Tag: SCOM 2016 TP5

New Features in SCOM 2016 – Maintenance Schedules

One very common request I always get with my SCOM 2012 customers is, “how can I put machines into Maintenance Mode for a future date?”

My response is, well, with some PowerShell and the Windows Task Scheduler, you can achieve this.  But wait, looks like the System Center/SCOM 2016 team has listened and delivered! Introducing ‘Maintenance Schedules‘.

Now SCOM administrators can put a machine, or a group of machines, or a group into Maintenance Mode (MM) for a future date. Even better, it looks like a lot (if not all) of the functionality has been taken from good old Windows Task Scheduler. What that means is, you can put machines into MM, for that Friday night/Saturday morning Change Request, or even better MM for reoccurring schedule, like Patch Tuesday.

In the example below, I am going to do a quick walk-through for a group of machines for a typical patching schedule.


For this scenario, let’s assume the following:

  1. Machines are patched every 3rd Friday of the month,
  2. Blackout/maintenance window is 6 hours (360 minutes),
  3. Scheduled MM will start @11:00PM.

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  • Right click either on Maintenance Schedules, or within the middle pane.

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  • As a rule of thumb, always a good idea to select the second (default) option here, “selected objects and all their contained objects.

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  • Search for the machine(s) or the group(s) you want to enter into Maintenance Mode

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  • Once you’re happy, go ahead and hit next

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  • Next we are presented with an array of options. As per our example, we will be putting our machines in MM every 3rd Friday of the month, starting at 11:00PM, for 6 hours.

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  • Now we’re ready

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  • Now we need to provide a name to our MM Schedule… By default, ‘Planned’ and ‘Enable Schedule’ are ticked off. Go ahead and hit finish!

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  • Now we can see our new Scheduled Maintenance Mode schedule! 🙂

As you can see here, for a SCOM Administrator, you can see which user create this task and also to see if it is enabled at the current time

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  • You can also Edit, Copy, or Disable the schedule. Looks like I just discovered a bug! Also, disabling is not provided here, but it is within the Action pane:

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  • And that is it!

If the schedule was done correctly, you will see the Event ID 1215 within the SCOM Management Server.

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I hope this helped!

Happy SCOM’ing 2016!!

New Features in SCOM 2016 – Management Packs:Updates & Recommendations

One of the many questions I always ask my customers, “how often do you update your Management Packs?”

Some of the typical responses I get are…

  • Ummm..
  • How do you do that?
  • Where can I get the latest MPs from?
  • Oh, I didn’t know they need to be updated…

Well, Microsoft/System Center/SCOM team has listened and delivered!

In SCOM 2016 you can now simply go into the Management Packs administration, and see if there are any updates pending for any of the Management Packs within your environment. Simply right click and download and install the latest version. Note, this feature is currently only applicable to Microsoft based Management Packs. Third party Management Packs you will still have to download and install manually, and also research if there is an updated version. Who knows, this could change by the time SCOM 2016 RTM, or SP1 or even R2 comes out… Until then, only Microsoft MPs.

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Cheers!

Installing & Configuring SCOM 2016 Reporting Feature

Some prerequisites and things to know… In my environment I am using SCOM 2016 (Technical Preview 5 (TP5)) and SQL 2014 SP1 running on Windows Server 2012 R2. On this local server (I am installing this on my SCOM SQL server) I have already deployed a default (not named) SQL instance, with Reporting Services (SSRS) installed (and already configured). If you run into issues here, please let me know.

On your local server, ensure your SQL service account and SQL SSRS account have local administrative rights on the server. Launch the SCOM 2016 installer and run as the SCOM SDK (Data Access) account.

So let’s begin:

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Let this run for a few minutes, grab a coffee, get some fresh air, etc. 🙂

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Yay, no errors!

You should now have the Reporting function within you SCOM 2016 console. Happy (SCOM) reporting!

 

Installing System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2016 Step by Step (Technical Preview 5)

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INSTALLING SCOM 2016 [RTM] ON WINDOWS SERVER 2016 WITH SQL SERVER 2016, GO HERE.


This post I will be installing System Center Operations Manager 2016 (SCOM) –  Technical Preview 5 (TP5). Technical Preview for both System Center 2016 and Windows Server 2016 was recently released, April 27th.

Here is some of the background information. As this post will concentrate on the installation of SCOM 2016 TP5, I am going to omit the setup and configuration of the Domain Controller, Windows Server 2012R2 for both SCOM Management Server and SQL Server (Please note, I am using SQL Server 2014 SP1, both servers on Windows 2012R2).

Environment:  Virtual; ESX 5.5 Hypervisor

SCOM Management Server:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 — SCOM2016TP5
  • 4 vCPU (2.00GHz)
  • 12 GB memory
  • 100GB Diskspace
  • 1GB vNIC

SQL Server:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 — SCOMSQLTP5
  • SQL Server 2014 SP1
  • 4 vCPU (2.00GHz)
  • 12 GB memory
  • 200GB Diskspace
  • 1GB vNIC

Service Accounts:

Domain\Account Description
RAVILOCAL\scom_aa SCOM Action Account
RAVILOCAL\scom_da SCOM Data Access/SDK Account
RAVILOCAL\scom_sql_read SCOM SQL Reader
RAVILOCAL\scom_sql_write SCOM SQL Writer
RAVILOCAL\scom_admin SCOM Administrators Group
RAVILOCAL\sql_sa SQL Service Account
RAVILOCAL\sql_ssrs SQL Service Reporting Services Account

 

Let’s begin:

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I will not be installing Reporting on this server, as I will install this on the SQL Server (I will create a post for this later…)

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Well, looks like I will need to install the Report Viewer Controls and need to install some IIS components for the Web Console.

  • For the Reports Viewer Controls prerequisites, you can visit the following post for the instructions, HERE.
  • For the Web Console/IIS components prerequisites,  you can visit the following post for the instructions, HERE.

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Looks like I still need to meet a few more prerequisites…

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You will need to apply the following commands (unfortunately I could not execute in PowerShell, so you will need to use Command Prompt (as Administrator)).

  1. cd %WINDIR%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\
  2. aspnet_regiis.exe -r
  3. IISRESET
  4. Reboot your server…

Back to to installation…..

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Since this is a lab, I installed the databases on the same SQL instance. Best practice, use dedicated instances or better yet, dedicated servers…

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Whoops, I forgot to add the SCOM service accounts as local administrators on the SCOM Management Server….

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Okay, back to the installation…

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I recommend always keeping this off, and manually updating your SCOM infrastructure.

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Let this run, go for a break, coffee, smoke, whatever….

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Yay! All good!

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Right off the bat, looks like there are a new features, like, “Tune Management Packs” I will get into this in another post…

 

ThoughtsAs you may have noticed, the install is almost identical to the 2012R2 and it appears not much has changed in terms of the install.

 

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