How to Correctly Create an Override for a SCOM Workflow

  Never store overrides in the “Default Management pack”. Don’t do it.    In fact, rename the Default Management Pack right now to:  DO NOT USE – Default Management Pack – DO NOT USE     If you store an override in the Default Management Pack then somewhere a puppy loses its ears and then…


Certificate Request from Standalone CA Certificate Authority for Operations Manager, SCOM 2012/R2

  Note: Every management server (except if it is the standalone CA) and every untrusted agent or untrusted gateway server will require installation of the ROOT CA certificate. This certificate will need to be imported into the Local Computer -> Trusted Root Certification Authorities store by using the MMC with the Certificates snap-in. Instructions below….


SCOM: Windows Server Logical Disk Volume Name Added!

As you may be aware, the Windows server logical disks and mount points discoveries do not populate the Volume Name property. I have no idea why the product group left the label out of the original discovery script or why it hasn’t been added in any subsequent updates. It was easy enough to add back in….


SQL Run As Account Configuration for SCOM Made Easy

SQL RunAs account configuration is one of those SCOM topics that seem to be more on the tricky side of things. There are a number of articles hanging around the “innerwebs” that provide some level of instruction on ways that one might go about it. Kevin Holman offers an excellent article that explains much of what you would…


How to Get Knowledge Article from a SCOM Alert with Powershell

  I’ve had numerous requests lately for scripts to extract Knowledge Article info from alerts and workflows so I thought it might be helpful to post some scripts for the community to use. Get-SCOMAlertKnowledge.ps1 : Download at TechNet Gallery OutputSCOMKnowledge.ps1 : Download at TechNet Gallery   Get-SCOMAlertKnowledge.ps1 This script is geared towards use with a…


SquaredUp SQL Dashboards for ALL of your SQL Servers

Thanks to the nice folks over at I am able to test their SquaredUp addon for SCOM in my own lab. I must admit that I am very impressed with how beautiful the dashboards are and how incredibly easy they are to configure and design. This post is specifically about one very nice SQL…


SCOM 2012: How Does an Agent Task Get Executed?

  I was recently working on creating some agent Powershell tasks for a management pack project and it occurred to me: I don’t fully understand how agent tasks get executed. What I mean is, I know how they work for the most part thanks to the school of hard knocks and also this fantastic explanation:…


URLGenie Management Pack for SCOM – An Easy, Powerful Solution for Bulk Website Monitoring

Let me start by first saying that I was inspired to start this project after dissecting a very cool solution by Kristopher Bash. Without this excellent example, I would have never set out on this authoring journey. A few years ago I was working for a large eCommerce company and I was responsible for monitoring a…


SCOM Enhanced Email Notification Script Version 2.2

  SCOM Enhanced Email Notification Script Version 2.2 now supports Subscriber schedules and Address schedules! Setup Instructions:  See original post.   You can download the current version of this script from Technet Gallery   Note: Any exclusions take precedence over any inclusions.   Page Updates: 2015.3.12: Modified the script slightly to change the way the PSModulePath variable gets…