Recordings Available for the VSAE MP Authoring Webinar with Squared Up

Last night, I conducted 2 webinars with Richard Benwell of Squared Up on MP Authoring. I recorded both sessions from my computer using Camtasia, and now the recordings for both sessions are now available on Squared Up’s YouTube channel: First Session: Second Session: Lastly, the workshop guide, slide deck and the sample VSAE project is also available on GitHub:

Upcoming Webinar on MP Authoring Using VSAE

Last week, I have conducted a workshop with Richard Benwell from Squared Up to a group of Squared Up’s customers at an internal company event. In the workshop, I led the students and built a sealed OpsMgr management pack with a simple agent task. After the workshop, our plan is to make the content available to general public, therefore, Richard and I will be conducting 2 additional webinars next week to cover different time zones. We will repeat what we did in last week’s internal event, and demonstrate how to build such a MP from scratch using VSAE and Visual

Small Bug Fix in OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0

Last night, someone left a comment on the my post for the OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0 and advised a configuration in the Data Warehouse staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the Exchange Correlation service – which is a part of the Exchange MP. This issue was previously identified for other MPs: In a nutshell, looks like the Exchange Correlation service does not like rules that have category set to “None”. I would have never picked it up in my environment because I don’t have Exchange in my lab therefore no Exchange MP configured.

OpsMgr Self Maintenance Management Pack

26/10/2015 Update: It has been identified the unsealed override MP was not included in the download, and also there was a small error in “Known Issue” section (section 8) of the MP guide. Therefore I have just updated the download which now included the override MP and updated MP guide. However, if you have already downloaded the version, and only after the override MP, you can download it from HERE. 18/09/2015 Update: A bug has been identified in version, where the newly added Data Warehouse DB staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the

Collecting ConfigMgr Logs To Microsoft Operation Management Suite – The NiCE way

Introduction I have been playing with Azure Operational Insights for a while now, and I am really excited about the capabilities and capacities it brings. I haven’t blogged anything about OpInsights until now, largely because all the wonderful articles that my MVP friends have already written. i.e. the OpInsights series from Stanislav Zheyazkov (at the moment, he’s written 18 parts so far!): Back in my previous life, when I was working on ConfigMgr for living, THE one thing that I hate the most, is reading log files, not to mention all the log file names, locations, etc. that I

Creating OpsMgr Instance Group for All Computers Running an Application and Their Health Service Watchers

OK, the title of this blog is pretty long, but please let me explain what I’m trying to do here. In OpsMgr, it’s quite common to create an instance group which contains some computer objects as well as the Health Service Watchers for these computers. This kind of groups can be used for alert subscriptions, overrides, and also maintenance mode targets. There are many good posts around this topic, i.e. From Tim McFadden: Dynamic Computer groups that send heartbeat alerts From Kevin Holman: Creating Groups of Health Service Watcher Objects based on other Groups Yesterday, I needed to create several

Updated ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) Client Management Pack Version

Background It’s only been 2 weeks since I released the last update of this MP (version Soon after the release, Mr. David Allen, a fellow System Center CDM MVP contacted me, asked me to test his SCCM Compliance MP, and possibly combine it with my ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP. In the ConfigMgr 2012 Client MP, the OVERALL DCM baselines compliance status are monitored by the DCM Agent class, whereas in David’s SCCM Compliance MP, each DCM Baseline is discovered as a separate entity and monitored separately. Because of the utilisation of Cook Down feature, comparing with the approach in

ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) Client Management Pack Updated to Version

4th October, 2014: This MP has been updated to Version Please download the latest version from this page: OK, after few weeks of hard work, the updated version of the ConfigMgr 2012 (R2) Client MP is finally here. The big focus in this release is to reduce the noise this MP generates. In the end, besides the new and updated components I have introduced in this MP, I also had to update every single script used by the monitors and rule. The changes since previous version (v1.0.1.0) are listed below: Bug Fixes: Software Update agent health not rolled up (dependency

Location, Location, Location. Part 3

This is the 3rd and the final part of the 3-part series. In this post, I will demonstrate how do I track the physical location history for Windows 8 location aware computers (tablets and laptops), as well as how to visually present the data collected on a OpsMgr 2012 dashboard. I often see people post of Facebook or Twitter that he or she has checked in at <some places> on Foursquare. I haven’t used Foursquare before (and don’t intend to in the future), I’m not sure what is the purpose of it, but please think this as Four Square in

Location, Location, Location. Part 2

This is the 2nd part of the 3-part series. In this post, I will demonstrate how do I monitor the physical location of my location aware devices (Windows 8 tablets and laptops). To do so, I created a monitor which generates alerts when a device has gone beyond allowed distance from its home location. I will now go through each the component in the management pack that I created to achieve this goal. Custom Class: Location Aware Windows Client Computer I created a custom class based on “Windows Client 8 Computer” class. I needed to create this class instead of

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