SCOM 2012: Overview link blog

This post will be my (and hopefully yours) one stop to post all the relevant info to SCOM 2012. I will try to generate an overview of all the different steps you need to start from scratch and continue to build your environment to a level that suites your environment. If you feel there are things missing or you’ve found dead links please do not hesitate to leave a comment and I will update this post. This post has grown out of my favourite list of SCOM related topics and info I found on forums, technet and blogs. Note: I’ll sometimes post more than 1 link at a topic so you can combine the different blogposts to get the bigger picture. Most of the info is relevant for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2012 SP1 (if there’s specific info for a specific version it...
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SCOM: One million dollar question: Should I upgrade?

On the 8th of May I’ll be hosting a LiveMeeting that will hopefully give you some answers to some of the most heard questions buzzing around at MMS2012: Should I upgrade to SCOM2012? Join me to give you strong arguments to do so! The abstract of the livemeeting: After all the work you’ve put in your Scom2007 environment to get it state of the art is it worth upgrading to scom2012? Will I risk my Scom2007 environment while upgrading to Scom2012? Will I really benefit from upgrading in my environment? If you ask yourself one of the questions above make sure to join this session to get some answers to get you going! Register here check out the LiveMeeting to find out some answers to all these questions! https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032510700&culture=nl-BE...
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SCOM 2012: What’s new: Maintenance mode changes

This post is part of a series What's new: Check here for the other parts. In the second part of this series of what’s new in SCOM2012 I’ll be highlighting a small change with big implications in SCOM 2012 in the maintenance mode department. It was kind of frustrating to see that a lot of issues at customer sites had to do with the fact that the RMS or MS (or even worse both) were put in maintenance mode and never came out of it until manually removed. Putting your RMS in maintenance mode is a big no no as this is the pounding heart of your environment and can cause serious issues. But hey enough said about the past… let’s talk about the future! Fortunately the future is bright in the SOCM 2012 world concerning maintenance mode. These are in fact the changes in maintenance mode: When a management server in SCOM 2012 (remember no more RMS) is placed in maintenance mode the System Center...
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SCOM 2012: Meet the SCOM 2012 experts at SCUG NL (wrap up)

Last friday 06/01 the event “Meet the SCOM 2012 experts” was held by SCUG NL near Amsterdam. The turn up was really great and a lot of speakers (including yours truly ) gave sessions regarding the next big version of System Center Operations Manager. The day was quickly sold out and those who made it in enjoyed the session which gave away a nice first view of the different aspects of the SCOM 2012. All the slide decks can be found here: http://www.scug.nl/2012/01/13/presentaties-scug-nl-vrijdag-6-januari-2012/ Program (in order of appearance): Dieter Wijckmans: Session about the proper preparation to upgrade your environment from SCOM 2007 to SCOM 2012 with all the different tweaks and perks you need to do to make sure everything goes smoothly: scug_nl_How to prepare yourself for SCOM 2012_Dieter_Wijckmans Walter Eikenboom: Session about the End to End application monitoring in SCOM 2012. Nice session packed with demo’s how to take full advantage of the different aspects of correctly monitoring your applications with SCOM 2012: SCUG NL – OpsMgr...
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Meet the System Center Operations Manager 2012 Experts

I have the privilege of giving a session at the “Meet the System Center operations Manager 2012 Experts” event of Scug NL on 06/01/2012. On the link below you can find the different topics + timetable. http://www.scug.nl/2011/12/07/meet-the-system-center-operations-manager-2012-experts-6-januari-2012/ I’ll go over the different aspects of preparing yourself for the upgrade / move to the next best thing SCOM2012 by planning and not by being the IT_Rambo for a change… There’s a good chance that IT-Rambo will surface in NL. So if you see him start hitting next as quick as possible!...
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SCOM 2012: Webconsole fails to load after upgrade

In my recent session I’ve showcased an error I encountered when upgrading my SCOM2007R2 environment to SCOM2012beta. After the upgrade was finished successful I performed my standard after migration health check and opened my web console to check out the new features of the SCOM 2012 console. Only to find out this very “nice” cryptic error message: Apparently this is because the ASP.NET version was installed after the IIS role and the new web app “SCOM 2012 Web Console” was never registered to use this version of ASP.NET with the IIS role. So what are we going to do now… well euhm… Fix it Open an elevated command prompt (make it a habit, this will save you a lot of trouble in your live) Open explorer and browse to “c:\windows\Microsoft.net\Framework64\v4.0.30319\” Note: Make sure you use your installed framwork and version Locate the file aspnet_regiis.exe and drag it into your elevated command prompt and add the switch –iru at the end as shown below. This actually will reinstall...
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SCOM 2012: Upgrade failed with error 0x80070005

During the prep of my lab I came across an error which was in fact not this very common so I’ve decided to share my solution with you to save you some trouble when performing this in your environment. After running through the entire installation wizard my upgrade process started fine… But after 10 minutes… After restarting the process I was left with a broken SCOM2007R2 and SCOM2012 not installed. SQL Reporting services were broken so I had to revert my machine back to a snapshot I took earlier on and started all over again… Now the solution so you shouldn’t have to go through the whole process of troubleshooting. After checking the log file I found the following cause of my initial failing of the upgrade: “System.UnauthorizedAccessException, Exception Error Code: 0x80070005, Exception.Message: Access to the path ‘MOMAspNet.msi’ is denied.” This in fact is your ASP.net msi which is used when you install the agents. I’ve checked the rights and they were all good. Delete...
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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 2012: Beta is live today

A new milestone in the development of System Center Operations Manager 2012 (SCOM2012) today. The release of the beta to the public. More info on the team blog here: SCOM 2012 blog A small portion of the SCOM 2012 FAQ which is something most people are very curious about: “We’ve made significant investments to help our customers build more comprehensive monitoring for their private cloud environments, while integrating their existing datacenter investments. Common console across datacenter and clouds. You get a consistent view across the Operations Manager 2012 console, web console, and SharePoint, with the information you need to keep IT services running across datacenter and cloud resources. In addition, you can use dashboard templates to create custom views tailored to your specific needs. Rich Application Performance Monitoring: With newly integrated AVIcode technology for monitoring .NET applications, Operations Manager 2012 delivers .NET application performance monitoring and diagnostics. Additionally, support for JEE application health monitoring has been added to help ensure the availability of a broad number...
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