquaredUp Pricing

This is the second post in my series on the benefits of using SquaredUp, although this post is less about maximising productivity, and more about ease of purchase.   Transparent Pricing & Easy Purchasing As fun as it ease to implement new products, purchasing them can be a nightmare, particularly if the selling company doesn’t have a clear pricing structure and just wants to do deals, or give the impression.. Read More

SCOM – Maximising Productivity using SquaredUp – 1


For those of you that aren’t aware of SquaredUp, they provide a HTML5 based web console for SCOM with a host of additions, including dashboards, Visio integrations, and connections to other data sources.   I’ve been lucky enough to use SquaredUp sincce it’s very first version, and it’s come a long way since then, so I thought it was time to highlight the benefits SqauredUp can provide when implemented.  So.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 3

SCU - Death Star Win

The final day!!!! After a night of drinking whiskey, beer, wine, and more beer, I did make it back in to the Congress Centre for SCU this morning, all be it after sourcing a very good cup of coffee!!   I didn’t attend any morning sessions today as I had some meetings to attend, but I do want to watch the “Azure Site Recovery” session by Michel Luscher and Thomas.. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 2

Basel River

Day 2 at SCU Europe was another great day full of new information, entertaining sessions, geeky chats… and, Whiskey!! My choices for sessions were: Nano Server – the next generation of Cloud Server in your Datacentre (Thomas Maurer & Kristian Nese) Lessons Learned from Cloud Platform Projects with Windows Azure Pack (Michael Ruefli & Michel Luscher) Get your Hybrid Identity in 4 steps with Azure AD Connect (Ronny de Jong).. Read More

SCU Europe – Day 1

SCU at Congress Center

Today was the first day of SCU Europe, and it was a great day all round.  All the sessions I attended were informative, the keynote was fun and the people were great! First up we had the keynote by Marcel Zehner who really got all the attendees excited for the event, and injected a bit of fun with getting us to use our glow sticks… “Scream for country and wave your.. Read More

SCOM – Pending Reboot Management Pack


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