Archive | October, 2012

OPSMGR UR updates are now pushed using Microsoft Update (MU) but be warned, don’t get too lazy !

15 Oct

Hi really short post. I ‘m getting a lot of questions on the new Update Rollup delivery method. Microsoft is now using the long requested windows update aka Microsoft Update for patching most of the system center products. In case of operations manager 2012 you can find them in Microsoft Update under  Windows Updates –> Important updates.


I am not going to cover the installation process as described in the MS KB:

But what I wanted to point out is that since most of the people will use this MU updating method you still need to import the supplied Managementpack files. The KB documentation is somewhat unclear on this point. You can find the MP files after applying the patches under

%SystemDrive%\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Server\Management Packs for Update Rollups

So i f you didn’t know you will now

happy Scomming.


Mr. SCOM, don’t play Hide and Seek with views and Mp’s !

7 Oct

Hi , a short post on how to find the management pack where a view is stored.


You see a view in the operations console. And you want to know in what MP this view is stored.


1) You could export all MPs and text search for the view display name. This will give you the language display element. And the file containing is the MP you are looking for. But you will probably see multiply matches returned because view display names aren’t unique.

2) We could simply open the native console and use the search feature. Type in the view name you search for and whala… Look at the Management Pack field and you have the answer. Two things about his: (1) it’s a flat list so difficult to overview (2) it’s a way to easy solution for me ; –)


2) So … Use a mix of c# and PowerShell to solve this. Since we don’t have a OM12 PowerShell get-views. We have to be creative. And this is the way I like it… Open PowerShell on the OM2012 server. And copy and paste the script below. Change the parameter $viewdisplayname with the view display name you are looking for. You can use PowerShell wildcards. And run it. You will then see a grid view with all the found matches. It also returns the folder that’s contains the view. Using the filter option of the grid view you can now quickly find the correct view.

# Load the Assemblies
$Script:MG = New-Object Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.ManagementGroup($rms)
$views = $MG.Presentation.GetViews() | where { $_.DisplayName -like $viewdisplayname } | Select-object @{Name = ‘ViewName’;  expression ={ $_.DisplayName}},@{Name = ‘folder’;  expression ={ $_.GetFolders()[0].DisplayName}},@{Name = ‘Mp_Name’;  expression ={ $_.ManagementPackName}}
$views | out-gridview

The End.

Next week I will try to do a post on how to extend SCOM locations so you can now display a target on the overview world map instead of only a web availability target.. And even integrate it on a Bing interactive map with a SCOM 2012 widget…