Logging in CMTrace format from PowerShell

I know there are other examples of doing this out there but the one I use has a few other features including: Getting the PID of the PowerShell instance running and putting that in the Thread column Renaming the file to lo_ once it gets too large Setting a variable to the status of the…

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Management Pack Authoring in the VSAE – Tips and Tricks

I started authoring management packs (MPs) in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) when the 2007 version was released. At that time the Authoring Console was not out so I had the pleasure of learning to author in the XML directly. This was difficult at the time but I’m thankful I went through it because I…

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Updating the Request Action Log in Service Manager from Orchestrator

I have been developing a lot of automation in Service Manager / Orchestrator lately and wanted a way to easily update the Request Action Log so portal users can see the status of the runbook in Orchestrator. If you want to do this from PowerShell or SMA then check out this post. Here is the…

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Installing the Service Manager 2012 Self Service Portal

There is a lot of information on installing the SCSM 2012 portal on SharePoint. Recently I ran into a lot of different issues installing it at a customer and the information I found didn’t point me in the right direction. We ran into various issues including the dreaded blank white screen. I ended up setting…

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