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Install OpsMgr Agent remotely with Powershell

1:59 pm in Powershell, SytemCenter by alkin

As you are aware by now I’m creating a series of Powershell automation activities to automate some System Center installation tasks. Below you can find a Powershell script that will connect to the Opsmgr server remotely (so you dont need the OpsMgr powershell snappin installed locally) deploy the scom agent and enable agent proxiyng on them.

# NAME: Opsmgr 2012 Agent Install
# AUTHOR: Alexandre Verkinderen
# DATE  : 10/23/2013
# Requirements: FIrewall needs to be disabled
# COMMENT: This script is designed to install OpsMgr 2012 agents.
# The following serfvers  need agents instaled using default options: Install-SCOMAgent <a href=""></a> DC01, SCVMM01

$MS = ""

#Connect remotely to the SCOM server
Invoke-Command -ComputerName $MS -ScriptBlock {

$MS = ""
$AgentList = @("")
$Password = ConvertTo-SecureString "Passw0rd!" -AsPlainText -Force
$username = "contoso\administrator"
$InstallAccount = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential($username,$Password)

#Import PowerShell Modules
import-module OperationsManager

#Connect to OpsMgr Management Group
New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection -ComputerName $MS

#OpsMgr Agent Installation

Foreach($Agent in $AgentList)

Install-SCOMAgent -Name $Agent -PrimaryManagementServer (Get-SCOMManagementserver -Name $MS) -ActionAccount $InstallAccount
write-host $Agent "Installed"


#Sleep so the agent install can finish before enabling agent proxying

Start-Sleep -s 60

#enabling agent proxying for vmm and AD management pack

#Enable Agent Proxying
Get-ScomAgent | where{$_.ProxyingEnabled.Value -eq $False} | Enable-SCOMAgentProxy


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How to change SCOM reporting to use Kerberos instead of NTLM

12:06 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

One of the Domain admins at one of my customers was complaining about all the NTLM request generated by the scom server to the reporting server. One of the issues with NTLM is that you need to re-authenticate every time, with Kerberos you receive a ticket that is valid for a longer period of time (by default 10hours). You can find more info about NTLM VS Kerberos here: 


All the SQL servers at this customer are configured to use Kerberos but apparently when the SCOM reporting is being installed and modifying the RSReportServer config file it will change the authentication method as well back to NTLM!! Although Microsoft is recommending Kerberos over NTLM for almost 10 years now, new products like SCOM 2012 are still using NTLM!!


To change the report server authentication settings, edit the XML elements and values in the RSReportServer.config file.

You can find the file in the following location: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSRS10_50.MSSQLSERVER\Reporting Services\ReportServer



Change the setting from RSWindowsNTLM to RSWindowsNegotiate



Important note Important

Using RSWindowsNegotiate will result in a Kerberos authentication error if you configured the Report Server service to run under a domain user account and you did not register a Service Principal Name (SPN) for the account. Make sure to create the SPN for the SQL reporting service as described here:




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System Center Roadmap 2011

1:20 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

I’m so excited about the direction that Microsoft is taking with the new System Center products!

Below you find the roadmap of the System Center products and what is going to be released soon!


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update Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack

7:21 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Mircrosoft has released an update of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 management pack version 6.1.7695.0


Go get it here


Changes made:

  • Added the “Agents by Health State” report
  • Added the “An alert subscription has been automatically disabled due to invalid configuration” rule
  • Added the “WMI Service Availability” aggregate monitor and the “Windows Management Instrumentation Service” unit monitor to monitor the state of the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service (winmgmt) on agents
  • Added rules to that can be enabled in place of monitors that require manual reset of the health state
  • Updated product knowledge for some workflows
  • Changed the "Computer Verification: Verification Error" event collection rule to be disabled by default
  • Change the “Collect Configuration Parse Error Events” rule to be disabled by defaul



And don’t forget to RTFM!



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Microsoft on What’s Next for Managing Datacenters and the Cloud!

4:29 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft is going to invest heavily in Dynamic IT / cloud capabilities that Virtual Machine Manager vNext and Operations Manager vNext will deliver.

Here is a small list of things that Microsoft wants to achieve:

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

· Service lifecycle management, including creation, deployment and updates to cloud apps/services – Leverages app virtualization technology and service modeling to perform image-based service composition, deployment and updates.

· Creation of private clouds – Enables “Infrastructure as a Service” for the enterprise datacenter and allows self-service scenarios; discovery and assignment of logical/virtualized network and storage pools to apps/services.

· Federation across clouds – Enables workload mobility between on-premises, service provider and public clouds (e.g. Windows Azure) in a secure manner .

· Policy-based dynamic resource optimization – Ensure optimal utilization of your datacenter resources (e.g. policy driven power management), deeper Operations Manager/PRO integration.

· Deeper Opalis Integration – Offers deeper integration with Opalis for enhanced orchestration and automation across multiple sub-systems.

System Center Operations Manager

· Unified on-premises and cloud monitoring – Enables hybrid cloud deployment scenarios with “single pane of glass” monitoring.

· Outside-in/end user experience monitoring for geo distributed cloud services (based on synthetic transactions).

· Service oriented network and storage monitoring (e.g. monitor and troubleshoot network and storage resource pools assigned to services).

You can find more information on the blog.

