(Hopefully) Useful Information on Microsoft Azure, System Center & Hyper-V

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

SquaredUp

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

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

SCOM – Auto-Enabling Agent Proxying

When deploying agents in SCOM, it is often required to enable agent proxying in order to achieve full monitoring. Common servers that require agent proxying are AD servers, cluster servers, Exchange servers etc. The reason for enabling agent proxying is to allow the agent to pass data about a computer name other than itself, such as another AD server that is being replicated.  For most SCOM administrators, managing agent proxying.. Read More

SCOM 2012 R2 – Delete Agent using PowerShell

SCOM

Hi All, Within the SCOM console there is the option to Uninstall, Repair and Delete an agent from the Agent Managed view.  However, when using the Operations Manager cmdlets in PowerShell, it is only possible to Uninstall or Repair.  In most cases these options are fine, but there are times when servers go offline unexpectantly, or as part of certain processes, where an agent needs to be Deleted from the.. Read More

SCOM & SCSM – Automatic Recovery

Microsoft has a support article, ID 2913046, that addresses the issue “The System Centre Management service stops responding after an instance of SQL Server goes offline” which basically involves creating two registry entries to ensure the service reconnects in 60 seconds, and therefore prevent it from going into a Not Responding state. The “Symptoms” section of the article reads… “After an instance of Microsoft SQL Server that hosts the OperationsManager database.. Read More

SCOM – Monitoring for Mount Point Labels

Hi All, Just sharing a new management pack for SCOM 2012 that I uploaded onto the TechNet Gallery. This new management pack provides a monitor to check that where mount points exist, they have labels.  The reason this is important is because SCOM will not discover mount points unless they have labels, but no alerts will be generated to advise of this.  This management pack changes that! The management pack.. Read More

SCOM – SCCM Client Management Pack v1.2.0.0

Recently released is the SCCM Client Management Pack for SCOM, version 1.2.0.0, which has a number of cool new features, and overall provides a level of monitoring far more comprehensive than the management pack provided by Microsoft.  The big new features of the MP are: Bug Fix: ConfigMgr 2012 Client Missing Client Health Evaluation (CCMEval) Execution Cycles Monitor alert parameter incorrect Added a privileged RunAs Profile for all applicable workflows.. Read More