MMS 2013 registration open

  On the 3th of December the registration for MMS2013 opened. In spite of all the rumors and earlier announcements the venue is again held in Las Vegas from the 4th until the 12th of April. More info + registration link here: http://www.2013mms.com/register Early bird pricing saves you 300$ on the registration fee. Make sure to book early. Last year the venue sold out during early bird! Check out my guide for MMS (which will be rebranded with extra tips for MMS 2013. http://scug.be/dieter/2012/03/06/a-travel-guide-how-to-survive-mms2012 I can’t wait for another week packed with System Center fun and meet peers....
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SCOM: Event id 21406: file name or class not found

  Yesterday I had an issue at one of my clients with a server which was unable to check the task scheduler eventlog. The operations log was packed with different alerts but mostly with the infamous id 21406 which in fact can mean a lot of things. The exact message: VBScript runtime error: File name or class name not found during Automation operation: "oAPI.CreateTypePropertyBag” My standard course of action did not solve the issue: Clear the cache and restart the agent Check the management pack and see whether it gets delivered to the agent Remove the agent software and reinstall. Again these steps did not solve the issue the Events kept coming in.   Eventually I started to dig deeper and started to register the differtent dll’s again on the machine and apparently registering the MOMScriptAPI.dll solved the issue. ...
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MMS 2013 in vegas next year teaser?

  Hmmm who knows Microsoft has a sense of humor or the page has been hacked but MVP Kenny Buntinx pointed me to the page of mms2012… http://www.mms-2012.com/ After a lot of rumors that MMS2013 was going to happen in New Orleans in the beginning of June this came up on the website: So if this is true MMS will stay loyal to the Vegas venue next year as well… You don’t here me complaining. I can recycle my Las Vegas travel guide next year ...
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SCOM: How to change port of SCOM reporting

  Recently I came across a customer who wanted to change the port of the Reporting server hosting the SCOM reporting services  because they had no choice but to run the web console on port 80. To do this you need to make the necessary changes to: Reporting services Firewall Scom 1. Change Reporting services. If you are not sure which server is running your reporting services at the time go to Administration => Settings => reporting. In my case this shows up: So in this case my server is VSERVER03 and it’s currently using port 8080 which I want to change to 808 in this case. So connect to the reporting server and open the “Reporting Services Configuration Manager” Connect to your reporting services install NOTE: Never try to change the...
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SCOM: Tips and tricks series

  I’m starting a small series (or a large series who knows) of all tips and tricks while configuring and using SCOM. Some of them are very obvious for the somewhat more experienced scom admins but then again they can be useful for the people who are just getting to know the sheer power of scom. I’ll be linking all the small tips and tricks back to this page so If you bookmark this page / RSS feed it you’ll get all the different tips and tricks right here at your fingertips. Note: That most of these tricks are based on SCOM 2012 but will also be valuable for SCOM 2007. 1. How to change the port of SCOM monitoring 2. SCOM 2012 shortcut tip...
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SCOM: Monitoring Server 2012

  With the recent release of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2012 many questions were raised on how to monitor the environment with your current System Center Operations Manager environment. Well yesterday the official SCOM blog released a lot of answers to these questions in the community. Some were rather surprising others not really. In chronological order: System Center operations Manager 2007 R2: does not support monitoring Server 2012. There’s absolutely no way to monitor this environment with your current SCOM 2007R2 environment. The only temporary solution is to use a SCOM 2012 agent and multihome it to your SCOM 2007 environment. This however is just to get you going on the upgrade process but not really a long term solution   System Center operations manager 2012: Is supporting the monitoring of Server 2012 except from APM applications which run on IIS8. HOWEVER: It’s not supported to install SCOM2012 components on a...
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SCOM Speak PowerShell script

In my early days of monitoring we had a dedicated computer set up who read out all the critical alerts as for example a server was down. It was a fairly simple setup but had it’s flaws and it was not combined with System Center Operations Manager (which is already a big flaw). The idea to create a PowerShell script for just doing that was already a significant time on my to do list but kind of made it to the top of my list due to a Facebook request I got last week. Prerequisites SCOM 2007 (will post the SCOM 2012 version shortly) *UPDATE* The SCOM 2012 script is now available here: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-2012-Speak-script-9f24b90c The pc you want to read out the alert on needs to have: WinRM needs to be enabled At least .net framework 3.0 needs to be installed PowerShell 2.0 needs to be installed Speakers (pretty obvious no?) Setup of the PC First of all make sure that Computer has PowerShell 2.0 installed. If this is not the case...
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SCOM: Update ACS: The curious case of the Invalid column name ‘DescHash’

Recently I came across an issue where there was not much info on the web so I thought I would write it on my only sketch book (yep this blog) for my reference and if you have found this post you’ll probably have the same issue so here comes my solution! Case: After upgrading SCOM2007R2 CU5 to CU6 level I noticed that my ACS reports were not working anymore. I’ve checked the server and found out my Audit Collector service wasn’t running anymore on my Collector. After carefully investigating the event log on my ACS Collector Server I found the following message popping up in the Operations Manager Log: Event 4618: [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver][SQL Server]Invalid column name ‘DescHash’. Followed by the message that the service was unable to start due to this error and was shutting down. Hmmm apparently something went seriously wrong during the upgrade in the field of SQL. Solution Here’s how I fixed it eventually: First we need to make sure that we detect the active...
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SCOM: The great error messages of scom2012: Common.UnknownServiceException.

Yesterday I launched my SCOM2012 environment in my lab to test some scripts to find the error message below when I started the management console: No reason or indication is given for the error message. A quick search online showed that it had to do with the fact that my environment was still in eval instead of retail. Which is possible because I installed this version with the RTM bits and updated it to the retail version afterwards. Consult KB 2699998 for this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2699998 So let’s get started. If your eval is already expired your not able to connect to your management server anymore thus not able to set the new license key you’ll receive the message below when starting the PowerShell session: The trick is to reset your servers date to a date within your eval period: Hint: If you are running this machine in a Hyper-v environment make sure to temporarily disable the Time Synchronization integration service to prevent the server from reverting to...
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SCOM: The next generation of Authoring tools is finally here

  Finally the next generation of authoring tools has arrived to make your authoring life easier and use a combination of the different tools to develop your management packs faster and easier. Already showcased at MMS and now finally available for download. Get them here: Visio Management Pack Designer (VMPD): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30170 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE): http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169 Make sure to check out the WIKI’s here: VMPD: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/5235.visio-management-pack-designer-for-system-center-2012-operations-manager-en-us.aspx VSAE: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/5236.visual-studio-authoring-extensions-for-system-center-2012-operations-manager-en-us.aspx More to come on this 2 secret weapons in the warfare of creating your management packs....
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