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Are you annoyed when working in the SCOM console and the console window disappears to the background?

Working in the SCOM console, when closing a window the console will occasionally disappear.  You have to go to the task bar to find it and re-select the window.

To reproduce this;  First make sure the SCOM Console is full screen.  Then click on an alert created by a rule.  In the alert details, open up the rule by clicking on it.

Then click Configuration, and View.

Then close both windows.

The SCOM Console will disappear.

According to Kevin Holman there is a workaround that “everybody knows” except for me 🙂

The Workaround

Don’t have any windows in the background full screened when SCOM is full screen.  What happens is the SCOM console is moved behind any windows you have full screen.

The Long term fix.

Go to the SCOM User Voice and Up-Vote this;

https://systemcenterom.uservoice.com/forums/293064-general-operations-manager-feedback/suggestions/34145605-make-the-scom-console-windows-stop-disappearing

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Windows Server Driver Updates in the New Windows Admin Center are Awesome

Have you ever setup a lab machine running Windows Server and realized you are missing a bunch of drivers?  This can greatly affect disk I/O and overall performance of the server.  If you setup that same server running Windows 10 all the drivers and driver updates come down automatically (If Group Policy Allows it).

With the new Windows Admin Center you can now see and install driver updates in Windows Server 2016!

If I look at Windows Update on my Hyper-V Server.  I can see that there are no updates available.

But if I pull this same server up in Windows Admin Center.  I can see all the driver updates as well.

This makes using Windows Core or Server 1709 for my Hyper-V Host server a real possibility.  I no longer have to hunt down and create a custom ISO to install 1709 with the correct drivers.  All I need is the NIC drivers and I am golden.

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SCOM Self Service Portal

Imagine a world where server and application admins can install and maintain their SCOM agents themselves.  Imagine if they could quickly and easily create their own groups and then create new monitors and rules against them.  Imagine if they could create their own maintenance schedules and instantly put servers into maintenance mode with a click of a button.

This is all possible with the new SCOM Self Service Portal.

The new portal is built with HTML 5 and the latest web technologies and works with SCOM 2012 R2, SCOM 2016, and SCOM 1801.
Features:

  • Users can install, repair, uninstall, delete and reset agents. No longer do you have to be a SCOM admin to do this basic functionality.  Users are empowered to maintain their agents; the SCOM admin will no longer have to perform these tedious and time-consuming activities.
  • Users can create and maintain their own groups. With these groups they can then build their own event, service, and performance monitors.  They can also build their own performance collection rules.  All the difficult concepts to teach a user how to author their own monitors and rules is removed.
  • Users can create and maintain their own maintenance schedules from a website. Users can instantly put servers into maintenance mode without using or installing the console.  They can easily call the website from a script to use with their maintenance process.
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Install Agents

A user with local admin privileges to a server, types in their username, password and the server they want to push to.  The agent and the latest installed update roll-up are pushed from SCOM to their server.

Delete Agents

An application or server admin can now delete their servers out of SCOM after they have decommissioned their server.  No longer having to get the SCOM admin involved.

Create Groups

Users can now create their own groups of servers.  They can use these groups for targeting monitors and rules.

When a group is created.  A new management pack, class, and basic views for Alerts, Performance and State are created automatically following management pack best practices.

Create Event Monitors

A user can create an event monitor by selecting the group of servers they want the event monitor to run on.  Then they type in the information from the event they want alerted on.

Create Service Monitors

A user can create a service monitor by simply picking the group and typing in the name of the service.

Schedule Computers for Maintenance Mode

A user can schedule future maintenance on their servers.

 

Instant Maintenance Mode

This solution makes it easy for IT staff to put a server into maintenance mode without having to go to the SCOM console. On any server, the administrator can visit the Instant MM website.

Creating a shortcut on the desktop of the servers can make it even easier.  With one click a server will be put instantly into maintenance mode.

Help Screens on every page

Anytime a user is confused or needs help.  They can click the help button on any screen to get detailed help.

 

Any ideas, problems, bugs, or issues please e-mail: support@scom2k7.com  or visit the user voice site https://scom2k7.uservoice.com

 

 

 

 

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SCOM Core – Removing all the add-on management packs that make SCOM 2016 Bloated and Slow

Wouldn’t it be cool if SCOM 2016 was super fast and required less resources?

SCOM 2016 is full of legacy solutions that make it bloated and slow.  You can remove “most” of these solutions if your not going to use them anyway?

SCOM was created in a very modular fashion using management packs to add features over the years.

After careful analysis I created the following PowerShell script to remove many of the management packs that slow down SCOM.

I have broken the script into pieces so you can remove any parts that you want to keep.  The script was created using a clean SCOM 2016 install.  If you have been using SCOM 2016 for a long time or have an upgraded SCOM environment you may have some additional dependencies in unsealed MPs you created.

If you find you need a solution in the future.  Simply add the MPs back from the installation media.

Download: http://www.scom2k7.com/downloads/SCOMCoreMPRemoval.zip

The script:

For APM:  You will need to manually remove the Secure Reference Override before you can delete “Microsoft.SystemCenter.Apm.Infrastructure” mp.  Notes in are in the script as to what needs to be deleted.

My Core Environment:

Console

Authoring Wizard – Much cleaner

Discovery Wizard – Notice Unix is gone

Event Logs – No errors

One of the most valuable management packs to remove would be the “System.NetworkManagement.Library” MP.  But removing this MP breaks the Windows Computer discovery wizard.

Any issues, comments or ideas for removing additional management packs please leave them in the comments.

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