TechEd 2014 North America – System Center Orchestrator: Runbook Design 101 – Video + Downloads

Check out my session from Tech Ed North America Thank you all for a great conference! Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator: Runbook Design 101 http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/DCIM-B375#fbid= Download all the content here: Join me at the next workshop in phoenix! June 11th! still room for more students.! http://www.truesec.com/#!lab=Mastering_System_Center_2012_Orchestrator_R2

By | 2014-05-20T18:08:27+00:00 May 20th, 2014|Automation, Events|0 Comments

Execute permission error in SCOM when running Localsystem

I have seen this error a couple of times at different customers. Please always remember to implement a Service Account for both your Data and Config Services. If you are having more than one Management Server and are still running Localsystem, your Report service could give you errors whenever you try to choose a Group in the drop-down field. Another symptom are if you choose a Server and click a report it will not bring the computer fqdn to the report.   From SCOM 2012 SP1/R2 your could change the Service Account pretty easy, – Remember to add the user [...]

By | 2014-05-19T21:03:19+00:00 May 19th, 2014|Operations Manager (SCOM)|0 Comments

SCOM 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014

**** This is not supported by Microsoft and should only be done in a Test Environment **** *** Not even in the staging environment – Please *** Some customers have asked me about the gain for using SQL 2014 in the SCOM environment – And I did some fast tests – In my test envronment (7 servers, NLB, 2 MS, 2 Web/Report) which shows that out-of-the-box it will actually be faster just to upgrade to SQL 2014. And both an Upgrade and New Install does work with SCOM 2012 R2. Configuration: Virtual Machine: 4 gb memory VHD on SSD drive [...]

By | 2014-05-15T15:54:26+00:00 May 15th, 2014|Operations Manager (SCOM), SQL|2 Comments

Links and notes from the MVP Expert Session @TechED 2014 Houston

One word – Awesome! Attending the MVP Expert session along with 1000 attendees as speaker was nothing short of an awesome experience. For those of you who couldn’t attend session, you can catch the recording here: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NorthAmerica/2014/PCIT-B410#fbid= The scripts I used The collection/Excel tool

By | 2014-05-13T16:10:07+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Events|10 Comments

Links and notes from the “ConfigMgr in the Real World” precon @ TechEd NA 2014

First a huge thanks to the 341 attendees showing up at the precon, you all contributed to making this a day to remember for both Johan and I. By now we should have answered all questions that was posted to #TEPRC10 on Tweeter. Precon links from Johans blog: http://www.deploymentresearch.com/Research/tabid/62/EntryId/173/Links-from-ConfigMgr-2012-R2-preconference-at-TechEd-2014-NA.aspx Pre-creating the database using this script Checking the database fragmentation: Use CM_PS1 Go SELECT DB_NAME(database_id) AS [Database Name], OBJECT_NAME(ps.OBJECT_ID) AS [Object Name],     i.name AS [Index Name], ps.index_id, index_type_desc,     avg_fragmentation_in_percent, fragment_count, page_count FROM sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats(DB_ID(),NULL, NULL, NULL ,N'LIMITED') AS ps     INNER JOIN sys.indexes AS i WITH (NOLOCK)     ON ps.[object_id] [...]

By | 2014-05-13T15:36:49+00:00 May 13th, 2014|Configuration Manager (SCCM), Events|3 Comments

Where is the alert history?

This error has been there before in OpsMgr 2007 and also resolved, however it has been re-introduced in SCOM 2012 and is still an issue in SCOM R2 UR2. If you have active alerts without any alert history or only a recent entry, then it is due to this bug. Until a fix comes out the workaround is to update the store procedure that takes care of alert grooming. I recommend you raise a support case with Microsoft to get the workaround from Microsoft. But the workaround will be this one. Important – test this in your SCOM test environment [...]

By | 2014-05-08T15:35:16+00:00 May 8th, 2014|Operations Manager (SCOM)|0 Comments

SCO 2012: Use Operations Manager Integration Pack without installing OpsMgr Console on runbook servers

I recently had a friend ask of how to use the IP for Operations Manager without installing the OpsMgr Console on all runbook servers.   Actually, the reason for having the console installed is that the actvities need some SDK Assemblies from OpsMgr. I think they are not delivered with the IP because of license restrictions.   This makes it possible to use the IP , as long as you register the right DLLs. Get the OpsMgr SDK assemblies, either from the SCOM server or a computer with the console installed Fx. \\scom.cloud.local\C$\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Console\SDK Assemblies\ Place [...]

By | 2014-05-06T12:54:20+00:00 May 6th, 2014|Automation|4 Comments