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System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate has been published

4:49 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Guys,

Microsoft just published the Release Candidate of System Center Orchestrator 2012. You could download it at the following address :

What’s new ?

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate

As part of the release candidate Microsoft has delivered the following features:

  • Install Experience
    • Improved prerequisite checks
    • Implementation of Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP), error reporting and interface with Microsoft Update
    • Allow user to log on as a service and select different service accounts for each service
    • Design Improvements( Error handling, port # for DB, increased logging, enabling log on as a service automatically)
    • UI Consistency between other System Center components
    • Time bomb(easy conversion from EVAL to licensed SKU)
  • Security improvements
    • Encryption of DB connection
    • Encryption/decryption of passwords
  • Globalization
    • Unicode capable
    • Convert SSH to Unicode
  • Web service
    • Versioning
  • Orchestration Console
    • Browse events
    • View events
    • UI Updates
  • Bug fixes across all product features

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Integration Toolkit

  • Rebranding, security enhancements, new generic activity icons
  • Wizards can upgrade 6.3 activities and IPs to be compatible with Orchestrator
  • Fixes issues with upgrading IPs multiple times
  • Fixes issues with DLL / dependent file conflicts among different IPs

System Center Orchestrator 2012 Release Candidate Integration Packs

  • System Center 2007 Operations Manager
  • System Center 2010 Service Manager
  • System Center 2008 Virtual Machine Manager
  • System Center 2010 Data Protection Manager
  • System Center 2007 Configuration Manager

Stay stunned for a future complete review of this new release Smile 

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Resources :
Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 RC is available as public RC at the Microsoft Download Center :

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Team Blog :

TechNet Forums for System Center Orchestrator :

Christopher KEYAERT

SCOM2007 : New Server OS MP, version 6.0.6957.0 has some bad bugs

9:16 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi All,

As you probably already noticed, Microsoft has released some days ago the new New Base OS MP 6.0.6957.0.

This management pack adds a lot of new cool functionalities that Kevin Holman explained on his blog :

Now after several days, we’re starting to notice that this new management pack has also some “bugs” :

1: Report execution might fail because of lacking proper security settings on a Stored Procedure;
2: Importing the MP might fail when one has many overrides in place for diskspace. All because of a spelling error;
3: Knowledge is out of date for the new default values in the free space monitors;
4: The BPA monitors can be noisy for Server 2008R2 systems;
5: The “performance by utilization” report section dealing with Logical Disk % Idle time is upside down: the lowest idle time values are on top (100% Idle time is the lowest) and the highest idle time (anything close to 10% or even less) are on the bottom.
6: Impossible to deploy the new reports on SQL2005

Marnix Wolf and Bob Cornelissen started to report these bugs on their own blogs :

Marnix also took the really good initiative to open a bug report on connect :


If you also noticed these bugs, please go to the link below and share your experience :

This is not a flame or something like that, just an initiative to get a fixed and working MP very soon with all the great new stuff that was added and without at least most of the issues!

Christopher KEYAERT

System Center Orchestrator 2012 : notes from the field – Sessions Online

6:59 am in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Guys,

Last week, with my friend Kurt Van Hoecke (SCSM Expert), we delivered two sessions at Microsoft Belgium on System Center Orchestrator 2012. These sessions have been recorded and are now available online on Technet.

System Center Orchestrator 2012: An Overview by Kurt Van Hoecke.

System Center Orchestrator 2012: Migration Plan by Christopher Keyaert.

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Resources :
Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 beta is available as public beta at the Microsoft Download Center :

Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012 Team Blog :

TechNet Forums for System Center Cross Platform and Interoperability :

Christopher KEYAERT

SCOM2007 : Performance Degradation / Maintenance Mode Scheduling Tool

12:58 pm in Uncategorized by Christopher Keyaert

Hi Everyone,

Last week, I’ve been called by one of my customer, who told me that they saw a huge performance degradation of their SCOM2007 R2 environment.

This customer has a quite big infrastructure, around 2200 servers, using Nworks MP, NetApp MP, Oracle Enterprise Manager connector, Opalis 6.3, Scheduling maintenance mode ….. This environment was working well since a long time and no major modification has been done so far.

The symptoms :

  • Taking more 10 min for connecting to the console.
  • Console navigation extremely slow or not responding.
  • High CPU usage on the RMS.
  • Very high CPU usage on the DB Cluster.
  • Connection lost time to time to the DBs

After we checked everything we could, it was time to call the Microsoft Premier Support. After several days of investigation with them, we didn’t identity clearly the root cause. so, It was time to turn off one by one each connectors, each third party software that were connecting to Operations Manager.

It took time but we finally found which application was causing our nightmare since several days…. it was the Maintenance Mode Scheduling Tool.

This tool has been released part of the Administration Resource Kit for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 published by Operations Manager Product Team some months ago. More information available here :

This is really an excellent tool that provide you an user interface for scheduling maintenance mode of your servers. My customer was using it a lot for disabling the monitoring during batch processing, planned reboot and so on.

Since we turned it off by disabling the rule Maintenance Mode Workflow, the Operations Manager infrastructure went back to business. So I continued to investigate on why this tools was causing all our troubles and I finally found this post :

Best Practices:

  • Do not go beyond 20 Jobs scheduled.  Anything over this will start to place too much load on your Root Management Server
  • Do not schedule more then 20 items in one Job.  If you need to go over this please create a group and target this.  Note: The MP has a bug that only limits you to select up to six objects.  I have attached an updated MP that corrects this issue below.
  • When scheduling a group make sure to select then select the group.  If you select the group itself the tool lists the individual group membership.

My customer had more than 40 Jobs scheduled…. so we were clearly not respecting the best practice and that was explaining why our performance degradation came slowly day per day.

Currently, the only solution that we have for scheduling maintenance mode without using that’s tool is to come back to a PowerShell script that we will run from a windows schedule task.

Resources :
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Evaluation :

Technet Forums :

Christopher KEYAERT