SCOM Powershell Grid Widget for Mere Mortals

Just 2 hours left before I’ll open the door and will head to Houston for TechEd North America 2014. Great time to write a short blog post about an awesome feature introduced with Update Rollup #2 for SCOM 2012 R2  – Powershell Grid Widget. Where to find Download and install Update Rollup #2 as described […]
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SCOM Performance View vs. Performance Widget – What’s the Difference?

System Center Operations Manager has many talents. And the one I like most of all is its ability to bring surprises every day. Today’s surprise is how it delivers performance data to the user. If you know a lot about SCOM architecture, it will not take long to understand and absorb SCOM’s specialties. If not […]
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SCOM Standard Dataset maintenance workflow

As I’m going through my preparations for TechEd, I’m refreshing my knowledge about System Center Operations Manager. A while ago I went through all DW SPs involved into standard dataset maintenance and made some short notes about the implementation of this workflow. Here they are. What’s a dataset? Dataset is a set of tables, stored […]
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What’s wrong with optimized performance collection rules in SCOM?

I came across an interesting support case last week. The customer was asking why the optimization had been removed  from performance collection rules. Though I knew the answer, I spent some time on building the lab to showcase the impact of optimization. So, what does “optimization” means in terms of SCOM performance collection? Here is an […]
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How to configure SQL Server 2012 Data Tools to support OpsMgr reports development

This is just a short note on how to configure SQL Server 2012 Data Tools to support OpsMgr reports development. Note: Since I do not use Dundas Chart any more, I haven’t tried to install it. SSRS native chart control is the prefered option in my opinion. However, if you still need it, you may […]
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#WorstPractice – SCOM Management Pack Design: Too narrow, too wide, too complex, too simple

When you choose shoes, you put it on and just feel if it fits or not. What about SCOM Management Pack? Okay, you know how to put it on, how to deploy it into your lab environment. But how to “feel” that it is what YOU need? …
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SSRS: How to fix rsInvalidDataSourceReference

I was analyzing my blog stats today and noticed that really a lot of people land at my old blog post about fighting with rsInvalidDataSourceReference in System Center Operations Manager environments. As far as I understand, that is not exactly what most of the SSRS guys are looking for.
I decided to fix this, so please find below my explanation of the nature of rsInvalidDataSourceReference. First things first, what is the Data Source, what is Reference and why is it Invalid?..
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#WorstPractice – Not considering a SCOM Management Pack to be a part of the product

As a part of my job I spend a lot of time on thinking not only about some particular MP design aspects, but about the user experience provided by management pack in general. My typical questions are: How will customers adopt the Management Pack? Will it be a smooth user experience? How will SCOM Admins […]
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#WorstPractice – Enabling config churn by discovering properties that are significantly dynamic

I’m not the first to bring this subject up… probably won’t be the last. This is a more advanced level of management pack development but very important if you love your customer. Ok… perhaps love is too strong a word, “like keeping their business” or “want to remain on your manager’s good side”. In short, discovering data that changes frequently and is not static can lead to “config churn”. If you are a seasoned SCOM administrator you shake your head and shutter at the same time since you know the pain that this causes. […]
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