Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Microsoft Operations Management Suite

The Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), previously known as Azure Operational Insights, is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that allows an administrator to manage on-premises and cloud IT assets from a central portal. It was introduced in May 2015 as an evolution of System Center. OMS provides flexible access to the management capabilities a company needs through four key service offerings: Insight & Analytics – includes Azure Log Analytics and 2 additional solutions on OMS Portal (Service Map and…

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Manage Report Operator User Role in SCOM and SSRS 2016

Manage Report Operator User Role in SCOM and SSRS 2016

During the installation of SCOM 2016, you can choose to deploy the Reporting Server feature. This feature will provide the possibility to generate SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) reports based on SCOM data. During the installation, it will automatically configure the Operations Manager Report Operator default SCOM user role as System User of your SSRS site. You can check it by getting the Identity Id in SCOM console and cross checking it with the security configuration of your SSRS site. And by default,…

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Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Checkpoints

Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Checkpoints

Checkpoints enable you to capture point-in-time snapshots of a VM. This gives you an easy method of quickly restoring to a known working configuration, making them useful before installing or updating an application. When a checkpoint is created, the original VHD becomes read-only, and all changes are captured in an AVHD file. Conversely, when a checkpoint is deleted, the contents of the AVHD are merged with the original disk, which becomes the primary writable file. Prior to Windows Server 2016,…

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Perform Remote Management of Hyper-V Hosts

Perform Remote Management of Hyper-V Hosts

Performing remote management of Hyper-V hosts within the same domain simply requires the permissions or delegation discussed in this previous article. However, managing a Hyper-V server that is in a Workgroup is slightly more complicated. First, the Hyper-V server must have PowerShell remoting enabled. This is easily accomplished by running the Enable-PSRemoting cmdlet. The second task on the Hyper-V host is to enable the WSMan credential role as a server. To accomplish this, run the following command:

The more complicated…

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Enable Nested Virtualization on Hyper-V and Windows Server 2016

Enable Nested Virtualization on Hyper-V and Windows Server 2016

As you should know, through the latest version of Hyper-V coming with Windows Server 2016 & Windows 10 you can enable Nested Virtualization, which means you can install Hyper-V role on a Hyper-V virtual machine. But in order to activate this functionality you need to meet some requirements, otherwise you will face this kind of error. Dynamic Memory must be disabled on the virtual machine containing the nested instance of Hyper-V VM must have more than 1 vCPU MAC address…

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Error: ‘NanoServerPackage’ cannot be installed because the catalog signature in ‘NanoServerPackage.cat’ does not match the hash

Error: ‘NanoServerPackage’ cannot be installed because the catalog signature in ‘NanoServerPackage.cat’ does not match the hash

After a Nano Server has been installed, you can manage the server roles and features by using the PackageManagement provider. To install the provider, run the Install-PackageProvider NanoServerPackage command. But by running this command you can encounter this error as below. To resolve this issue Microsoft suggests to reboot the machine but in the case, it does not work you can use these commands as a workaround.

After you have the package provider installed, you can use the following PowerShell…

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How To Change The Name of Your Azure Subscription

How To Change The Name of Your Azure Subscription

When you begin to have multiple subscriptions based on Pay-As-You-Go offer, it becomes a nightmare to manage it in Azure portal because by default they all have the same name. In order to change the name of your subscriptions and reflect why there are used for, connect to your Azure portal and go to subscriptions menu. Select the subscription you want to modify and click on Manage. It will automatically redirect you to your Windows Azure subscriptions management page (you can…

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Enable Deduplication on Windows 10

Enable Deduplication on Windows 10

Build 14393.0 Hello, I was very busy these last few months and I got no time to work on this blog… Anyway, I made the new Dedup Package for build 14393.0 that I tested on my W10 14393.187 and it is fully functional. You can find this package directly from here (md5: 48cdbfddcc4a2266950ad93a6cfe2b9f).As always, to install deduplication feature on your Windows 10 computer, you will just need to launch install.cmd file as administrator. Enjoy. Build 14300.1000 You will find the deduplication package for build 14300.1000 here (md5…

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Enable Proxy as a default setting in SCOM 2016

Enable Proxy as a default setting in SCOM 2016

As you may know, the default setting for new SCOM agents is that proxy is disabled. You can enable this agent by agent in the console, or even use script automation. But as more and more management packs require this capability to be enabled (e.g. Active Directory, SharePoint, Clustering, etc.), it makes really more sense to just enable this by default. In order to achieve this, just connect to a SCOM Management Server and run these PowerShell commands.

If…

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Install SCOM 2016 PowerShell Modules without SCOM Console

Install SCOM 2016 PowerShell Modules without SCOM Console

If you work with SCOM and custom management packs, you are most likely using SCOM PowerShell modules. By default, these modules are installed with the console using SCOM setup. But one of my customers needed to install these modules on a Gateway Server installed on a Windows Server 2016 Core running custom PowerShell rules. In order to install SCOM 2016 PowerShell Modules on a Windows Server or even on a Windows Client without having to install SCOM console and its…

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