SCOM 2016: Updated SQL MPs 6.7.20.0

New SQL management packs were released recently, get them at the links below:

SQL Server 2008/2012 – here
SQL Server 2014  – here
SQL Server 2016 – here

Updates and fixes

SQL Server 2008/2012

  • Fixed issue: GetSQL20XXSPNState.vbs fails when domain controller is Read-Only
  • Fixed issue: SQL ADODB “IsServiceRunning” function always uses localhost instead of server name

Dashboards

  • No changes introduced; the version is increased to comply with the current version of SQL Server MP

Management Pack Recap – March 2017 Wave

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

Windows Server 2016 Remote Desktop Services MP v10.0.5.0here
Office 365 MP v7.1.5138.0 – here
Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V MP v10.0.8.0here

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: 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

Management Pack Recap – February 2017 Wave

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

Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System 2016 v10.0.8.0here

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: 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: UR2 has been released!

Update rollup 2 for the remaining System Center products is out! Get it here or through the Windows Update.

As always test before deploying to your production environment!

New, Fixed and Improved

 

    • When you use the Unix Process Monitoring Template wizard (adding a new template) to monitor processes on UNIX servers, the monitored data is not inserted into the database because of the following failure:

      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.

      The following is the underlying exception that causes this issue:

Exception type: Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Common.DataItemDoesNotExistException Message: ManagedTypeId = ccf81b2f-4b92-bbaf-f53e-d42cd9591c1c InnerException: StackTrace (generated): SP IP Function 000000000EE4EF10 00007FF8789773D5 Microsoft_EnterpriseManagement_DataAccessLayer!Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.DataAccessLayer.TypeSpaceData.IsDerivedFrom(System.Guid, System.Guid)+0x385

 

  • When a management server is removed from the All Management Servers Resource Pool, the monitoring host process does not update the TypeSpaceCache.
  • When alerts are closed from the Alerts view after you run a Search, the closed Alerts still appear in the View when the Search is cleared.
  • When you press Ctrl+C to copy an alert in Operations Manager Alert view and then press Ctrl+V to paste it to Notepad, the Created time is in UTC time, not local time.
  • Groups disappear from Group view after they are added to a Distributed Application.
  • IM notifications from Operating Manager to Skype fail when an incorrect exception causes NullReferenceException in the SipNotificationTransport.Send method.
  • When the maintenance mode option for the dependency monitor is set to “Ignore,” and the group (consisting of the server to which this dependency monitor is targeted) is put in Maintenance mode, the state of the monitor changes to critical and does not ignore maintenance mode.
  • Because of a rare scenario of incorrect computation of configuration and overrides, some managed entities may go into an unmonitored state. This behavior is accompanied by 1215 events that are written to the Operations Manager log.
  • Recovery tasks on “Computer Not Reachable” Operations Manager Monitor generate failed logons on SCOM Agents that are not part of the same domain as the management groups.
  • The ManagementGroupCollectionAlertsCountRule workflow fails and generates a “Power Shell Script failed to run” alert.
  • Get-SCOMGroup cmdlet fails when thousands of groups are created in Operations Manager.
  • Organizational unit properties for computers that are running Windows are not discovered or populated. This discovery is part of the System Center Internal Library MP. After this update, organizational unit properties will be discovered for all computers that are running Windows.
  • When the Operations Manager Health Service agent starts, and the agent is configured for AD integration, if the agent cannot contact Active Directory at all, it immediately goes dormant and stops trying to connect and obtain the policy from Active Directory.

Issues that are fixed in the UNIX and Linux management packs

  • SHA1 is deprecated, and SHA256 certificates are now supported on the management server that’s used to sign the Unix/Linux OMI certificate.
  • OMI does not work on Linux servers configured for FIPS compliance.
  • Avg. Physical disk sec/transfer performance counters are not displayed for Hewlett Packard computers.
  • OMI displays incorrect Memory information on Solaris 10 computers.
  • Network adapter performance is not displayed for SLES 12 x64 platform in the Operations Manager Console.
  • Cannot discover file systems on HPUX 11.31 IA-64 computers with more than 128 disks. Previously it supported only 128 VGs. Now support is extended to 256 VGs.
  • Deep monitoring cannot be started successfully on some JBoss applications because the discovery of the JBoss application server sets the Disk Path for the JBoss server incorrectly. Deep monitoring was not being started in JBoss stand-alone mode when a nondefault configuration was used.

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.