Links from Kevin Holman’s presentation at System Center Virtual User Group meting #11.

Recordings are now available for download of the System Center Virtual User Group #11. Each presentation is its own file, so the files are between 9 and 12 megs instead of a big 45 meg file.

Link to the Meeting #11 folder^311

Links to each presenter session:
Andy Dominey^311/AndyDominey^_SCVUG11.wmv
Cameron Fuller^311/CameronFuller^_SCVUG11.wmv
Kevin Holman^311/KevinHolman^_SCVUG11.wmv
Tony LaMark^311/TonyLaMark^_SCVUG11.wmv


I would like to thank all the folks who support the System Center Virtual User Group!
If you would like to present, or have a topic you would like covered, drop me an email at jscottmossATgmailDOTcom


Thank you!

Scott Moss
Microsoft MVP (Operations Manager)
Vice President Atlanta SMUG
President System Center Virtual user Group

If you are interested in learning more about MP Authoring thru a live demo check out the following details. Register and check it out June 3rd at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Pacific.

Get an overview of management packs, authoring tools, and various kinds of custom extensions that can be created to meet specific business needs and operational scenarios. Dan Rogers and Vlad Joanovic will show, in a short demo, how you can, for example, add monitors to a management pack, and discuss additional resources for those who wish to explore further how to get the most out of their implementations of System Center Operations Manager. We’ll finish with an overview of the MP contest details and rewards.

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The next System Center Virtual User Group meeting #11 will be June 11th, 12 noon central start time. We have Andrew Dominey from 1E who will be showing the new NightWatchman Server Edition 2.0 product, it will be hot off the press. Next we have two sessions for Operations Manager with Cameron Fuller discussing how to create and use custom groups, and last but certainly not least we have Kevin Holman discussing Management Group Checkup - a database perspective.

Registration link for Meeting #11 (note the registration site will be down for an upgrade the weekend of May 15th)

Check us out on UGSS. If you are a registered user on the UGSS Site, please drop me an email with your first and last name and email address and I'll add you to our UGSS roll. My email address is jscottmossatgmaildotcom.


Agenda (Central Time Zone)

Presenter Topic Time
Scott Moss Introductions 12:00 – 12:05
Andrew Dominey NightWatchman Server Edition 2.0 - The Seek and Destroy tool for Server inefficiency and Virtual Machine Sprawl 12:10 – 12:40
Cameron Fuller How to create and use custom groups 12:45 – 1:20
Kevin Holman Management group checkup - a database perspective 1:25 -  1:55
Scott Moss SWAG Drawing Open for Questions 1:55 -  2:10



Speaker BIOs

Andrew Dominey Product Manager for 1E

Andrew Dominey, a 1E Product Manager and IT efficiency expert, has extensive experience with data-center energy efficiency, server virtualization and a wide range of Microsoft enterprise solutions. Dominey helps global enterprises rapidly deploy energy- and cost-saving solutions across complex data-center environments to generate significant ROI. In his current role, he also manages the product direction and development of NightWatchman Server Edition based on his understanding of enterprise infrastructure, server efficiency and IT waste reduction.
Since joining 1E in 2005, Dominey has held numerous management roles including Senior Consultant, Principal Consultant and Practice Lead. Prior to joining 1E, he served as a systems administrator for Cobweb Solutions, Ltd., where he monitored, maintained and supported an expansive infrastructure serving more than 1,500 customers. Previously, he developed an in-depth understanding of large-scale server infrastructures as a field service engineer, 2nd-level engineer and 3rd-level engineer at World Class International (WCI).

He has presented at an array of industry events, including MMS, and has published numerous Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 (MOM) and Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr) books, articles and whitepapers. In addition to an avid passion for photography, Dominey currently teaches karate and holds a third degree Black Belt in Goju Ryu Karate.

Cameron Fuller Principal Consultant for Catapult Systems

Cameron Fuller, BS, MCSE, MOM MVP, is a Principal consultant for Catapult Systems, an IT consulting company and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner in Advanced Infrastructure Solutions. His fifteen years of infrastructure experience include working with medium to large companies in the retail, education, healthcare, distributing, transportation, and energy industries. Cameron continually focuses on improving his existing business and technical skill sets through hands-on experience and leveraging certifications including an MCSE since NT 3.51, MCSA, A+, Linux+, Server+, and CCSA. Cameron has presented on Operations Manager at events including Microsoft TechEd (2005 and 2007) and MMS (2008). He is co-author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, and Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed.

