David Dixon's Notes from the Field

A Microsoft Field Engineer's notes on all things System Center.

David Dixon's Notes from the Field

  • It’s Here! Cumulative Update 2 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

    With all the announcements at MMS 2010 this year, this little update got buried in the mix, but it’s out now! The Cumulative Update 2 for SCOM 2007 R2 was released on 4/30/2010. It is a fully cumulative update, in that it includes all updates in Cumulative...
  • Agent Ransack gets a facelift and goes 64bit!

    If you’ve ever suffered through searching a pile of logs for one text string, computer name, or error code, then you probably already know the joy that is Agent Ransack . If you don’t know Agent Ransack already, then get to know it, now! The latest version...
  • OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP Version 6.1.7599.0 is now available.

    The System Center Operations Manager team has released its second quarterly update of the OpsMgr 2007 R2 MP to the catalog. You can download the MP from this page . This package (Version 6.1.7599.0) is specific to OpsMgr 2007 R2 and will not import on...
  • New Management Pack for System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

    With the release of SP2 for System Center Configuration Manager 2007, there’s been an update to the management pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. Here’s the feature summary from the product team - Feature Summary The System Center Configuration...
  • Updated System Center Operations Manager MP for Active Directory

    The Active Directory Team has just released an updated Management Pack (version 6.0.7050.0) for Active Directory. The updates to this version include - Support for Windows Server 2008 R2. Additional support for: Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) for...
  • Updated OpsMgr 2007 R2 Management Pack

    The System Center Team has released an update to the OpsMgr 2007 R2 Management Pack to resolve issues with Management Pack workflow detection, and to resolve issues around Agent process utilization. From the download details: “ Feature Summary The Operations...
  • Operations Manager 2007 R2 - Sizing Helper

      The MOM Team Blog has a new tool for OpsMgr 2007 R2. “The OpsMgr 2007 R2 Sizing Helper is an interactive document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of Operations Manager 2007 R2. It helps you plan the correct amount...
  • Windows 7 Product Editions – Feature Table Comparison

    Paul Thurrott from Winsupersite.com has published an awesome Feature Comparison Table for Windows 7. This answers a lot of the questions that customers have about which version of Windows 7 is most appropriate for them. I’ve included a small preview of...
  • The Best Freebie Add-on's for OpsMgr 2007

    Kerrie Meyler of Network World has written a handy guide to the Best Freebie Add-on's for OpsMgr 2007. While a little dated, it is significantly better than the blogs that contain 10 or 12 different Powershell scripts to put agents into Maintenance Mode...
  • Using Hands Free Bluetooth to search the Web.

    Let’s go completely off topic today and talk about Bing . What (you might ask) does Bing have to do with System Center? Nothing directly, but it might make you more productive. The feature I really like is being able to call Bing from my cell while I...
  • SCCM\WSUS - Streaming from an Upstream Server.

    I’ve seen this question asked numerous times in newsgroups, customer mail, and blogs. Can a System Center Configuration Manager Software Update Point in one hierarchy sync from another as its “Upstream Server”. Here’s the usual Scenario – A customer has...
  • Solving that pesky OpsMgr Agent stuck in Maintenance Mode

    There are many good tools out there for putting OpsMgr agents into Maintenance Mode. However occasionally it can seem like getting the OpsMgr Agent out of maintenance mode can be an issue. There are several reasons for this: #1 When maintenance mode is...
  • OpsMgr 2007 R2 backward compatibility to OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    Microsoft recently announced the imminent availability of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 here. With OpsMgr 2007 R2 RTM just weeks away, you may be wondering “what are the backward compatibility options of R2 and SP1”? What’s supported - OpsMgr...
  • OpsMgr 2007 SP1 – Banish the Undead. How to remove “Not Monitored” dead agents.

    If you’ve ever had a dead a System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 Agent, you know that removing them from the console can be an issue. This can be a particular problem if you have agents that you cannot uninstall (the machines no longer exist), they...
  • Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server 2008

    The SQL Server Team has released guidance on Disk Partitioning Alignment Best Practices for SQL 2008. This was a topic discussed at length at the Microsoft Management Summit 2009 (MMS2009) in Las Vegas, and Best Practices for SQL 2005 and SQL 2008 have...
  • How to get started with Powershell.

    My big question to most people I met at MMS 2009 (Microsoft Management Summit 2009) was “What are you doing to ramp up on Powershell”? The most common answer: Nothing. Usually the reason given for this was “I don’t need Powershell because I can do so...
  • SCCM WSUS fails to sync or start.

    Where's my access denied? Here is a cryptic issue where the WSUS service fails to sync or start. On the SUP we found this error in the WSUSCtrl.log: “Errors were reported in these WSUS Server components WSUSService, on WSUS Server SCCMSERVERNAME Failures...
  • Trusted Root Key errors on SMS 2003 and SCCM Clients

    When a client's boundaries change suddenly, or when Site boundaries overlap between two sites in a hierarchy, or when a client is assigned to a new site, you may see the following error in the client's Locationservices.log "The trusted key, mp certificate...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 Agents write events to both System log and Operations Manager log.

    Occasionally you may have an OpsMgr 2007 agent that log events to both the System log and the Operations Manager log repeatedly. This usually happens after agent install, and when the server has been online for many days and not rebooted. You may also...
  • Using CleanMOM.exe against multiple Agents at once.

    If you've ever had a need to run the CleanMOM.exe utility against several System Center Operations Manager 2007 Agents at once, you've probably been asked "Isn't there an easier way to do this?" Of course there is the Uninstall-Agent powershell cmd-let...