Month: January 2014

PowerShell scripts in Collection Commander

With the release of Collection Commander V1.0.0.6, PowerShell commands are now all stored as files in the “PSScripts” Directory next to the executable…. The PS1 Files can be moved into subfolders to have an organized structure of the files… The PowerShell Command Console will load all the Files and Folders and generates a menu structure that is identical to the folder structure… The latest version contains already a set of PowerShell examples but if you have some scripts to share, send me a note ore post the PS code on

Vote For February's Free SSRS Report: List of PCs by CPU Socket Type OR List of PCs by Office Release Type (Office 2007)

If you haven’t already voted, make sure to vote today for the report that you want to see become February’s free SSRS report! Stay tuned because next week we will announce the winning/free SSRS report. The choices in this month’s poll are: List of PCs by CPU Socket Type OR List of PCs by Office Release Type (Office 2007) VOTE HERE! For the first time, the SSRS reports in January’s poll have the Role-Based Administration (RBA) feature enabled. This means that if you are using System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager, February’s free report will work with all RBA clients! Don’t worry if you are not using SCCM 2012 R2 because you can still run these reports as usual. Here’s a short summary about the reports in this month’s poll: a) List of PCs by CPU Socket Type displays all PCs with a par...

Infinity Connected™ – Is a Gateway Server Needed?

Is an Operations Manager gateway server needed on premise in order to connected to Infinity Connected™? Yes. No. Maybe. The gateway server is an administrative tool – it is not required for  Infinity Connected™ to monitor your computers. A gateway server makes sense when: Automatic agent installation / uninstallation and update functionality is desired. Ideal in larger environments. Network monitoring is required. A single communication channel between your infrastructure and Infinity Connected™ is preferred. Figure 1: Gateway installation is fast and easy thanks to the Infinity Connected™ Gateway Installer. It works exactly like the Infinity Connected™ Agent Installer but provisions a gateway server instead. Sign Up Now for the Infinity Connected™ Full Feature 30 Day Trial    Visit ...

SQL Server file system

Quick tip… any drive that you use for SQL Server data or log files should be formatted as NTFS 64K size. SQL will give you better performance at the file level… I’m thinking of writing a post of best practices for SQL Server as it relates to ConfigMgr, would this be useful?Filed under: ConfigMgr, SQL, […]

Infinity Connected™ – Connecting with your SmartPhone and Tablet

So you want to keep an eye on the health of your entire IT infrastructure and applications through your Smartphone or iPAD? We’ve got you covered. Mobieus Solutions has partnered with Jalasoft to bring you XIAN Wings. Wings lets you monitor your IT environment from any location with mobile or Wi-Fi access. The required infrastructure is already built into Infinity Connected™ Sign Up Now for the Infinity Connected™ Full Feature 30 Day Trial    Visit the Infinity Connected™ Support Center Visit Our Website: Visit Our Blog: Want to just talk shop? 1-800-691-6774

Virtual Machine Manager: Overview

This is start of a series of articles about System Center Virtual Machine Manager. VMM is Microsoft’s virtual machine management system. It can control Hyper-V, Citrix, and VMware ESX environments. This series will focus primarily on Hyper-V management. VMM expands Hyper-V capabilities, and adds a bunch of features that makes it comparable to ESX. Some of the main features are templates, snapshot (or checkpoint) automation, advanced switching, and the ability to tie into storage arrays. It can also integrate with Configuration Manager 2012 R2, allowing for the deployment of task sequences directly to virtual disks, making the system more flexible. Also, as with the rest of the System Center suite, there is extensive integration with System Center Orchestrator, which provides integration wi...

Service Manager: Workflow Management

Workflows in Service Manager can help get your incidents to the proper support group. Workflows can be based on almost any attribute that Service Manager can read, whether they be from Active Directory, SCCM, or Operations Manager. Possible Uses If you have a distributed IT environment, workflows can make managing incidents much easier. Examples of a “distributed” environment might be a campus where different personal support different building, or a worldwide organization with offices across counties. It pretty much means any environment where different support groups support different users. This method will use an AD attribute. The same process can be used for any AD attribute. Another example of how this may be helpful is different support groups for different services. You may have a ...

Event: Dutch VMware User Group conference on March 6th

On the 6th of March, the Dutch VMware User Group, which is a subsidairy of the global VMware User Group organizes a conference in the Netherlands. The conference which starts at 8:30 and end at 17:30 will be held in Conferenciecentrum 1931, in Den Bosch. The keynote of the event will be hosted by Brian […]

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 – Monitoring the Monitor

Get notified when System Center Operations is down! System Center Operations Manager can’t monitor itself. When (not if) it goes off-line it cannot generate an Alert notifying you it’s dead because, well…it’s dead. There are so many conditions that result in a healthy management group going off-line. I am only going to focus on the most common scenario that results in management group service disruption – when management servers lose connectivity to the OperationsManager database. SQL Connectivity – Single Point of Failure System Center Operations Manager is essentially a SQL application and all functionality depends on healthy access to the OperationsManager database. If access is disrupted  Operations Manager monitoring capabilities will be disabled or at the very least becom...

UPDATE: How this Inventory Script makes your ConfigMgr life easier

Do you know my original Powershell inventory (or documentation) script for Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager / SCCM / CM12 (whatever you call it)? I originally wrote it for ConfigMgr 2012 SP1 and it’s available here: Document your ConfigMgr 2012 R2 environment I am now happy to present you with an update of my script specifically written for System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager. Feel happy to test this in your ConfigMgr environment, distribute it wherever you like (at least tell people where you got it from, I don’t want any money ) and give me feedback on any issues you find! What’s new? full SC 2012 ConfigMgr … Continue reading →

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 – Log On Locally Right & the Default Action Account

I have been seeing more and more organizations tightening security which is excellent! However, one of the victims is the System Center Operations Manager Default Action Account – the action account is denied the log on locally right on the RMSe and other management servers. I am not too concerned when it occurs on an agent since that won’t disrupt the health of the entire management group but when it happens on the RMS / Management Servers – yikes. Naturally, the Operations Manager log will get flooded with 1102 errors and 7002 and 7015 events that identify the account has been not granted the log on locally right. Too bad System Center Operations Manager can’t monitor itself. So what we have implemented for the Infinity Connected™ management group (you can never be too safe) and wh...

Xtreme VM Migrator Released

Recently, I’ve kept you aware of a new tool from Xtreme Consulting that provides a quick and powerful solution for migrating VMware environments to Hyper-V. Since, I’ve covered much of the solution already, read through the recent posts to get caught up: New Tool to Move VMware Work Loads to Hyper-V Differences Between the Xtreme VM Migrator and Microsoft’s MVMC Today, the solution has officially released. Xtreme has now announced the tool release and provided ways to get hold of a free version. Press Release Xtreme Consulting Group Releases Free Virtual Machine Migration Tool Xtreme VM Migrator allows your business to escape the high cost of VMware Kirkland, WA, Jan. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Xtreme Consulting Group, Inc. today launched the Xtreme VM Migrator, a ...

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