• Viewing NuGet Packages with the NuGet Explorer

    You may have seen that we released the the Windows Management Framework V5 Preview and that one of the new features  is Windows PowerShell OneGet. OneGet is designed to dramatically simplify how you discover and install software packages.

    Windows PowerShell OneGet

    OneGet is a new way to discover and install software packages from around the web. With OneGet, you can:

    • · Manage a list of software repositories in which packages can be searched, acquired, and installed
    • · Search and filter your repositories to find the packages you need
    • · Seamlessly install and uninstall packages from one or more repositories with a single PowerShell command

    This first version of OneGet installs and searches software from Chocolatey repositories.  Support of additional repositories will come in subsequent versions.

    What is Chocolatey?

    Chocolatey NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

    What is Nuget?

    NuGet is the package manager for the Microsoft development platform including .NET. The NuGet client tools provide the ability to produce and consume packages. The NuGet Gallery is the central package repository used by all package authors and consumers.

    One of the things that comes getting up in discussions about using Chocolatey Packages with or without OneGet is the question how can I trust the Packages from a resource like Chocolatey? The Chocolatey Nuget Packages are build by the community so you need to be careful what you are downloading and installing like all other software from sources you don’t own yourself.

    But what if there is a easy way to view the content of NuGet Package before installing the Chocolatey NuGet packages? And that is possible using the NuGet Package Explorer.

    The NuGet package explorer tool which lets you view the metadata of a .nupkg package. After installing it, you can double click on .nupkg packages to open them in Package Explorer.

    After installing the NuGet Package Explorer you can choose what to do.

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    Let’s open a package from the Online Chocolatey Feed.

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    Search the Package you are interested in to install. (like 7zip)

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    Click on open

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    Select the chocolateyInstall.ps1 file and right-click

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    Select View Content

    You can now see all the metadata that’s within the Chocolatey NuGet Package of 7zip.

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    Do you now have enough info to decide if you want to install 7zip using Chocolatey or the new OneGet Module?

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  • Are you attending TechEd 2014? Interested in meeting with the OpsMgr Product team?

    The System Center: Operations Manager Engineering Blog posted a blog post with a survey.

    “We wanted to gauge our OpsMgr Customers interest in doing an informal round table discussion with OpsMgr product team to influence the future of this product.

    If you are planning to attend TechEd 2014 in Houston could you please take this quick survey to let us know. If there is enough interest we will setup a meeting and details on this event will be posted to this blog site.”

    Go to the blog post and answer the survey if you are interested.

  • Top Support Solutions for System Center 2012 Operations Manager

    Did you know we have a blog about the Top Support Solutions from our Support Engineers? There you can also find the Top Support Solutions for System Center 2012 Operations Manager.

    There is not only a blog where you can search for the Top Support Solutions for different products but now there is also app available in the Windows Store.

    The app is available for free on the Windows Store, and connects users to product posts on the Top Support Solutions blog. These posts contain our best content associated with our top support topics.

    View in Windows Store

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  • New release from Silect: MP Author SP1

    Yesterday Silect released a new version of their MP Authoring tool targeted to IT Pros. This tool is called MP Author and is completely free for all System Center Customers and will be the tool we recommend to IT Pros who need to do MP Authoring.

    It replaces previous tools we have piloted such as the Visio Authoring Tool which will be no longer recommended or supported.

    I did a short first test and one of the things working in this version is editing the XML Smile

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    There are probably more improvements I’ve not checked but make sure you download this new version from their website!

    Also check my previous blog post about this great tool.

  • 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 Smile

    Session title: Using PowerShell with System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2

    Description:  Introduction on how to use PowerShell to manage System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2.
    In this session we walk through the PowerShell System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 module and learn some basic PowerShell. We start with a short introduction to PowerShell and learn how to use the Operations Manager PowerShell cmdlets.

    If you are interested to attend this event please visit the Windows Management User Group website. (in Dutch)

    Hope to see you there or on some other event.

  • 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. Smile

    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.

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    And to make it an even better deal you can get a discount on the eBook.

    Use discount code: WKPWERS
    This deal expires January 31, 2014 at 5:00am PT and cannot be combined with other offers. Offer does not apply to Print, or "Print & Ebook" bundle pricing.

