SCOM 2012 R2 UR 6 has been released

This release fixes a lot of issues.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3051169

Some of them are

Operations Manager

· The “Remove-DisabledClassInstance” Windows PowerShell command times out without completing

The cmdlet takes lots of time to complete in large SCOM installations and sometimes times out without completing its work. This is fixed by optimizing the query that is used for deletion.

· Duplicate closed alerts

The Find option in a message view sometimes gives results of the current search together with the results from previous searches. This occurs because of an update issue in the grid and is fixed so that values are displayed that correspond only to the current search.

· Topology widget objects lose location when they are opened in a console that has a different locale and decimal format

Topology widgets that are created in one locale but are viewed from another locale display an incorrect location because of the widget’s inability to interpret locale-specific formatting. This issue is fixed, and users can now create and view topology widgets from different locales.

· WebConsole Details widget does not display anything

When you click a message in the Alert widget, the details of the message are not displayed in the details widget on WebConsole. This issue is fixed by fixing the XAML page of the details widget. The XAML page was preventing the data from being displayed on the page.

· Top 10 Performance widgets (WebConsole) are sometimes empty

The Top 10 Performance widgets (WebConsole) are sometimes empty because of a performance issue. This issue was fixed in Update Rollup 3 through an MPB file that requires a manual import. Because many users missed importing the MPB, a fix is included in this update rollup as an SQL query update.

· Problem with decoding SCOM trace log files

Sometimes Operations Manager trace logs do not decode but generate the error “Unknown(X ): GUID=XXX (No Format Information found).” This occurs because the latest TMF files that contain formatting information for the related traces are missing. All TMF files are updated to make sure that traces are formatted correctly.

Exchange HTML 5 Dashboard

Further to my earlier post about HTML 5 dashboards, I want to show you the Exchange performance dashboard that I have also created.

Top part of the dashboard

Bottom part of the dashboard

By clicking on the Exchange Connection Pie Chart you get a bar graph showing you the category servers for either the RPC or OWA connections

SCOM SDK and HTML 5 Web Dashboard Better Together

I’ve been playing with the idea to combine, Vb.net with the SCOM 2012 SDK and HTML to create HTML 5 dashboards for showing SCOM Distributed Application and other health items.

I’m making use of Bootstrap and other java plugins and style sheets for the layout of the page

Distributed Application Dashboard Health

The little dials shows the CPU and Memory utilization of the server objects in each of the SCOM distributed Applications.

Below is the SCCM HTML 5 dashboard that shows SCCM components, performance and open alerts

SCOM Volumes

It’s very important to keep your eye on the volumes of data that is generated by your SCOM environment.

Several SCOM management packs has collection rules with intervals set to 300 seconds or 5 minutes. On big SCOM environments with hundreds or even thousands of SCOM agents it’s crucial to fine-tune these volumes by changes the intervals via overrides.

It’s very difficult to see the volumes in your environment and also to identify what rules are responsible for the volumes so that they can be fine-tuned or disabled.

The following report shows you a summarization of the volumes for the different data sets read from the SCOM OperationsManager database, this report is a 3-level-drill-down.

This report also allows the user to drill-through by clicking on a specific day for example on the Performance Insertions to see the individual performance counters and count – showing top 20 only.

The next drill-through level shows the SCOM rule details including the Rule DisplayName, with this information at hand the user/scom administrator can proceed to fine-tune the collection interval and other properties using the SCOM console.

PM me for a copy of this and all sub reports.