Monthly Archives: July 2017

SCOM 2016: Updated MP for Microsoft Azure Stack v1.0.1.0

An updated management pack has been released for Microsoft Azure Stack, version is available here.

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

New in this version:

  • Implemented “Edit Deployment” wizard.
  • Improved the authentication by means of Azure Active Directory (UPN authentication) and Active Directory Federation Services (UPN and AD FS SPN authentication).
  • Implemented UI improvements in “Add Deployment” wizard.
  • Implemented the Capacity Dashboard.
  • Implemented Auto Maintenance Mode Monitoring Rule that checks if any updates are run on Azure Stack regions and switches regions that are being updated to maintenance mode in Operations Manager. Implemented Turn Off Auto Maintenance Mode and Turn On Auto Maintenance Mode tasks to manually disable and enable the Auto Maintenance Mode.
  • Implemented improvements to reflect changes in the API.
  • Updated the display strings.
  • Added a workaround to support Alert names and descriptions to be displayed in the Operations Manager Reports as a plain text.


SCOM 2016: Don’t forget those Antivirus Exclusions!

Something that I find is often missed with a SCOM deployment is putting in place the recommended AV exclusions. Not having these in place can cause issues in your environment.

Note: Paths are examples, amend drive letter as required for your environment.


The following directory-specific exclusions for Operations Manager include real-time scans, scheduled scans and local scans. The directories that are listed here are default application directories so you may have to modify these paths based on your specific environment. Only the following Operations Manager related directories should be excluded.

Important When a directory that is to be excluded has a directory name greater than 8 characters long, add both the short and long directory names of the directory to the exclusion list. These names are required by some AV programs to traverse the subdirectories.

SCOM Management Servers
C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2016\Operations Manager\Server\Health Service State

 Agent machines
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Monitoring Agent\Agent\Health Service State

SCOM SQL Servers
These will include the locations for your SCOM databases and log files as well as you SQL master and tempdb
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Log

File Extensions 
SCOM Management Servers / Agent machines

SCOM SQL Servers