SCO/SCOM 2012: Get Alerts / Monitor Alerts – How to Filter on empty/null property

When using orchestrator, a lot of activities contain a filter Get Alert / Monitor Alert is some of them. The following workaround is tested for the above 2 activities, but i think it does apply to other filter activities too. (have not had the time to test yet, comments are welcomed!).   I ran into an unexpected behavior today: I was using a filter saying “TicketId Does not equal No Automatic Escalation”, and i was expecting to get alle alerts that did not have this text in the field. but I did not get all of them!. I only got [...]

By | 2013-10-29T14:35:07+00:00 October 29th, 2013|Automation, Operations Manager (SCOM)|1 Comment

Autogrowth Setting in SCOM 2012 R2 are pretty static

After running System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 for a week, I began getting these errors: Ops DB Free Space Low – And amazingly the default setting on the Operations Manager database are Autogrowth = None, which will work in a production environment for about 17 minuttes. So remember to change this when you do the installation or afterwards – by changing the InitialSize (MB) to appr 50 GB (The largest OperationsManager database I’ve ever seen at a customer where 180GB)       Change it according to your database size calculations or at least!!   Have a great day [...]

By | 2013-10-25T10:11:43+00:00 October 25th, 2013|Operations Manager (SCOM)|2 Comments

SCO 2012 – Attention! Use correct order of params in Invoke Web Services XML Payload!

Are you experiencing problems when using advanced SOAP XML payloads in “Invoke Web Services”? I did! it seems to work properly, but some parameters did not get filled correctly. After some testing i discovered that the parameters in the XML payload has to be in the correct order!! If not, the parameters “in between” will be filled by NULL, and then later it will ignore or skip the rest of the parameters if they appear in the wrong order!! The reason is that it is using the DataContractSerializer. thanks to by colleague Claus for finding this forum thread there they [...]

By | 2013-10-15T15:11:04+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Automation|0 Comments

Configure Coretech Application E-Mail Approval tool to always use the fallback mail

As you can read in this blog post – we recently released a new version of our E-Mail approval tool. One of the new features in the tool is to configure a fallback address. You can either specify a Manager as the approver or a fallback group like Servicedesk. In order to configure the tool to always use the fallback address follow these steps: Open C:\Program Files (x86)\coretech\Coretech Application Approval Service Edit the CM_AppReqListen.exe.config.xml file Find the Section in called <setting name="UseManager" serializeAs="String"> Change <value>True</value> to <value>False</value> Save and close the file Restart the Coretech CM Application Request Listener service

By | 2013-10-15T14:50:00+00:00 October 15th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info, Tools|10 Comments

Quick and Dirty – Build Configuration Manager 2012 Admin Console Extensions automatically

I just finished one PowerShell script that queries all the Admin Console XML files and it creates automatically Admin Console Extension. You can use this script to locate correct place for you right-click tool. There are totally 655 Console GUIDs. You can download the script from here  

Can you combine Get-WmiObject with ConfigMgr cmdlets? Yes, you can

Last week I discovered that you can create a Refresh Schedule with New-CMSchedule cmdlet and then you can easily use that object with Get-WmiObject cmdlet to query and modify for example Device Collection Refresh Schedule. [crayon-5a1829718c6a4131712707/] You can create the Device Collection with correct Refresh Schedule but Set-CMDeviceCollection cmdlet does not allow to change the Refresh Schedule. [crayon-5a1829718c6b2525453368/] Set-CMDeviceCollection cmdlet parameters   I tested this on Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM and with System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

Coretech Application E-Mail Approval Tool

A little over a year ago we released the first version of our Application E-mail approval utility. Ever since our first release we have received lots of positive feedback and ideas to new features. Most of the ideas are implemented in this new release. Thanks for all the feedback and please keep it coming. This blog post will explain how you can install CTAA (Coretech Application Approval tool) – Download Additional blog posts will follow and explain how you can customize the tool. Why the need for this utility The idea with this utility is to integrate a “real approval [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:42:26+00:00 October 11th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info, Tools|156 Comments

Configuration Items and Baselines, Using Scripts (Powershell Example)

In the previous blog post i used file and registry settings for my Configuration Item. Another way to define your Configuration Item setting are scripts. And in CM2012 we have 3 scripting options: JScript PowerShell VBScript (The same goes for the use of scripts in Detection Methods when we create Application Deployment Types.)   Since the new colour fashion in scripting today is blue, i guess the popular choice would be PowerShell. On a serious note – PowerShell is now everywhere, just ask my buddy Kaido Järvemets. And in this example i will be checking for a setting on the [...]

Configuration Items and Baselines, Example: SCEP Client Compliance

This example will show you a way to get compliance data from your clients regarding the System Center Endpoint Protection 2012 Client. Now, I'm aware that we through CM2012 reports and console views already have good tools to monitor the client states in regard to SCEP - but lets say you have another antimalware product and would like some compliance info from the clients inserted into CM2012 that you then can use to create reports etc. The principals are the same. First of all you will need to create configuration Items in the CM2012 Console - these items will hold [...]

By | 2013-10-09T10:08:27+00:00 October 9th, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM), General info, Security|0 Comments

Case of the missing Hardware Inventory

I recently played around with adding registry data to SCCM Hardware Inventory using RegKeyToMof, but during the tests I ended up with a big problem, no clients were delivering any hardware inventory at all. The problem quickly spread to all clients so I started the oh-so well known journey of troubleshooting. First let’s look at the symptoms of the issue. The Resource Explorer shows no inventory data for clients Client Actions does not show the Hardware Inventory Action The PolicyEvaluator.log file contains errors A Bad MOF file is generated on the client Things that did not work I tried replacing [...]

By | 2013-10-01T20:57:39+00:00 October 1st, 2013|Configuration Manager (SCCM)|10 Comments