Tag Archives: #2016

SCOM 2016: Update Rollup 6 released

A brief overview of the recently released UR6 for SCOM 2016 – get it here

Updates and Fixes

  • Application pool crashes and SharePoint application crashes because of APM agent and the profiler are now fixed. These occurred because the profiler was always on. This issue is fixed by disabling the profiler by default and enabling it only when APM is configured.Note If you’re using APM, restart IIS after you deploy the patches.
  • Improved logging to display error messages and suggest that you check performance counters when PdhExpandWildCardPath fails.
  • Fixed: Session Events tab in Application Diagnostics web console doesn’t display any data.
  • Fixed: Scheduled Maintenance Mode doesn’t work in an availability group that uses SQL Always-On configuration. In case of a failover to a secondary node, the Maintenance Mode Schedules that are created on the primary node don’t run. This has now been fixed. For details, see the “Enabling Schedule Maintenance Mode with SQL Always ON” section.
  • Updated fix: The Get-SCOMGroup cmdlet is slow to query large (more than 2,000) groups. A previous fix has been improved for faster querying of any number of groups.
  • Fixed: Users could not edit the Maintenance Schedule in the SCOM console if all the objects were removed. The schedule can now be edited. However, it cannot be saved unless it contains at least one object.
  • Fixed: SCX cannot connect with Linux machine if the KEX algorithms are configured as any of the following: ecdh-sha2-nistp256diffie-hellman-group-exchange-sha256, or diffie-hellman-group14-sha256.
  • Fixed: Using MI APIs causes MonitoringHost.exe to crash. This event is logged in the Application log, but no crash events are reported in the Operations Manager event log. After this fix, MonitoringHost doesn’t crash even if the useMIAPI registry key is enabled.
  • OMS (now Azure Log Analytics) connection onboarding wizard isupdated to communicate with the new APIs. This is because the OMS services were moved to the Azure Portal (link), and also because of the planned retirement of the OMS portal. This change will not affect any existing connection to OMS. However, for new connections or to reconfigure existing connections, the relevant management packs that are bundled together with this update rollup must be imported.
  • This update rollup creates a new “omi” user (system account).
  • XPlat support matrix changes:
    • SLES 10 is not supported.
    • CentOS 5 is not supported.
    • AIX 6.x is not supported.

SCOM CB: Updated Azure Management Pack v1.6.0.0

An update to the Azure management pack has been released get it here:

Changes and fixes:

  • Fixed false errors about required access to DataAccess service when monitor classic alert rules in the Gateway configuration
  • Improved names and descriptions for workflows that responsible for metricalerts presentation in Operations Manager Console
  • Updated section “Azure Alerts in Operations Manager” in Guide
  • Changed alert names for warning alerts created on dynamic monitors
  • Declare compatibility with System Center Operations Manager 1801
  • Implemented validation on “the given key not present in the dictionary” issue
  • It is possible to upgrade from CTP, but user is recommended to re-create Azure MP template in Authoring section to obtain new changes and perform modifications

SCOM CB: Updated MP Active Directory Domain Services v10.0.2.2

An updated MP has been released for ADDS get it here

New in this version:

  • Updated the RODC Group to include OS version
  • Updated NTService monitors to allow for overriding when the service is not set to automatic start
  • Fixed AD Topology discovery when the SCOM server and action account are in a child domain

SCOM 1807: Updated Management Pack for Microsoft Azure v1.5.20.18

The Azure management pack has had an update get it here

This updated contains primarily new features.

Updates and features

  • Added the “Audience URI” field in the Endpoints Configuration for the Azure Subscriptions Wizard
  • Implemented monitoring of Non-classic storage account
  • Implemented monitoring of Application gateway
  • Fixed issue of obtaining data with Azure Data Factory
  • Implemented monitoring of Azure Data Factory
  • Metric collection for Classic storage account is not supported
  • Implemented monitoring of Service Bus in SPN mode
  • Implemented monitoring  support for Gateway Server

SCOM 1801: Updated management packs for Open Source Software OSS v7.7.1129.0

The updated Management packs for OSS MySQL and Apache can be found here.

The Management Packs for Open Source Software enable discovering, monitoring, and managing MySQL Server and Apache HTTP Server. They provide reactive and proactive monitoring of MySQL Server and Apache HTTP Server running on Linux operating systems. The monitoring provided by the Open Source Software management packs includes availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds. In addition to health monitoring capabilities, the Open Source Software management packs include reports, diagnostics, tasks, and views that enable near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.


The case of the missing override checkbox

One of my customers contacted me regarding a rather strange situation, whenever they try to apply an override they are unable to because the checkbox is missing.

As it turns out this the solution while unusual is quite simple, the screen resolution on their server is too high. In this case, for this particular version of Operations Manager the resolution was higher than 1600×900.

