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Best of MMS 2010

8:38 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Hi all,


The Belgium System Center User Group is pleased to announce his first Best of MMS! This is a full day online event as well as offline with all the Belgium System Center Experts. So if you cannot make it to Microsoft Belgium due to some Volcano’s you can attend via LiveMeeting as well!

Best of MMS 2010 will provide the opportunity to learn more about IT Management solutions from Microsoft and how you can adopt them in your datacenter.
In a year packed with new management product releases, MMS 2010 will provide the latest technical updates on Desktop, Datacenter, Device and Cloud management features and solutions from Microsoft. This year 5 of our Belgian Experts from the System Center User Group will attend this event and bring back all the valuable information and present them to the Belgian IT Professionals.
You have the choice to either attend this event in person or follow it by using live meeting
For more information visit:

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Unique Opsmgr 2007 training event (Belgium) : Management Pack Development Course

5:23 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Hi all,

I am very proud to be able to announce that we will be able to host a Unique Opsmgr 2007 training event in Belgium.

Is the average training not meeting the depth of technical content you need? Would you like the receive your training from someone that received the prestigious MVP Award? Wished you could receive training from someone that co-authored a book on the topic he is teaching? Are you looking for real 400 level training? Want training from a consultant with plenty of real-life experience? Ever wished you could receive training from the folks that gave those sessions at Teched (Us or Europe)? Here is your chance!

What is being delivered?

The  Management pack development course organized by Infront Consulting & RealDolmen


This class is designed to provide attendees with the knowledge they require to create a custom Management Pack. The hands-on labs in this class will walk the attendees through the process of creating a custom Management Pack from the design and planning stages through to the creation of reports. This class will use a ‘popular’ application and step through the MP development process as an exercise that results in a production quality MP that can be used in a production environment. This class will use the Exchange Server 2007 MP developed by Microsoft as an example.

Who is delivering this?

Delivered by a very senior level MVP specializing in the System Center Suite of Products, experience gained with working with large enterprise customers giving them the ability to bring their real-life know-how to their training deliveries.

When will this take place?

This unique 4day training event will take place from Thuesday the 17th of November till Friday the 20th of November 2009 included.

Class will be from 9 AM till 5 PM, with a break before and after noon and a lunch at 12:00 AM.

Where Does it take place?

This event will take place at the training facilities of the “RealDolmen”

Industriezone Zenneveld
A. Vaucampslaan 42
1654 Huizingen

tel: +32 2 362 56 17

What is it going to cost?

The course will cost 2150 € (Excl tva.) for the 4 day training including a lunch.

Where do I Sign up?

More info about the event, and details on how to signup for this event can be found here:

Please be advised that seats are limited and that there are currently no plans for repeating this event!


Interview with Nigel Cain at Techdays 2009 in Antwerp on SCSM

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At Techdays 2009 in Antwerp we interviewed Nigel Cain ( Program Manager – Operations and Service Management group) and asked him some questions on System Center Service Manager:




Have fun, Team

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Opsmgr on Social Forum!

5:40 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

We just moved from the old news servers to the new social forum platform!


So start asking your questions, issues, share your knowledge etc on the new platform and make it as good as the old NNTP groups!



ALexandre Verkinderen


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Third Edition of Microsoft Community Day !!

7:21 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Community Day is back again, are you ready for our Third Edition of Microsoft Community Day?

Eleven Microsoft User Groups combine their efforts to organize this unique networking and knowledge sharing
event. A unique opportunity to learn about Microsoft’s latest developments and technologies like Exchange
2010, Silverlight 3, Visual Studio 2010, SQL Server 2008, Windows 2008R2, Powershell V2, Forefront
Identity Manager 2010, XNA 3.1. and OCS R2.
Microsoft Community Day will take place on Thursday 25th June 2009 in Utopolis, Mechelen, where we will
bring together 300 IT Pro’s and developers.
The Microsoft Community Day 2009 is supported by BESUG, BIWUG, IT-Talks, MVUG, Pro-Exchange, SCUG, SQLUG, VBIB, Visug, WinSec, XNA-BUG“
Register now for free for this all day event!


The System Center User Belgium will have two slots! We will speak about “Setting up & Configuring SQL Server to support your SCCM & SCOM environment” and “Thin, thick or hybrid imaging in sccm – Notes from the field”.

Hope to see you there!


Alexandre Verkinderen

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5:56 pm in Uncategorized by alkin




You definitely have to check this out!!


