SCOM 2012: Run WebConsole in different application pool

During my session on how to prepare yourself I’ve showcased some tips and tricks which will make your live much easier when you upgrade your existing SCOM 2007 R2 installation to SCOM2012. One of the tricks I’ve mentioned was to run the SCOM2012 web console in it’s own app pool. During the upgrade of your web console the application pool will be removed and you can only choose the default application pool to install the website which is in my opinion not a best practice. So before installing the Web Console on your webserver perform the following tasks in IIS: Open the IIS manager on your machine Right click the application pools and choose “Add Web Site…” Fill in the details: Note: At this point you need to choose another port than the default 51908. You can change this again after the upgrade. The site is up and running. During the wizard for pre installation you’ll get at one point at the following dialog to choose your application...
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Live meeting: How to prepare for SCOM 2012

On 20th of September I’ll be hosting a live meeting where we’ll go over the different steps to prepare yourself and your environment for the move from SCOM 2007 to SCOM 2012. The upgrade path has been said to be easier than the one from MOM2005 to SCOM2007 (god thank). But still there are some things to keep in mind and consider before moving towards the new version when it’s released. So join me on the 20th of September to prepare yourself for the next version of the SCOM software family. The abstract of the topics covered (more to come): Backup and Document your environment. Health Check your SCOM installation. Compare management packs for SCOM2007 and SCOM2012. Supported upgrade paths. Link to join in: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032492077&Culture=en-US I’ll be prepared for SCOM 2012… will you?...
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SCOM 2007: How to add Custom Field to monitor

In SCOM 2007 it’s possible to fill in custom fields with rules like you did in MOM 2005 as explained here: http://scug.be/blogs/dieter/archive/2011/05/13/scom-2007-custom-alert-fields.aspx However this is not possible in monitors because there’s a fundamental change in how the alerts are created. In Rules the GenerateAlert module is used to create the alerts. In this GenerateAlert module it’s possible to pass extra data like the custom fields. In monitors the alert creation is slightly different. The alert is generate with parameters in the monitor itself so it’s not possible to pass extra data. Case: For a client I’m migrating MOM2005 to SCOM2007R2 and of course I would like to take advantage of the fact I can create monitors instead of rules. My client has a mainframe based problem management system (could also be any other system which doesn’t have a connector) which uses a mail scrubber to read out mails and scan for specific keywords to create tickets. Problem: The specific keywords were passed in MOM...
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SCOM 2007: Utility to Count Total Instances in Your Management Group

Scom is a great product but from time to time you need a custom build tool or script to do just the thing, or change just that bit that’s not possible in the SCOM console. I’m personally a huge fan of the Powershell cmdlet supplied with SCOM. For most of the tasks (whether it’s automating or extending SCOM) it does the trick quickly and easily. From time to time there’s a tool passing by on the world wide web that fills a gap to make our lives as a SCOM admin more easy. Yesterday another of these fine tools emerged: http://systemcentercentral.com/forums/tabid/60/indexid/88501/default.aspx?tag= Note: You need to register to download the tool. This is the first version of the nice tool to count the instances per management group. This can be helpful to troubleshoot your environment. The PowerShell script which was posted in the community a while back took sometimes 3 hours to complete the task while...
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SCOM 2007: How to backup your unsealed management packs

This blog post is part of a series how to backup your SCOM environment. You can find the other parts here: How to backup your SCOM environment How to backup your SCOM dbases How to backup your SCOM encryption key How to backup your SCOM IIS settings How to backup your unsealed management packs How to Document your SCOM installation How to Backup your Reporting Next step in our backup process is to take a backup of our unsealed management packs to make sure we don’t loose all the customization we’ve made to the environment. First a little bit of explanation about the difference between sealed and unsealed management packs. At my clients I sometimes see some misunderstanding about these 2 sorts of management packs. Difference between sealed management packs and unsealed management packs. The difference is rather simple. All the management packs you download from vendors such as Microsoft, Dell, HP,… are sealed once. They have been developed by the vendors and sealed to prevent any further customizations. These management packs...
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SCOM 2007: How to backup your SCOM IIS settings

