SCOM 2016: New management pack for Lenovo XClarity Integrator Hardware

Lenovo has released a new management pack to integrate SCOM with XClarity it is available here.

Key features include:

  • Extensive monitoring of the health of hardware components for System x and ThinkSystem servers,  Flex chassis nodes and BladeCenter blades via BMC (out-of-band mode).
  • Extensive monitoring of the health of hardware components for System x servers, Flex chassis nodes and BladeCenter blades running Windows (in-band mode).
  • Rich monitoring of the health of Flex and BladeCenter chassis/modules via the SNMP protocol.
  • Easy determination of overall system health by the aggregation of hardware health monitors.
  • Power Monitoring of UEFI/BMC System x Servers and Blades running Windows. Offers the ability to monitor overall system power usage, and generates alerts when power consumption rises above predefined consumption thresholds. Enable Power Capping and set the maximum power consumption wattage via Operation Manage Agent task.
  • BladeCenter and Blade hardware health correlation and event propagation providing BladeCenter specific hardware health condition monitoring under the Windows health explorer view.
  • Remote power on and off of Blades Servers via the Operations Manager console.
  • Offer the ability to launch a CMM Web Console of a Flex System Chassis from the Operations Manager Console.
  • Offer the ability to view System x power data using the System x Power Data Chart.
  • Offer the ability to support SQL Server database and migrate data from the PostgreSQL to the SQL Server.
  • Offer the ability to discover and manage system BMC automatically.
  • Offer the ability to configure Unified Service from the Operations Manager Console

SCOM 2016 the importance of Backing up your SSRS encryption key

Definitely not something you want to see on your second day back at work:

The report server cannot decrypt the symmetric key used to access sensitive or encrypted data in a report server database. You must either restore a backup key or delete all encrypted content.

Luckily my customer had a recent backup of the SSRS key and it was a simple matter to restore the key and restore SCOM reporting functionality.

You may be asking “How do I backup my SSRS encryption key?” no worries it is a simple procedure, I recommend making this process part of a monthly set of tasks.

First open your SQL Reporting Services Configuration Manager
Then navigate to Encryption Keys on the left hand side
Then click Backup, you will be promoted for a file name and a password

Restoring the key is similar you just select Restore from the same page and locate the key file and provide the password.

Management Pack Recap – November 2017 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in November 2017. Information and download location in the links provided:

DHCP 2012 R2 v6.0.7307here
DHCP 2016 v10.0.9.0here
SQL Server MP v7.0.0.0here

If you know of any other Management Packs that have been released recently that I may have missed leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add them

SCOM 2016: Updated MPs for SQL Server v7.0.0.0

The new management packs for SQL Server have been released get them at the links below:

SQL Server 2016

SQL Server 2014

SQL Server (2008-2012)

SQL Server Dashboards

 

New SQL Server 2008-2012 MP Features and Fixes

  • The version of the management packs was significantly increased as the SQL Server MP product family was extended with brand new management packs for SQL Server 2017+ and SQL Server 2017+ Replication. The new management packs are designed to monitor SQL Server 2017 and the upcoming versions.
  • Reimplemented Always On workflows to enable monitoring of Availability Groups hosting over 200 databases
  • Updated alert descriptions of Availability Group monitors: added cluster name and primary replica name
  • Implemented 3 alerting rules for events #5105 (error with physical file access), #833 (IO request has taken longer than 15 seconds), and #41144 (AO availability group failed); they are disabled by default
  • Added debug information to Always On monitoring scripts
  • Disabled the alerting rule for event #18456 by default
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL names in Always On console tasks
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL instance names in Always On console tasks

 New SQL Server 2014 MP Features and Fixes

  • The version of the management packs was significantly increased as the SQL Server MP product family was extended with brand new management packs for SQL Server 2017+ and SQL Server 2017+ Replication. The new management packs are designed to monitor SQL Server 2017 and the upcoming versions.
  • Reimplemented Always On workflows to enable monitoring of Availability Groups hosting over 200 databases
  • Updated alert descriptions of Availability Group monitors: added cluster name and primary replica name
  • Implemented 3 alerting rules for events #5105 (error with physical file access), #833 (IO request has taken longer than 15 seconds), and #41144 (AO availability group failed); they are disabled by default
  • Implemented “MSSQL 2014/16: HTTP Storage: Avg. Bytes/Transfer” performance rule
  • Added debug information to Always On monitoring scripts
  • Disabled the alerting rule for event #18456 by default
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL names in Always On console tasks
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL instance names in Always On console tasks