Kevin Holman PFE for Microsoft

Kevin Holman is a Senior Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft supporting System Center Operations Manager for large enterprises.  He has been with Microsoft for 4 years and has been involved with large scale deployments of MOM 2005 and OpsMgr 2007, out of the Las Colinas, TX office.  Kevin has been in the technology industry for 15 years, previously as a Platforms Engineer for EDS.  He is active in the OpsMgr community, and maintains an OpsMgr blog, at  He currently lives in Plano, TX.


Thank you for supporting the System Center Virtual User Group!

One obstacle to troubleshooting OpsMgr script errors or WMI query errors in Windows 2008, is to run the script or WMI query as a local system account in an interactive session so that you can see the output from the script.

To do this  you will need to download PsTools, and use the psexec.exe file.

Command line (that is a Zero before the executable name)

psexec.exe –s –i 0 cmd.exe

psexec.exe –s –i 0 wbemtest.exe

You will get an Interactive Services dialog detection select ok to open it.

When running the cmd.exe you can verify who you are running it as by running the command whoami at the command prompt.

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The Live meeting recording of System Center Virtual User Group Meeting #9 can be downloaded here^39/SCVUG^

I would like to thank our three presenters Simon Skinner Jeremiah Beckett, and Jonathan Jordan.

Meeting #10 will be scheduled shortly for March. I'll post the date time and agenda when it is available.

Thank you for your continued support of the System Center Virtual User Group!

Scott Moss
Microsoft MVP (Operations Manager)
Vice President Atlanta SMUG
President System Center Virtual user Group

The System Center Operations Manager blog has posted a request for folks to take a Management Pack Authoring Survey. It takes about 10 minutes to fill out. Help the team and give some good feed back about Management Pack Authoring.

You can find the survey here

First meeting of the year for 2010! I'll have to find some swag to give away!

Agenda (Central Time Zone)

Time Presenter Topic
12:00 - 12:05 Scott Moss Introductions
12:10 - 12:40 Simon Skinner AVICode
12:45 - 1:15 Jeremiah Beckett Security Auditing SP2 for ACS, Technical Overview 
1:20 - 1:55 Jonathan Jordan System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: Overview and how it can impact you and your customers
1:55 - 2:10 Scott Moss Closing Open for Questions


We have an excellent line up for this meeting so join us by registering here.


Presenter Bios
Simon Skinner

Simon Skinner is the principal engineer for SecQuorum in France. SecQuorum is a System Center specialist hosting Ops Mgr R2, AVIcode Intercept studio and SCCM (education only). He is a regular blogger on System Center Central as well as a technical planner for a large global Public Relations company. Simon in the past has done Microsoft Technical pre sales for a large Microsoft Gold Partner as well many implementations of Ops Mgr and SCCM.

Jeremiah Beckett
Jeremiah Beckett is the founder and president of Secure Vantage Technologies, Inc. (SVT) a Microsoft Gold partner that specialized in security and compliance auditing software for System Center technologies. Jeremiah is a recognized industry expert in IT security and compliance bringing over 10 years expertise in enterprise management. Jeremiah is a regular guest speaker at Microsoft events and author of the ACS Master Class Series, ACS Wiki on System Center Central plus contributing author in SCOM R2 Unleashed ebook.

Jonathan Jordan - SME | SEE | MCITP-EA | SCVMM | Hyper-V
Jonathan Jordan is a Senior Support Engineer in the Enterprise Platforms Support Group. He currently supports SCVMM, and just completed Beta work on SCVMM 2008 R2. Since then he has delivered training on site in NC and TX, and via LiveMeeting to Europe, China and Japan. He recently returned from a delivery engagement in India. Prior to focus on SCVMM he was a member of the Setup/Cluster group where he supported all versions of Windows, with issues ranging from non-boot scenarios, to backup, setup and deployment, virtualization, and of course cluster. Currently as a member of the Manageability group he is learning OpsMgr in preparation for the next release of SCVMM. Jonathan has been with Microsoft for a total of 4 years. Jonathan resides in downtown Charlotte with his wife three dogs and two cats.

Thank you for your continued support!

Scott Moss
Microsoft MVP (Operations Manager)
Vice President Atlanta SMUG
President System Center Virtual user Group

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This is a heck of a way to start the new year!

I got an email this morning that I had received the Operations Manager MVP Award for 2010.



I look forward to working with the Operations Manager MVP team in 2010.

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As requested I dug up some of the System Center Virtual User Group recordings from this year. I located meetings 5 thru 7 easily, so I’m posting links to them so they can be found.


