SQL Server 2016 – installation process notes

It is the usual thing in the tech world to start any product evaluation with the installation of the product and composing a blog post about the installation experience. We wait for new product releases, expect new awesome features and, sometimes, just “cannot wait”. I have been somewhat SQL Server addicted for a long time […]
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Interesting SQL Server Downloads – Week 13/2016

Microsoft gets faster and much more agile than before when it comes to interesting SQL Server downloads. There is no need to mention that many interesting tools and “side applications” will follow the announcement of SQL Server 2016. Here are just few I have spotted this week: *** Microsoft® SQL Server® 2016 RC1 Report Builder […]
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Survey 2014: How do you use SCOM reporting? – Results

I started this post with the very simple thing – copied and pasted title from my previous post. And immediately got the very strange feeling of having a huge debt. Not a financial of course (which I try to avoid), by blogging and writing debt. It is weird and ridiculous to publish a survey result […]
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Extending Active Directory Schema to Store Application Configuration (+PowerShell Examples)

These days I work together with many top-notch developers, dealing with very different projects, solutions and applications (not only with SCOM management packs :)). And what I like most of all about being in this very diverse community is the variety of questions whose folks bring onto the table. Here is the most recent one: […]
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SCOM Managed Module – Hidden Logics? Absolutely Not!

Today I had some time to look through some forum threads at System Center Central. One of discussions which captured my attention was about the bug in the discovery of SSRS Instances with underscore (_) in the instance name. I will not write anything about the bug itself, by the end of the day it was […]
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SCOM Subscription Issue – Notification Contains Indexed Placeholder Instead of Value in the AlertName

Yes, that’s a very long title, but it really describes the issue that was brought to the table last week. The original question was: All of the notification emails for these alerts only contained {2} for the Subject and Alert Name. That was something I haven’t heard before and I decided to do a quick […]
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SCOM Management Pack for Exchange 2013 – Top 6 Things I Like

It was about a week ago when Microsoft announced an update for the SCOM Management Pack for Exchange 2013. This Management Pack made some buzz, frankly speaking I haven’t seen anything like that since TechEd NA 2014. If you’re curious, take a look at some of the blog posts (link, link, link, link, link, link, […]
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SCOM PS Grid Widget – adding fake health state columns

The question of the day arrived from Jose (b|t): Hey Oleg, wondering if you’d know whether it is possible to create a column using the createinstance method, whose type is a healthstate icon, the same way you have when you createfromobject? I’ve been trying to do that in many different ways, with no luck. Do […]
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Office 365 MP – some notes on security configuration

Okay, I’ve got a very short break between project A and project B. Hope, you’ll enjoy the result of 3 months development effort (unfortunately I cannot disclose any details, but those who watch for new MPs will probably understand what was the “project A” :). Hint: it is not related to SQL Server). Meanwhile, let’s […]
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How to add a good-looking description for SCOM Report?

Yesterday I was asked a question: I would like to enter a description for a published SCOM report that is longer than the 512 character limit. I see that the Veeam reports have very detailed and long descriptions. Do you know how I can accomplish this? Here is the answer: to get the long, detailed […]
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