SCOM/OMS – Failed to enable Advisor Connector on the computer.

Problem After rebuilding SCOM and reconfiguring OMS (Operations Manager Suite, formerly System Center Advisor and Operational Insights) I started getting these errors on my client servers: Log Name:      Operations ManagerSource:        AdvisorDate:          10/28/2015 6:20:43 AMEvent ID:      54014Task Category: NoneLevel:         ErrorKeywords:      ClassicUser:          N/AComputer:      xxxxDescription: This computer has already enabled the Advisor Connector in a different Management Group….


SCOM – Scoped User Roles unable to See Heartbeat Alerts

SCOM can be quite complicated!  One of the biggest confusions is around why agents go gray, why you can’t sort by their gray “state”, and how to view only grayed out agents.  The short answer is the health watcher service is the reason.  An unreachable agent can’t tell you it’s unreachable; you need a “watcher”…


SCOM 2012 – Empty Graphs in Windows Server Performance Dashboards?

Problem Microsoft Windows Server -> Performance -> Disk Performance and Disk utilization views do not show any disks/items in the list at bottom/in the legend.   Solution Confusingly, this is what you should happen (although likely not what you want or expected!).  Six of the seven graphs display performance counters that ARE NOT collected by…


SCOM AD Replication Monitoring Failed (fSMORoleOwner attribute)

This is a repost of an excellent blog by René van Maasakkers (http://www.more2know.nl/2011/04/22/opsmgrscom-2007-r2-ad-replication-monitoring-failed-fsmoroleowner-attribute/).  Some companies block non-Microsoft blogs 🙁  Problem Warning from the Active Directory Management Pack. Active Directory is running fine but OpsMgr find something what seems like corruption. Warnings from all the Domain Controllers “Script Based Test Failed to Complete“. Event ID 1000 in the “OperationManager”…

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Azure Express Route: Error Setting up VPN Gateway

This week I hit a new oddity while working with a customer.  Yes, an Azure customer!  He had setup Express Route (ER) dozens of times before, but this time it just didn’t work!  He went thru the VPN gateway setup and when tried to save/create the gateway he got this:  Set-AzureVnetConfig : BadRequest: The virtual…


Allowing SCOM to Monitor SQL with Local System

Configuring SQL Monitoring with Local System In previous versions of SQL, Local System had access to SQL (unless removed by administrators, a known best practice).  However, newer versions do NOT grant this access out-of-the-box.  To allow the SCOM agent running under Local System to monitor SQL (engine, instances, and DBs) you need to make the…

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SCOM 2012: Sealing MPs that Reference MPBs

Sealing a SCOM 2012 MP using Visual Studio If you want to seal an XML MP that references an MPB (management pack bundle), MPSeal.exe won’t work for you.  Instead, you need Visual Studio with the SCOM Visual Studio Extensions (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169).   1.  Open your existing XML in Visual Studio (with the SCOM extensions already installed)  …


Scheduling Maintenance Mode – SCOM 2016 Tech Preview 2

I’m beginning to play with SCOM 2016 (TP 2) and noticed something quite cool….  We finally are getting the ability to SCHEDULE MAINTENANCE MODE!   Here’s how it works. 1.  Select the computer(s) or class(es) for a given schedule. 2.  Setup your schedule (pretty flexible….)   3.  Name it and save!   Now this is…

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Unable to Find VBScript Script Engine?

Everyday SCOM teaches me something new, and necessarily about SCOM!  Recently I was onsite with a customer and we hit an OperationsManager event log that was full on red – never a good sign.  It appeared that every script SCOM tried to run failed…VBScript, JScript, etc.  So we selected an entry at random and tried…


"Server Down" View

A customer recently asked me how to create a view (or list) of offline servers.  Initially this seemed a bit tricky because offline servers are gray, but this isn’t actually a state.  It turns out the key is to look at the Health Watcher as this is what runs on the MS and turns a…


Monitoring Azure Resources with SCOM

Have any of you been tasked with monitoring “Azure” but are unfamiliar with it?  As the SCOM guru, [I hope!] you are familiar with SCOM but may have had little exposure to Azure (and it’s hard to monitor something you’ve never seen or used!)  This is a primer for those trying to monitor what they’ve never seen…. First off, you…

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SCOM – Where is your Perf Data Coming From?

Kevin Holman has already published the SCOM SQL bible – http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2007/10/18/useful-operations-manager-2007-sql-queries.aspx but I’ve one update. When trying to see where your performance data is, I’ve added a “rule” column to one of Kevin’s queries making it easier to track down and override those data hogs! Use OperationsManagerselect top 20 pcv.ObjectName, pcv.CounterName, r.RuleName, count (pcv.countername) as…


Tuning SCOM Data – An Overview

Updated: 15 September 1015   This is designed as a high-level overview of the data the comes into SCOM and how to “tune” it.  By tuning, I mean adjust the volume and tailor it to only show data that’s relevant and valuable to YOU and YOUR ORGANIZATION. So where does agent data go exactly…. When rules/monitors are…


Stolen Memory?

Per the comments in this post: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2013/10/24/opsmgr-sql-mp-version-6-4-1-0-capabilities-and-configuration.aspx#pi10475=2 The SQL Stolen Memory monitor will fail if the SQL Browser is running under anything other than Local System.  If you’re environment isn’t setup to run under local system then you can’t monitor Stolen Memory with the default monitors/rules. Disable these (for SQL 2008 and 2012) to get rid…