New SQL Server 2016 MP Features and Fixes

  • The version of the management packs was significantly increased as the SQL Server MP product family was extended with brand new management packs for SQL Server 2017+ and SQL Server 2017+ Replication. The new management packs are designed to monitor SQL Server 2017 and the upcoming versions.
  • Reimplemented Always On workflows to enable monitoring of Availability Groups hosting over 200 databases
  • Updated alert descriptions of Availability Group monitors: added cluster name and primary replica name
  • Implemented 3 alerting rules for events #5105 (error with physical file access), #833 (IO request has taken longer than 15 seconds), and #41144 (AO availability group failed); they are disabled by default
  • Added debug information to Always On monitoring scripts
  • Implemented “MSSQL 2014/16: HTTP Storage: Avg. Bytes/Transfer” performance rule
  • Enabled Memory-Optimized workflows for all editions of SQL Server 2016 by default, so far as all editions now support Memory-Optimized Data since SP1
  • Disabled the alerting rule for event #18456 by default
  • Optimized ProbeAction for User Resource Pool Memory workflows
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL names in Always On console tasks
  • Fixed issue: “XTP Configuration” monitor is in healthy state when XTP filegroup container and the transaction log are placed on different volumes of a physical disk
  • Fixed issue: Incorrect publishers’ names for SSIS EventCollection rules (SQL2016)
  • Fixed issue: GetSQL2016DBEngineWinServState.js crashes when getting neither “true” nor “false” as the second parameter (CheckStartupType)
  • Fixed issue: Invalid encoding of SQL instance names in Always On console tasks
  • Fixed issue: XTP Configuration monitor is always in Warning state for SQL Server 2016 Standard edition

SQL Server Dashboards MP

  • No changes introduced; increased the version number to 7.0.0.0 to comply with the current version of SQL Server Management Packs

System Center: First preview, version 1711 now available

The first preview of the new semi-annual channel for System Center is now available you can get it here.

Here are some of the new features that you can experience

In Operations Manager:

  • Improvements to Linux MPs
  • Linux Kerberos support
  • Improvements to Windows Server OS MP
  • One setup for all languages
  • Improved UI responsiveness with large number MPs
  • Visual Studio 2017 support in VSAE

In Virtual Machine Manager:

  • SLB Guest cluster floating IP support
  • Storage QoS at VMM Cloud
  • Storage QoS extended to SAN storage
  • Remote to VMs in Enhanced Session mode
  • Seamless update of non-domain host agent
  • Support for fallback HGS for Shielded VM
  • Host Refresher made up to 10X faster

For more information check out the MS Cloud Platform Blog

Management Pack Recap – October 2017 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in October 2017. Information and download location in the links provided:

DHCP 2016 MP v10.0.9.0 – here
DHCP 2012 MP v6.0.7307.0 – here
SQL 2017+ MPhere

If you know of any other Management Packs that have been released recently that I may have missed leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add them

SCOM 2016: Update Rollup 4 released!

UR4 for SCOM 2016 is out you can get it here or through windows update.

As usual test before implementing in your production environment and take special note of the known issues.

 

Issues that are fixed and improvements

  • When a log file is being monitored by SCOM, Monagent locks the file and won’t allow it to be renamed.
  • Adds support for TLS 1.2. For more information about how to set up, configure, and run your environment with TLS 1.2, see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    4051111 TLS 1.2 Protocol Support Deployment Guide for System Center 2016
  • Addresses an issue in which the APM AppDiagnostics console fails to create a Problem Management rule due to a FormatException. The appropriate string is now used for formatting, and the Problem Management wizard is able to run without issues.
  • This update resolves an issue that causes a crash of IIS application pools that are running under CLR 2.0 when the APM feature is installed on the server as part of SCOM Agent. The code now uses appropriate memory instructions, based on the CLR version.
  • Failure of GetOpsMgrDBWatcherDiscovery.ps1 script causes the Monitoring Host to crash.
  • WMI Health monitor doesn’t work if WINRM is configured to use https only.
  • SCOMpercentageCPUTimeCounter.ps1 script generates WMI errors that are caused by Service Principle Name (SPN) configuration issues.
  • WMI Health monitor doesn’t work if SPN http://servername is set to a user account.
  • Product knowledge of “Windows Cluster Service Discovery” includes an incorrect reference to “Windows NT.”
  • After a network outage, the management server does not reconnect to the gateway server if the gateway server was installed with the /ManagementServerInitiatesConnection=True option.
  • A configuration change to the network device triggers a rediscover of the device, and this process changes the SNMP agent address.
  • The UseMIAPI registry subkey prevents collection of custom performance rules data for all Linux servers.

Known issues

  • During Audit Collection Services (ACS) update or removal, the Audit Collection Services Collector Setup wizard is incorrectly titled “System Center Operations Manager 2012 Audit Collection Server.”
  • When you access Silverlight dashboards, a “Web Console Configuration Required” message is displayed.

    To work around this issue, follow these steps:

    1. Click Configure in the dialog box.
    2. When you are prompted to run or save the SilverlightClientConfiguration.exe file, click Save.
    3. Run the SilverlightClientConfiguration.exe file.
    4. Right-click the .exe file, click Properties, and then select the Digital Signatures tab.
    5. Select the certificate that has Digest Algorithm as SHA256, and then click Details.
    6. In the Digital Signature Details dialog box, click View Certificate.
    7. In the dialog box that appears, click Install Certificate.
    8. In the Certificate Import Wizard, change the store location to Local Machine, and then click Next.
    9. Select the Place all certificates in the following store option and then select Trusted Publishers.
    10. Click Next and then click Finish.
    11. Refresh your browser window.