Meeting #5

Jason Sandys - Desired Configuration Management (DCM): Objectives and Strategies
Harold Dyck - Extending DCM in ConfigMgr 2007
Marco Shaw - Powershell v2
Kevin Holman - Improving Console Performance in Operations Manager 2007

Meeting #6

Steve Rachui (SCCM Topic)                      start to 50:43:00
break/poll/technical problems                    50:43 - 1:06:00
Baelson Duque (OpsMgr R2)                       1:06:00 - 2:14:07


Meeting #7

Introduction           2:50
Hyper-V                  2:50 41:20
Bridgeways           41:20 1:16:00
MP Authoring      1:16:50 2:17:41
Q&A                    2:18:00 2:37:45


As I find more meeting recordings I’ll post them and make sure they are available to everyone.


The new management pack for SQL 2005/2008 can be found here. Download link.

Please see the management pack documentation as there are minimum requirements that need to be made prior to deploying this service pack.



The SQL Server Management Pack provides the capabilities for Operations Manager 2007 to discover SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 installations and components and to monitor them, primarily from the perspective of availability and performance. The availability and performance monitoring is done using a combination of scripts and native Operations Manager capabilities.
Important Pre-Requisite Notes:
Clusters: In order to ensure that all monitoring works correctly for clustered instances of SQL Server ensure that your OpsMgr agents on the physical nodes of the cluster are running either OpsMgr 2007 R2 or OpsMgr 2007 SP1 with the patch installed from KB959865.
SQL-DMO: Scripts in the SQL Server 2008 management pack rely on SQL Data Management Objects (SQL-DMO) to query information from the SQL Server. SQL-DMO is now deprecated and is not shipped as a part of SQL Server 2008. Every system with SQL Server 2008 that will be monitored must have SQL-DMO installed from the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components. For instructions on how to download and install the SQL Server 2005 Backward Compatibility Components refer to the management pack guide.
Feature Bullet Summary:
The following list gives an overview of the features of the SQL Server management pack. Refer to the SQL Server management pack guide for more detail.

  • Support for Enterprise, Standard and Express editions of SQL Server 2000, 2005 and 2008 and 32bit, 64bit and ia64 architectures.
  • Support for both simple and complex SQL configurations such as clustered installations, multiple instances and 32bit roles running on a 64bit OS. For full details on supported configurations refer to the guide included with the management pack.
  • Discovery and monitoring of SQL Server roles such as DB Engine, Reporting Services, Analysis Services, Integrations Services.
  • Discovery of SQL components such as databases, the SQL Agent and SQL jobs.
  • Over 20 views covering areas such as database free space, SQL related performance, SQL related alerts, and lists of the various SQL roles and components which are discovered and their related state.
  • Reports for longer-term analysis of common problem areas related to SQL Server such as SQL Server lock analysis and top deadlocked databases, SQL Server service pack levels across discovered roles, user connection activity. Likewise the generic reports from the Microsoft Generic Report Library can be used against the roles and components discovered by the SQL MPs to review availability and performance across many systems and over longer periods of time.
  • Role and component specific tasks which provide access to common tools, triage information, or corrective actions without needing to leave the Operations Console in most cases.
  • Monitoring of databases covers database status, database free space, log shipping monitoring for both the source and destination, and transaction log free space.
  • Monitoring of key SQL related services.
  • Monitoring for persistent SPID blocking.
  • Monitoring of numerous SQL events and performance data points. Alerts bring the issue to your attention and provide knowledge on the impact and possible resolutions.
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Its that time of year again, to begin preparing MMS 2010 content, so Microsoft is looking for feed back in the areas of what Products your interested in what level of technical depth you would like for that product. The survey is open till Dec 22 2009 and they will draw two names from the respondents who will win a Portable Media Player. So if your planning on going to MMS 2010, make sure you take the survey.

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A few updates to the System Center > Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Development Kit tab on the MSDN network. Updates to the Elements Reference, Data Types Reference, Module Types Reference, and the Schema Types Reference.

They can all be found here:

The long awaited Windows Power Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is not available for download. This MP will monitor power usage on Windows 2008 R2 systems, and will give visibility into Power consumption, control of power policy, ability to lower power consumption during non-business hours to reduce overall power consumption, limit power consumption, and ability to detect excessive power consumption.


For more documentation and management pack download see:

Last night I heard about a cool FREE Exchange Remote Connectivity Analyzer that is available on the internet at


Its an Online Wizard that will allow you to configure various test conditions. The options are several


Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Connectivity Tests

Exchange ActiveSync

ActiveSync AutoDiscover

Microsoft Exchange Web Services Connectivity Tests

Synchronization, Notification, Availability, and OOF

Service Account Access (Developers)

Microsoft Office Outlook Connectivity Tests

Outlook Anywhere (RPC over HTTP)

Outlook AutoDiscover

Internet Email Tests

Inbound SMTP Email

Outbound SMTP Email

just wanted to pass along another free tool!


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