Monthly Archives: October 2015

SCOM 2012 R2: Update rollup 8 has been released

Microsoft has released update rollup 8 for SCOM 2012 R2. As usual the update can be obtained through Windows update for the update catalog.  The update gives additional certification for network devices as well as several bug and performance fixes.

Issues that are fixed in this version

  • Slow load of alert view when it is opened by an operator
    Sometimes when the operators change between alert views, the views take up to two minutes to load. After this update rollup is installed, the reported performance issue is eradicated. The Alert View Load for the Operator role is now almost same as that for the Admin role user.
  • SCOMpercentageCPUTimeCounter.vbs causes enterprise wide performance issue
    Health Service encountered slow performance every five to six (5-6) minutes in a cyclical manner. This update rollup resolves this issue.
  • System Center Operations Manager Event ID 33333 Message: The statement has been terminated.
    This change filters out “statement has been terminated” warnings that SQL Server throws. These warning messages cannot be acted on. Therefore, they are removed.
  • System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager: Report event 21404 occurs with error ‘0x80070057’ after Update Rollup 3 or Update Rollup 4 is applied.
    In Update Rollup 3, a design change was made in the agent code that regressed and caused SCOM agent to report error ‘0x80070057’ and MonitoringHost.exe to stop responding/crash in some scenarios. This update rollup rolls back that UR3 change.
  • SDK service crashes because of Callback exceptions from event handlers being NULL
    In a connected management group environment in certain race condition scenarios, the SDK of the local management group crashes if there are issues during the connection to the different management groups. After this update rollup is installed, the SDK of the local management group should no longer crash.
  • Run As Account(s) Expiring Soon — Alert does not raise early enough
    The 14-day warning for the RunAs account expiration was not visible in the SCOM console. Customers received only an Error event in the console three days before the account expiration. After this update rollup is installed, customers will receive a warning in their SCOM console 14 days before the RunAs account expiration, and receive an Error event three (3) days before the RunAs account expiration.
  • Network Device Certification
    As part of Network device certification, we have certified the following additional devices in Operations Manager to make extended monitoring available for them:

    • Cisco ASA5515
    • Cisco ASA5525
    • Cisco ASA5545
    • Cisco IPS 4345
    • Cisco Nexus 3172PQ
    • Cisco ASA5515-IPS
    • Cisco ASA5545-IPS
    • F5 Networks BIG-IP 2000
    • Dell S4048
    • Dell S3048
    • Cisco ASA5515sc
    • Cisco ASA5545sc
  • French translation of APM abbreviation is misleading
    The French translation of “System Center Management APM service” is misleading. APM abbreviation is translated incorrectly in the French version of Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager. APM means “Application Performance Monitoring” but is translated as “Advanced Power Management.” This fix corrects the translation.
  • p_HealthServiceRouteForTaskByManagedEntityId does not account for deleted resource pool members in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
    If customers use Resource Pools and take some servers out of the pool, discovery tasks start failing in some scenarios. After this update rollup is installed, these issues are resolved.
  • Exception in the ‘Managed Computer’ view when you select Properties of a managed server in Operations Manager Console
    In the Operations Manager Server “Managed Computer” view on the Administrator tab, clicking the “Properties” button of a management server causes an error. After this update rollup is installed, a dialog box that contains a “Heart Beat” tab is displayed.
  • Duplicate entries for devices when network discovery runs
    When customers run discovery tasks to discover network devices, duplicate network devices that have alternative MAC addresses are discovered in some scenarios. After this update rollup is installed, customers will not receive any duplicate devices discovered in their environments.
  • Preferred Partner Program in Administration Pane
    This update lets customers view certified System Center Operations Manager partner solutions directly from the console. Customers can obtain an overview of the partner solutions and visit the partner websites to download and install the solutions.

SCOM: Updated SharePoint 2010 Products Management Pack 14.0.7137.5000

The MP for SharePoint 2010 Products  14.0.7137.5000 was updated to fix a bug in the service discovery it is available for download here

This update contains a bug fix:

  • SharePoint 2010 MP had a PS1 file with syntax error causing the shared service discovery to fail. With this fix the PS1 file syntax error is resolved and the discoveries will be made.

SCOM: SQL Server MP updates v6.6.2.0

Microsoft has just released version 6.6.2.0 of the SQL management packs listed below. This updated contains fixes to many of the issues plaguing the previous version, of course test before using in your production environments.

SQL Server 2014 Replicationdownload here
SQL Server 2012 Replicationdownload here
SQL Server 2008 Replication download here
SQL Server 2014download here
SQL Server 2012/2008/2003download here

Updates and Fixes in this version:

First the dashboards which had many issues in the original release.

  • Improved performance
  • Objects with selected monitors are now displayed on the top of the tiles list while editing
  • If there are no child elements, Related Objects tile is not displayed in Instance View.
  • Added Dark, Light and Contrast themes.
  • Introduced an interface upgrade allowing to display the Dashboard errors
  • User rights are now considered in the Dashboard display: the user can see the groups according to his/her access level only; Read-Only mode is implemented, it provides basic functions only: navigation, changing of the personalization settings
  • Fixed some UI errors, UI design upgraded
  • Fixed synchronization errors of the personalization settings.
  • Introduced a Dashboard feature allowing to display data from any nesting level within the widgets

SQL Server 2012/2008/2003

  • Added a support for disabled TCP/IP protocol
  • Fixed performance metrics error that may occur on some localized versions of Windows
  • Fixed bugs in monitor tiles on SQL Server Summary Dashboard
  • Fixed incorrect performance of Transaction log free space monitor
  • Added new type of events from failed discoveries; added a new rule that collects such events
  • Added overrides to prevent various scripts timeout failure
  • Removed some 1X1 tiles from Summary Dashboards
  • Filestream filegroups are excluded from discovery for now
  • 2008/2012 Summary Dashboards tiles were reorganized

SQL Server 2014

  • Fixed performance
  • Added a support for disabled TCP/IP protocol
  • Fixed performance metrics error that may occur on some localized versions of Windows
  • Fixed incorrect performance of Transaction log free space monitor
  • Added new type of events from failed discoveries; added a new reporting rule that collects such events
  • Added overrides to prevent various scripts timeout failure
  • Removed some 1X1 tiles from Summary Dashboards
  • Filestream filegroups are excluded from discovery for now
  • 2008/2012 Summary Dashboards tiles were reorganized
  • Added KB for Microsoft.SQLServer.2014.Mirroring.MirroringCommonGroupDiscovery
  • Summary Dashboard: added monitor/performance tiles to class “SQL Server 2014 Mirroring Groups”
  • Some minor fixes

SQL Server Replication MPs

  • Preset dashboards are updated

Management Pack Recap – September 2015 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in September 2015. Information and download location in the links provided:

AD MP v6.0.8321.0here

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview MPhere

Windows Server 2012 DHCP MP v6.0.7295.0 here

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.