Once we dropped the resolution to 1600×900 the check boxes reappeared.

SCOM 1801: Updates management packs for SQL Server v7.0.7.0

New versions of the SQL MPs have been released you can get them using the links below:

SQL Server

SQL Server 2017+ –  here
SQL Server 2016here
SQL Server 2014here
SQL Server 2008-2012here


SSAS 2016 – here
SSAS 2014 – here
SSAS 2012 – here
SSAS 2008 – here

SSRS (Native Mode)

SSRS 2016 – here
SSRS 2014 – here
SSRS 2012 – here
SSRS 2008 – here

SQL Server 2017+ MP New Features and Fixes

  • Implemented an ability to monitor SQL Server Cluster instances locally; formerly, it was possible only in Agentless and Mixed modes
  • Added the SSIS monitoring
  • Added the “Exclude List” property in DB Engine Discovery in order to filter instances, which are not subject to monitoring
  • Added the “Exclude List” property in DB Discovery in order to filter databases, which are not subject to monitoring
  • Implemented a feature: both “Exclude List” properties support usage of the asterisk character to make the filter more flexible; e.g. “*temp” is used to exclude instances/databases ending with “temp” and having anything in the beginning
  • Added the “Computers” view
  • Added the “ClusterName” property to the AG class and updated AG alerts in order to display the property within
  • Updated the “SP Compliance” monitor in order to support the Modern Servicing Model for SQL Server: the monitor will check build number instead of Service Pack number
  • Updated the “SPN Status” monitor so that it requires only a single SPN record when only TCP/IP is enabled and the instance is the default one
  • Updated the “Database Backup Status” monitor: it is disabled by default now
  • Updated the DB Space monitors so that their alert descriptions include the actual value of space available
  • Updated the “Configuration Security” section in the guide
  • Fixed issue: The “Database Health Policy” monitor ignores the “Critical” state (on Windows only)
  • Fixed issue: The “Alert severity” property of the “DB File Free Space Left” monitor has incorrect Default Value
  • Fixed issue: The “DB Filegroup Fx Container” rollup monitor has an alert parameter with a wrong value within
  • Fixed issue: “Resource Pool Memory consumption” monitor may not change its state to “Critical” for the “default” resource pool
  • Fixed issue: “Number of Samples” parameter of “Resource Pool Memory consumption” alert displays incorrect data
  • Fixed issue: Missed image resources in the SQL Server 2017+ Core Library
  • Fixed issue: “The agent is suspect. No response within last minutes” alerting rule does not catch appropriate events due to the wrong source

SQL Server 2014-2016 MP New Features and Fixes

  • Updated alert severity in some monitors
  • Updated the display strings
  • Updated the “Max worker thread count” data source of the corresponding monitor and performance rule
  • Fixed issue: In some environments, DB Space workflows fail when a secondary database is non-readable
  • Fixed issue: The “Transaction Log Free Space (%)” monitor does not work
  • Fixed issue: The “The agent is suspect. No response within last minutes” alerting rule does not catch appropriate events due to a wrong source

SQL Server 2008-2012 MP New Features and Fixes

  • Fixed issue: In some environments, DB Space workflows fail when a secondary database is non-readable
  • Fixed issue: The “The agent is suspect. No response within last minutes” alerting rule does not catch appropriate events due to a wrong source
  • Fixed issue: The “DB File Space” monitor in the SQL 2008 management pack throws error events due to the unnecessary $ character in its alert configuration
  • Updated the “Max worker thread count” data source of the corresponding monitor and performance rule
  • Fixed issue: The “Transaction Log Free Space (%)” monitor does not work

SSAS 2008-2016 MP New Features and Fixes

  • Updated the Visualization Library

SSRS 2008-2016 MP New Features and Fixes

  • Added support for cases when a connection string of the SSRS instance to the SSRS Database is not in the “MachineName\InstanceName” format; e.g., “<IP Address>, <Port Number>” or “(local)”, etc. Such connection strings are fully supported for default SQL Server instances hosting the SSRS Database. If the instance is named, workflows targeted at the SSRS Instance object work properly, but those targeted at the Deployment object cannot work, as there is no possibility to learn the FQDN of the server.
  • Updated the Deployment Seed discovery so that it does not check if the SQL Server instance hosting the SSRS Database is running
  • Updated the Visualization Library

SCOM 1801: Updated MP for Windows Server 2016 and 1709 Plus v10.0.21.0

An updated management pack has been released for Windows Server 2016 and 1709 Plus get it here

My colleague Kevin Holman has written a fantastic article on the new features in this management pack available here.

The article includes a word of caution regarding the new Port and Process monitoring MP as it can overwhelm your Data Warehouse if you turn this on indiscriminately.