Watch this video by Anant Sundaram, Senior Product Manager for System Center.

Anant explaines what Microsoft is thinking around improving data center management and managing cloud environments.

Not all of these will be realized and it will take some product cycles but it gives you a nice overview of what Microsoft is thinking and want to achieve.


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MMS 2010 Keynotes

7:25 am in Uncategorized by alkin

The MMS 2010 keynotes are available online!


KEY1 Managing Systems from the Datacenter to the Cloud

Bob Muglia, President of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, returns to speak at this year’s event. Since MMS 2009, the buzz in the IT industry about cloud computing has continued to grow. There are many different perspectives on the cloud, its capabilities, its enablers and what it means to the world of IT operations and systems management. Get Bob Muglia’s perspective on what cloud services mean for the datacenter, what you can do today with these services, and how your approach to cloud services can help you change your company’s IT operations for the better.



KEY2 User Centric Client Management

Unify. Simplify. Control. Get inspired as Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Services Division at Microsoft, returns to speak on user-centric client management. Listen in as Brad gives his perspectives on the rising need for a more user-centric approach to client management and discusses the technologies and roadmap Microsoft is delivering to help you get there. Learn what you can do today with the hottest technologies in client management like desktop virtualization and cloud computing to deliver user-centric services while lowering your overall TCO and improving your business processes. Hear how you can use these technologies to dramatically simplify client management while you unify your client environment to drive lower costs and improve services.


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New management packs for OpsMgr in October

3:03 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft is working very hard these days and is has released a whole bunch of updated and new management packs this month.


Here is an overview:


Server 2008 Network Load Balancing

Windows Server 2008 Network Load Balancing for System Center Operations Manager 2007
The Windows Server 2008 Network Load Balancing (NLB) Management Pack provides discoveries, monitors, alerts, and warnings to help the operator understand the state of NLB clusters and NLB servers running Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The Windows Server 2008 NLB Management Pack can provide early warnings that an operator can use to proactively monitor the state of the NLB servers in the computing environment.


Microsoft Windows Server Cluster

Windows Server Cluster Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007
The Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 cluster deployments. It monitors Cluster services components (such as nodes, networks, and resource groups) to report issues that can cause downtime or poor performance.

DFS Replication

DFS Replication Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007
The DFS Replication Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 monitors the health of the DFS Replication service on Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Server 2008 computers. This management pack monitors events generated by the DFS Replication service. These events provide an insight into the health of the service and folders replicated on monitored computers. This management pack includes a dashboard view which can be used to monitor replication backlogs.

Forefront Security for Office Communications

Forefront Security for Office Communications Server Management Pack for System Center Operations Man
The Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 provides real-time insight into the health and performance of key Forefront Security for Office Communications Server (Version 10) components and services. The Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server Management Pack alerts the administrator to critical events affecting the security of their OCS environment. Proactive management of the Microsoft Forefront Security for Office Communications Server environment is facilitated through management pack activity reports on IM scan performance.

Exchange Server 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2
The Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack is designed to monitor Exchange 2007 key health indicators, collect Exchange component-specific performance counters in one central location, and raise alerts for operator intervention as necessary. By detecting, sending alerts, and automatically responding to critical events, this Management Pack helps indicate, correct, and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems, allowing you to proactively manage Exchange servers and identify issues before they become critical. The Management Pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation, health monitoring, and centralized management.

Exchange Server 2003

Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007
The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack monitors the performance and availability of Exchange Server 2003 systems. It can also issue alerts for possible configuration problems Availability and performance monitoring is done using synthetic transactions. In addition, the Management Pack collects Event Log alerts and provides associated knowledge articles with additional user details, possible causes, and suggested resolutions. The Management Pack discovers and monitors the individual server components and functional areas on an Exchange Server 2003 server.

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack

Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack
The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack alerts you to problems with components such as agents, management servers, the Operations Manager database, agents, modules used by workflows and services so that you can continue to monitor the servers and clients that your business depends on. The management pack includes tasks that you can automate to get easy access to common diagnostic tools, such as restarting a health service or reloading an agent configuration


Have fun,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP version 6.1.7553.0 is Released

6:31 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Just got an email from Microsoft saying that they just released their first out of band update to the Operations Manager Management Pack! Notice that this update mp is only available for OpsMgr 2007 R2 environment at the moment, for OpsMgr environment prior to R2 you will need to wait a couple of weeks.

Basicaly they improved the monitoring around excessive agent memory utilization based on customer and blogger feedback they have. 

You can read the full story here


Have fun,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Video Interview: Implementing SCOM in a large Belgium Hospital by Alexandre Verkinderen

8:45 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Alexandre Verkinderen, System Center Operations Manager MVP, talks about the monitoring solution he implemented at AZ Sint Maarten, a large Belgium Hospital. Together with Sigurd Corluy, System Engineer from AZ Sint Maarten, who explains why they need a monitoring solution and why they chose for SCOM 2007. The hospital have several business critical applications, like patient registration or patient medical file etc that needed to be monitored and for which a custom made management pack was developed. In their NOC they use Savision LiveMaps to display diagrams about the datacenter and business processes resulting in an easy to understand graphical representation of the health of their racks and business applications.
Both are interviewed by Arlindo Alves, IT Pro evangelist from Microsoft.



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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!

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