This blog post is part of a series how to backup your SCOM environment. You can find the other parts here: How to backup your SCOM environment How to backup your SCOM dbases How to backup your SCOM encryption key How to backup your SCOM IIS settings How to backup your unsealed management packs How to Document your SCOM installation How to Backup your Reporting   There are 2 versions supported in SCOM and they both need a different approach to backup. IIS6 is normally used if you are running SCOM 2007R2 on a Windows 2003 platform. It is used to support the components of the web console and the SQL Server Reporting Services. If you are using SQL Server Reporting Services from SQL 2008 IIS is not used anymore and it is just sufficient to backup the dbases. IIS7 is normally used if you are running SCOM 2007R2 on a Windows 2008 platform (it can also run on a windows 2003 server but is not...
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SCOM 2007: How to backup your encryption key

This blog post is part of a series how to backup your SCOM environment. You can find the other parts here: How to backup your SCOM environment How to backup your SCOM dbases How to backup your SCOM encryption key How to backup your SCOM IIS settings How to backup your unsealed management packs How to Document your SCOM installation How to Backup your Reporting   One of the key factors in a successful restore of your environment is the SCOM encryption key. Purpose of the key This encryption key is used to store the data in the Operations manager dbase. It’s ensuring that the data in the dbase remains confidential and encrypted. The RMS uses this keep to read and write data to the Operations Manager dbase. Implications of you don’t have the key at hand when restoring a Management group Pretty severe actually. If you don’t have the key you can’t establish connection from your fresh RMS to your existing Operations Manager dbase and therefore you...
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SCOM 2007: How to backup your dbases

This blog post is part of a series how to backup your SCOM environment. You can find the other parts here: How to backup your SCOM environment How to backup your SCOM dbases How to backup your SCOM encryption key How to backup your SCOM IIS settings How to backup your unsealed management packs How to Document your SCOM installation How to Backup your Reporting   In order to keep the possibility to restore your SCOM environment in case of a disaster you need to make sure that you have a good backup of your dbases. Your dbases keep track of all the info in your environment so it’s crucial that you don’t loose these valuable assets of your environment. A good backup strategy of your SQL dbases is crucial as you need to make sure that you always have a recent copy at hand. If you have a backup admin in your environment and are using a backup product like Data Protection Manager it’s best to...
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SCOM 2007: How to backup your environment

The funny thing is most of the admins think of backups just after they had a major crash and there were no backups available. Most of the admin’s think backups are a hassle and they take some but loose interest in the long term. When disaster strikes they miss a vital piece to restore their environment, have an outdated backup or even worse… no backup at all. In this series of blogs I’ll go over the different aspects of backing up your SCOM2007 environment to make sure that when Murphy is choosing you, you’re prepared… One of my favorite cartoons to illustrate backups… So let’s get started and get you prepared when disaster strikes. Which components do you need for a successful restore of your environment: This blog post is part of a series how to backup your SCOM environment. How to backup your SCOM environment How to backup your SCOM dbases How to backup your SCOM encryption key How to backup your SCOM IIS settings How...
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SCOM 2007: Scheduled reports failing

Recently I got a mail of a user stating he’s not receiving his reports anymore via mail. They were created way back and normally these reports are in my category “set it and forget it”… When I checked the schedule reports pane instantly I noticed that all the reports are showing an error as shown below: “The Subscription Contains parameter values that are not valid” error message is in the status field. During my search on the web the most common solution was to recreate the report which I did for one but because these are like 20 reports it will be a lot of work to recreate them all and risk the fact that they break again without knowing when and why. So the next step I tried in my troubleshooting is to see whether I could fill in the missing parameters in the report which resides in a custom management pack holding all these special reports. When I tried to run the report...
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