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  • Tech.Days Online UK Starts Tomorrow!

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    So, Tech.Days UK starts tomorrow and runs through until the end of Friday, and it is all available online. Take a look at the session schedule here, https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032543696&Culture=en-GB&community...
  • MVP Speaker Series

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    Hi All, This week sees the start of a new MVP Speaker Series covering Windows Server and System Center technologies. Many of the presentations will be sessions that couldn't be accommodated at MMS, and others will be brand new, but they will all...
  • VSAE – Include File Content

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    One of the features I love in the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions is IncludeFileContent. This feature enables you to include script files into a management pack, without needing to write the script with the relevant XML tags such as <ScriptBody>...
  • Infront MMS Full Conference Pass Winner has been Announced

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    The winner of the Infront Consulting Group Full MMS Conference Pass giveaway has been announced by Rory McCaw in a video on Facebook. Get over there now to see if you’re the lucky winner, http://www.facebook.com/InfrontConsulting . David
  • Win a Full MMS 2013 Conference Pass from Infront Consulting Group!

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    Enter to Win One Full MMS 2013 Conference Pass from In f ront Consulting Group Hello everyone, In f ront is pleased to give away one full conference pass to MMS 2013 worth $2195. We would love to give it to an individual who really...
  • SCOM Sessions at MMS 2013

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    Want to know all the OpsMgr sessions that are going to be on this year at MMS, well here they are. http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2013/03/12/system-center-operations-manager-sessions-microsoft-management-summit-2013-4-8-4-12.aspx The listed...
  • SCOM Management Packs – Wiki

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    There has been a very useful TechNet Wiki page posted that lists all the currently available management packs, and the relevant links to download them. The page also includes all management packs currently in pre-release that are due for release in the...
  • SCOM Management Packs – Microsoft Raising the Bar

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    Over the years there has been a number of management packs from Microsoft that have left some customer wanting, with both the level of monitoring and knowledge provided within them. That being said, over time the quality of most management packs has improved...
  • VSAE – Management Pack Template Groups

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    Using the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions to build your management packs, one extremely useful piece of functionality is the ability to create multiple rules/monitors/discoveries/tasks/views etc. using management pack template groups. The reason this...
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager Unleased is Unleashed

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    Today the System Center 2012 Operations Manager book became available in Amazon. I would recommend this book to anyone that works with Operations Manager! Purchase the book (paperbook or Kindle) here, http://www.amazon.co.uk/System-Center-Operations...
  • SCOM Dashboard – Is Monitor Alert

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    Using the alert widget in the new dashboards in SCOM 2012 exposes a very useful new column, which is worth knowing about, "Is Monitor Alert". This new column simply informs you whether the alert was generated by a monitor or a rule, and the...
  • VSAE – Go To Definition

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    For the past couple of months I have been using the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions quite extensively to build management packs for System Center, so I thought I would share some of what I have learnt, and I am starting with “Go To Definition”. Now...
  • SQL Server Guide for System Center 2012

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    My good friend and colleague Paul Keely just posted a SQL Server guide for System Center 2012 on the TechNet Gallery. Here’s the description of what document covers: “This is a guide to help you make design decisions and maintenance plans for SQL Server...
  • Web Monitoring–Display Properties in Alert Description

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    Back in 2007, Kevin Holman at Microsoft compiled a list of variables that can used to display monitoring data within an alert description, http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2007/12/12/adding-custom-information-to-alert-descriptions-and-notifications...
  • SCOM Reports–Changing the Default Banner

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    On my old blogging site ( www.aquilaweb.com ) I had an article about how to change the default banner on reports in SCOM. Unfortunately my old website content got “lost” by the provider at the time, and I lost all the content on the site. Since then,...
  • System Center 2012 Operations Manager SP1 Installation Warning

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    When installing SP1 for System Center 2012 Operations Manager, a number of changes need to be made in the database. These changes are made when the SP1 upgrade is run on the first management server within the management group. This means that the installation...
  • WMUG Presents SquaredUp Event Recording

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    Back in November, I hosted a virtual event for SquaredUp to present their product. This event was recorded, and you can view it here watch?feature=playerdetailpage&v=uzDG1IWYVHk I recommend taking a look at this as SquaredUp does make consuming...
  • Evaluate System Center 2012 SP1

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    The evaluation VHD’s are now available to download from MS. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Configuration Manager – Evaluation (VHD) System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Service Manager – Evaluation (VHD) System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 – Operations...
  • ACS Noise Filter Guide

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    Recently on the TechNet forums, someone asked a question about a guide on ACS noise filtering. I remembered instantly that there used to be a nice guide available from SecureVantage, but on checking it seems like it is no longer available (well, I couldn’t...
  • SC12 Operations Manager–Change Primary MS for Gateway Server

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    In System Center 2012 – Operations Manager the PowerShell cmdlets have changed since 2007 R2, therefore so have the commands to change the primary management server for a gateway server. As I had to change the primary MS for a gateway a couple of days...
  • SQL Server and System Center Survey

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    Hi, My good friend and colleague, Paul Keely, is conducting a survey on how people use and configure SQL Server with the System Center products. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey at, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/sql_sc . Thanks...
  • WMUG Presents SquaredUp - RESCHEDULED

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    Hi All, Apologies, but due to technical issues, the SquaredUp event has been rescheduled until the 7th November. For details on the rescheduled event, visit http://wmug.co.uk/hubs/wmug_event_content/w/wmug_event_content-pages/53.wmug-event-squaredup...
  • WMUG Presents SquaredUp

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    Hi All, This Thursday (1st November) WMUG is proud to be hosting a virtual event with SquaredUp. Squared Up is all about simplifying IT monitoring using SCOM, with a flexible new web interface that gives you fast access to SCOM, making it easy to...
  • New FTP Integration Pack for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta Orchestrator

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    Just over a week a ago, Microsoft made available a new integration pack, and this integration pack is one that many people have been after for some time now. Yes, Microsoft released an Integration Pack for FTP, and you can download it now from http:/...
  • System Center 2012 SP1 Beta VHD’s and Install Bits

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    Today MS published links to download VHD’s for the System Center 2012 products with SP1 Beta, as well as the link for downloading the installable bits. So if you don’t already have them, here they are: System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta – Install...