System Center Operations Manager – Change the Agent Default Action to Local System via PowerShell

There are very few reasons when you’ll need to set up the agent default action account to use a domain account, instead of local system.  I only had to do it once for to monitor Exchange in foreign forest. If a workflow requires elevated administrative rights to run, it should be configured with a “Run As Profile”,…

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Lync and Skype for Business Call Quality Script

Hi Everyone I have been working a bit lately on Enterprise Voice and Call Quality and so wanted to do a bit of digging into the data collected by Lync and Skype for Business in the LCSCDR and QoEMetrics databases. I love the Lync Monitoring reports that you get with the product, but as you…


OpsMgr – SQL Scripts for Dashboards

OpsMgr collects a lot of awesome data about your service. Why not display it? You might want to use Excel or Visio, or a HTML5 dashboard by Squared up. Possibilities are endless. Here are some awesome SQL scripts that can used for effective dashboards! If you build any dashboards with these scripts, let me know…

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System Center Operations Manager PowerShell grid Widget, create an effective dashboard targeted to service owner/contact:

Hi There Steve here, posting a blog entry for my colleague Arif the great OpsMgr PFE. He doesn’t have access to our blog yet, but we’ll rectify that soon. So posting some great material on his behalf. Enjoy. Steve————————————————- Visualization in System Center Operations Manager or SCOM in general: people knows SCOM as centralized place…


Consolidated list of AGPM resources

Need to setup, tune or troubleshoot the Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM) console? Here is my cheat-sheet of handy resources:   Setup Choosing which Version on AGPM to install Advanced Group Policy Management (Setup and Use guide) Step by Step Guide for AGPM 4.0 (PDF) AGPM Least Privilege Scenario AGPM Version Numbers   Advanced Use,…


Skype for Business Management Shell: The string is missing the terminator

Hi All if you see the error “The string is missing the terminator: ‘. + CategoryInfo          : ParserError: (:) [], ParentContainsErrorRecordException” when running Skype for Business 2015 Management Shell for Powershell, it is due to an error with the Target for the shortcut added when installing Skype for Business 2015. There is a limit in…


Your Skype Powershell Cheat Sheet: Useful Powershell commands you can run in Skype for Business 2015 and Lync Server 2013

Hi All I am a passionate Powershell and command line junky. I think that started with my first job which was Unix based and so I had to learn quickly the art of the commandline. Ever since then, I have tried hard to live by the mantra that “Real Men Don’t click” :). While that…


DIY Client Monitoring – Setting up Tiered Event Forwarding

 I’m a big fan of using built-in features to solve your everyday IT admin problems. One feature that’s been around for a long time but is in my opinion highly under-rated, is Windows Event Forwarding (WEF). My colleague Mark Renoden posted some great material on The Security Log Haystack – Event Forwarding and You a while back…