SCOM: Configure a monitor recovery task for a healthy state

During a recent project a client had a small request to create a monitor and run a command when a device was not accessible anymore. Easy right! But (yep there’s always a but) they wanted to run a command when the monitor was returning back to a healthy state to restart a service when the device came back online… Hmmm and all in 1 monitor. So the conditions were as follows: Monitor: Action: Run a PowerShell based monitor to test the connection with the device BAD: Device is down => Run recovery task to remediate GOOD: Device is up again => Run recovery task to restart service (note: Always do this small matrix of a monitor design to exactly know what the customer wants) I don’t have the device to simulate but came up with a small example in my lab to show you how to get this working with just 1 monitor. The situation in my lab is very simple. I want to turn on my...
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Home automation: Putting a child lock on my Nest thermostat using SCOM

  This post is part of a series on how I demonstrate how to use SCOM to basically monitor everything. The other parts can be found here: Part 1: How did I get data Part 2: Get data into SCOM from MySQL Part 3: Create the MP Part 4: Seeing it in action After I have successfully been able to get data into SCOM from my Nest Thermostat and my Flukso energy meter it’s time to do some cool stuff with it. More devices are in the pipeline to get data into SCOM to create the ultimate Domotics controller or should I say “SCOMotics”… One problem I have in real life is the fact that it’s very hard to explain to my wife and kids the process off radiant floors. It takes some time to heat up but it stays warm a long time so there’s no point in setting the thermostat to a higher point to get instant heat because it takes approx 1 hour to...
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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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LiveMeeting 22/11/2012: System Center Products better together…

  On the 22th of November I’m hosting a LiveMeeting on how to integrate the different System Center products. We’ll go over the different steps to integrate the different System Center products to get past the standard “just monitor it” scenario with SCOM but truly integrate the different products together. All the products will be positioned within the System Center stack and integrations will be showcased. If you are looking for a session to convince your boss to install more system center products or just want to convince yourself of the force of system center products brought together… Look no further this is your session. Register here:https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032533093&Culture=en-us&community=0...
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Speaking at MMS2012

MMS2012 just got a little bit more interested for me (can it?). I will get the chance to speak at this major System Center event together with System Center Operations Manager guru and colleague Maarten Goet. We’ll be presenting the following session: AM-B312 Operations Manager Tuning War: No Management Pack Left Behind Friday, April 20 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM Venetian Ballroom G Speaker(s): Dieter Wijckmans, Maarten Goet Track(s): Application Management Session Type: Breakout Session Products: Operations Manager So you installed Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, deployed your first agent and started importing management packs. Now, a hundred or more alerts start appearing. Was this really the best approach? How do I tune my management packs anyway? How do I get things sorted again? Come to this session led by five-year System Center MVP Maarten Goet, who draws from multiple years of field experience to...
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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: 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 2007: Authoring console can’t find referenced mp

Just the other day I was working on an MP after updating the environment to CU4 and all of a sudden I got the error that a reference management pack wasn’t found. Ok no big issue. Locate the management pack and reference it… no go… Still the same error… So why? My version should be correct no? Wrong… Apparently the Microsoft.SystemCenter.Library management pack is included in the CU4 but is installed while running the SQL update script (that’s why it’s so important to run them!). It bypasses the verification code. CAUTION: Just download the management pack but do not import it into your environment. It’s already in there and functioning correctly. In rare cases reimporting the management pack again in your environment can cause a corrupt dbase. In fact Microsoft has released a KB2590414 to address this issue: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2590414 In the middle of the...
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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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SCOM 2012: What’s new: Agent Config in SCOM2012

This post is part of a series What's new: Check here for the other parts. In SCOM2007R2 you could multihome an agent to different management groups but it was quite the hassle as there was no option in the management console to control this feature. In SCOM 2012 this has changed by including the Operations Manager Agent Application to the control panel when the agent has been installed. Pretty cool feature if you ask my because now you have full control over the homing or multihoming of the agents. Although this feature is not that high on a lot of peoples list of great new features this really facilitates the work of those who are working with a complex environment with connected management groups. So where is this feature actually. You can do this semi automatic by pushing the agent from all the different management groups (the maximum is 4). This is in fact a recommende maximum and not hardcoded. So in theory it...
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