Monitoring Weather Conditions – Using SCOM

16-03-2013: This MP has been updated. the download link in this article has been updated. Details of the update can be found here. Background Back in July this year, one day I was playing with PowerShell and discovered using New-WebProxyService to get various information from http://www.webservicex.net. I then had an idea to write a SCOM management pack to monitor weather conditions for cities around the world using the weather data from www.webservicex.net. And after I started writing it, I realised this idea wasn’t new. Pete Zerger has already blogged about it 2 years ago : OpsMgr: Probing a Web Service

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“Cannot initialize report” Error When Running SCOM Reports

Yesterday, I noticed I get this error when I tried to run some reports in the System Center Central Health Check Reports MP in my home SCOM 2007 R2 environment: “Value of 01-Jan-01 12:00:00 AM” is not valid for ‘value’. ‘Value’ should be between ‘MinDate’ and ‘MaxDate’. I then realised I get exactly the same error on any reports which contain datetime pickers in the report. Long story short, after spending some time troubleshooting this issue, including updating my SCOM 2007 R2 environment from CU5 to CU6 as this blog post has suggested: SCOM 2007 R2 – Reporting : Value

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My Home Test Lab – Part 2

This is the part 2 of my 2-part series on how my home test lab is configured. Part 1 can be found here. In this second part, I’m going to talk about my previous experience with vyatta virtual router appliance and how I replaced vyatta with CentOS. Disclaimer: The content of this article is purely based on my personal experience and opinions. I have absolutely no intentions to criticise vyatta. To be honest, I still think it’s a great product, however, it just does not suit my needs in my lab environment. About Vyatta: Stefan Stranger has written a great

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My Home Test Lab – Part 1

Background I started a lab environment at home around 2 years ago and I’ve been keep investing in this lab environment over the time. I often get asked how was my lab setup. And most of the time when I tried to answer the question and explain how it was setup, I often forget some components. I have been wanting to properly document it for a long time but never got around to it. Until 2 weeks ago, I had 2 machines with 24GB RAM each running bare-metal Hyper-V 2008 R2 and another desktop with 8GB RAM running Windows 7

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