In this video I show you how you can set the Remotely Manageable flag on your agents to yes in the SQL Database. I also show you how to enable Agent Proxying for all agents but also how to configure SCOM so that all future agents you install also have the Agent Proxying feature turned on. Finally, I give you a bit of a lecture (lol) about why it’s so important that you ensure that your agents work properly!


Another video for you guys, this one shows you how to use the discovery wizard to install Windows Agents. We also unlock all of the required ports to use discovery in a firewalled environment. Next we install an agent manually and see how when we install an agent on a Domain Controller, the additional step of using the HSLockdown.exe tool is required.

You can download it right here: 11-installing-windows-agents

Another video for you guys, this one talks about what configuration changes I like to do after SCOM is installed. Things like setting the Service Principle Names (SPN’s), sizing the databases and memory, compressing backups and setting the Maximum Degree of Parallelism for SQL Server. In addition we review heartbeat settings and set manually installed agents to be reviewed instead of rejected.

You can download it right here: 10-post-installation-configuration
















Something I am very passionate about is both monitoring using SCOM (Systems Center Operations Manager) and sharing knowledge…so with that in mind I am starting to produce some SCOM 2016 Training Videos that I hope will grow to be unlike any other SCOM course ever!

So what will we learn from these videos? Hopefully over time you all will learn a heck of a lot!!! The initial batch of training videos will cover how to install SCOM. But as time permits I plan to cover many, many topics and scenarios and hope that you, the SCOM Community responds in turn with your requests and I will do my best to produce training that people want. I have learned a lot about SCOM over many years of managing and supporting well over 100 different SCOM installations from different companies. Many I built, most I inherited, but no two are ever the same. So it’s this sort of experience that I hope to share with you so you can have the benefit of other people experiences.

You probably haven’t seen me blogging as much as I would like just lately because quite honestly, creating these videos is a lot of work. But here’s the start of them, hope you like them…but please do share your feedback with me, I would really appreciate that because I would prefer to produce videos that you guys actually want rather than what I think you need.

I have started with the assumption that there might be people downloading and watching my videos that have no experience with SCOM so I am going to start off slow and ramp up to the more advanced topics as I progress.

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SCOM 2016 has scarcely been released and we’re already seeing UR1 available. You can get it here:

It weighs in at a little over 300Mb in total and whilst the page doesn’t exactly say what fixes it provides…I’d wager it has something to do with this patch which is designed to fix a bug in recently released October patches that cause the Operations Manager Console to crash…

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So I’ve just installed SCOM 2016 in my lab (well actually I’ve probably done it over a dozen times this weekend testing out scripts etc) and my Management Server suddenly popped up this message (after selecting the new Maintenance Schedules in the SCOM Console).


Date: 10/15/2016 8:39:18 PM
Application: Operations Manager
Application Version: 7.2.11719.0
Severity: Error

The EXECUTE permission was denied on the object ‘sp_help_jobactivity’, database ‘msdb’, schema ‘dbo’.
The data access service account might not have the required permissions

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Ever wanted to delete a specific category of rule from a SCOM Management Pack? For example you might want to delete all alerting rules or disable performance collection rules, or maybe event collection rules. Whatever your desire, yes it can be done. Let me show you how!

WARNING: This code will delete all Monitors/Rules from your Unsealed MP…so make sure you have a backup just in case! If you’d prefer to simply ‘disable’ them, check out my previous posts.

  • Alert
  • AvailabilityHealth
  • ConfigurationHealth
  • ConnectorFramework
  • Custom
  • Discovery
  • DSIntegration
  • EventCollection
  • ExceptionMonitoring
  • Maintenance
  • Notification
  • Operations
  • PerformanceCollection
  • PerformanceHealth
  • SecurityHealth
  • SoftwareAndUpdates
  • StateCollection
  • System

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