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

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

System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager – Moving the Data Warehouse Management Server and Reporting

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Evening All, As it’s a nice quiet bank holiday weekend, I thought I would take the opportunity to write up my experience this week with attempting to move the Data Warehouse Management Server and the Reporting Server in my Service Manager management group. The reason for wanting to move these components was to move all onto a newly implemented Hyper-V platform, as well as to reclaim Enterprise SQL licenses that.. Read More

System Center 2012 R2 – UR6 Released!

Update Rollup 6 for System Center 2012 R2 was released this week, and as usual, a good number of improvements, fixes, and features are included. For full details on all the product updates, and download links, visit https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/3051171. David

System Center 2012 R2 – UR5 Released!

Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 was released today!! As usual, a good number of improvements and bug fixes are included in the update. For full details on all the product updates, and download links, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3021802?wa=wsignin1.0. David

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

DPM – Protecting SQL with Log Shipping

  DPM is a great tool for protecting SQL Server databases for many reasons, but one in particular is that it can provide protection down to every 15 minutes.  By backing up the transaction log every 15 minutes, a SQL database can be restored to virtually any point in time, which is extremely useful, and has saved me on a number of occasions. One of the issues with protecting SQL.. Read More

SCCM 2012 Compliance – Auto Remediation

SCCM has a great Compliance feature, formerly known as DCM, which can be used to ensure computers meet a certain baseline of configurations.  What’s even better is that it can auto-remediate any drifts from the baseline, which makes it very powerful. I’ve recently had the need to implement a number of baselines, that contained configuration items that needed to auto-remediate, and I found it wasn’t quite as intuitive to do as.. Read More

Attending TechEd Europe 2014?

TechEd is a massive Microsoft event with a wealth of knowledge and experience available to draw on, and I will be there to provide my knowledge and experience of all things System Center and Cloud.  I will be there as Microsoft staff this year, so I will hopefully get plenty of geek talk in!! TechEd runs from the 28th to the 31st October this year in Barcelona… More details on.. Read More

SCOM 2012 – Which RunAs Profiles use RunAs Accounts?

Within SCOM 2012 RunAs accounts and profiles are used to control the credentials that are used to perform different monitoring of different applications or different environments.  The number of RunAs Accounts can grow very quickly, and be used with many different RunAs profile, which can start to get difficult to administer and troubleshoot should an issue occur. A good example of issues that can occur was documented by Marnix here,.. Read More

DPM 2012 R2 Installation Error 811

During the installation of System Center 2012 R2 – Data Protection Manager, you may experience a failure and receive event ID 811:     As is often the case with these installation errors, the information provided doesn’t really give you much to on, plus the DPM error code catalogue had no information and neither did perusing articles after a Bing search.  With this, I had to open up the DPM install.. Read More