Category Archives: Misc Stuff

Windows Server 2012 keyboard shortcuts

Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows Server 2012 Windows Key + C – Opens Charms bar Windows Key + Ctrl + Tab – Cycles through apps Windows Key + Shift + Tab – Cycles through apps in reverse order Windows Key + … Continue reading

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SCOM 2012 Data Access Service SPN Not Registered

If you’re using a Domain User account (which is best practice) for your Data Access Service account you may receive the following error when opening up the console. “Data Access Service SPN Not Registered” “Alert Description: The System Center Operations … Continue reading

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Domain Controllers still generating alerts after being put into maintenance mode

A colleague of mine was doing some work on DC’s so put them into maintenance mode via the scom console, he was perplexed to discover that the DC’s started to generate alerts when he started work on them. Why did … Continue reading

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Creating a dashboard with a performance widget for processor utilisation

Stumbled upon this, when creating a simple dashboard to show processor utilisation for some Exchange Client Access Servers I couldn’t get the dashboard to populate with information. I was using the bog standard objects and counters:- Performance Object:- Processor Performance … Continue reading

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SCOM console crashing after applying windows updates

Recently encountered this error when opening the Windows Computers view in my scom console         Transpires that this was caused by a windows update that was applied during routine patching work. The cause and fix are as … Continue reading

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Missing UNIX/Linux Run As Accounts

Came across this scenario today whereby my UNIX/Linux Run As accounts were missing from my console view, but the monitoring was working as expected for my linux servers After some investigation it appeared that the reason for this was that … Continue reading

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Important things to note about explicit and dynamic groups in scom

When you create Groups in SCOM you have the option of populating those groups with Explicit members or Dynamic members. If you don’t know what the difference is, basically “Explicit” Group Membership is where you list those agents that should … Continue reading

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Scom Agent Proxying

2 simple powershell commands to enable or disable proxying for scom agents in your management group:- ENABLE Get-SCOMAgent | where {$_.ProxyingEnabled.Value -eq $False} | Enable-SCOMAgentProxy -Confirm   DISABLE Get-SCOMAgent | where {$_.ProxyingEnabled.Value -eq $True} | Disable-SCOMAgentProxy -Confirm

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Open Alerts but Health Explorer shows Healthy

On occasions you can run into a situation where SCOM shows open alerts in the console (with a warning or error condition), but  when you open Health Explorer it shows that the monitored object is actually Healthy!?? Here’s a quick … Continue reading

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The Anatomy of a Good SCOM Alert Management by Nathan Gau

This is a fantastic article by Nathan Gau taken from Technet, it reflects the common challenges faced by SCOM Admins. I’ve had the luxury of doing SCOM work for several years now, across many different client types and infrastructure, and … Continue reading

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