    Go check it out on O’Reilly.

    Have fun!

  • Free System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Management Pack training from MVA

    Want to expand your knowledge about service packs? In this course, Microsoft experts will drill down into the structure, implementation, and development of management and service packs and their tools. There will be a series of 28 modules with staggered release dates, so keep checking back for new modules to become available.

    Go to the Microsoft Virtual Academy and start this course.

    Have fun!

  • New tool for MP Authoring

    As may or may not have read on the MP Author website Microsoft has decided to partner with Silect to create a MP Authoring tool targeted to IT Pros. This tool is called MP Author and is completely free for all System Center Customers and will be the tool we recommend to IT Pros who need to do MP Authoring.

    It replaces previous tools we have piloted such as the Visio Authoring Tool which will be no longer recommended or supported.

    Software Prerequisites

    •   System Center Operations Manager Console 2012 or above must be installed

    In this blog post I walk you through the installation steps after you have downloaded the MP Author tool and some MP creation steps. You can also review the BridgeWays_MP_Author_Installation_Guide and BridgeWays_MP_Author_User_Guide PDF Guides that come with the installation.

    Steps:

    1. Unzip MPAuthor.zip file
    2. Run MPAuthorSetup.exe

    Step 1. Unzip File

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    Steps 2. Run MPAuthorSetup.exe

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    Click Yes

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    Click Next

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    Accept License Agreement and click Next

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    Enter Folder to store application and click Next

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    Click Install

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    Hit finish

    Open MP Author as an Admin

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    This will help you get started with the creation of your Management Packs.

    Let’s create a new Management Pack with an Event Monitor.

    Steps:

    1. Click on New in MP Author Console
    2. Follow the Wizard
    3. Save MP
    4. Import Management Pack

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    Click on Next

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    Enter the config needed for the Manifest section of the MP and click on Next.

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    Enter folder to store you MP and click on Next

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    Add needed references and click Next

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    Choose the Template you want to use for creating your MP and click on Next

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    Define the Role the MP will monitor

    Let’s only monitor Gold servers, which we retrieve from a registry value.

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    Click on Browse

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    Select Registry we want to use and click on OK.

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    Identify registry target and click on Next

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    Click on Next

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    Enter expression and click on Next

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    Enter Discovery Schedule and click Next

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    Click on Finish

    Continue with the Monitor creation

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    Click Next

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    Select Event Monitor

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    Click Next

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    Specify Unhealthy Event and click Next

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    Specify Health timer or Event and click Next

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    Click Next

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    Specify Health States and click Next

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    Specify if an Alert needs to be created and Click Next

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    Click Finish

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    You can add more monitors are click Next to continue

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    Choose Rollup Algorithm and click Next

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    Click Finish to finalize MP.

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    We can verify the MP using the tools and we can also run the Best Practices Analyzer.

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    Let’s import the MP

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    We can check in the Discovered Inventory for the Target we specified in the MP.

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    And finally an Alert is shown after creating the Event in the Eventlog.

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    Hope you enjoy this new tool.

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  • Windows Azure Pack–Where to start?

    The Windows Azure Pack is a collection of Windows Azure technologies available to Microsoft customers at no additional cost. Once installed in your datacenter, the Windows Azure Pack integrates with System Center and Windows Server to help provide a self-service portal for managing services such as websites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus; a portal for administrators to manage resource clouds; scalable web hosting; and more.

    If you want to learn more about Windows Azure Pack (WAP) where do you need to start? The best place to start is the Microsoft Technet wiki page for WAP

    And to make it even easier I would suggest you to watch the 1:14 minutes video Building Cloud Services with Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 and the Windows Azure Pack recorded during TechEd Europe 2013.

    It has some great demos about Azure Consistent Experiences, Virtual Machines, VM Clouds Administration,Automation (SMA), Usage Metering and Service Reporting.

    After watching this video you should be able to understand more about WAP and related concepts like Service Management Automation.

    The Windows Azure Pack is free if you have licenses for System Center and Windows Server.

