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  • Blog Post: Dutch Windows Management User Group event on 12 February 2014

    On the 12th of February 2014 the Dutch Windows Management User Group (WMUG NL) is organizing an event about Monitoring . I’ll also present a session about this topic Session title: Using PowerShell with System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 Description:  Introduction on how to use PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: New Windows PowerShell Best Practices book by Ed Wilson

    Warning! This is a shameless plug to buy the latest version of Ed Wilson’s Windows PowerShell Best Practices book. But I’ve a great reason because I made a very small contribution to the book and I’m pretty proud to say the least. And to make it an even better deal you can get a discount on the eBook...
  • Blog Post: Old Blog post about Compiling commandline application for Creating and Updating Groups

    Marco Shaw published a blogpost about and Advanced example using PowerShell and the OpsMgr SDK: Creating and Updating Groups and mentioned an old blog post from me which he could not find anymore. Here is that blog post from me (without the pictures) Compiling commandline application for Creating and...
  • Blog Post: Sneak preview of sealed MPs using PowerShell

    Today I needed to check if a customer had installed the latest versions of available Management Packs. And there are many tools that can help you with that, but I wanted to know if the downloaded MP files had a newer version than the ones installed in the Management Group. I could have used  Boris...
  • Blog Post: When will there be WSDL for the MP Catalog Webservice?

    Did you know that in PowerShell V2 using a Web service is very easy with the new Cmdlet New-WebServiceProxy? This would become very handy if the ManagementPackCatalogWebservice had a WSDL ;-) Then we could do some very cool stuff with the ManagementPack Catalog Webservice… Now we have to wait if there...
  • Blog Post: New PowerShell Event Creator for Operations Manager 2007

    Did you remember the Event Creator for MOM 2005 which was available in the Resource Kit? You could use this tool to create events for testing Management Packs. Event Creator enables you to choose event sources for the existing event logs that are currently registered. You can probably use this tool also...
  • Blog Post: Repost: Programmatically Check for Management Pack updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2

    Repost ;-) In the Twitter world we use Retweet if you post the tweet of someone else. So why not do it with blogposts ;-) That way you can easy filter on subject. My colleague Daniele Muscetta has posted an great article about using PowerShell to Check for updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2. I wish had found...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Sort-Object gotcha’s

    This week I’m again delivering a PowerShell workshop and during the use of the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline we had a interesting discussion which I want to share with you. You all probably know you can use the Sort-Object Cmdlet in the Pipeline to sort your objects. Let’s start with a simple Ascending...
  • Blog Post: Documenting your OperationsManager Databases? Use PowerShell!

    I’ve already blogged a couple of times about ways to document your Operations Manager Databases. First I showed you to use SQLSpec from ElsaSoft , a couple days ago I told you you can find more information about the OperationsManagerDW schema in the new Reporting Documentation . And now I’m telling you...
  • Blog Post: Yet another Maintenance Mode GUI

    Today I got an email from Mark Wolzak with the question if I could give some exposure to his newly created Maintenance Mode GUI based on PowerShell and Windows Forms. At his company there are several people who have to perform maintenance tasks in the monitored environment. Not all of them are familiar...
  • Blog Post: Sysinternals tools are now available via a Live service

    Source: Doug Finke and Marc van Orsouw The Sysinternals tools are now accessible using a direct UNC link ( \\live.sysinternals.com\Tools\ ), so if your in need of a Sysinternals tool and you have an internet connection you can just type : CD \\live.sysinternals.com\Tools\ And all the tools...
  • Blog Post: RSS2Twitter Part 2

    Thanks to Jeremy Pavleck I found out that Twitterfeed is much more efficient than using a PowerShell rss2twitter script. And he is right! But I learned some PowerShell creating the rss2twitter script ;-)
  • Blog Post: How to find out what’s new in OM12 for PowerShell

    This week I started to play with Windows 8 and of course one of the first things I looked for was PowerShell 3.0 And then I found a great blogpost on the PowerShellMagazine website by Shay Levy where he shows how find all the changes between the two versions of PowerShell (v2 and v3). That’s when I thought...
  • Blog Post: Securing OpsMgr Reports in OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    Today I got a question about retrieving the GUID for a newly created OpsMgr  Report Operator User Role in OpsMgr 2007 SP1. When I asked why they wanted to know the GUID for this new Report Operator User Role they answered they needed this GUID on the Report Server for configuring permissions to...
  • Blog Post: What’s in an Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack?

    I know this isn’t the first blog about what’s in a MP, but lately I often get asked what’s in MP from my fellow Premier Field Engineers. Often they want to know which rules and monitors are in a MP for a certain application and which thresholds are used. There are several tools available for looking...
  • Blog Post: Finding Management Packs from Microsoft Download website using PowerShell

    I don’t know if you noticed but Daniel Savage started a blog series about how we are raising the bar with respect to Management Packs. Daniel is responsible for all things related to Operations Manager Management Packs including customer satisfaction related to MPs for Microsoft server workloads. In...
  • Blog Post: New blog to add to your blogroll

    Jose Rodas works at Microsoft as a Senior Support Engineer in the System Center Support Team and started to blog and will be focused in Service Management products. Add his blog to your blogroll if you need more blogs to follow ;-).
  • Blog Post: Reblog: READY: Should you care about Windows PowerShell?

    Source: get-powershellblog Marco Shaw posted this article on his weblog. “I’m going to start blogging on the System Center Central web site.  The site is dedicated to Microsoft’s System Center product line, which covers a wide-range of products.  I’m starting a series of blogs posts there to...
  • Blog Post: 2011 Scripting Games

                  Grab this badge here! Last year I participated for the first time in the Scripting Games and it was a great experience because I was the lucky winner of PowerShell ASP software from n/Software . But now it’s your chance to participate in the 2011 Scripting...
  • Blog Post: Back from holiday

    I’m back from a long holiday to the South of France (Port-Grimaud). We had great sunny and warm weather and spend quite some time at the beach. I didn’t check my (work) email and only did some twittering during my holiday. So if you want to know what I did during my holiday just check my Twitter account...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone Push Notifications for your OpsMgr Alerts - Part 1

    Did you know you can easily create your own Windows Phone Push Notifications using the Notify My Windows Phone app? NMWP is a platform that helps you push information to virtually any Windows Phone 7 (and 8) device you own. What do you need to get started? Windows Phone 7 or 8 The NMWP app from the Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Finding scripts in MP with PowerShell

    Have you ever wanted to know which scripts are being using in a Management Pack? I did ;-) You would normally use the MPViewer from Boris Yanushpolsky to have a look into the MP. But the MPViewer does not show you a list of all the scripts being used in the MP. Suppose you want to know which scripts...
  • Blog Post: QuickTrick: Adding AdtAdmin tool path to environment path variable

    Today I installed Audit Collection Services (ACS) in my demo environment and after installing the ACS Collector and ACS Forwarder I wanted to start the AdtAdmin.exe tool. But where is AdtAdmin.exe installed? And how do I run it next time from any location I’m in my (PowerShell) Command prompt? AdtAdmin...
  • Blog Post: Checking Server Roles with PowerShell

    Today I’m rebuilding some of my demo servers in my demo environment and before I can install the software, some pre-requisites need to be checked. You need to check if some Windows Server Roles are installed before starting the installation. Off course you can just use the Server Manager to check the...
  • Blog Post: Reblog: Asset Management MP for Service Manager 2010

    Source: Contoso.se Two weeks ago I had an System Center Service Manager training in the UK together with some Microsoft Partners. Maarten Goet from Inovativ held an small System Center Service Manager competition for the best System Center Service Manager extension. Although I was not on the same...