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…

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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…

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Export SCOM Rule and Monitor Knowledge Articles with PowerShell

  Export-SCOMKnowledge.ps1 : Download at TechNet Gallery 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 the SDK connection OR from management pack files. Report Example Usage Examples All Active Directory…

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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.  …

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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….

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