Community Vmware management pack for vmware sphere 6.0

Mitch Luedy has created a very good management pack for monitoring VMware. He also was gracious enough to make it available to everyone for free.

Link to his github repository of the entire solution is here.

This management pack uses PsSnapins in the powershell scripts. And vmware has ceased the use of snapins from 6.0.

I have modified the scripts to use modules and this management pack will work on vsphere 6.0 now.

Link to that repository is here.

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Adding license to SCOM

System center licensing guide:

License check commands:

Get-SCOMManagementGroup | ft skuforlicense, version, timeofexpiration –a

Set-SCOMLicense -ProductId “Enter your license key”



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ConfigMgr device collection queries

WQL query to create a device collection based on installed software.

select SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceID,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceType,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Name,SMS_R_SYSTEM.SMSUniqueIdentifier,SMS_R_SYSTEM.ResourceDomainORWorkgroup,SMS_R_SYSTEM.Client from SMS_R_System inner join SMS_G_System_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE on SMS_G_System_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE.ResourceID
= SMS_R_System.ResourceId where SMS_G_System_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE.ProductName like “%NetScaler Gateway%” and SMS_G_System_INSTALLED_SOFTWARE.ProductVersion = “”

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Deploying Configmr updates step by step

Good post on technet.


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SCOM discovery override using powershell

## Usage:
## Check the overridable paramters for your discoveries first and then change the parameter you would like to set in $override.Parameter. The format of the parameter may be like
## Selector          : $Config/PeriodInSeconds$. You should only add the “PeriodInSeconds” part
#$disc = Get-SCOMDiscovery -DisplayName “Windows Internet Information Services Web Applications 76-100 Discovery Rule”
## $discovery.GetOverrideableParameters()

Import-module operationsmanager
New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection -ComputerName MyRMS
$mps = Get-SCOMManagementPack |?{$ -match “Microsoft.Windows.InternetInformationServices.2003”}
$overridemp = Get-SCOMManagementPack -Name “IIS.Management.Pack.Discovery.Overrides”
$discoveries = Get-SCOMDiscovery -ManagementPack $mps

foreach($discovery in $discoveries)
if($discovery.Enabled -ne “false”)

$override = $null
$overridemp = Get-SCOMManagementPack -Name “IIS.Management.Pack.Discovery.Overrides”
$Target= Get-SCOMClass -id $discovery.Target.Id

$overridename = $ + “.Override”
$override = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Configuration.ManagementPackDiscoveryConfigurationOverride($overridemp,$overridename)
$override.Discovery = $discovery
$override.Module = $discovery.DataSource
$override.Parameter = “PeriodInSeconds”
$override.value = 86400
$override.DisplayName = $overridename
$override.Context = $Target


$overridemp.Verify() ## This may fail sometimes with a validation error on 2012 R2. So just remove this line and check if your mp imports.

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Users cannot view ACS reports.

For the ACS reports the permissions have to be configured in SCOM.

Click Administration–User Roles

If you do not have a role created. Create a new role called “ACS report viewers”

In the tab that opens add the groups in your AD or users in your AD that you would like to have permissions to view reports.


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Microsoft Azure mp configuration for Azure Government cloud

The Microsoft Azure Management pack for SCOM 2012 R2 requires a little different configuration than the commercial cloud. I am going to write down some of the configurations that have to be done.

Mp download location:

This steps are the usual. Install the management pack and import the mp’s in your scom environment. The management pack documentation does a fairly good job in explaining the configuration. If you have an user who has read permissions to your Azure active directory and subscription then you can add your Azure subscription using the credentials for the user. But if you have an environment where dual authentication is “enforced” you can use the steps given below.

Login to the new portal using your credentials.

Creating the App for login:

Click Azure Active Directory–App Registrations

Click Add in the top pane and fill up the following parameters for your app.

Name: AnyName [Make a note of this name.]

Application Type: Web App/API

Sign-on URL: http://anyurl  This url does not have to be a working url.

Then click create.

Now select your app under App Registration and in the next blade that opens select Keys.

