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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Operations Manager Health Service Restarts due to Exceeding Handle Count Threshold

Two of my coworkers, Chris Maiden and Phil Bracher, recently ran across an issue where many of their agents were restarting. They thought this issue might be affecting others so they summarized their experience below: The MonitoringHost processes were causing the Healthservice to restart at least once a day on several of our agents and…

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Deploying Software from Configuration Manager using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

This post is the 12th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This…

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Sync Configuration Manager Application Collections in Service Manager

This post is the 11th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This solution allows…

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Using an RDS Gateway to Connect to a Remote Lab

In my role I often have to demo solutions at conferences, customer locations, or training rooms. I prefer to travel with only my Surface Pro and a portable USB monitor (which I use for multi-mon) so I depend on the ability to remotely connect to either my Azure or home lab. In most cases I…

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Monitoring Exchange 2010 Database Backup and Mount Status

The Exchange 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 / 2012 does some of its monitoring remotely rather than on the mailbox server itself. This means that various PowerShell scripts will run on a schedule from the RMS (OM 2007) or the All Management Servers Resource Pool (OM 2012). One of the recommendations…

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Get All Windows XP Machines in an Active Directory Forest

Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. Some organizations might not be completely off Windows XP and need a good way to determine the status of those workstations. I combined some PowerShell that I wrote a while back to accomplish this: Pinging a List of Machines in PowerShell Get Counts of all Operating…

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