Monthly Archives: April 2014

SCOM 2012 R2: Update Rollup 2 Released

Update Rollup 2 for SCOM 2012 R2 has been released and is availible for download here.

The update fixes the following issues:

Issue 1
This update rollup makes the stored procedure performance aggregate more robust against out-of-range values.

Issue 2
Adding multiple regular expressions (RegEx) to a group definition causes an SQL exception when the group is added or run.

Issue 3
Web applications fail when they are monitored by the System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 APM agent.

Issue 4
Service Level Objectives (SLO) dashboards sometimes load in several seconds and sometimes take minutes to load. Additionally, the dashboard is empty after it loads in some cases.

Issue 5
Operations Manager Console crashes when you try to override the scope in the Authoring pane.

Issue 6
The System Center Operations Manager console is slow to load views if you are a member of a custom Operator role.

Issue 7
This update rollup includes a fix for the dashboard issue that was introduced in Update Rollup 1.

Issue 8
SQL Time Out Exceptions for State data (31552 events) occur when you create Data Warehouse workflows.

Issue 9
This update rollup includes a fix for the Event Data source

Operations Manager – UNIX and Linux Monitoring (Management Pack Update)

Issue 1

All IBM WebSphere application servers that run on Linux or AIX computers are not automatically discovered by the Management Pack for Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) if multiple application servers are defined in a single WebSphere profile.


SCOM: Troubleshooting Flow For Slow SCOM 2012x Consoles

A while ago I had an issue at a customer where their SCOM console would experience huge performance degradation at random intervals.

This is a slow and complex situation to troubleshoot which is why I am glad to see a comprehensive and well laid out Troubleshooting plan from Marnix Wolf.  This is a must read to better understand the areas that can impact your SCOM environment performance and more importantly your user experience, as people don’t want to use a console that’s slow.

Click here for the full article.


SCOM: Updated MP PKI Certificate Verification

A new version of the PKI Certificate Verification management pack has been released by Raphael Burri, version is exclusively for SCOM 2012 and contains the following changes:

  • SCOM 2012 / 2012 R2 support only (the legacy MP is still available for use on SCOM 2007).
  • main monitoring script now uses PowerShell instead of VB Script, making it compatible with any system locale and easier to maintain.
  • new, advanced certificate verification flag overrides
  • dashboard view

Click here for additional information.

It is available for download here


SCOM: Monitoring Site Availibility

One of my customers still running SCOM 2007 R2 asked if it would be possible to monitor the availability of their 3 sites so that they could track any outages during the month. The below will also work with SCOM 2012.
Each site has a primary and backup connection and the site is only unavailable if both links fail.

First with the network teams assistance I identified and discovered the Routers and Interfaces responsible for the line connections into each of the sites. Then I create a distributed application for each specific site:

Site mon 1

Scope your container to Device

Site mon 2

Search for the site routers discovered earlier and add them to the container.

Site mon 3

Save and open Configure Health Rollup

Site mon 4

Now because the site is only unavailable in the event of both links failing, set the Health Rollup to “Best Health State of any Member” this will ensure that the DA stays green if even 1 Router is still contactable.

Site mon 5

Below is what you will see in your Distributed Application view.

Site mon 6

Here is a sample of an availability report using the DA for a particular site.

Site mon 7

Happy SCOMing.

If you have another way of achieving this result, I’d be interested to hear about it, drop me a mail or leave a comment.


Silect releases MP Author SP1

Silect has released the SP1 version of their MP Author tool.

It is a free product which enables wizard driven management pack authoring which means you no longer have to be a developer to create a Management Pack.

Go to for more information.

“Complex. Multi-layered. Too many unnecessary rules and monitors. Applications without management packs. We get it. But you don’t have to be a developer anymore to build your own System Center Operations Manager management packs (MPs). With MP Author you get to be the author, designer and the developer. Our intuitive and intelligent wizard-driven designer lets you build completely new MPs or even customize existing MPs for single or distributed applications—without needing XML skills. And best of all, it’s FREE.” – Silect


SCOM: Version Codes

Here is a quick overview of each release of SCOM and the related version code:

You can check your core version by running the following query against your OpsDB.
select DBVersion from __MOMManagementGroupInfo__

Have a look at the version of your SCOM component files such as HealthService.dll to determine your UR / CU level.

SCOM 2012

  • RTM:   7.0.8560.0
  • SP1:     7.0.9538.0
  • R2:       7.1.10226.0

SCOM 2012 R2 Update Rollups

  • UR1: 7.1.10226.1009
  • UR2: 7.1.10226.1015
  • UR3: 7.1.10226.1037
  • UR4: 7.1.10226.1046
  • UR5: 7.1.10226.1052
  • UR5: 7.1.10226.1052
  • UR6: 7.1.10226.1064
  • UR7: 7.1.10226.1090
  • UR8: 7.1.10226.1118
  • UR9: 7.1.10226.1177

SCOM 2007

  • R2 RTM:      6.1.7221.0
  • R2 RC:          6.1.7043.0
  • R2 Beta 1:    6.1.6407.0
  • SP1:              6.0.6278.0
  • RTM:              6.0.5000.0
  • RC:                 6.0.6246.0

SCOM 2007 R2 CU versions

  • CU7: 6.1.7221.110
  • CU6: 6.1.7221.99
  • CU5: 6.1.7221.81
  • CU4: 6.1.7221.61
  • CU3: 6.1.7221.49
  • CU2: 6.1.7221.15
  • CU1: 6.1.7221.13