We are proud to announce, the site to visit for “Everything System Center”. was founded by three System Center community members; Pete Zerger, Rory McCaw and Maarten Goet. is a community initiative that will combine a number of existing Internet properties under a single community site and strive to become the leading community landing page for all System Center technologies.

As Microsoft continues to invest in its System Center brand, we feel that there is a need for a community site that focuses exclusively on the technologies included in this suite of products. Unlike other community sites, the motivation behind this site is to continue to give back to the community at large, one of the reasons why each of the founders have been awarded the Microsoft MVP title.

The official launch of will be at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas, NV, the week of April 27 to May 2, 2009. has a dedicated community area where you can check out the site, get more information or become a member!

At this time you will find blogs, where well-known MVPs will start blogging in the coming days, a download area, a community “pack catalog” and forums. Later in May, we will be launching a wiki and a ‘community feedback’ platform and other exciting features. is a strong supporter of user groups. We have the commitment of the following user groups to user as the main landing page to find their user group and some of these groups will transfer their internet presence to in the following weeks:

Atlanta Systems Management User Group, Microsoft Enterprise Management User Group (Denver), System Center Professional’s User Group of Jax (Florida), New York System Center User Group, Portland EPG System Center User Group, Northwest System Center User Group (Seattle), Windows Management User Group (UK), System Center User Group (Netherlands), System Center User Group (Belgium), System Center User Group (Malaysia), System Center Virtual User Group and the Powershell Virtual User Group.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this possible. Both Quest Software and Microsoft are supporting as Gold Sponsors and will be active participant in this new online community. By having them as gold sponsors, we are confident this will become the go-to, online community for all things System Center..

Also, we would like to thank Bridgeways and SecureVantage, who are supporting as Silver Sponsors.

Not going to MMS, but still want to check out this new System Center community site? Go to now and join!

Best regards,

Peter Zerger, Rory McCaw and Maarten Goet

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Visio add-in for System Center Operations Manager

7:01 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft just released a new Visio add-in for System Center Operations Manager! Go get it on the Connect Site!

The Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 combines the strengths of two applications widely used in enterprise IT to simplify the creation of customized graphical dashboards showing the health of an environment. Examples of such diagrams include showing objects by geography overlaid on a map, by location in a datacenter or building, by role in a logical view of an application or by topology for complex distributed applications such as Exchange or Active Directory.
Features include:

  • Visio diagrams exported from System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (release candidate) show automatically live health state on the exported objects in Visio.
  • Easily create new Visio diagrams and link shapes to any managed object (computer, database, web site, perspective etc.) to show the current health state
  • Automatically link entire existing Visio diagrams to the computer and network devices managed by Operations Manager by matching computer names or IP addresses
  • Auto-refresh of health state in Visio diagram – use with Visio’s full screen view to create dashboard views suitable for use as a summary display in a datacenter control room
  • Predefined data graphics to allow user to toggle from Operations Manager health icons to shape color for health state



Alexandre  Verkinderen

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Biwug session changed

9:52 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Last minute change!

The session for Biwug on “how to monitor your sharepoint environment” has changed! This session will not take place place today but on the next biwug session on the 20th May.

Sorry for the inconvencience,

The scug and Biwug Crew

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RMS grayed out and server discovery failed

3:08 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

After I installed my RMS and OpsmgrDB on two different servers my root management server went gray and every 10 minutes or so I receive an alert stating the RMS is unavailable.  Usually these close within a minute but some times take up to 10 minutes. 

Below is the alert I receive.

Alert: Root Management Server Unavailable.
Source: (my server name)
Path: (my server name)
Last modified by: System
Last modified time: 2/1/2008 4:19:53 PM
Alert description: The root management server (Healthservice) has stopped
heartbeating soon after Fri, 01 Feb 2008 23:17:29 GMT. This adversely affects
all availability calculation for the entire management group.



Also got the following error when I wanted to discover and install agents on my server:

“An exception was thrown while processing LaunchDiscovery for session id uuid:57e9b453-4e4f-465c-9c48-c8d7d209e747;id=5.  Exception Message: The creator of this fault did not specify a Reason.
Full Exception: System.ServiceModel.FaultException`1″




I checked the time on my RMS Server and on the SQL server and there was a 3 minute delay!


The resolution was to resync the time on both servers with the following command



After the resync everything went fine!! My rms went green and I could discover and install my agents again!!



Alexandre Verkinderen

ps: thx to David Biot, my pupil 😉

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TechDays 2009 Highlights

7:39 pm in Uncategorized by alkin


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