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September, 2012

  • System Center Operations Manager 2012 Toolbox

    After posting some years ago a blog post with all the OpsMgr 2007 tools I thought it would be time for a new OM2012 Toolbox blog post.


    Tool Purpose Description Author Webpage
    MPViewer 2.2 MP Viewing

    The previous version 1.7 (that works with OpsMgr 2007 and 2007 R2) was released here. Version 2.1.2 has been updated to work with OpsMgr 2012, and now includes support for MPB files (MP Bundles) as well as the ability to Unseal and Unpack MP Bundles.
    Warning: only MP Bundles that contain a single ManagementPack are supported; there are some Service Manager MPBs that contain multiple ManagementPacks in a single bundle, and this tool currently cannot deal correctly with those.

    Daniele Muscetta Link
    OverrideExplorer 3.5 MP Viewing The previous version 3.3 (that works with OpsMgr 2007 and 2007 R2) was released here. Version 3.5 has been updated to work with OpsMgr2012 and includes some minor fixes, as well as the capability to Export all overrides to an Excel spreadsheet. Daniele Muscetta Link
    Proxy Settings 1.2 View Proxy Settings The previous version 1.1 (that works with OpsMgr 2007 and 2007 R2) was released here. Version 1.2 is functionally identical to the previous version but has been just recompiled to work with OpsMgr 2012 SDK. Daniele Muscetta Link
    Management Pack Compare Util Management Pack Compare Util

    This utility allows you to compare Management Packs between your Operations Manager and/or Service Manager environments.

    Online catalog check is also available.

    Changes in this version:

    • Added Service Manager support
    • Change to grid views
    • Clear grid option
    • More compare options
    • Colors changed to help visibility 
    • Management group versions added
    Robert Ryan Link
    SCOMTypeView for MP Developer MP Authoring

    SCOMTypeView is a tool help MPAuthor visualize ManagementPackClass, ManagementPackRelationship, showing them in treeview. The most important, you can see how the specific MonitoringObject is connected with other MonitoringObject.
    This tool connect to your local ManagementGroup, showing real data in time.

    Haitao Chen Link

    Coretech XML Connector for SCOM 2012

    Connector Service A connector with both two way communication and with configuration possibilities. This connector will work fine with other Monitoring systems, as well as your HelpDesk system; Remedy, Servicenow etc. CoreTech Link
    System Center 2012 Operations Manager – Alert Update Connector Connector Service

    The Alert Update Connector can modify alert custom fields with additional information useful for situations like controlling alert forwarding to incident management systems and help reduce noise in the incident creation process.

    Microsoft Link
    GTMTool Dashboard Authoring

    In OpsMgr 2012, we provided users the ability to create customized dashboards using the OpsMgr 2012 console. The GTM.exe tool provided in this blog allows you to build off these dashboard investments, in particular we allow you to accomplish three specific tasks that you cannot do via the console.

    1. Turn IT Pro Console created dashboards into shippable MPs by stripping out management group specific parameters (removes MG GUIDs from dashboard MPs)

    2. Provides the ability to have a custom dashboard show up under any Management Pack folder in the Monitoring view.

    3. Have a custom dashboard be launched from the task pane when you pick a specific computer or object.

    Satya Vel Link
    Operations Manager 2012 Sizing Helper Tool Design The OpsMgr 2012 Sizing Helper is an interactive document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of System Center 2012 Operations Manager. It helps you plan the correct amount of infrastructure needed for a new OpsMgr 2012 deployment, removing the uncertainties in making IT hardware purchases and optimizes cost. A typical recommendation will include minimum hardware specification for each server role, topology diagram and storage requirement. Microsoft Link
    System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM) Visio Stencil  Design  System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM) Visio Stencil    Link

    Let me please know if I’m missing some other great OM2012 tools.

  • First Dutch PowerShell User Group Meeting

    We are very happy to announce the first DuPSUG meeting.
    This will be held at Master IT in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) on Friday the 23th of November at Master IT in Eindhoven (Netherlands).
    The speakers and their sessions are:

    Speaker: Ed Wilson
    About: Ed Wilson, MCSE, MSCBA, MCT is the Microsoft Scripting Guy. As such, he writes the popular Hey Scripting Guy blog for Microsoft, speaks at conferences such as TechEd and TechReady. He is very active in the community and has spoken to numerous user groups around the world via Live Meeting and in person. Ed has written numerous books about VBScript, WMI, and Windows PowerShell scripting and his latest release is Windows PowerShell 2.0 Best Practices. In addition he wrote all the scripts for the Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7 Resource kits. Ed lives in York, South Carolina and Ed has been with Microsoft since 2001. Prior to becoming the writer of the Hey Scripting Guy blog Ed taught scripting workshops worldwide to Microsoft Premier customers.
    Session: Using Windows PowerShell 3.0 to manage the remote Windows 8 workstation
    Description: There are four different ways to manage a remote Windows 8 workstation. The first is to use WMI remoting, the second is to use the computername cmdlets, the third is to use WinRm and Windows PowerShell native remoting, the last way is to use the CIM cmdlets. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages for the network administrator. In this session, I will examine each approach, and provide a checklist of criteria to aid the enterprise network administrator in choosing the appropriate technology for a variety of real world scenarios. This presentation combines live demo’s and interactive discussion to heighten learning.

