One module to rule them all – a custom #scom managed module #sysctr

July 13, 2014 Leave a comment

Scott Moss:


Originally posted on Quae Nocent Docent:

One module to rule them all – a custom #scom managed module

During many years of MP development I faced cases where I would have loved the chance to pass a complete DataItem to a powershell module. There are many real world cases when you’d want to do that:

-You want to leverage the native OLEDB provider and you want to correlate multiple returned rows

-You need to use internal data sources that do not return property bags, but rather custom DataItems (for example the Microsoft.SystemCenter.GetWorkflowsReportProbe that can be used to query the agent for running and failed workflows)

-you need to take care of an entire walk from the standard SNMP modules and add logic to create your own data

-You don’t know how many properties the DataItem has in its payload and you want dynamically process them all

Today this is not possible for…

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Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

Two half-days – Wednesday July 16th & Thursday July 17th – 9am-1pm PST

Software-Defined Networking with Windows Server and System Center Jump Start

Free online event with live Q&A with the WAP team:

IT Pros, you know that enterprises desire the flexibility and affordability of the cloud, and service providers want the ability to support more enterprise customers. Join us for an exploration of Windows Azure Pack’s (WAP’s) infrastructure services (IaaS), which bring Microsoft Azure technologies to your data center (on your hardware) and build on the power of Windows Server and System Center to deliver an enterprise-class, cost-effective solution for self-service, multitenant cloud infrastructure and application services.

Join Microsoft’s leading experts as they focus on the infrastructure services from WAP, including self-service and automation of virtual machine roles, virtual networking, clouds, plans, and more. See helpful demos, and hear examples that will help speed up your journey to the cloud. Bring your questions for the live Q&A!

Register here:

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The Windows Azure Pack (WAP) team is looking for some Feedback!

June 17, 2014 Leave a comment

This is going to be a link heavy post on all things WAP. The Building Clouds blog folks at ( are putting out the word that they are looking for customer feedback on the WAP. Make suggestions and vote on the best suggestions.

The Feedback Link is

TechNet Link for WAP

WAP Wiki

Forums Discussion WAP

Just trying to do my part on getting the word out!

Scott Moss

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OpsMgr Administration 101

Links from today’s presentation about OpsMgr Administration 101.

Hot Fixes for both Application and OS. Great blog article on this topic provided by Kevin Holman. Kevin does continue to update this page as new hot fixes are released.

It is critical for a new SCOM Admin to understand that there are hot fixes needed for the SCOM Application as well as special OS level hot fixes that are needed after the agent has been deployed. It is best to deploy these hot fixes before deploying OpsMgr agents or infrastructure, b/c these hot fixes also apply to the SCOM infrastructure boxes.

OpsMgr Tools

Boris’s OpsMgr Tools – Updated (MP Viewer)

Stefan Stranger’s System Center Operations Manager 2012 Toolbox

MP Authoring Tools

SCC Health Check MP Version 2 (Create new data source before importing the MP in SQL SRS see readme file)

MP Wiki (MP Diagrams and downloads)


OpsMgr DBs

Use the OpsMgr planning excel file (see Stefan’s link above to download this file) to help calculate the OpsMgr DB sizes, and create the DBs to the Sizes’ requirements. The reason to do this is to avoid the SQL adding space to your database which will fragment your database as well as cause I/O overhead while the Database file is grown. Why would this be bad? OpsMgr is a very database I/O intensive application. Why add more overhead to SQL when you do not need to?

There should be at least 40% free space in the Operations Manager database.  Every night at 2 am a job runs to re-index certain tables. In order for this to run optimally and not fill up the database there should be at least 40%.

OpsMgr Reports from SCC Health Check Version 2!

I would suggest at a minimum having the following reports sent to your inbox on a daily basis and keep them in a folder to compare month to month changes in these metrics. Each of these reports can help trouble shoot possible issues in the future, i.e. after implementing a MP State Changes per day increases by 5000.

State – Noisiest Monitors (OM)
State – State Changes Per Day (OM)

Config Churn – Discoveries Last 24 Hours (DW)

Performance – Performance Inserts Per Day (OM)
Performance – Top 20 Performance Insertions By Perf (OM)

Events – All Events Count By Last 7 Days (OM)
Events – Top 20 Computers Generating the Most Events (OM)

Misc – Operational and Datawarehouse Usage Report (OM) – (DW)

Alerts – Number of Alerts per Day (OM)
Alerts – Top 20 Alerts By Alert Count (OM)


Alerts you can close

All alerts are not created equally. The only alerts that should be closed in the console are alerts generated by a Rule.

Alerts generated by a monitor should have the health of the monitor reset.


Configure System Center Advisor

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ATLSMUG User Group Meeting Friday 3/28/14 Register Now!

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

We are finalizing the Agenda this week and I’ll post it once it is completed here. It should be a great meeting. If you are interested in attending please register for the event here, which is at the Microsoft Alpharetta facility.

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Silect MP Author SP1 now available!

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

If you have not had a chance to try out Silect MP Author app now is a great time as they have released service pack 1 for that product. For more information please go to their web site

MP Author is free, you just have to register and a link will be emailed to you to download the application. Don’t forget the MP Author Support Portal

Happy MP Authoring!

Windows 2008R2 running out of disk space?

March 6, 2014 1 comment

One of the fun parts about keeping up my own lab is being able to be my on sysadmin. This posting is as a reminder to myself of how to fix this problem with out having to use a search engine to find the command line below. Yesterday a few VMs that I maintain for ongoing support reasons, ran out of disk space on the C drive, that is running Windows 2008 R2. Naturally the WinSxS folder was huge, so I found the following command line to get rid of some of the extra fluff in that folder that maintains hot fixes downloaded from Microsoft. This not intended to be an all about post for DISM as there are better resources for that, if you are not sure what this utility does please use your favorite search engine to learn more about what this utility does. After Running DISM you will not be able to uninstall Service Pack 1 anymore on Windows 2008 R2.

From an elevated command prompt issue the following command:

DISM.exe /online /Cleanup-Image /spsuperseded

If I create another gold Windows 2008 R2 image to run VMs on I’ll run this command to make the master image smaller. SCORE!

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