  • First look at Dell’s Mobile IT solution with Operations Manager Mobile Pack

    Today I listened to the 252st Episode of the  PowerScripting Podcast with Chris Ashley and Dmitry Petrashev from Dell on Mobile IT and PowerGui and wanted to test their Mobile IT Solution with System Center Operations Manager.

    According to their website Mobile IT makes it easy to provide secure, easy-to-use, mobile access to everyday applications that enhance the productivity of your mobile workforce.

    With the product’s unique mobile connector, you can quickly enable your users to access applications from a broad range of mobile devices. Mobile IT delivers a native device experience without the need for either virtualization or custom development all without sacrificing security or usability. With Mobile IT, devices communicate through a secure HTTPS connection, and administrators can easily approve or disapprove devices attempting access as well as lock out devices reported lost or stolen.

    In this blog post I will walk you through the installation of the Mobile IT Components which was pretty easy if you have a simple scenario using Dell’s Gateway to connect to your Mobile IT Server and Agent.

    High-Level Installation steps:

    1. Download Dell Mobile IT bits
      1. Mobile IT x64 with Prerequisites
      2. Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
      3. Release Notes
      4. Administrator Guide
    2. Installation of Mobile IT Components
      1. Installation Mobile IT Server and Agent
        For pre-reqs see Administrator Guide
    3. Installation of Operations Manager Mobile Pack
    4. Installation of Windows Phone Mobile IT App and configuration
    5. Configuration of the Mobile IT Connector within Operations Manager

    Architecture of Mobile IT Solution:

    • Mobile IT Server
      Provides a connection between Mobile IT Agents and your mobile devices, and is usually installed on a dedicated computer with access to the Internet
    • Mobile IT Agent
      Works with the target system (such as GPOADmin, Server Management, TFS, etc.) and communicates with Mobile IT Server
    • Mobile Packs
      Mobile Pack includes functionality for working with a particular system
    • Mobile IT Client
      App for Android, iOS,Windows Phone, and Windows 8 devices that allows the user to communicate with Mobile IT Server

    Test Mobile IT Server\Agent Architecture:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • System Center Operations Manager 2012 Management Server
    • SQL Server 2008 R2

    Simple Scenario

    Taken from Admin Guide

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    Installation of Mobile IT Server\Agent

    1. Unzip Quest_Mobile-IT-x64-with-Prerequisites_13.zip (439 MB)

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    Selected Full install

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    4. Import SCOM Mobile Pack using the Mobile IT Console

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    1. Launch the Mobile IT application on your mobile device and tap Sign In
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    2. Approve device in Mobile IT Console

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    6. Configure the Mobile IT Connector
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    Conclusion:

    Installation process of the Mobile IT solution was pretty simple and straightforward, but I was missing information about the configuration of the Mobile IT Connector within Operations Manager.

    I hope find some time to start creating my own Mobile Packs using PowerShell. The Mobile IT development team has released the SDK that can be used by other product development teams to create their own Mobile IT server connectors.

    References:

  • Free ebook: Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

    Yesterday we released a new free ebook called Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

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    Microsoft System Center is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses  unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of
    a wide range of modern business applications, and empower IT to support  users who work anywhere while being able to manage any device in a secure and consistent way. The other two pillars of the Cloud OS are, of course, Windows
    Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure, and Microsoft Press has recently released free Introducing books on these platforms as well.
    Whether you are new to System Center or are already using it in your  business, this book has something that should interest you. The capabilities of each component of System Center 2012 R2 are first described and then demonstrated
    chapter by chapter. Real-world and under-the-hood insights are also provided by insiders at Microsoft who live and breathe System Center, and those of you who are experienced with the platform will benefit from the wisdom and experience
    of these experts. We also included a list of additional resources at the end of each chapter where you can learn more about each System Center component.

    Go download the free ebook here

    Was it useful?
    Did it teach you what you wanted to learn?
    Was there room for improvement?
    Let us know at http://aka.ms/tellpress
    Your feedback goes directly to the staff at Microsoft Press,
    and we read every one of your responses. Thanks in advance!

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  • What is SMA and why is it important in the world of PowerShell?

