System Center Operations Manager

Tasty Treats for System Center Operations Manager (by Tyson Paul)

How to Analyze a SCOM Property Bag

From time to time I find myself writing PowerShell scripts for custom workflows: discoveries, rules, monitors, tasks, etc. Often times the project at hand requires a property bag full of juicy data to be used in the workflow. There are a handful of other blogs that describe what a property bag is but here I’ll… Read more

SCOMHelper PowerShell Module – A SCOM Admin’s Best Friend

(installation instructions at bottom) There are a number of cool scripts that I’ve collected, borrowed, and written in my travels as a SCOM field engineer and PowerShell enthusiast. I decided to put them all together into one module for easier maintenance and use. Enjoy. SCOMHelper Module Functions:   New-SCOMClassGraph First and foremost my pride and… Read more

SCOM Sudoers Reference

  NOTE: These example sudoers configurations are compatible with SCOM 2012 R2. There have been some minor changes to the nix deployment kit names in SCOM 2016 and these changes have not been added below… YET. If you would like to submit your additions for SCOM 2016, please do so in the comments and the… Read more

Class Viewer: An Easy Way to View Class Hierarchy and Hosting Relationships in the Operations Manager Console

Up until now there has been no easy way to get a good, visual perspective on the classes and hosting relationships that exist in your SCOM management group. I introduce ClassViewer; a script that will add a Web Page view into your Monitoring workspace so that you can see all classes in your management group… Read more

Visual Studio ‘Failed to verify module reference’ Authoring SCOM Management Pack, VSAE

Today I’m writing about an elusive problem with a management pack that I was authoring recently. I was writing a generic datasource for a registry discovery; that is a discovery that will instantiate a class based on the existence of a registry key on the Target machine, and generic because I will use a single… Read more

SCOM: Export Rules, Monitors, Overrides, Settings, Effective Monitoring Configuration with PowerShell

2018.03.23: (This is a reboot of a previous post. I revised the title, script, and photos a bit.) I was working on a support case recently when it was brought to my attention that this cmdlet, Export-SCOMEffectiveMonitoringConfiguration,  does not output ALL contained instance configurations even when the “-RecurseContainedObjects” parameter is used. Yes, really!  It outputs configuration data for only one… Read more

Export SCOM Rule and Monitor Knowledge Articles with PowerShell

This has been baked into the SCOMHelper PowerShell module available here. Related: How to Get Knowledge Article from a SCOM Alert with Powershell This will output workflow information (including Knowledge Article content) to an HTML report or CSV file. Script accepts one or more (or all) management pack objects as input. Can export from SCOM using… Read more

SCOM Operations Manager Shell PowerShell Error When Launched as Administrator

Sometimes when the Operations Manager Shell is opened as an Administrator you will see the error in the screenshot below. I believe this has to do with how User Account Control (or UAC) is configured. The “Start in” parameter on the shortcut is ignored and the shortcut is unable to locate the startup scripts.  … Read more

SCOM Printer Monitoring Management Pack Supplement (Updated: Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2012, 2016)

  Back in 2010 Steve Rachui posted a fantastic management pack which added support for monitoring Windows 2003 and 2008 print servers. The original post is located here so you can read all about the functionality: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/steverac/2010/12/04/focusing-on-the-printer-printer-monitoring-mp-supplement/   In summary: “Printer MP Supplement The focus for building out this MP supplement was to offer individualized… Read more

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… Read more