Using SCOM To Count Logs and Produce Reports

Recently, I’ve been asked twice to produce daily reports involves counting some kind of logs: Scenario 1: The support team need to count number of Application event log entries of events with a specific event ID. A daily report is required to list the number for each computer. Scenario 2: An application produces a log file each day. The support team need to count the number of a specific phrase appeared in previous day’s log file. A daily report is required to list the count number for each computer. The solution I produced for both scenarios are very similar. so

Changing Display Language on Windows 7 Home and Professional Editions

I bought a laptop for other family members yesterday, it comes with Windows 7 Home Premium. I needed to change the display language from English to Chinese because the main user of this laptop does not speak English. I thought it was a no brainer as I’ve done it before, all I had to do was to load another language pack in “Regional and Language” in Control Panel. However, I was wrong. apparently this function is available in Windows 7 Ultimate and Enterprise editions. I didn’t really want to use Windows Anytime Upgrade to upgrade it to Ultimate just so

SCCM 2012 Log Parser: cmtrace.exe

In my opinion, THE most used utility (other than SCCM console) for any SCCM administrators / engineers would have to be trace32.exe. Back in SMS and SCCM 2007 days, trace32.exe comes with the SCCM Toolkit, which contains a bunch of other tools. Speaking of my own experience, out of all the tools provided by the toolkit, trace32.exe is the one I used the most. Now with SCCM 2012, trace32.exe has been replaced by a new tool called cmtrace.exe. Unlike trace32.exe, cmtrace.exe is actually built-in in SCCM, there is no need to download separate toolkits for it. cmtrace.32 can be found

Installing SCCM 2012 RTM Secondary Site using A Pre-Installed SQL Express 2008 R2 Instance

Since System Center 2012 was RTM’d few days ago, I have started updating / migrating my home environment. After I migrated my 2 Hyper-V servers from VMM 2008 R2 to VMM 2012, I have started building a brand new SCCM 2012 environment so I can migrate SCCM 2007 to it. My plan is to install a Central Admin site, a child primary site and a Secondary site so I have a simple 3-tier hierarchy like my existing 2007 and 2012 Beta 2 environments. The Central Admin site and the child primary site installation all went pretty smoothly. But I had

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