    One of the many blogposts on my todo list is about SMA (Service Management Automation) but I’m just too busy to blog right now. So sorry for the lack of blogposts lately. Did I mention we are looking for Premier Field Engineers in the Netherlands? Winking smile

    Service Management Automation is a feature of the management portal for administrators in Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server. You can use it to automate administrative tasks in the management portal. You automate your tasks by using runbooks, which run Windows PowerShell commands. You can also use a runbook to run another runbook within its workflow. When the secondary runbook is finished, runbook implementation returns to the calling runbook.

    Jim Britt a Senior Program Manager for the Windows Server System Center CAT Team at Microsoft has posted a blogpost the PowerShell Magazine blog explaining what SMA is and why it is important in the world of PowerShell.

    Check it out!

  • System Center 2012 R2 Visio Stencils

    Kevin Green published a great set of new System Center 2012 R2 Visio Stencils for all your System Center designs. Go grab them from Kevin’s Skydrive!

    Thank you Kevin for sharing those Visio Stencils!

  • 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 sort for the objects from the Get-Service cmdlet on the Service Name property.

    1 Get-Service | Sort-Object -Property Name | Format-Table Name, Status -AutoSize

    This gives us a nicely formatted overview from all Services sorted Ascending on Name:

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    We can also sort on Name Descending with the –Descending parameter Switch for the Sort-Object Cmdlet.

    1 Get-Service | Sort-Object -Property Name -Descending | Format-Table Name, Status -AutoSize

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    Simple right?

    But what if we want to do the following? We want to sort on Status Ascending. So we want to see first the Running Services before the Stopped Services. The “R” is before the “S” in the Alphabet. Right?

    1 Get-Service | Sort-Object -Property Status | Format-Table Name, Status -AutoSize

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    Strange? We expect to see the Running Services before the Stopped Services. Right? No not completely because when you sort in ascending order by status value, "Stopped" services appear before "Running" services.
    The Status property of a service is an enumerated value in which the names of the statuses represent integer values. The sort is based on the integer value, not the name. "Running" appears before "Stopped" because "Stopped" has a value of "1",
    and "Running" has a value of "4"

    And what if we want to sort on two properties but both have a different sorting order?

    Let’s sort our Services with the names in ascending order and status in descending order. Now we need to use hashtables.

    1 get-service | sort-object -property @{Expression="Status";Descending=$true}, @{Expression="Name";Descending=$false} | 2 format-table name, status –autosize

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    Again keep in mind that sorting on Status Descending is showing the Running (value=4) before the Stopped (value=1) services.

    Have fun!

  • New great blog about System Center

    One of my great PFE colleagues out based in Australia, Wei Lim started to blog and I can highly recommend to add his blog to your RSS Reader.

    Wei Out There with System Center is the name of his blog and this is already the list of posts he published the last month.

    Wei keep up the great work!

  • System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

    Hi people, it’s there. The new release of System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager RTM. Go to MSDN and start your downloads just after you installed Windows 8.1 Smile

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  • Monitoring with Microsoft Monitoring Agent

    Microsoft Monitoring Agent is a new agent that replaces the Operations Manager Agent and combines .NET Application Performance Monitoring (APM) in System Center with the full functionality of Visual Studio IntelliTrace Collector for gathering full application profiling traces. Microsoft Monitoring Agent can collect traces on demand or can be left running, which monitors applications and collects traces. You can limit the disc space that the agent uses to store collected data. When the amount of data reaches the limit, the agent begins to over-write the oldest data, storing the latest in its place.

    Microsoft Monitoring Agent can be used together with Operations Manager or can be used as a standalone tool for monitoring web applications written with Microsoft .NET Framework. In both cases, the operator can direct the agent to save application traces in an IntelliTrace log format that can be opened in Visual Studio Ultimate. The log contains detailed information about application failures and performance issues.

    You can use Windows PowerShell commands to start and stop monitoring and collect IntelliTrace logs from web applications that are running on Internet Information Services (IIS). To open IntelliTrace logs generated from APM exceptions and APM performance events, you can use Visual Studio. For information about supported versions of IIS and Visual Studio, see Microsoft Monitoring Agent Compatibility.

    To install Microsoft Monitoring Agent from the Download Center for standalone monitoring go to download page on the Microsoft Download Center.

