Certificate Private Key Error

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While working with certificates today, I stumbled upon an error that indicated something was amiss with my CA certificate templates. Ordinarily I make only certificate templates with exportable private keys available in my CA web enrollment pages, and I’d explicitly requested and installed the certificate with the thumbprint shown in the error below.   So I donned my sleuth knickers, and decided to delve a little deeper. An attempt to manually export the certificate with its private key from the certificate store indicated that there was no private key to be exported, as that option was greyed out     I identified the certificate template from which the certificate was created in the MMC | Certificates snap-in, and then reviewed … Read More

Chiyo OdikaCertificate Private Key Error

UPDATE: Disable Importing of Operational Insights Configuration Alerts into SCOM

Chiyo OdikaMicrosoft Operations Management Suite, OMS, SCOM, SYSTEM CENTER1 Comment

I recently wrote an article on how to disable importing of Operational Insights Alerts into SCOM. Those rules have been updated and now more accurately reflect the name of the service. The underlying import and sync functionality however, remains the same. The updated rules are highlighted below:     Check out the SCOM Engineering Blog for details   Cheers!

Chiyo OdikaUPDATE: Disable Importing of Operational Insights Configuration Alerts into SCOM

UR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Updates to the SCOM plug-in for Azure Operational Insights

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Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 was recently released, and after installing the update in some of my environments, I’d like to draw attention to a few observations. I won’t go into too much detail about a step-by-step installation strategy because the good Kevin Holman has that covered. The ONLY addition I’d make to Kevin’s article is to install the updated management packs for UNIX/ Linux before updating your UNIX/ Linux agents The key issues that are fixed in this rollup include: [Source: Microsoft Support Articles] Operations Manager Monitoringhost process crashes because of bind failures against Active Directory A fix was made to prevent Monitoringhost.exe from crashing when it cannot connect to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). … Read More

Chiyo OdikaUR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Updates to the SCOM plug-in for Azure Operational Insights

Disable Importing of Operational Insights Alerts into Operations Manager

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, GENERAL, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, MICROSOFT PRODUCTS, OMS, SCOM, SYSTEM CENTER1 Comment

[UPDATE]: The rules have been updated. If you are familiar with Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights), and have seen it in action, then you no doubt acknowledge that the presented configuration and usage data for your environment is rather useful and quite insightful (pun intended). One other thing we can agree on is that the configuration data, in the form of alerts that get synced back to OpsMgr can be rather miffing even in the best of times. By default, alerts generated by the configuration assessment intelligence pack in OpInsights will get synced up with your OpsMgr environment, when you connect your OpsMgr deployment to the OpInsights service. As seen below, these alerts show up in both OpInsights, and get imported … Read More

Chiyo OdikaDisable Importing of Operational Insights Alerts into Operations Manager

PowerShell Queries and Square Brackets

Chiyo OdikaGENERAL, PowerShell, SCOM, UncategorizedLeave a Comment

I recently encountered an interesting issue while trying to query class instances in SCOM. The class instances for certain classes will return the parent class as well as associated classes in the following format: [Parent Class Name].attribute. For instance the class instance for Microsoft.Windows.Computer returns the following:

  Ok so this returns expected values. Now let’s return a specific object instead of all objects:

This returns nothing, even though we clearly see values for the Logical Processors when we select all objects. After some checking, re-checking, and second guessing, I found an article that’s as short as the solution is simple. Apparently double-escaping is required for the parser to properly handle square brackets in strings. Note that the … Read More

Chiyo OdikaPowerShell Queries and Square Brackets

New Intelligence Pack for SQL Server Assessment is Available in Azure Operational Insights

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  Adding to the robust set of features and assessment scenarios that System Center Advisor provides by means of Intelligence packs for capacity planning, configuration assessment, security, system update, malware assessment, log management and change tracking, the Advisor team at Microsoft has released a new Intelligence Pack for SQL Server assessment. This marks an evolution in the configuration assessment scenarios that Advisor typically provides by, in this case, providing assessment information for a specific workload/ technology – SQL Server. I imagine that this is the first of many such workload/ technology specific Intelligence packs.   Let’s take a tour and see what this Intelligence Pack entails.   The intelligence pack provides deep operational insight into various key focus areas as … Read More

Chiyo OdikaNew Intelligence Pack for SQL Server Assessment is Available in Azure Operational Insights

New Preview Build Released for Windows 10 Technical Preview

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In the wake of the recently released Windows 10 Technical Preview, Microsoft has just issued an update. The update takes the form of a new preview build that’s available for installation from the update and recovery section of  PC setting. This comes on the heels of the speculation around the updates KB3008956, KB3008931 and KB3008956 which were readily available for download in the 9841 build of Windows 10 Technical preview, but failed to install because of a build incompatibility.     As Microsoft continues to develop Windows 10, the latest preview build (9860) refines a few of the already existing features, as well as adds some new features.     Noteworthy is the Notification Center (Action Center) which collects alerts … Read More

Chiyo OdikaNew Preview Build Released for Windows 10 Technical Preview

Data Aggregation Fails in Operational Insights Capacity Planning IP after Applying VMM Update Rollup

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, SCOM, SCVMM, SYSTEM CENTER2 Comments

I recently encountered an issue in Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights). Data aggregation appeared to be failing for the OpInsights capacity planning intelligence pack when only hours before, data aggregation was working as expected. I couldn’t help but wonder what could have severed the connection. In my experience with OpInsights, data aggregation failures usually indicate a problem with OpsMgr sending data to OpInsights Analytics. I didn’t know of any configuration changes had been made on the OpsMgr side, but decided to double check everything.   While scouring OpsMgr, I noticed some 2127 event IDs in the Operations Manager log on the management server, with message “health service HTTP module in management group …failed to POST data to/from url (https://ods.systemcenteradvisor.com…)” This event ID … Read More

Chiyo OdikaData Aggregation Fails in Operational Insights Capacity Planning IP after Applying VMM Update Rollup

New System Center 2012 – Service Manager Book Published!

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A new System Center 2012 – Service Manager book has been authored by some renowned MVPs and SCSM experts including my colleague, Steve Buchanan. The authors include: Kerrie Meyler Kurt Van Hoecke Samuel Erskine Steve Buchanan This is the second book written for this specific major iteration of Service Manager – 2012, and the first book about this SCSM iteration from Sams Publishing, the outfit behind some other good books about System Center.     I wish the authors a hearty congratulations on getting the book published. It’s no small feat. The book is available in both Kindle and paperback-version from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/System-Center-Service-Manager-Unleashed/dp/067233707X

Chiyo OdikaNew System Center 2012 – Service Manager Book Published!

Monitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – Part 2

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, MICROSOFT PRODUCTS, OFFICE 365, SCOM, SCVMM, SYSTEM CENTER, WINDOWS SERVER1 Comment

In the first part of this article, I introduced the concept of monitoring Azure IaaS VMs with OpsMgr, and briefly reviewed the prerequisite steps for setting up connectivity from your corpnet to the Azure network. In this part of the article, I will demonstrate the necessary configuration steps for monitoring the Azure VMs with OpsMgr. Recall that my lab is comprised of a AD domain, a OpsMgr Management group, and a Microsoft PKI, and that I have configured cross-premises connectivity to my Azure virtual network which contains my Azure VMs. We also confirmed that the test Azure VM, AppSrv2, can connect to the OpsMgr Management Server in my lab. The Azure VM is outside of the trusted environment of the … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMonitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – Part 2