There is no add button here. If you enter a description for your key then the next values are populated.

Select the expiry duration. As of now the values are 1 year,2 years and Never expires.

One you hit save then the key value will be displayed.

Important Note:

This will be shown only once so make sure that you copy this key value somewhere safe.

If you have exited then go back to Active directory–App registrations select your app and copy the Application ID from the portal.

Click Active Directory–Domain Names and copy the Name of your domain if you don’t already know it.

These three values App id,domain name,Key will be required when you add your subscription in SCOM.

Now in the portal click on subscriptions. Select the subscription you wish to monitor.

Click Access Control in the next blade.Click Add,select role Reader,Click add users if not already populated. In the search under Add users your app would not show up as it shows only users.Enter the name of your app and click select.Click ok and your app should have reader permissions on your subscription.

Next open the operations console and create a new resource pool in Administration– -Resource Pools called “Azure monitoring resource pool”. Add the server that you want to be a member of this pool.

This is recommended because the operations are very resource intensive and if you have a dedicated management server for this pool you will not load the management group.

Next navigate to Administration-Microsoft Azure.

Click Add subscription and click the radio button for Service Principal Name.

Remember the three values that i had asked your to copy. You will need them here.

Enter your domain name

Enter the Application ID in the Client ID field.

Enter the key in the password.

Click the advanced box and enter the following values. The forward slash “/” is also required in the ARM Management URI.

Management Service URI:
Storage Service DNS Suffix:
ARM Management URI:

Your subscription should be populated in the next screen. Select the Azure monitoring server pool.Next is self explanatory.

After this is done you should be able to see the subscription in

Monitoring–Microsoft Azure–Subscription State.

Now click Authoring and select Microsoft Azure Monitoring Template to configure the resources that you want to monitor.

More about that next time….











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Scom Maintenance mode scheduler

#SCOM Maintenance mode scheduler. The assemblies can be found in this folder on your management servers  C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Operations Manager\Server\SDK Binaries

$scriptdir = Get-location
$ScriptDir = split-path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Path
$void = [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile(“$scriptdir\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.dll”)
$void3 = [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile(“$scriptdir\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Runtime.dll”)
$void1 = [System.Reflection.Assembly]::LoadFile(“$scriptdir\Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Core.dll”)

$server = “testsql”

$RootMS = “testdc01”
$Minutes =  60
$Comment = “Scheduled Maintenance Request”
$MGConnSetting = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ManagementGroupConnectionSettings($RootMS)
$MG = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ManagementGroup($MGConnSetting)
$Admin = $MG.GetAdministration()
$Agents = $admin.GetAllAgentManagedComputers()
$agent = $Agents | ?{$_.Computername -match $server}
$monitoring =$MG.Monitoring
$AllClasses = $MG.GetMonitoringClasses()
$MyClass = $AllClasses | ?{$ -eq “Microsoft.Windows.Computer”}
$Objects = $Mg.GetMonitoringObjects($Myclass)
$Object = $Objects | ?{$ -match $server}
$startTime = [Datetime]’12/21/2016 04:26:00′
$StartTimeUTC = $startTime.ToUniversalTime()
$EndTime = $startTimeUTC.AddMinutes(’10’)


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Problem installing Service Manager Authoring Console


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SCOM agent less monitoring access denied event id 10401

Today I was facing and error with monitoring agentless servers. The agent proxy was getting access denied to event logs. In my environment the health services run under the local system account.

Module was unable to connect to namespace ‘\\computername\ROOT\CIMV2’

This has happened 1 times since this instance was loaded.

HRESULT: 0x80041003 Details: Access denied

One or more workflows were affected by this.

Workflow name: Microsoft.SystemCenter.DiscoverWindowsClientComputer
Instance name:
Instance ID:
Management group:

I added the server account to administrators on the agentless server but it did not help.

Then I changed the default action account profile for the server managing the agentless monitoring  to specify another action account instead of the local system action account to run the healthservices under. Same account was also added to the local administrators on the agentless managed computer.

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