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 2012: What’s new: Default behavior of overrides

This post is part of a series What's new: Check here for the other parts. SCOM has some huge changes on board… But some are rather small and go unnoticed to the untrained eye although they could save you a major headache. I’m pretty sure not a lot of hands will be raised when I pop the question: “Are you 100% sure your default management pack is free of overrides, if it’s not you buy me a beer?”. Although this is not that important because (let’s face it) it works doesn’t it? You will at one point or another have a big headache when you want to delete or upgrade a management pack which has an override stored in the default management pack. This makes the default management pack referenced by the management pack and therefore you can’t delete it. Although a lot of new System Center admins make this error I must admit it’s in fact...
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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: Don’t be the IT-Rambo…

The title says it all… Don’t be the IT-Rambo but prepare yourself for the move to SCOM2012 by checking my session which I gave the 20th of September and is now available online. Check it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/edge/Hh443650 The slide deck is also available here: https://skydrive.live.com/?sc=documents&cid=f14edda98c2a18de#!/view.aspx?cid=F14EDDA98C2A18DE&resid=F14EDDA98C2A18DE%21126...
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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 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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