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Finding the latest System Center 2012 Rollup in the update jungle

11 Mar


This post is just a reminder for myself. Since I work in many different SCOM environments as SCOM 2012, 2012 SP1 , 2012 R2 and even 2007!! I get sometimes lost to find the latest rollup package.

Yes of course I can enable the auto update but that’s not something I would advise for the System Center updates because they have some manual task (SQL) to apply too.

Yes I know there’s a site ( ) that has all the patches on but this site is sometimes also not updated right after releasing. So I wanted a simple but effective way. By using this simple URL you can get the latest rollup packages at an easy way and download them. Also adding the RSS feed can be handy too.


Updates for SYSTEM CENTER 2012 R2

WEBSITE: and then order by ‘Last Updated’



Updates for SYSTEM CENTER 2012 SP1

WEBSITE: and then order by ‘Last Updated’



Updates for SYSTEM CENTER 2012

WEBSITE: and then order by ‘Products’ . The product “System Center 2012 – Operations Manager” is the one to use.

RSS FEED: &lang=en


So you see absolutely no rocket science going on here 😉








xSNMP for SCOM 2012

31 Oct


In the SCOM 2007 age we had a fantastic network management pack called xSNMP. Not only because it was free but also because it covered a lot of network devices that even now aren’t covered in SCOM 2012. But what happened ….

The Problem

SCOM 2012 was introduced and contained a brand new way to monitor network devices. This indirectly replaced the complete SNMP stack out of SCOM. Well not the complete SNMP stack but the discovery process was changed and not compatible with the old SNMP stack. I am not going into details if this is a good or bad thing but for the xSNMP mps it was RIP…. (as far as you didn’t do a SCOM 2012 upgrade)


.. or not …. I decided to take a couple of xSNMP MPs and redesign it to work in SCOM 2012.

For now I have changed the APC mp. Also the same for the Brocade MP and this one is now in the testing phase.
Since the complete xSNMP mps are community free I will share the compiled mps also for free. The source code I share later on.

Reminder: All the credits go to the original xSNMP devOps. I only redesigned it to work with SCOM 2012. So if it breaks down your environment don’t knock on my door ;-)))

You can download the MPs here:


Michel Kamp





Reading out PS NoteProperty’s

6 Nov



How do i read out the IsManagementServer property on the example below ??

$X= Get-SCOMClass -Name “Microsoft.SystemCenter.ManagementServer” | Get-SCOMMonitoringObject

The output is:

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].AuthenticationName :

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].MaximumQueueSize : 104857600

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].MaximumSizeOfAllTransferredFiles : (null)

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].RequestCompression : True

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].CreateListener : True

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].Port : 5723

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].IsRHS : True

[Microsoft.SystemCenter.HealthService].IsManagementServer : True


Now I want to get the IsManagementServer value


But it Fails


But it Fails

How do I read it out ??


Running the command below..

$x | GM

pointed out it was a noteproperty


So since its using [] i have to use ” to make a string of it

So the correct syntax would be


Happy Scomming

Michel Kamp

How To fix the 500 Error using Favorite Reports in the SCOM web console.

22 May

First mention this is a non official solution.

The Problem

You have installed SCOM 2012 Sp1 UR2 and have implemented the scom webconsole and reporting service to be running under HTTPS mode. You have created using the native scom console a favorite report and now when you try to open this favorite report in the scom webconsole you get a error 500.




To see the real error we have to do some web.config changes. So open the web.config file on this location: C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\MonitoringView

Now we enable the SCOM error logging


And to get it displayed on the user page we do


Now when you run the favorite report again we get in the webconsole  the real error


Okay looks like the reportviewer web component binary dll can’t be found. Hmm but wait wasn’t this a prereq at installation time. So I checked if the 2010 ReportViewer components where installed and yes it was and the dlls where also spotted in the assembly cache. It looks like the webconsole has problems finding the correct version of the Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms.dll in the assembly cache.

The Quick non Official Solution

Copy the missing dlls to the correct directory will force the web runtime to first look in this directory for the dlls and then go to the assembly cache. So that’s what i did.

