Category Archives: SCOM 2012 R2

SCOM: Updated NiCE DB2 MP 4.20

Another updated MP released over at NiCE this time for IBM DB2 get more info here.

New with this release

  • Feature: Support of DB2 BLU Acceleration
  • Feature: Monitoring of InDoubt Transactions
  • Security: Support of DB2 restrictive databases
  • Security: Support of non-root setup and operation
  • Security: DB2 Instance attach extensions for user and password options
  • Platform: New platform support for IBM AIX 7.2
  • Platform: Support of non-standard paths for both installation path and instance user home directory

SCOM: Updated NiCE PowerHA MP 1.20

Our friends at NiCE have released an updated MP for PowerHA go here for more info.

What´s new with this release

  • Logical Disk Monitoring for Cluster File Systems
  • No False Files Systems Alarms from Microsoft® AIX Management Pack anymore!
  • Cluster-aligned Service Model
  • Improved Discovery for Cluster Resources
  • Updated Product Knowledge

SCOM: New MP for Office 365 v7.1.5138.0

An updated management pack is available for Office 365 you can get it here.

Updates and Fixes

  • Automatically created SPN is never expired.
  • Fixed issue: no alerts were generated for identical feature names related to different services.
  • Improved discovery logic according to the latest version of Office 365 (support for services with similar display names).
  • Updated “Office 365 Incidents and Messages” section.
  • Updated “Import the Management Pack” section.
  • Updated “Specify permissions your app requires to access Office 365 Management APIs” section.
  • Updated “Appendix: Known issues and troubleshooting” section.

SCOM and Deprecating SHA1 Certificates what you need to know!

With the recent deprivation of SHA1 certificates in favour of the more secure SHA2 it’s important to know that SCOM uses  SHA1 to manage workloads for cross platform monitoring (Unix / Linux).

Have no fear the MS SCOM team have released an article on how to replace your existsing SHA-1 certificates with the newer SHA256 certificates.

It is important to note that you will need to update your 2012 R2 environments to UR 12 and your 2016 environments to UR2 respectivly in order to use the new SHA256 certificates by default.

The article is available here

SCOM 2016: Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services MP v10.0.5.0

Another new management pack is out for Windows Server 2016, the MP for RDS v10.0.5.0 can be found here.

What this MP can do:

  • Remote Desktop Session Host: Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) enables a server to host RemoteApp programs or session-based desktops. Users can connect to RD Session Host servers in a session collection to run programs, save files, and use resources on those servers.
  • Remote Desktop Licensing: Remote Desktop Licensing (RD Licensing) manages the licenses required to connect to a Remote Desktop Session Host server or a virtual desktop. You can use RD Licensing to install, issue, and track the availability of licenses.
  • Remote Desktop Web Access: Remote Desktop Web Access (RD Web Access) enables users to access RemoteApp and Desktop Connection through the Start menu on a computer that is running Windows 8, Windows 7, or through a web browser. RemoteApp and Desktop Connection provides a customized view of RemoteApp programs and session-based desktops in a session collection, and RemoteApp programs and virtual desktops in a virtual desktop collection.
  • Remote Desktop Gateway: Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) enables authorized users to connect to virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops on an internal corporate network from any Internet-connected device.
  • Remote Desktop Connection Broker: Remote Desktop Connection Broker (RD Connection Broker):
  • Allows users to reconnect to their existing virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops.
  • Enables you to evenly distribute the load among RD Session Host servers in a session collection or pooled virtual desktops in a pooled virtual desktop collection.
  • Provides access to virtual desktops in a virtual desktop collection.
  • Remote Desktop Virtualization Host: Remote Desktop Virtualization Host (RD Virtualization Host) integrates with Hyper-V to deploy pooled or personal virtual desktop collections within your organization by using RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.

SCOM 2016: Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System 2016 v10.0.8.0

A new version of the Windows Server OS is out for Windows Server 2016 get it here.

New and fixed in this version

· Added two new object types (Windows Server 2016 Computer (Nano) and Windows Server 2016 Operation System (Nano)) and a new group type (Windows Server 2016 Computer Group (Nano)). This improvement will help users to differentiate the groups and object types and manage them more accurately.

· Added a new monitor: Windows Server 2016 Storport Miniport Driver Timed Out Monitor; the monitor alerts when the Storport miniport driver times out a request.

