Jul 15

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension BETA Has Been Released

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System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension has been released to the Configuration Manager Open Beta community! You can download the Beta here:  http://connect.microsoft.com/ConfigurationManagervnext/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=53752

System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Servicing Extension provides useful information for maintaining a Configuration Manager environment. Servicing Extension provides the following capabilities:

  • Notifies you of Configuration Manager updates as they become available, with the ability to filter updates according to which major release they apply to
  • Provides details on the sites in your environment, including the last major Configuration Manager version installed and the most recently installed Cumulative Update
  • Provides a list of Configuration Manager client versions that may be present in your environment, and makes it easy to create queries to locate these clients
  • Provides a built-in RSS reader to display recent blog postings from the System Center Configuration Manager Team Blog and The Configuration Manager Support Team Blog
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Jul 8

SCOM 2007 & 2012: Download All Management Packs in Bulk

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Some people being requesting me to get some management packs for them. So, here is a script that lets you download almost all of them. It’s a script and created by Stefan Stranger, please follow the link below for the script and some guidance.

For More information: http://blogs.technet.com/b/stefan_stranger/archive/2013/03/13/finding-management-packs-from-microsoft-download-website-using-powershell.aspx

Jul 8

Hyper-V Monitor Gadget

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Hyper-V_MonitorA well developed gadget for the Hyper-V Monitoring. Lines from the writer:

The gadget uses WMI to connect to the server so the user might need to follow John Howard’s guide remote WMI access on both the client and the Hyper-V server.

Version 5.2.5 is out!

The project has been moved to CodePlex to allow for more people to participate. Send me your CodePlex username if you want to join the project on CodePlex.

The latest version of my gadget has been tested and is now ready to be released! After a rewrite of the gadget, it is now better, faster and more awesome than ever before! :)
The gadget is now packed with more features than ever while still keeping the UI simple, alot of neat little features.


Some of the new features

  • VM CPU graph
  • Wake on Lan support
  • VM RDP (If the host is running 2008 R2)
  • Multilanguage support.

Download the Gadget from the link: http://hypervmonitor.codeplex.com/

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Jul 8

SMTRAK: SCSM 2012 Dashboard

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People been asking me if I am using any sort of Dashboard for the SCSM, and it has to be the Enterprise Grade. I really was using SMTRAK for the dashboarding but some might have other preferences, but I like the software and it’s capabilities…..so you can try as well, doesn’t hurt you know?

SMTRAK Features: Website Link HERE

  • Works on your desktop or mobile device
  • Configure different access for every user
  • Active Directory integrated
  • ITIL processes visualization and measurement

Some Screenshots of SMTRAK


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Jul 8

ConfigMgr 2012 R2: List of Bug-fix

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Please do not treat the list as an official one, as I have collected these from number of sources, and they appear correct.

  • SM setup does not allow change from evaluation to licensed
  • SMDW: “Invalid object name <table>” thrown when running ETL process in DWRepository
  • MonitoringHost.exe.config should not be shipped by SM
  • DW no longer receiving new data after failing to create primary key
  • VS Shell removed from Authoring Tool
  • SM&DW on Server Core Install Failure
  • Datedimension has order attributes and relationship attributes incorrectly configured
  • SCSM2012 Inconsistent time format in SR and RA
  • Fix app domain configuration in Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Core to SM Main
  • Change the parent installation folder name to “Microsoft System Center 2012 R2″ from “Microsoft System Center 2012″
  • When EntityChangeLogID value grows beyond the 32 bit signed integer limit, expanding the service catalog results in error
  • SCSM – Exchange MP stuck in Pending Association in MPSync Job
  • Transform.Common timeout and failure
  • RFC: Transform failing in TransformGroupContainsConfigItemFact “The maximum recursion 100 has been exhausted”
  • System.OverflowException generated when trying to insert EntityChangeLogId into ManagedType tables (MT_*)
  • SM console crashes after upgrade correctly
  • Review Activity add reviewer workflow fail to run in SCSM2012 sp1 running in windows Server 2012
  • After SP1 upgrade, new “Service Dependents” entries created for “Business Services” cannot be seen in the console anymore
  • SCSM 2012:SP1: Regression- Simple lists do not function correctly in SSP after upgrading to SP1
  • “self-service portal” info should be removed in error message when install SM server in win7 or win8 X86/amd64 client machines
  • SQM PowerShell instrumentation doesn’t work in SM and OM.
  • RunbookMonitorWorkflow cannot handle failed status of runbook
  • Remove Portal: The portal is partially cleaned up after the upgrade of the product with portal installed
  • Authoring tool install fails for x86 OS (Win8 x86) because of SxS settings
  • SCSM2012 customer get many 33610 events on different rules and subscriptions
  • Service Request will complete unexpectedly
  • SCSM 2012 – If the amount of „Manual Activities” exceeds a unknown limit, the „Manual Activities“ weren’t displayed in the SMPortal
  • Console Crashes when double-clicking Parent Incident link on an extended Incident class object
  • SP1 Secondary Management Server – Cannot set availability on a health service that doesn’t exist
  • SCSM2012SP1:File attachments are not getting properly saved
  • Failed to install chargeback by topology error message shows “Unable to find type [SecureString]“
  • Add support for SM 2012 R2 in the eval to licensed tool
    Errors when start PowerShell after upgrade from SCSM 2012 SP1 to 2012 R2 and R2MP to R2
  • SCSM 2012 – SSP Knowledge article search in Finnish
  • script under SM server C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2012 R2\Service Manager\Chargeback\Dependencies need to update
  • Connector cannot be created/edited after upgrading of SM console
  • Edit VMM connector don’t take effect