Visual Studio 2012 on Microsoft App Store

Just noticed that on my Windows 8 laptop, the Visual Studio 2012 Express is available in the Microsoft App Store: Looks like Microsoft expects anyone over 3 years old to be able to write codes in Visual Studio??? It makes me feel like a noob 🙁

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SCOM Enhanced Email Notification Script Version 2

Few years ago, I posted the SCOM Enhanced Email Notification Script in this blog and became well adopted by the community. Over the last week or so, I have spent most of my time at night re-writing this script and I have completed the new version (2.0) now. There are few reasons why I have decided to rewrite this script: Make it to work in SCOM 2012 To be able to include Company Knowledge articles in the email (someone asked me about this a long time ago) Ability to use an external / public SMTP server (i.e. gmail) to send

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Find out who is connected to your SCOM 2007 management group

As we all know, we can see how many concurrent SDK connections have been established on the RMS by looking at the Client Connections counter in OpsMgr SDK Service: To find out who are actually connected, you can use the SDK: [sourcecode language=”PowerShell”] [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Common") [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager") $RootMS = "SCOM01" $MGConnSetting = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ManagementGroupConnectionSettings($RootMS) $ManagementGroup = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ManagementGroup($MGConnSetting) $ManagementGroup.GetConnectedUserNames() [/sourcecode]

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SCCM 2007 Client Management Pack Updated

I received an email this morning regarding to the SCCM 2007 Client Management Pack that I wrote few months ago. Someone pointed out it had some issues in the language packs section of the MP. I had a look and realised the TYANG.System.Center.Configuration.Manager.2007.Monitoring.mp does have some orphaned string resources. A bit background of this MP. I originally wrote this MP for my employer. Before I posted it on my blog, I removed everything that were specfic to my employer (few monitors, application components, relationships, discoveries, etc.). However, I ddin’t delete associated display string resources in here: I have just updated

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Scripting 101 For George

Yesterday at work, we were having a chat with George, the team leader of our infrastructure 3rd level support team. George told me since he’s a team leader, he doesn’t have to be technical ANYMORE, all he needs to do is to delegate. Then the topic somehow shifted to scripting and George said to me all he can write is “Hello World”. So I challenged him by opening PowerShell console on my PC and asked him to write “Hello World” for me. It turned out, he couldn’t write it. that proved he’s NEVER technical in the first place . So

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SCOM Alert Notification–Using Skype

Recently I’ve been wanting to setup SCOM notifications in my test environment that can reach me even when I’m not home.. However, I had two problem: I don’t have Lync / OCS servers in my lab and my home test lab does not have a registered domain name and so the Exchange server in the lab cannot email outside. Since I have Skype installed on my PCs, phones and tablets, I thought it would be nice if SCOM can send me a message when a SCOM alert is raised. It turned out to be relatively easy, with the help from

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