Copy the Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms.dll file from the assembly cache to path : C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\MonitoringView\bin

Come on give me some script to do that ! Okay open PowerShell as admin and run

Copy-Item c:\Windows\assembly\GAC_MSIL\Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms\*\*.dll “C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\WebConsole\MonitoringView\bin”

And now you try to run the favorite report again in the webconsole …


… and Yes its working!

The End.

For me this looks  like a bug and I will address this to Microsoft.

Happy Scomming!

Michel Kamp

SCOM Console Hidden Feature ??

21 May

A really short post. A member of a NOC operations team reported a problem with his SCOM console.

The Problem.

Using the operations native console and opening a windows computer state view resulted in gray computer targets.



Normally when for example the computer targets are gray you know it’s a gent connectivity problem or the MS health service is stalled / crashed.  But this time non of this was true. Looking at the agents and MS states its was all green and okay.

The solution

First the root cause was assumed to be the computer of the NOC operator. Yes I have rebooted it twice and I have installed all the patches was the first response Knipogende emoticon  . But however I am running Windows 8. Okay .. could this be the case ?… After a while of figuring out what could be the problem we detected that on other NOC computers the problem was also reproduced. And yes now we had found the problem .. And what do you think ? If you have a target state view (for example the windows computer view) and you personalize this view and remove the State column you will facing the problem above. So we added the State Column again and the problem was fixed.


The End

Of course you can ask you’re self why remove the state column it’s a very important one. Lets say the most important one in a state view…. I have ask it my self’s but I think it was a human error by mistake and not noticed earlier… But the question remains this still looks like a bug in the SCOM console.. What do you think ?

Happy Scomming

Discovery’s at your demand , yes sir!

27 Apr


This time a short post. But I think this could be useful  for SCOM admins.

The challenge.

We all know that one of the big powers of SCOM is the self maintaining of the monitor targets. SCOM uses discovery’s for this that run at regular intervals. Lets say you install a new SQL database instance on a server that has already a SCOM agent on it. Normally you have to wait for 4 hours before the new database instance is discovered. Yes you can speed this up to restart the SCOM agent but now we have a better way.


First, all the credits go to the SCOM product team it self’s. It seems the feature was already build in but making it globally known was somehow left behind. There is a agent task called ‘Trigger On Demand Discovery’ that can help you out. But how to operate this task can be painful.

The solution

I have written a PowerShell script that does the hard work for you. Running this script and supplying the correct Discovery and target will result in a instantly run of that discovery. So now you don’t have to wait for the discovery interval of 4 hours to trigger.

How it works:

1) You fill in the $OMserver with the SCOM SDK server FQDN.

2) You fill in the $discoveryname with the display name of the discovery rule you want to trigger. Just copy and paste the displayname from your author pane in the scom console. See picture below.


3) You fill in the $targetdisplayname with the name of the main target where this discovery should run. You can find this name by looking at the target from the discovery rule you got from step 2.


And fill this in the inventory view.


The name “servicemanager.systemcenter.local” is the target display name to use.

btw. of course you can use PowerShell to do this for you…

Below the script:

It triggers the discovery task and then waits for the results and displays it. Be sure to look at the output results property because it only is okay when it contains :


The script.

## =======================================================
## Trigger SCOM discovery for a discovery rule and target
## ======================================================
## Michel Kamp

Import-Module operationsmanager
## OM sdk server
## discovery display name
$discoveryname=”Service Manager Management Server Properties Discovery”
## target display name

## —————————————————-
## —————————————————-
# connect to OM server
$credentials = get-Credential
new-ScommanagementGroupConnection -Computer $Omserver -Credential $credentials

# get task to execute
$task=get-scomtask -name Microsoft.SystemCenter.TriggerOnDemandDiscovery
# make override params
$discovery=get-scomdiscovery -DisplayName $discoveryname
$TargetInstanceId= (Get-SCOMClass -Id   $  | Get-SCOMClassInstance | ?{$_.displayname -eq $TargetDisplayName}).ID.Tostring()
$instance=get-scomclass -name Microsoft.SystemCenter.ManagementServer | get-scomclassinstance | ?{$_.displayname -eq $Omserver}
# run the task
$task_run=start-scomtask -task $task -instance $instance -override $override

# wait for result
while ( (get-SCOMTask -Id $task_run.TaskId).Status -eq “Started” )
    write-Output “Waiting…”
    Sleep -Seconds 2
# show task output
get-SCOMTaskResult -BatchID $task_run.BatchId

## —————————————————-
## end script
## —————————————————-

The End.

