System Center TechNet related Blog Posts to note

July 22, 2015 Leave a comment

There are a few blog posts to note from TechNet. This is just a small sample of important post of the past few days.


There is a new home page for PowerShell

Check this page to give feed back on the new landing page.

System Center Operations Manager Feedback Request

The operations manager product team is looking for feed back on Alert Criticality, with a very short survey. If you use Operations Manager on any kind of basis and work with Alerts please take the survey to give the product team some real world feedback.

Direct Link to Survey:


System Center Service Manager 2012 R2 UR7

It is not released yet, they are just announcing the release date to the download center  which will be July 28th.

Security Threat Analysis – Using Operations Management Suite

This is a very nice run down on using OMS or Operations Management Suite to provide a security investigation example.

MP University Webinar

July 10, 2015 Leave a comment

If you are into MP authoring, want to learn more about MP authoring, I would highly recommend signing up and attending this webinar! Some of the best minds at MP authoring will be showing how they author management packs. MP University Wed August 12, 8am to 3 pm central. There are only 100 slots so sign up now! (not sure if this link will work or not)


Below is text I totally stole from about the event as well as bios on the folks that will be presenting.


Please join the SCOM gurus from Infront Consulting Group, Silect Software, and Microsoft on August 12, for a FREE full day event on authoring Management Packs.

View the invitation here, and if you register before July 14, you will be entered into the draw twice.

Our speakers come with extensive knowledge and experience in the IT field.

Brian Wren

Brian Wren

Brian Wren worked at Microsoft Consulting Services for 13 years specializing in management technologies including designing and building management packs for a variety of customers.  For the last five years, he has worked with the documentation team at Microsoft completing the Management Pack Authoring Guide, Management Pack Development training on Microsoft Virtual Academy, and various samples in the TechNet Gallery.  He can be reached at bwren@microsoft.comand on Twitter

Freddy Mora Silva

Freddy Mora Silva

Freddy Mora Silva is Senior Software Developer at Infront Consulting Group, a global IT consulting firm specializing in the System Center suite of technologies, responsible for designing and developing SCOM Management Packs for diverse monitoring scenarios, which also includes customs reports.

Freddy is an accomplished software developer professional with more than 25 years of experience in this area, specializing in object-oriented programming, design and analysis with extensive experience in software design including requirement definition, prototyping, proof of concept, design, interface implementation, testing and upgrading maintenance.

Before joining Infront in January of 2015, Freddy worked as a Microsoft vendor, for seven years, where he collaborated in most of Microsoft’s different technologies and core Management Packs, from the 2007 versions and onward.

You can check his blog posts here:

Freddy completed a Business Administration Degree in an Ecuadorian University, and was always interested in the technology field, thus he decided to acquire knowledge by following courses and practices up to a professional level that allow him to deliver top notch quality products during his career.

In his free time, Freddy enjoys attending to soccer games and traveling with his family.

Mike Sargent

Mike Sargent is a Senior Developer with Silect Software.  Over the past 12 years Mike has been involved in developing MP Studio and MP Author, amongst other special projects.

Kevin Holman

Kevin Holman

Kevin is currently a Dedicated Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft, supporting System Center Operations Manager for our largest enterprise clients.  He has also held roles in the Microsoft sales organization, as a Technical Specialist in Windows Server and System Center.   He has been in the technology industry for 20 years, previous to Microsoft as a Platforms Engineer for EDS (now HP) in Plano, TX.   He is very active in the OpsMgr community, both online and in local System Center users groups, and he recently completed being the Technical Editor for the SCOM 2012 Unleashed Book.  He also maintains the most read System Center blog on, at  He currently lives with his wife and newborn twins in Allen, TX.

Jonathan Almquist

Jonathan Almquist

Jonathan Almquist is a Principal Consultant with Infront Consulting Group. He has worked in the IT industry since the late 90’s, with a primary focus on the Operations Manager product since 2005. Jonathan has provided consulting services to many well known fortune 500 companies, serving in all areas of infrastructure design and implementation, to development and integration projects. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and spending time with his two sons.

White paper: Is Operations Manager still relevant?

June 17, 2015 Leave a comment

This was directly stolen from Cameron Fullers post on ‘SystemCenterCentral’ just trying to help get the word out on this new white paper.

