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  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Finding Overlapping Boundaries

    We seem to run into overlapping boundaries issues every so often and without the right tool, troubleshooting these kinds of problems can be very difficult and frustrating.  Typically the way this problem manifests itself is that you find that an SMS Advanced client ends up getting policy or advertisements...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: How to get the list of all the computers in Maintenance Mode

    Here's a cool tip from Ritesh Grover, one of our top support engineers on our Operations Manager team.  If you're looking for a script to quickly get a list of the computers that are in Maintenance Mode then this should do the trick: ======== To get a list of all computers and components that are...
  • Blog Post: SMS 2003: Getting a list of all of the queries for each of your collections

    Have you ever wondered how you can get a list of all of the queries for each of your collections? You may have noticed that when you try to export queries, you can select multiple queries to export, but when you export collections you have to do them one at a time. Of course if you have a large number...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: How to identify what scripts are running on the agents, including frequency and parameters

    Here's another interesting one for you.  What I wanted was a way to track what scripts are executed by the Operations Manager Agent on a box as this would help in fine tuning some of the rules/monitors which were configured to run very frequently.  In MOM 2005 we had a ScriptDebugging option...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Viewing and changing the Action Account

    During the course of your OpsMgr 2007 admin duties you may find it necessary to view or change the action account that OpsMgr uses to run processes and scripts and much much more.  So what is the action account?  Several MOM processes run under this account, including the processes that host...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Override Explorer

    The issue of overrides in System Center Operations Manager 2007 can really cause you a lot of grief if you somehow get them misconfigured.  This is an issue that's been covered pretty well in the past but I wanted to send this out again in case some of you missed it or in case you're experiencing...
  • Blog Post: Duplicate GUIDs? – Fix it with Scripts!

    You may have figured out that having duplicate SMS Unique ID’s (a.k.a. Duplicate Guids) in SMS can cause problems. Per KB837374 you may experience the following symptoms: • The SMS Administrator console displays only the last discovered client of those clients that share a GUID. If many...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007: Checking to see if a process has restarted

    Recently I was talking to a friend of mine who was trying to troubleshoot a custom process and he wanted to know if there was any way to track how many times it restarts using OpsMgr 2007.  It seems the process would randomly terminate without throwing any error at all and as a workaround it was...
  • Blog Post: MOM 2005: How to Create a Repeat Alert

    In MOM 2005 you may have found that it is easy to set up a notification when a service goes down and comes back up, but what if you wanted to get an alert every so often while the service was down until it came back up? This is something that is much easier to do in SCOM 2007, but if you haven’t upgraded...