I already did some more investigation on this topic because I think when you can do it for a discovery you can also do it for every workflow that contains a timed interval trigger module. Can you imagine that you can now trigger every rule or monitor at your demand… so cool and so handy while debugging.  When I have it working I will of course share it with you “the community”.


Michel Kamp

Let SCOM check for Updated Management Packs

21 Apr

The challenge

Using the SCOM native console the import from the Microsoft Management Pack Catalog is a nice feature. I like also the feature to check and import updated MPs that you have already imported in your management group. But what I really miss and don’t understand : why did the product team removed the monitor that gives us a alert when a new MP version is in the MP catalog ?. This monitor was build in MOM 2005 but removed in the begin of SCOM 2007.

The solution

So since we are SCOM author diehards we are going to build our own MP update monitor. I am going to use VSAE to build it all. But wait even if you aren’t a SCOM author diehard it still worth reading this post because this time I will share the VSAE project and even the MP with you at the end!!!


So I used my good old friend ‘Fiddler’ to backward-engineer what the scom console is doing when I press the ‘check for updated management packs’ button. It seems it sends a SOAP request to a webservice. The SOAP request contains a MP list of the MPs that you have already imported. The answer result of this request will be a MP list with the updated MP versions or an empty list if there aren’t any updates for you.

Building time

Below I’m going to give you a overview what I have done. You can look in the VSAE project for details on it. If you have any questions just let it know and I will help you out.

1) The datasource

So now we are going to make a datasource that runs a PowerShell script. This PowerShell script is simulating the webservice request.

Below a snippet of the code. (the full code is in the VSAE project). What I am doing here are 3 steps:

1) Build a SOAP request message that contains all my MP version meta data from all MPs that I have already imported in my management group.

2) I call the “ManagementPackCatalogWebService.asmx” and execute the method “FindManagementPacks”

3) as last step I check if there are any MPs returned and set the $Status flag according the result. And I return the scom property bag.

# step 1

$MPSoap = get_MP_List
$ret = Do-SOAPRequest -SOAPRequest $MPSoap -URL $MPCatalogURL -SOAPAction $SOAPAction

# step 2

## show MPs that have a Update
$MpList = $ret.Envelope.Body.FindManagementPacksResponse.FindManagementPacksResult.CatalogItem | where { $_.IsManagementPack -eq $true} | select-Object DisplayName

# step 3

## check MP returned

if ( $MpList.Count -eq 0)

  # Create the property bags
$pb = $oAPI.CreatePropertyBag()
$pb.AddValue(“MpList”,($MpList | Out-String))

The script above we are going to use in the datasource below


2) The Monitor

Now we are going to compose a 2 state UnitMonitorType that uses this datasource. The health state check is done with the “Status” value in the returned property bag.


Having this UnitMonitorType composed we can now use it in the real monitor KPI. See below for the KPI. The target is the Management server. I choose this target because I have only one MNG server in my test lab but if you have more it’s better to choose the RMS emulator target.


Now when the monitor is unhealthy it will generate an alert message constructed below:



The result

Building and importing the MP in your SCOM management group will show you the result below:


And of course a nice ALERT message also:


So now the part you are waiting for..

As promised I will share the VSAE project and the MP it self. Please notice that it is a show case alias prototype MP and so it is far from complete. For example not all display strings are applied and no knowledge is supplied. But that’s up to you to complete…. In my production version I have even build in a recovery/console task that also automatically imports the updated MPs.. Just a idea for you to work out…

MP download and VSAE project download:!Au2euLDFD_ovilTTrLl-XqSmd1tj

The End

Feel free to comment or contact me if you have any questions.