With Microsoft so focused on the cloud, it causes concerns about the future of technologies which many of us live and breathe on a daily basis. To tackle this topic I have written a whitepaper which looks at Operations Manager and its futures from a variety of angles to answer the question: “Is Operations Manager still relevant in the world of the cloud?

Highlights of this whitepaper include:

  • A history of Operations Manager and what conclusions we can draw from that history
  • Cloud first, mobile first, and it’s impacts on System Center
  • The Microsoft Operations Management Suite and how it compares with Operations Manager
  • Monitoring available within Azure, and solutions to monitor Azure
  • The Cloud Platform Stack, WAP, and Azure Stack
  • Architecting Operations Manager to run in the cloud

To find out the answer, check out the new whitepaper available for download at:


The Accidental Podcast guest

June 10, 2015 Leave a comment

This should have been posted 6/10/15!

Last week, (first week of June) I was visiting Atlanta GA, taking care of summer plans for the family. Being a frequent visitor of the taping of the PowerScripting Podcast, and I knew Hal was out of town, I decided to ask,  Jon Waltz @jonwalz if I could come by and co-host the talk. I had a freaking blast recording (if only could have seen the Chat to answer questions as they came thru HAHA!) It should be Episode 302 of the PowerScripting Podcast or something like that. The video recording of the live taping is on


A few items I mentioned in Episode 302 of the PowerScripting Podcast

Plural Sight Course “Play by Play: PowerShell from Idea to Action with Don Jones and Jeff Hicks”

Plural Sight Blog post on Azure Operational Insights “Lessons learned: Azure Operational Insights (Preview)”

System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Blog “How to stop the receiving of Operational Insights Configuration Alerts (formerly ‘Advisor’) in Operations Manager”

Blogs related to all things Operations Manager

Bob Cornelissen’s Blog

Cameron Fuller’s Blog

Daniele Grandini’s Blog

Jonathan Almquist’s Blog

Kevin Greene’s Blog

Kevin Holman’s Blog

Marnix Wolf’s Blog


OpsMgr Product Team’s

Stefan Roth’s Blog

Stefan Stranger’s blog

Tao Yang’s System Center Blog

System Center/Azure related Pod Cast

Inside Podcast

Free Operations Manager E-book “Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience”


Best of Build and Windows 10

PowerShell: Auto Closing Alerts By Rules & Reckoning UTC Time With Day Light Savings

New Post: SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview 2 – What’s New?

Just in case Department: if you don’t want Ops Insight Alerts going to SCOM any more

#AzureStack @ #MSIgnite

System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2 Management Packs for Open Source Software

Microsoft wants to Understanding your Linux Monitoring Challenges

It is a new Microsoft, and they love Linux, so much so the Operations Manager product team would like to hear your pain points and monitoring Challenges from Linux Administrators.

(in the blog post asking for this information they state out right they are not trying to sell you anything only trying to collect pain points and challenges to monitoring your Linux environment)

Link to the announcement

If you are interested in talking to the product team for 30 minutes take 5 minutes to fill out this survey

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New SCOM 2012 Dashboard Example

A new dashboard example using the tiny blue bars as visual metrics is available on Wei H Lim blog

The MPB bundle for the sample dashboard in the link above can be found in the TechNet Library.

Do not forget to go get the Microsoft Virtual Academy and download the Operations Manager Field Guide link.

MS Ignite 2015 Announcements

Like many IT Professionals this week, I was not at the MS Ignite. Like many of you have heard some of the many announcements, and I wanted to share a few of the System Center and Server related announcements.

Office 2016 Preview

Windows 10 Preview ISO Download (I almost forgot this one)

Now Available – System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2

Once you have signed up for the technical preview 2 for system center the download of all the iso’s will begin.

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

If your looking for the future direction of SCOM, a fellow MVP Kevin Greene @kgreeneit tweeted from MS Ignite this week, pay attention to Operations Management Suite.

Overview of Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MOMS) Solutions

Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

Microsoft Announces Nano Server for Modern Apps and Cloud

Getting Started with Nano Server

These are just some of the many many items that happened this week at MS Ignite. It really looks like Microsoft has been bringing their A game. Let us see if they can follow thru.

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