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Understanding SCOM Resource Pools

    Resource pools are nothing new – they were introduced in SCOM 2012 RTM, for two reasons: 1.  To remove the single-point-of-failure that was the RMS role in SCOM 2007. 2.  To provide a mechanism for high availability of agentless/remote workflows, such as Unix/Linux, Network, and URL monitoring, among…

Installing the Exchange 2010 Correlation Engine on a Non-Management Server and without a console

These is an issue with the current Exchange 2010 Correlation Engine – which causes it to fail on SCOM 2012 or 2016 Management Servers.  Jimmy wrote about these here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/jimmyharper/2015/04/15/exchange-2010-correlation-engine-not-generating-alerts/   So one remedy to this – is to install the Correlation Engine (CE) on a non-management server role.  Either…

SCOM SQL queries

This is a list of queries that I know many people find helpful in report writing or understanding the SCOM DB schema’s to get useful info. These queries work for SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2016. Updated 4/25/2018     Large Table query.  (I am putting this at the top, because…

Monitoring UNIX/Linux with OpsMgr 2016

  Microsoft started including Unix and Linux monitoring in OpsMgr directly in OpsMgr 2007 R2, which shipped in 2009.  Some significant updates have been made to this for OpsMgr 2012.  Primarily these updates are around: Highly available Monitoring via Resource Pools Sudo elevation support for using a low priv account…

Enabling Scheduled Maintenance in SCOM 2016

When you try and use the new Scheduled Maintenance feature in SCOM 2016 UR1, you will probably see the following error pop up as soon as you select “Maintenance Schedules” in the Operations Console:     Date: 10/22/2016 3:03:32 PMApplication: Operations ManagerApplication Version: 7.2.11719.0Severity: ErrorMessage: The EXECUTE permission was denied…

OpsMgr 2016 – QuickStart Deployment Guide

  There is already a very good deployment guide posted on Microsoft Docs here:   https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/deploy-overview The deployment guide provides an excellent walkthrough of installing OpsMgr 2016 for the “all in one” scenario, where all roles are installed on a single server.  That is a very good method for doing simple…

SQL MP Run As Accounts – NO LONGER REQUIRED

  Download:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SQL-Server-RunAs-Addendum-0c183c32     Over the years I have written many articles dealing with RunAs accounts.  Specifically, the most common need is for monitoring with the SQL MP.  I have explained the issues and configurations in detail here:  Configuring Run As Accounts and Profiles in OpsMgr – A SQL Management…

Part 8: Use VSAE fragments to create a Windows Performance Monitor with Consecutive Samples

This is Part 8 in a series of posts described here:   https://kevinholman.com/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/ In our next example fragment – we will create Monitor for Windows Performance for our MP.     Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737 I will update these often as…