Understanding SCOM Subscriptions and creating new ones using PS 3.0

Start by creating a template subscription: Name Template Subscription Description Description Criteria Notify on all alerts where raised by any instance in a SQL Server 2008 Computers;SQL Server 2012 Computers;Fehse…

Configuring Azure AD Directory Sync

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a great resource to provide instantaneous authentication options for Web application and resources. Very often, though, you already have your local directory, with users that…

Monitoring Page Read/Write in SQL Instances

If you are familiar with the Microsoft SQL Management pack for SCOM 2012 (can be found here), you will know that it brings a lot of performance counters out of…

Windows Server 2003–R.I.P. (soon)

As I write this post, there is only around 300 days left for Windows Server 2003 life. Yes, time goes by fast and we have to embrace the future. It…

Using to SCOM to Audit Local Administrators

Have you ever wondered or needed to actually know which users were actually set as local administrators on a server or group of servers? You are in luck if those…

SCOM, Management Pack bundles and VSAE

I have learned this neat trick at a customer site this week. With SCOM 2012 came the possibility of creating management pack bundles, which are capable of carrying the typical…

SCOM – Which Services are being monitored?

One request I received from a customer the other day was to find out which services were being monitored by SCOM. It is a simple request, but because of the…

SCOM Authoring – Simple Monitoring for IT Admins–Part II

In Part I we have created our Class and Discovery templates. Now let’s add a service monitor and and event log rule. These have proved to be very common ones….

SCOM Authoring–Simple Monitoring for IT Admins

If you are trying to transition from SCOM Authoring Console to Visual Studio Authoring Extensions, you may have found that the environment can be tough to start. However, when it…

New book about SCVMM and Hyper-V

My MVP colleague Alessandro Cardoso just finished an awesome covering Windows 2012R2 and Hyper-V new features, System Center 2012 R2 VMM, Operations Manager, App Controller and Azure integration as well Veeam…