Management Packs: Keep Up!

Updating your SCOM Management Packs should be done from time to time... schedule it!

SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion

Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) has several prerequisites that must be installed for each component, and frankly, some of those can be cumbersome to get around.  Of course, it is nice for the SCOM installation console to let us know that Report Viewer (a free download from Microsoft, link provided in the notifications window) … Continue reading SCOM Prerequisites: A Web of Confusion

SCOM Management Packs: Removing Foreign Languages

When you go to add Management Packs (MPs) to System Center Operations Manager, there is that temptation to be lazy and just add everything.  This will clog your environment with a lot of things you do not need... including MPs in languages that you likely do not speak, read, or care about (within the context … Continue reading SCOM Management Packs: Removing Foreign Languages

Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

A client asked me recently how to determine what Management Packs he had installed in his System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) infrastructure.  I told him to open his Management Console and navigate to Administration - Installed Management Packs.  It was a short conversation. Easy peasy, right?  Here's a list, go with G-d.  Twenty minutes later, my phone … Continue reading Operations Manager: How to List What Management Packs Are Installed?

SCOM License – Upgrade?

The installation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2016 does not ask you anywhere to enter a license key.  Then when you run the Operations Console, you are shown a required task to Upgrade to full version.  When you click on the link, it opens a website that is less than helpful. In fact, when you … Continue reading SCOM License – Upgrade?

Enabling Agent Proxy in SCOM 2016

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) chiefly relies on Agents in order to collect the data required to generate its reports.  After all, SCOM's primary functions are monitoring and reporting, right?  Well, in order to do this for hundreds to hundreds of thousands of computers, there is a feature called Agent Proxying that helps it out.  … Continue reading Enabling Agent Proxy in SCOM 2016

Domain Controller Health Service Lockdown Issue with SCOM 2016

I came to this realization last year, but I don't think I wrote about it. When monitoring domain controllers, specifically domain controllers running on Windows Server 2016, and specifically with System Center Operations Manager 2016 (and later, I assume) have a bit of an issue when you deploy the SCOM Agent to the server.  It deploys, … Continue reading Domain Controller Health Service Lockdown Issue with SCOM 2016

SCOM Unmonitored: Never Again!

In my last article I showed you how to enable the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Agent Proxy using PowerShell.  We used the cmdlet: PS C:\> Get-SCOMagent | where {$_.ProxyingEnabled -match "False"} | Enable-SCOMAgentProxy While this does work, it is what I call a point-in-time solution… that is, it enables the Agent Proxy on everything … Continue reading SCOM Unmonitored: Never Again!

SCOM: Unmanaged?

Congratulations! You have installed System Center Operations Manager, and you have installed all of the management packs that you needed.  Unfortunately you are getting that big, ugly, EMPTY green circle… you know, the one that is supposed to have green check marks in them?  Yeah, it happens to me too.  The solution, often enough, is … Continue reading SCOM: Unmanaged?

Help! My Servers Aren’t Being Monitored!

This isn’t right… I have System Center Operations Manager monitoring all of my servers for me, but this morning I noticed that several of my servers are in a warning state, but they are greyed out (which implies that they aren’t reporting in properly).  What do I do? This is not uncommon, especially in smaller … Continue reading Help! My Servers Aren’t Being Monitored!

Keep Up: How to configure SCOM to monitor the running state of services and restart them when they stop

Windows runs on services.  Don’t believe me?  Open your Services console and count just how many are running at any given time.  Of course, some of them are more important than others… especially when you are talking about servers that are critical to your organization. A new customer recently called me for a DEAR Call … Continue reading Keep Up: How to configure SCOM to monitor the running state of services and restart them when they stop

Step-by-Step: Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1

So here we are, telling you that you should be getting with the program; download and install System Center 2012 SP1, it will transform your life!  Unfortunately that’s where we have left you… with a list of incredible capabilities, and no real understanding of where to start.  So let’s start with the installation process for … Continue reading Step-by-Step: Installing System Center Operations Manager 2012 SP1

Getting Started with System Center 2012: OpsMgr & VMM

Let’s face it: System Center 2012 is BIG.  Microsoft literally took seven completely separate products – three of which were HUGE on their own, and combined them into a single product.  It’s no wonder so many IT Pros and hopefuls are so intimidated by it.  I am not going to guide you through the actual … Continue reading Getting Started with System Center 2012: OpsMgr & VMM