· Fixed bug with duplicating Nano Server Cluster Disk and Nano Server Cluster Shared Volumes health discoveries upon MP upgrade. See Troubleshooting and Known Issues section for details.

· Fixed bug with Windows Server 2016 Operating System BPA Monitor: it did not work.

· Fixed bug with incorrect discovery of Windows Server Operating System on Windows Server 2016 agentless cluster computers occurring upon management pack upgrade. See Troubleshooting and Known Issues section for details.

· Fixed bug: Free Space monitors did not work on Nano Server.

· Changed the logic of setting the override threshold values for Free Space (MB and %) monitors: a user can set the threshold values for Error state even within Warning state default thresholds. At that, the Error state will supersede the Warning state according to the set values.

· Fixed localization issue with root report folder in the Report Library.

· Fixed bug: Windows Server 2016 Computer discovery was causing repeated log events (EventID: 10000) due to improper discovery of non-2016 Windows Server computers.

· Fixed bug: [Nano Server] Cluster Seed Name discovery was causing repeated log events (EventID: 10000) due to improper discovery of non-Nano objects.

· Due to incompatibility issues in monitoring logic, several Cluster Shared Volumes MP bugs remained in version 10.0.3.0. These are now fixed in the current version (see the complete list of bugs below). To provide compatibility with the previous MP versions, all monitoring logic (structure of classes’ discovery) was reverted to the one present in version 10.0.1.0.

o Fixed bug: disk free space monitoring issue on Quorum disks in failover clusters; the monitor was displayed as healthy, but actually it did not work and no performance data was collected.

o Fixed bug: logical disk discovery did not discover logical disk on non-clustered server with Failover Cluster Feature enabled.

o Fixed bug: Cluster Shared Volumes were being discovered twice – as a Cluster Shared Volume and as a logical disk; now they are discovered as Cluster Shared Volumes only.

o Fixed bug (partially): mount points were being discovered twice for cluster disks mounted to a folder – as a cluster disk and as a logical disk. See Troubleshooting and Known Issues section for details.

o Fixed bug: Cluster Shared Volume objects were being discovered incorrectly when they had more than one partition (applied to discovery and monitoring): only one partition was discovered, while the monitoring data was discovered for all partitions available. The key field is changed, and now partitions are discovered correctly; see Troubleshooting and Known Issues section for details.

o Fixed bug: Windows Server 2008 Max Concurrent API Monitor did not work on Windows Server 2008 platform. Now, it is supported on Windows Server platforms starting from Windows Server 2008 R2.

o Fixed bug: when network resource name was changed in Failover Cluster Management, the previously discovered virtual computer and its objects were displayed for a short time, while new virtual computer and its objects were already discovered.

o Fixed bug: performance counters for physical CPU (sockets) were collected incorrectly (for separate cores, but not for the physical CPU as a whole).

o Fixed bug: Windows Server 2016 Operating System BPA monitor was failing with “Command Not Found” exception. Also, see Troubleshooting and Known Issues section for details on the corresponding task.

o Fixed bug: View Best Practices Analyzer compliance task was failing with exception: “There has been a Best Practice Analyzer error for Model Id”.

o Fixed bug: in the Operations Console, “Volume Name” fields for logical disks, mount points, or Cluster Shared Volumes were empty in “Detail View”, while the corresponding data was entered correctly.

o Fixed bug: Logical Disk Fragmentation Level monitor was not working; it never changed its state from “Healthy”.

o Fixed bug: Logical Disk Defragmentation task was not working on Nano Server.

o Fixed bug: If network resource name contained more than 15 symbols, the last symbols of the name was cut off, which was resulting in cluster disks and Cluster Shared Volume discovery issues.

o Fixed bug: Logical Disk Free Space monitor did not change its state. Now it is fixed and considered as deprecated.

· The Management Pack was checked for compatibility with the latest versions of Windows Server 2016 and updated to support the latest version of Nano Server.

· Added new design for CPU monitoring: physical and logical CPUs are now monitored in different way.

· Updated Knowledge Base articles and display strings.

· Improved discovery of multiple (10+) physical disks.

· Added compatibility with Nano installation.

SCOM 2012 R2: Update Rollup 12 Released

UR12 for SCOM 2012 R2 has been release as usual you can get it from the download catalog or through windows update.