    Read more here

  • PowerShell Sub-Expressions

    This week I’m teaching a PowerShell Workshop and I get often asked why it is necessary to use a sub-expression, a $ sign followed by a set of parenthesis ().

    Compare the following difference:

    1 $service = Get-Service -Name Spooler 2 #Without the use of Sub-Expressions 3 "The Spooler Service is currently $service.status" 4 5 #Without the use of Sub-Expressions but extra step 6 $status = $service.status 7 "The Spooler Service is currently $status" 8 9 #With the use of Sub-Expressions 10 "The Spooler Service is currently $($service.status)"

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    By using sub-expressions you are able to extract the value of a property for displaying. This saves the extra step of creating an additional variable to contain the value of the property before displaying it.

    Hope this helps.

  • OpsMgr 2012 R2 new PowerShell Cmdlets

    Because I’m pretty busy lately I’ve not been able to blog about the new OpsMgr 2012 R2 Cmdlets, but check Stefan Roth’s blogpost about this subject.

    Keep up the great work Stefan!

  • Window Key combinations in Remote Desktop Sessions

    This time not a blog post about System Center but a blog post  on how to use Windows Key Combinations in Remote Desktop Sessions.

    I really love to use Windows Key Combination on my Windows 8 and Windows 2012 machines and one of my most favorite combinations is the Win+X combination. Check here for a great overview of the Windows Key Combinations.

    But last week I connected to one of my remote machines using a Remote Desktop Connection and my Windows Key combinations did not work in the RDP session. And instead of searching for more information I thought about using PowerShell and some PInvoke to use Windows Key combinations and I got something working Smile Check the video and the example code I used to achieve this.

    But one Windows Key combination was not working and that was my favorite Win-X combination. Sad smile

    And after asking around internally and via social media I got some great tips on how to use Windows Key combinations in RDP Sessions using different RDP Clients.

    If you are using Remote Desktop Connection Manager you can configure your setting for the Local Resources Tab for the Server Properties.

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    If you are using the mother-of-all RDP Clients Royal TS you can even do more! Royal TS is a simple, yet powerful tool for administrators, developers, system engineers and many other IT focused information workers that supports them in working effortless with their remote systems or management consoles.

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    What I love about Royal TS that you have some Remote Action buttons to open the App Bar, Charms, Snap, App Switch and Start menu. How cool is that?

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    Enjoy using your Windows Key combination both locally and remotely!

  • PowerShell v4 Desired State Configuration Cheat Sheet

    If you are interested in the new PowerShell v4 feature Desired State Configuration you can download a Cheat Sheet at the Microsoft Download Center.

     

    PPT version or PDF version

     

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  • Update: List of latest cumulative update releases for Operations Manager

     This article lists all latest cumulative updates that were released for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. I created this overview to easily find the latest Update Rollups for all the different versions of Operations Manager.
    Hope you also like this overview.

    Cumulative Updates Overview Windows Agents

    OpsMgr Version

    Latest Cummulative Update with patches for OpsMgr

    KB Article link

    Download link

    Agent Build Version

    Remarks

    OM2007R2

    7

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2783850

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36379

    6.1.7221.0

    List of all OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Updates:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2453149

    OM2012RTM

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2756127

    http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2750631

    7.0.8560.0

    Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012
    This update was released on October 22, 2013, but did not contain any updates for System Center 2012 Operations Manager. Because all System Center 2012 components are on the same release cycle, the update rollup (UR) number increases with each release regardless of whether the component has an update. The management pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems was upgraded to version 7.4.4337.0 and can be obtained here

    OM2012SP1

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2879276

    http://catalog.update.microsoft.com/v7/site/Search.aspx?q=2880799

    7.0.9538.0

     

    Cumulative Updates Crossplatform Agents

    OpsMgr Version

    Latest Cummulative Update with patches for OpsMgr

    KB Article link

    Download link

    Agent Build Version

    Remarks

    OM2007R2

    7

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2783850

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18891

    1.0.4-318

    List of all OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Updates:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2453149

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    7

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2756127

    http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 1.4.1-292

    Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012
    This update was released on October 22, 2013, but did not contain any updates for System Center 2012 Operations Manager. Because all System Center 2012 components are on the same release cycle, the update rollup (UR) number increases with each release regardless of whether the component has an update. The management pack for UNIX and Linux Operating Systems was upgraded to version 7.4.4337.0 and can be obtained here

    OM2012SP1

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    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2879276 http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 1.4.1-292 Same download as UR5 for OM12RTM

    I tried to be as accurate as possible, but if I made a mistake please let me know using the comment section so I can fix the error.

