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Merry Christmas!

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Hello everyone,

Thanks for your fantastic support and feedback this year, I really do appreciate it.

I just wanted to say Merry Christmas and have a Happy and Safe New Year! I’ll take a very short break and I’ll see you early next year with some great new SCOM Posts and Training Videos!

– Tim 🙂


If you’d like to see a list of Management Packs you have installed on SCOM 2016 you have a few options.

Use the Operations Console

In SCOM 2016 the Management Pack list can be found under “Administration” then “Installed Management Packs” and you’ll see all of the Management Packs you have installed.

SCOM 2016 Console Installed Management Packs

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I was chatting to a colleague today (in the elevator of all places) and he was talking about using various websites to find your external IP Address but he wanted to know if there was a command line alternative or something in PowerShell. Given the fact that we spent less than a minute in the elevator my  response was to use a DNS request find out your public IP, just like this…


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A friend over Facebook messaged me today and asked “how can I run two commands on the same line?”…specifically, the question was how can I stop a service and start a service on the one single command line? And no…not using Windows PowerShell!!!

Well, yes it’s possible to do this on the command line, although it’s personally something that I never use.

So let’s use the SCOM healthservice as our example service.

We can stop the healthservice using the net stop command.

net stop healthservice

We can start it using the net start command.

net start healthservice

We can also issue both commands on the same line if we’d prefer:

cmd /c "net stop healthservice & net start healthservice"

And that will stop, then start the healthservice. So there you have it. If there’s a better way to do this, feel free to let me know about it.


If you’ve ever had a WSUS Server get a little bit out of control you’ll know that running the WSUS Server Cleanup Wizard can solve the problem. Running this wizard is unfortunately a manual process and it can be a long cleanup process as well because the wizard can take hours and hours to run, even over day in extreme cases! Of course it get’s worse when you need to perform the same steps for every WSUS Server you have. Thankfully you can use Windows PowerShell to automate this for you. And that’s a good idea to script this largely because you can run this wizard as a preventative maintenance as well.

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