SCOM 2019

June 3, 2020 Leave a comment

I am still learning AWS and Azure, but my current role is focusing on SCOM 2019. Cloud default monitoring solution are “nice” but they are nothing compared to SCOM. I recently enrolled in a Power BI course on Udemy. I am hoping to leverage what I learn in our current SCOM 2019 deployments. Currently I am studying for AWS DevOps Associates, and after that I might got for AWS Solutions Architect Associate, but I have to admit I am looking at Azure certifications as well. In my current role we are not using cloud, but in the future we will probably leverage some cloud integration. Nonetheless, it never hurts to be aware of what the current trends are with technology. Keep learning people!

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System Center and Me

January 18, 2020 Leave a comment

It’s been a fun run.  If I discovery any new tips or tricks I will share them here.  I have not posted anything in many years as you can see.  I suspect MSFT is moving onto Azure and limiting support for on prem applications (at least that is the current trend in my honest opinion).  SCOM is a powerful application and has at least ten years of extended support.  Having said that, the majority of issues I have run into lately are undocumented and not publicly available.  If you are still using SCOM, good luck, as many of the IT pros that have shared so much are moving on to other areas of technology.

It has been an interesting and fun journey working with SCOM.  I have had the pleasure to meet so many interesting and intelligent individuals.  Having said that, I am currently perusing certification in AWS and other cloud technologies.  If we don’t adapt, we cannot excel.



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UR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 released (aka time to update your documentation, again)

February 10, 2015 1 comment

If you were tired of UR4 for SCOM 2012 R2, MSFT has recently released UR5 for your testing and deployment pleasure.

If you just finished those engineering documents, install docs, etc, for turnover of your application to an operation team, well crack Word back open, and get to updating those docs!

I suspect the update will install as the previous updates have and am looking forward to deploying this in our labs.

Happy monitoring!

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Path is empty in Web Console for SCOM 2012

December 19, 2013 2 comments

If you use the SCOM 2012 web console, or maybe even publish dashboards to SharePoint, you might notice that the PATH of the monitored objects is missing in some views.  This is not good.

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We would like to see path displayed in this dashboard, so how can we make it happen?  It’s a simple fix.  Go to the install directory of your SCOM Console (Installdir\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Console) and copy the file “Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring.DataProviders.dll”:

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Paste that file into the web console directory (Installdir\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\WebHost\bin).  This will over write the existing one, which is fine, but if you are a cautious person, simply rename it.  The current file may look like this:

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Notice the difference in the version.  Once you copy and replace the web console dll with the dll from the console folder, you will see the path of the objects in the web console and also on your dashboards published to SharePoint:

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Mission accomplished!

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Exchange 2013 Management Pack

December 18, 2013 Leave a comment

We have recently deployed a few Exchange 2013 servers in a few of our labs.  We are planning on putting some production users on the servers in the new year.  Our Exchange engineering group has requested the servers to be managed by SCOM, so I took a look at the new management pack, especially given the history of the management packs for Exchange 2010.

If you are worried, based on your experience with 2010, then don’t be.  This management pack, as it is now, is very lightweight.  There are a few classes, a few monitors, and I think one rule.  This is very different from the last version.  Of course, gone is the correlation engine as well.

Instead of re-hashing what has already been said I will just post this link to the MSFT blog which talks about this MP:

Get a list of monitored URLs out of SCOM via PowerShell

December 18, 2013 7 comments

Our URL monitors, imported using the BulkURL utility for SCOM have display names that contain the text URL.  The names of the monitors containing URL are unique and contain a list of SEVERAL urls being watched.  For example we have one monitor for SharePoint, which contains several URL’s of sharepoint sites, and another called SharePoint2 that contains several more URL’s.  The point is, you are going to query for the name of your parent monitor, then you can get all the URL’s that are contained in that parent monitor.

Find URL monitors if URL is in the monitor display name:

get-monitoringclass | where {$_.DisplayName -like “*URL*”} | FT Name

This will return only GUIDS, if created in console.  To get the display name you need to execute this:

get-monitoringclass | where {$_.DisplayName -like “*URL*”} | FT Name, DisplayName

Now from the list find the GUID and the display name of the actual monitor, not watcher node:





From those guids, you can now run the following command and dump a list of URLS:

get-monitoringobject -monitoringclass (get-monitoringclass -Name WebApplication_a34f8e5f51ac45558146e7a53ba1797b) | Select-object DisplayName | export-csv “My Location”

From what I could tell there are many ways to get urls into SCOM, but nothing out of the box to dump the monitors out of SCOM.  Powershell, of course is probably one of the best and fastest ways to achieve this.  Hat tip to Charles Champion for working with me on this.

Pre SP2 Exchange 2010 Management Pack

July 24, 2012 Leave a comment

MSFT pulled their most recent update to the Exchange 2010 MP. No one can get the updated version or previous versions. I have had several emails sent to me asking for the previous MP and have sent the file to those who requested it. Since so many people are looking for it and MSFT has not provided it, I have decided to put it up on my spaces page. If you want the pre sp2 Exchange 2010 MP, then go here and get it.

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Frustrated on How to Configure SQL Server Analysis Services for VMM?

July 3, 2012 3 comments

So I am trying to get VMM 2012 really integrated into SCOM 2012.  There are a few reports that will not work without SQL Analysis Services and integration from VMM.  Well to get VMM to work with this you have to install Analysis Management Objects on your VMM Management Server.  So I do this.   So I try to connect, but I get the same issue (AMO not installed).   I bounce the VMM management server, and when it comes up I try to connect and integrate SSAS and it works.

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Exchange 2010 Most Recent MP ( Release (for Exchange 2010 SP2) and the Issue

June 28, 2012 Leave a comment

I am very happy to see that the Exchange team made this issue public and are working on a fix.  I am also happy I did not deploy it as soon as it came out.  This just goes to show that you really need to test management packs when they first come out.  This doesn’t mean just looking at the console, but the application that the management pack touches, as I don’t think people who deployed this had any indication of problems until end users started to complain about mailbox access.

Anyway, let’s hope they release a fix soon, but in the meanwhile if you have deployed it then they post a work around.  Here is the link to their blog with a detailed description of the issue and the work around.

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SCOM CU5 patch and my experience

August 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Patched our lab this afternoon.  All seemed well until I ran the SQL scripts on the OpsDB and DW.  When I went back to my RMS to open the console and import the new MP’s, I got an error saying the SDK service had not initialized and could not connect.

I saw a lot of 2115 warnings and 26319 errors.  I reached out to my buddy Almquist  and he recommended bouncing the SQL service.  He said this was an issue that was supposed to be fixed in CU4.  Apparently we ran into it during our upgrade from CU3 to CU5.

So if you have this issue, then you know the easy fix, bounce SQL and you will be good to go.  Other than that I had no issues in my lab.  I hope this continues in our pre-prod environment and then production.

Happy SCOMing!

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