Changes and fixes

    • When you try to upgrade System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Reporting Server to System Center 2016 Operations Manager reporting server, the upgrade fails for the following configuration:
      • Server A is configured as System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager including Management Server.
      • Server B is configured as System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, including Operations Manager Database (OpsMgrDB), Operations Manager Data Warehouse (OpsMgrDW) and Operations Manager Reporting Server.
( X ) Management Server Upgraded Check

The management server to which this component reports has not been upgraded.

    • Recovery tasks on “Computer Not Reachable” messages in the System Center Operations Manager Monitor generate failed logons for System Center Operations Manager Agents that are not part of the same domain as the Management Groups.
    • When a Management Server is removed from the All Management Servers Resource Pool, the monitoring host process do not update the Type Space Cache.
    • SHA1 is deprecated for the System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Agent and SHA2 is now supported.
    • Because of incorrect computations of configuration and overrides, some managed entities go into an unmonitored state. This behavior is accompanied by event 1215 errors that are logged in the Operations Manager log.
    • IntelliTrace Profiling workflows fail on certain Windows operating system versions. The workflow cannot resolve Shell32 interface issues correctly.
    • There is a character limitation of 50 characters on the custom fields in the notification subscription criteria. This update increases the size of the limitation to 255 characters.
    • You cannot add Windows Client computers for Operational Insights (OMS) monitoring. This update fixes the OMS Managed Computers wizard in the System Center Operations Manager Administration pane to let you search or add Windows Client computers.
    • When you use the Unix Process Monitoring Template wizard to add a new template to the monitor processes on UNIX servers, the monitored data is not inserted into the database. This issue occurs until the Monitoring Host is restarted. Additionally, the following is logged in the Operations Manager log file:
      Log entry:

      Log Name:      Operations Manager
      Source:        Health Service Modules
      Date:
      Event ID:      10801
      Task Category: None
      Level:         Error
      Keywords:      Classic
      User:          N/A
      Computer:
      Description:    Discovery data couldn’t be inserted to the database. This could have happened because of one of the following reasons:
      – Discovery data is stale. The discovery data is generated by an MP recently deleted.
      – Database connectivity problems or database running out of space.
      – Discovery data received is not valid.

Additionally, you may receive the following exception, which causes this issue to occur:

Exception:

Exception type:   Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Common.DataItemDoesNotExistException
Message:          ManagedTypeId = ccf81b2f-4b92-bbaf-f53e-d42cd9591c1c
InnerException:   <none>
StackTrace (generated):            SP               IP               Function            000000000EE4EF10 00007FF8789773D5 Microsoft_EnterpriseManagement_DataAccessLayer!Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.DataAccessLayer.TypeSpaceData.IsDerivedFrom(System.Guid, System.Guid)+0x385

Changes and fixes for Unix and Linux

  • RHEL 7 on Power8 is now supported in System Center2012 R2 Operations Manager
  • SHA1 is deprecated and SHA2 is now supported on the management server that’s used to sign the UNIX/Linux Operations Manager i (OMi) certificate.
  • OMi start attempts fail on all FIPS-enabled UNIX/Linux systems. This fix updates the agents to support FIPS-enabled systems.
  • The Average Physical disk sec/transfer performance counters are not displayed for Hewlett Packard systems.
  • OMi displays incorrect memory information for Solaris 10 systems.
  • The Network Adapter Performance counter is not displayed for SLES 12 x64 platforms in the console.
  • You can’t discover file systems on HPUX 11.31 IA-64 computers that have more than 128 disks. Previously, only 128 VGs were supported. This update extends support to 256 VGs.
  • Deep monitoring can’t be started successfully for some Jboss applications because the discovery of the Jboss application server sets the DiskPath for the Jboss server incorrect. Deep monitoring is not started in JBoss stand-alone mode when a nondefault configuration is used. This update provides additional support for JBoss stand-alone mode.

XPost: SCOM 2016 Now supports SQL 2012 SP3

Additional support is now available for SCOM 2016 for SQL 2012 SP3. this will more easily facilitate the in-place upgrade path from SCOM 2012 as previously you would need your environment to be using a SQL version supported by both SCOM versions  (SQL 2014 SP2)

Kevin Holman has a nice article hi-lighting the different supported versions you can find it here