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Add a SCOM runas-account with a space in the username (pre-R2)

8:42 pm in Uncategorized by Jan Van Meirvenne


Although it rarely occurs it is sometimes necessary to work with a runas-credential that contains a space in the username (eg a web-service authentication). In pre 2012 R2 environments, spaces are apparently not allowed in the username when entering it through the SCOM console GUI.

Lukcily, the PowerShell interface does not contains such restrictions, and if upgrading to R2 is not an option, you can use the following set of commands to create and distribute a runas-account that contains spaces:

# setup variables
$user = ‘user with spaces’
$pass = ‘mypassword’
$scomserver = ‘scom01′

# create a PS credential from the user/password variables 
$securepass = $pass|ConvertTo-SecureString -AsPlainText -force
$cred = new-object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ($user,$securepass)

# Connect to the SCOM environment
Import-Module operationsmanager
New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection $scomserver

# Retrieve the agents, management servers or pools to distribute the account to (can be an array of a combination of these object types, use Get-SCOMAgent, Get-SCOMManagementServer or Get-SCOMResourcePool to populate)
$pool = Get-SCOMResourcePool

# create a simple (or basic) runas-account using the PS credential
$runas = Add-SCOMRunAsAccount -Simple -Name $user -RunAsCredential $cred

# distribute the account
Set-SCOMRunAsDistribution -RunAsAccount $runas -MoreSecure -SecureDistribution $pool

After running these commands, you can verify (but not modify!) the changes in the GUI:


Assigning this account to a profile afterwards is perfectly doable with the GUI however!

Although this post revolves around bypassing a GUI restriction, you can use the same commands of course to administer any runas-account in the context of automation or general nerdyness Smile

Let me know if you have further question on this topic! Jan out!

MP Viewer 2012…reloaded!

9:42 pm in Uncategorized by Jan Van Meirvenne

One of the great things that comes forth out of a technology community are the custom tools. Tools that make life a little easier and provide functionalities not always found in the original product.

One of the tools I use very often is MPViewer. A simple tool that can read and report on management pack contents without needing a management group connection or other heavy interface. Just run this little gem, point to a MP / XML / MPB Management Pack, and boom…you see what’s inside. It is a great value to quickly create a report of do a pre-import assessment.

Big was my disappointment when I heard that the original authors abandonded the project.

Since the original code was shared on Github (thank god!) I decided to use my own developer knowledge to research, maintain and extend the code. I got to the point were I am confident to do a first release to the world, and I hope you have as much fun using it as I had creating it. Bear in mind though that I am not a professional developer, so the ride may be bumpy and dirty from time to time.

New Features

  • The MPViewer can now open multiple management packs in one go, allowing easier documentation of an entire workload instead of separate files
    • Each item will have a column stating the MP it resides in, so you will always know the source MP!
    • A separate table ‘Management Packs’ shows all the MP’s that are loaded



  • Management Packs can now be loaded from a live Management Group in addition of files. Multiple MP’s can be selected, just like the file-based approach!



  • Modules are now included in the overview, including the full XML configuration!


  • OpenWith is now supported: associate the MPViewer with the XML, MP or MPB file extension and MPViewer will load the file when you double-click on it in explorer!

Known Issues

  • First release, so expect some bugs here and there. Feedback is welcome through the issues-page
  • Command-Line support removed due to the addition of the OpenWith feature. I will research the possibility of combining both features
  • GUI is quirky at some points
  • Code is a mess in some areas


Thank you in advance for giving the tool a spin and providing your own contributions and feedback! I hope to be able to keep this small gem alive and up-to-date so that there will be a continued benefit for those in need of a good Management Pack tool!

Jan Out!