Passed MCTS SCCM exam yesterday

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been refreshing my memory on SCCM since I haven’t worked on it for almost 4 month… Yesterday, I passed Microsoft 70-401 (SCCM) exam with the score of 976/1000. Pretty disappointed that didn’t get 1000 though… Oh well, there are some SCCM work coming up at work, can’t wait to get started!

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Get Powershell Execution Policy on remote machines

Today I’ve been asked how to inventory PowerShell execution policies on all servers in a domain. I originally thought I can ultilise RemoteIn as PowerShell V2 should be deployed on all servers. then I realised WSMan wasn’t configured on the srevers so I couldn’t use “New-PSSession” cmdlet… Therefore, I wrote a function called Get-RemoteExecutionPolicy.  It retrieves the setting from the remote registry. The usage is: Get-RemoteExecutionPolicy <machine name>.

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Passed MCTS SCOM Exam (70-400) today!

Today I passed Microsoft exam “70-400 Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring” with a score of 975/1000. The transcript indicated I answered one question wrong in relation to “Deploying and COnfiguring Management Packs”. I’m wondering which one I answered wrong… Overall, pretty easy exam. What’s next? Got spend some time to prepare SCCM exam!

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ENHANCED SCOM Alerts Notification Emails!

17/08/2012: The version 2 of this script has just been released: http://blog.tyang.org/2012/08/16/scom-enhanced-email-notification-script-version-2/ 29/01/2012: The command notification channel setup section of this blog has been updated. More details of the change can be found HERE: http://blog.tyang.org/2012/01/29/command-line-parameters-for-scom-command-notification-channel/ Please Note: This post and associated script has been updated on 30/09/2010. Even though SCOM is a great product, I personally believe that alert notification emails is something that really needs improvements. It is very hard (and almost impossible – according to my standard) to configure a meaningful notification email using the variables SCOM provides. Most of times, the SCOM administrator would include a URL that takes

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PowerShell Script: Mass-Mailer

Today a colleague asked me to write a script to send out a email to a large group of people but have the phrase “Dear <person’s name”>” in the beginning of email body. I quickly wrote this script. Here are the steps you need to take before executing it: 1. Zip and place the Mass-Mailer folder somewhere on your computer. There are 3 files in the folder: 2. in Mass-Mailer.ps1 file, modify the highlighted section ( and remove the “<” and “>”brackets): 3. Open recipientsList.txt and enter recipients name and emails, one recipient per line with format Name;Email (i.e. John

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How To Write to SCOM Operations Manager Event Log Using PowerShell and MOM.ScriptAPI

The following commands can be executed using the normal PowerShell console. SCOM PowerShell snapin is not required. $momapi = New-Object -comObject "MOM.ScriptAPI" $momapi.LogScriptEvent("test",9999,2,"this is a test")   This is the log:   Detailed documentation of MOM.ScriptAPI can be found on MSDN.

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Broken SCOM Web Console URLs?

I come across a situation where when i click on the web console URL from a SCOM notification email such as this one: http://<SCOM Web Server>/default.aspx?DisplayMode=Pivot&AlertID=%7b07aac5b0-4cf8-411f-b5a0-cb0075dc0f31%7d I get a HTTP 500 error: I had to change the URL from http://<SCOM Web Server>/default.aspx?DisplayMode=Pivot&AlertID=%7b07aac5b0-4cf8-411f-b5a0-cb0075dc0f31%7d to http://<SCOM Web Server>/default.aspx?DisplayMode=Pivot&AlertID={07aac5b0-4cf8-411f-b5a0-cb0075dc0f31} to make it work. It’s quiet painful as %7b and %7d comes as a part of SCOM WebConsole Link variable… For this particular environment, I found out it was caused by Forefront TMG server was blocking encoded URLs for this website. After unticking Verify normalization and Block high bit characters in the TMG rule, the

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SCOM Console Crashes

When I connect SCOM console to one of my clients SCOM 2007 R2 environment, under Authoring Pane, if I change the display scope of Monitors or Rules to “View all target” and select everything: the console crashes. – Maybe there are too many objects for it to handle. After the crash, when I re-launch the console, I cannot go back into Authoring Pane. It crashes everytime I click on “Authoring”. To fix it so I can go back to Authoring Pane, I had to delete this registry key: HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Console\Navigation\MonitoringConfigNavSettings\ScopedClasses I started the console again after the deletion and

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PowerShell Script: Test-SMTP

I wrote this simple script last week to test SMTP server by sending a testing email. Usage: .\Test-SMTP.PS1 -smtp smtp.xxxx.com -port 25 -from test@xxxx.com -to recipient@xxxx.com If the email is successfully, the recipient will receive an email similar to this: The email contains the following information: Originating Computer: Where the script was run from SMTP Server Address: The SMTP server that sent this email SMTP Server Port: default SMTP port is 25 Return (sender) address: This does not have to be a real address Recipient: Where the email is sent to.

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PowerShell Script: Setting NTFS Permissions in Bulk

Today I wrote this PowerShell script to apply a same set of NTFS permission for a particular user or group to a list of folders. It reads the list of folders from a file that is specified from a parameter, apply the permission which is also specified  from parameters. The useage is as follow: .\BulkSet-NTFSPermissions.ps1 -FolderListFile x:\xxxx\xxxx.txt -SecIdentity “Domain\Group” -AccessRights “FullControl” -AccessControlType “Allow” FolderListFile: a flat text file containing the list of path that need to apply the NTFS permission. It needs to list one folder per line. the path can be a absolute local path such as C:\temp or a UNC path

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