SCOM Self Maintenance Management Pack for SCOM 2019 now available

Good news! OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP v3.1 is now available from cookdown.com https://cookdown.com/scom-essentials/self-maintenance/ Whats New? SCOM 2016, 1801/1807 and 2019 support Retired the 2007 version of the MP Completely re-written the MP with a new name Several new monitors Various bug fixes decommissioned OMS add-on MP Additional quick start override MP Self Maintenance MP now owned/maintained by Cookdown Who are Cookdown? Cookdown are a new company span out from Squared Up (known for awesome HTML 5 dashboards for SCOM + Azure). Cookdown where setup specifically to solve the challenges SCOM faces today – SCOM continues to be used in large

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New SCOM Management Pack: Easy Tune from Cookdown

Squared Up should not be a stranger for any seasoned SCOM administrators. For me, it is absolutely my favourite ISV when it comes to SCOM. Recently, at Experts Live USA, Squared Up has announced a new brand name called Cookdown, which is focused on extending the capabilities of SCOM (i.e. management packs development). When we firstly heard the name “Cookdown” at Experts Live USA, all the SCOM folks in the room laughed (in a good way). You must be a hardcore SCOM person to understand and appreciate the name. Originally in SCOM, the term“Cookdown” refers to a process that you

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NiCE Active Office 365 Management Pack for SCOM

If you are monitoring your Office 365 services in SCOM, you probably already know how bad the Microsoft Office 365 MP is. In my opinion, it is one of the worst written SCOM MP from Microsoft. That’s why there are many 3rd party or community solutions for monitoring O365 in SCOM. Recently, my favourite SCOM management pack ISV NiCE (https://www.nice.de) has released a MP for monitoring various Office 365 components. The NiCE Active O365 MP monitors Office 365 services using synthetic transactions by simulating activities such as user login, sending test emails etc. In my opinion, this is a very

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When Squared Up meets Windows Admin Center

I have been in the private preview for Project Honolulu (now called Windows Admin Center) for quite long time before it became GA and I am a big fan of it. I have also been a long time Squared Up fan, and I was one of their very first customers at my previous job. I was really excited when Squared Up asked me to test their integration with Windows Admin Center couple of weeks ago. To me, it makes perfect sense if you have already deployed Windows Admin Center and are also using SCOM and Squared Up. Since Windows Admin

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OpsMgrExtended PowerShell module is now on GitHub and PSGallery

I developed the OpsMgrExnteded module back in 2015 and it was freely available from my company’s website. I also wrote a 18-post blog series on Automating OpsMgr using this module I was also aware of a bug in the New-OMOverride function in the module since 2015. I never got around to fix it because my focus has been shifted away from System Center. I just had a requirement to use this module so I have spent a little bit time yesterday and updated it to version 1.3. Here’s the change log: Bug fixes in New-OMOverride function Added SCOM 2016 SDK

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SCOM Webinar for Office 365 Monitoring and Dashboards

Savision and NiCE are getting together and delivering a webinar on Office 365 monitoring and dashboard next week. The webinar is taking place on Wednesday 13th December on 16:00 Central European Time / 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. You can find the details registration form here: https://www.savision.com/webinars/online-session-office365-monitoring-scom

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Squared Up OpsMgr Community MP Catalog

One of the big challenges when working with OpsMgr is finding all the good community management packs. Although Microsoft has provided a “Partner Solutions” section in the OpsMgr console to publish 3rd party management packs, it was designed to advertise commercial MPs developed by partner ISVs. From what I learned, the bar is too high to get your MP listed there, and for my community MPs, I don’t see myself spending time and effort to try get my MPs listed there since they are free and I don’t make any $$$ from these MPs. Squared Up has recently released a

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OpsMgr 2016 Agent Crashes SharePoint 2016 Site

Today I pushed the SCOM 2016 agent to my newly installed SharePoint 2016 server via the SCOM console. My SCOM management group is on 2016 RTM UR 3. Once the SCOM agent was installed, I could not launch SharePoint Central Admin site after a reboot. After turned off the custom error in web.config, I could see the exception: This is caused by the known issue with SCOM 2016 agent APM component (Application Performance Monitoring). My good friend Kevin Greene has already blogged this: http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/scom-2016-agent-crashing-legacy-iis.html So to fix my issue, I followed Kevin’s instruction – reinstalled the SCOM agent using MOMAgent.msi

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Free PowerShell OpsMgr Management Pack from Squared Up

Squared Up is releasing a new free management pack that provides several PowerShell related templates that allows SCOM administrators to create the following workflows: Name Type Description Run a PowerShell Script Diagnostic Runs a script as a diagnostic, returning text PowerShell Script Three State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy, Warning, or Critical based on the script output PowerShell Script Two State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy or Warning/Critical based on the script output Run a PowerShell Script Recovery Runs a script as a recovery, returning text PowerShell Script Alert Generating Rule Rule Raises Alerts

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Command Launching Microsoft Monitoring Agent Control Panel Applet

I have been refreshing my lab servers to Windows Server 2016. I’m using the Non GUI version (Server Core) wherever is possible. When working on Server Core servers, I found it is troublesome that I can’t access the Microsoft Monitoring Agent applet in Control Panel: Although I can use PowerShell and the MMA agent COM object AgentConfigManager.MgmtSvcCfg, Sometime it is easier to use the applet. After some research, I found the applet can be launched using command line: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Monitoring Agent\Agent\AgentControlPanel.exe

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