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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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…


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…


Lync Server 2013 Health Check Script

Hi All It’s the season to be jolly I am having fun seeing the kids get excited about Santa visiting soon. I finally have a spare moment and so I thought I would post a Lync Server 2013 Health Check Script I put together to help do some daily checks about your Lync Server 2013…


OpsMgr 2012 – Tuning your Management Pack via PowerShell

I recently had to go through an exercise of tuning an Exchange 2010 Management Pack. Let’s just say that with over 1000 rules it is not much fun…  First things first – Go to your technology SME. They will tell you what they need to have monitored in their deployment. There are a lot of…


Setting up a Office Web App Farm for Lync Server 2013

Hi All I have been recently playing around with an Office Web App Server deployment to support a Lync Server 2013 environment. I thought I’d share my learning’s regarding the web farm deployment I did in my lab to test my production build process. On the whole the experience was very good and it was reasonably…