Michel Kamp

SC 2012 SP1 UR2

12 Apr


Hi ,

It isn’t any new news , since I twitted also 2 days ago the UR2 release of System Center 2012 SP1 is released.  ( )

As I write now not all software download links are working jet. So don’t get frustrated as I did…

For Installation experience see here for again an excellent post from Kevin Holman:

O wait what’s missing ?:

If you read the release notes you will notice that it mentions patching the Gateways but if you look at the software downloads you won’t see any gateway patch.

I don’t know if the gateway patch is simply forgotten to publish but if you have a environment that uses a gateway you will be stuck for now… because your agents behind the gateway will not be patched using the pending actions in SCOM.

Or not…

The solution is however not far away.
1) Just copy the Agents msp binarys to the agent management directory on the GW servers.

Path : C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Gateway\AgentManagement


1) So copy file KB2826664-AMD64-Agent.msp to

C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Gateway\AgentManagement\amd64

2) copy file KB2826664-AMD64-Server.msp to

C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Gateway\AgentManagement\x86

And at last the KB2826664-ia64-Agent.msp file to the ia64 directory.

3) approve the pending actions in your scom console. And you will see the agents behind your GW will be patched.

The end

Hope Microsoft will clear this confusion soon. Because I can’t imagine that the GW it self’s doesn’t have any fixes…

Happy scomming


Aggrr missis SCOM sometimes you drive me nuts!

12 Mar

Here we are again. I am for sure you will remember a situation where you were sure everything was configured correctly and you even had restarted the server but still it doesn’t work…… NO ??

Okay so this time it was my turn…

The problem:

I was trying to discover a new network device. Network discovery won’t find my newly added network device. Why ? I checked everything and it isn’t connectivity or security. Normally when those issue apply you will see a pending failure discovery attempt. What could be wrong..


1) First I checked the discovery rule. The network devices are explicit specified.


I made sure the device was listed in the explicit discovery.


2) I started the discovery and checked the progress events.


Hey what’s that ! One device excluded ?? Strange this option can only be applied to recursive discovery’s….

So it must be something in the discovery rule….

The solution:

So this excluded event triggered my attention.

1) open the discovery rule.  And change the Discovery method to Recursive discovery


2) Now select the Exclude Filters tab


And what do we see here . The network device I was trying to discover.

3) Now remove this exclude filter entry and save the discovery template without RUNNING IT


4) Reopen the discovery rule and change the discovery mode back to ‘explicit’ and save it again.


5) now run the discovery.

6) and what do we see here … the device is discovered successfully !



It looks like this rule was initially created in recursive discovery mode. After a while the operator decided to remove a device from the discovered device inventory. If you do that a exclude filter entry is automatically created. At the end the operator decided to change the discovery mode back to explicit (don’t ask why) and that’s causing the problem I faced…

The end

Hope I saved you a lot of time almost hating misses SCOM ; – )


Michel Kamp MVP System Center Operations Manager

Hey SCOM Agent just install your self , please !

11 Feb


The last time I notice more and more SCOM 2012 Agent installation fails. Where the SCOM 2007 agent installs fine the SCOM 2012 agent has troubles.

There are plenty of guides on the web but none fixed my problem.

1. Problem:

During the SCOM 2012  agent install (push or manual) the install fails with error 25211 Failed to install performance counters. Error Code: -2147024809


2. Analyze

When looking at the deployment log (search for value 3) I noticed that the component failing was the APM module. Secondly it has something to do with registering performance counters. ; – )

3. Solution

When you look on the web you will find as a possible solution KB2554336. Following this article you are rebuilding your performance counters. At my case this rebuild was successful but the agent install still failed. So …

My analyze concluded the setup stopped at the APM module. So why ‘not’ install this module ? I know the server where I am going to install the agent never is going to use this module. How do we do this ? You can do this by supplying the parameter: NOAPM=1

1) On the failed sever open CMD as admin.

2) Copy the agent install files to this server.

3) start the install with :

msiexe /i momagent.msi NOAPM=1

You will notice the installation was successful!!

4. The end

Finally you can use the ops hack in scom db to set this agent from manual to pushed install so it will be patched also.

Happy Scomming,

Michel Kamp