    Speaker: Richard Siddaway (PowerShell MVP)
    About: Richard has been working with Microsoft technologies for 25 years having spent time in most IT roles including analyst-programmer, server administration, support, DBA and architect. He has been interested in automation techniques (including automating job creation and submission on mainframes many years ago!). Richard has been using VBScript and WMI since it became available on NT 4. PowerShell caught his interest when he first heard about it and has been using it since the early beta versions.
    Richard’s blog is mainly about PowerShell. He founded the UK PowerShell User Group back in 2007 and he is a PowerShell MVP.
    Richard has given numerous talks on PowerShell at various events in the UK, Europe and the USA. He is a frequent speaker for PowerShell user groups worldwide and has had a number of articles on PowerShell published including expert commentaries on the Microsoft Scripting Games for which he has been a judge for the last three years. Richard has written two PowerShell books: PowerShell in Practice (Manning 2010) and PowerShell and WMI (Manning 2012).
    A further title PowerShell in Depth will be published towards the end of 2012 he’s currently writing an introductory book for Active Directory administrators that features PowerShell.
    Session: PowerShell and WMI
    Description: PowerShell and WMI are two great technologies that get even better when used together. Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 introduce a whole new level of WMI – 60% of the PowerShell functionality in Windows Server 2012 is based on WMI! In this session Richard Siddaway, PowerShell MVP and author of the book ‘PowerShell and WMI’ will show you some of the the amazing things that are possible with PowerShell v3, Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

    Speaker: Bert Wolters
    About: Bert Wolters is a Microsoft Certified Trainer with Master it Training. He focuses mainly on Virtualization, System Center products and Windows Server and client Operating Systems. Right after the Build Windows 8 conference in September 2011 he toured the Netherlands with knowledge talks about this new exciting product. Since he discovered the renewed Integrated Scripting Environment in Windows 8/Server 2012 he is convinced Powershell can make the professional life of any ITPro easier and more effective.
    Session: What’s new in PowerShell 3.0
    Description: All of the new stuff demo’d and discussed in xx minutes…
    Powershell with Hyper-V? It’s in here… Remotely running powershell commands on a set of remote computers? We’ll cover that too. Want to run parallel and sequenced commands? We’ve got a Powershell workflow for you. Are you the IT guy that’s always travelling around and can only access the server through the web? Powershell Web Access is your thing!
    We’ll cover all of this and show you “Robust Session Connectivity” and the renewed Integrated Scripting Environment too… I’m sure this will inspire you to use Powershell on even more occasions than you imagined you could use it until now.

    Speaker: Stefan Stranger
    About: Stefan Stranger is a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft Netherlands and is specialized in System Center Operations Manager and PowerShell. He likes to use PowerShell on the systems on which he works to manage, and where possible to automate the management. He shares his knowledge on his Technet Blog ( You can find him on twitter under @sstranger.
    Session: Protect your PowerShell scripts with version control
    Description: Software developers would not have to think about working on a project without some form of version control. So why is this so unusual for the IT Professional who is responsible for maintaining PowerShell scripts containing hundreds of lines of scripts? Version control or source control are terms used for the practice of tracking changes in the source code. There are several tools that can help you implement version control like GIT, Mercurial and Team Foundation Server. This session explains how you can protect your PowerShell scripts with Team Foundation Server (TFS) for version control. After this you will never have to worry that you do not copy your script after you had made so many changes in your script had made it no longer works.

    Speaker: Jeff Wouters
    About: Jeff is a freelance Technology Specialist at Methos IT with a main focus on Hyper-V, System Center and has a great passion for PowerShell. Early 2012 Jeff started the Dutch PowerShell User Group, is an active Tweeter / blogger and speaker at IT events such as E2E Virtualization Converence, BriForum and NGN (Dutch).
    Session: From command, to script, to function, to advanced function, to tool.
    Description: Would it not be easy and cool to create your own cmdlets and/or tools? This session will be all about using your commands and oneliners to create scripts, go from those scripts to functions and as the final step to create advanced functions or even tools.

    There are only 34 tickets left for this great PowerShell meeting, so hurry and register before it’s too late!