Archive for the ‘Operations Manager 2012’ Category

Update Rollup 8 Released for SystemCenter

October 30, 2015 Leave a comment

For Operations Manager UR8 has been released for 2012 SP1 and 2012 R2.

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Service Pack 1

Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

For a list of all System Center 2012 R2 links see below link.
Description of Update Rollup 8 for System Center 2012 R2


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:


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.

SCOM 2012 Daily Health Check Script

August 22, 2014 Leave a comment

First off this is an updated script from Jason Rydstrand’s SCOM 2007 R2 daily check script.  If you would like to check out the original please see

Special shout out to Bob Cornelissen and Tao Yang on this script!

I’ve updated the commandlets so it can be used for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2012 R2. This script is intended to use Gmail as the mail delivery method. It can be easily changed to use other email systems but I’ll save that for a future article.  The only part that will need to be modified is the following:

$UserName is your Gmail email account

$Password is your Gmail password

$mailmessage.from is who the email will be coming from

$mailmessage.To.Add can be any additional people you would like to send this email to.



Script is available for download at Microsoft TechNet Script Gallery:

Operations Manager 2012 version history kb

December 3, 2013 1 comment

Do you want to know more about the various releases of CUs and version numbers for Operations Manager 2012 and Operations Manager 2012 SP1.

Event Parameters refresher

October 2, 2013 1 comment

Well I’ve finally had the opportunity to use Event parameters in a MP, and it was quite easy. The request was to send an alert when a specific statement was written to an event log event description. Using these two resources it was quite easy, Kevin Holman’s article on this a few years ago, and Stefan Stranger’s article. One bump I ran into was using LogParser Tool on an event log that was not one of the standard 3 event logs (i.e. Security, Application, System) It was a log several deep in the UI. I was not sure how to tell LogParser to get this log, so I worked around this problem by exporting the specific event log I wanted to query, to a file, and just queried the file. Worked like a champ.

I also found an interesting way to get event parameters using PowerShell on Jonathan Horner’s bog.

SCOM 2012 Agent Deployment error 80004005

September 30, 2013 2 comments

This past summer, I was helping a client get a SCOM deployment going from the ground up. Naturally they wanted to test the agent deployment process on a select set of test machines. Many of which were Windows 2003 machines that had been used by developers, (not that there is anything wrong with that, just saying.)

The agent deployment went smoothly accept on two machines. One of the errors it threw out was:

The MOM Server could not execute WMI Query "Select * from Win32_Environment where

Operation: Agent Install
Install account: domain\account
Error Code: 80004005
Error Description: Unspecified error

I checked out the deployment errors on Holman’s blog, yes 2012 shares the same errors with 2007 agent push install errors.

Noticed remediation step one was about the path. Path too long on a developer machine, how could that happen? I did use wbemtest and was unable to get wmi query to work properly so it’s time to look at the path statement.

I copied and pasted the path statement into the PowerShell ISE to get a character count, and it was over 1000 characters long. Pretty sure that is too long. It looked like this box, now a VM, had installed and upgraded every version of SQL from 2000 to 2012, as well as every version of Visual Studio, as well as the tools for each version of SQL, never once cleaning up the path statement. While cleaning this insane path statement from hell, i noticed SCOM 2007 path, and sure enough there was an old SCOM 2007 agent install on this box as well. After cleaning the path statement, I uninstalled SCOM 2007 Agent, and a few minutes later the agent deployment worked with out an issue.

In case you were wondering What is the maximum length of an environment variable?