    Update:

    * Since all System Center 2012 products are on the same release cycle the UR number increases with each release whether each product has a release or not.

    Latest available Update Rollup for System Center 2012 Products: 6
    This Update Rollup 6 was only for System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012.
    Operations Manager did not have any patches for UR6 for server/console/agent/gateway. The only OpsMgr UR6 content are MPs and agents (MPBs) for UNIX/Linux.

    ** The updated agents/MPs for SP1 also work for 2012 (with the exception of Microsoft.Unix.Library)

    Disclamer: this posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

  • Evaluating System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager

    As you all probably have noticed we announced the Preview version of System Center 2012 R2 during at TechEd Europe 2013.  You can download the Evaluation VHD from here.

    Downloading the VHDs saves you quite some time evaluating these new OpsMgr bits. Some time ago I wrote a blogpost on how to install OpsMgr 2012 (SP1) the fast way using VHDs.

    Again you also need to install a Domain Controller, and this time we are going to use Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview VHD (Server Core) to host the Domain Controller.

    But before we get started let’s give a short overview of the updated features.

    Fabric Monitoring

    By integrating System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center cloud hybrid monitoring of physical and virtual layers can be achieved. A new System Center 2012 Management Pack for System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager Dashboard Preview is needed for this feature.

    This will give you a Fabric Health Dashboard with a detailed overview of the health of your private clouds and the fabric that services those clouds.

    Microsoft Monitoring Agent

    This is a new version of the Operations Manager Agent that includes full functionality of Visual Studio IntelliTrace Collector for gathering full application profiling traces.

    Integrating Operations Manager with Development Processes (DevOps)

    Here are two important changes to the DevOps functionality in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager:

    • New Alert Fields of Team Foundation Server (TFS) Work Item ID and TFS Work Item Owner
    • Conversion of Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Performance Events to IntelliTrace format

    Support for IPv6

    The Operations console can take IPv6 addresses as input for Network Discovery and display IPv6 addresses in the network-related views.

    Java Application Performance Monitoring

    The System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring lets you monitor Java application performance and exception events by using Operations Manager Application Advisor.

    And finally System Center Advisor

    System Center Advisor is an online service that analyzes installations of Microsoft server software. With the latest preview version of Advisor and Update Rollup 2 of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), you can now view Advisor alerts in the Operations Manager Operations console.

    For the complete detailed overview of what is new check the What's New in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager page on TechNet.

    Start downloading those evaluation vhds and I’ll explain in my next blogpost how to install System Center 2012 R2 Preview Operations Manager the fast way.

    Have fun downloading.

  • Failing OM2012 Gateway Server installation

    This week I needed to install a OM2012 Gateway Server in my demo environment (Windows Server 2012 standard) and the installation was failing with the following error.

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    After adding the .NET Framework 3.5 using PowerShell the installation was successful.

     

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  • Finding Referenced Management Packs

    Today I was helping a customer with some OpsMgr MP authoring and you sometimes need to find a Referenced Management Pack before you can edit a MP in the Authoring Console.

     

     

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    It’s sometimes difficult to find the correct Version of a MP if you have stored different versions on your system. The fastest way to find the correct version for a Referenced Management Pack is using PowerShell.

    We used the following script to search the D:\Temp\MPs folder and subfolders to search for the correct Reference MP.

    Get-ChildItem -Path "D:\Temp\MPs" -filter "Microsoft.SystemCenter.NTService.Library.mp" -Recurse | 
        select-Object -ExpandProperty VersionInfo | 
            Where-Object {$_.FileVersion -eq "6.0.5000.0"} | 
                Format-Table FileName, FileVersion -AutoSize

    Have fun!