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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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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.

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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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Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

Deploying VMware Veeam MP for SCOM

This article covers the installation of the SCOM Veeam MP for VMware (version 8). If you are not aware, the Veeam Management Pack for System Center provides integration, monitoring, advanced reporting, and detailed topology features for virtualized systems and their hosts, and the associated network and storage fabric. This allows the virtual environment to be integrated into multiple System Center components, including System Center Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Virtual Machine Manager and Service Manager. At this time, the Veeam MP for…

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Automatic and Manual Resource Pool Membership in SCOM

Automatic and Manual Resource Pool Membership in SCOM

One of the new features in System Center 2012 – Operations Manager was the Resource Pool. A resource pool is a collection of management servers and/or gateway servers used to distribute work amongst themselves and take over work from a failed member. And by default, there are three resource pools. AD Assignment Resource Pool All Management Servers Resource Pool Notifications Resource Pool But from experience, Gateways and Management Servers should not be mixed in pools. Besides, in some situations, you will…

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Modify PowerShell Version of Orchestrator “Run .Net Script” Activity

Modify PowerShell Version of Orchestrator “Run .Net Script” Activity

By default System Center Orchestrator 2012 (event R2 latest CU), Run .Net Script activity will launch PowerShell in v2 and x86 mode. But nowadays, the Orchestrator runbook service is installed on Windows Server 2012/Windows Server 2012 R2 or even Windows Server 2016 who used natively at least Powershell v3 and above. Besides a lot of useful modules and cmdlets are implemented in PowerShell v3 and above. In fact, you can already get around the problem by running the script remotely on another…

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Remove List of SCOM Orphaned Agents in PowerShell

Remove List of SCOM Orphaned Agents in PowerShell

I faced this need for a customer need, so I wanted to share with you this little article. In order to remove a list of SCOM orphaned agents (e.g. computer doesn’t exist anymore) you can use this script. Obviously, it will only remove agents from SCOM console, but it will not uninstall agent from the computer (we will see how to manage this in another article).

You can actually use either a plain list of gray agents or .csv file as…

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Restart Windows Computer Remotely Through a SCOM Agent Task

Restart Windows Computer Remotely Through a SCOM Agent Task

One of the needs of my customer was to be able to reboot any Windows computer (with SCOM agent) remotely without having local administrator rights. I figured out that the best way to accomplish this would be to create a SCOM agent task (not a console task), that you can call from anywhere (script, runbook, etc.). The main advantage is that tasks run under the credential of the Default Action Account on the agent computer. This account typically has sufficient…

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SCOM Maintenance Mode for Windows Cluster

SCOM Maintenance Mode for Windows Cluster

You may already use some scripts to put Windows servers in maintenance mode, but sometimes you need to handle the fact that targeted Windows computers are part of a Windows cluster. In this case, you will need put all of the cluster objects in maintenance mode otherwise, SCOM will generate an alert (by default) for network, disks, etc. So, I wrote a little PowerShell script to check if a Windows computer is part of a Windows cluster in SCOM, and put…

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How to Add Overridable Parameters to a SCOM Monitor Type

How to Add Overridable Parameters to a SCOM Monitor Type

When you create a monitor unit in SCOM you need to specify a monitor type that defines the schema, operation, parameters of the monitor. But sometimes you need more parameters or functionalities than default monitor types provided by Microsoft for example. In this case, a client needed the possibility to override thresholds values of a custom management pack monitor directly from the console. At first, it was not possible because the monitor was based on standard Microsoft monitor type: Microsoft.Windows.TimedScript.ThreeStateMonitorType. This…

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