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Spend a minute for animal charity and your effort will be doubled

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As you may be aware I have been very involved with an animal charity. It is called House of Tails (www.houseoftails.org ) and is about taking care of abandoned dogs in Thailand. This is also the reason why the volume of my tech blog posts went down for a while. I will however pick up the pace again, I promise! Lots of ideas here. Because the dog sanctuary has a very hard time to make things happen this has taken a lot of time. We have setup an official Foundation (Stichting in Dutch language) with bank and email and PayPal and so on and we are working on a fresh website.

Yesterday a dear friend Pete Zerger wrote a blog posting about our story and he has taken it upon himself (and his friends and family) to bring a challenge. Any donation given to our House of Tails charity within a 72 hour period (starting last evening, so for the coming 52 hours or so still) will be DOUBLED. So any donation you make will get a double effect for the animal charity and all of it will go to the wellbeing of these dogs!

Please read how you can help too:
http://insidethecloudos.azurewebsites.net/a-story-about-a-woman-a-man-and-their-dogs/

Also I will include a link here to the PayPal/Creditcard possibility of the charity Stichting House of Tails.




Take a minute to check it out through that post and through the House of Tails website.

Seeing how my geeky family and my online families are willing to help out a good cause is truely heart warming. It means soo much for us and for the dogs!

a truely gratefull Bob Cornelissen

Saving dogs while monitoring

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I know this blog is all about my technical career in IT, with System Center and Microsoft products and so on and so on. But I also have a secondary life which is very important to me and a lot more. In fact I am somewhat of a shy person and so is my wife. We do not ask for favors much, but do like to give them. I am talking about our dog and animal sanctuary in Thailand. Currently my wife and our staff Oarn are mainly taking care of about 60 dogs in 3 locations. Also some of our family members like the Mother and sister of my wife in one location and her father in another are doing their best to help out. We have to do all of this out of our own pocket and I can tell you it is not possible to do this alone. Also we have some huge set backs in the past few months. We are in the process of emergency relocation and are in a big stress to find funding to be able to buy a new small plot of land in a less expensive province where we can relocate to, build fencing, build a roof, build a 1 room shelter for staff and relocate most of the dogs to that location. Of course this is next to our ongoing push for health (sterilization, anti-tick program, helping sick and wounded, vaccinations, vitamins and trace elements and iron in their food somehow to get them healthier).

Two days ago I did a webinar with my good friend Cameron Fuller for our friends at Jalasoft. The webinar was of course SCOM and monitoring related. Read about the webinar and also some of the things which Cameron said about the dog sanctuary which I would not have said myself and humbles us:
http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/04/16/what-is-new-and-coming-soon-to-the-microsoft-monitoring-world-and-helping-a-good-cause-opinsights-scom-opsmgr-sysctr.aspx

We all donated the proceedings of this webinar to the good cause. Lek's House Of Tails.
More information can be found at following locations:

A website with some background information (see the tabs near the top below the picture) and information on how to donate (there are other methods, feel free to get in touch if you want to know how):
http://lekshouseoftails.azurewebsites.net/?page_id=222

The facebook page of the sanctuary:
https://www.facebook.com/LeksHouseOfTails

My personal Facebook Page (have lots of pictures from several years of the dog sanctuary):
https://www.facebook.com/bob.cornelissen.5

Feel free to contact us!

Also if you want to help out by whatever means (on location help in Thailand, financial, words of advice, toys, sharing our pages and posts, liking a post or whatever you can think of it is very much appreciated!
These dogs we have known for years, we have known their grandparents and all. They got deserted by people. They were in dire need. We try to help them have a life, eat food, have a roof for the rain, have a blanket to sleep on, have a bowl to eat from, be safe from getting hit by people or cars or getting poisonned or caught for some terrible plight. We just want to keep them safe, fed, healthy. They deserve a chance and all of them are really sweet and kind.
Due to bad circumstances we had to relocate to a temporary place and will soon move to our new place, which is a piece of empty land with nothing on it and start all over.

Now to get back to the webinar at Jalasoft. We have done this webinar and I feel it went great :p We want to thank Jalasoft for giving us this opportunity. I want to thank again my co-presenter Cameron Fuller, don't even know how to say how thankful we are mate.

Also a big thank you to several community members out of the technical community and MVP's who have helped in several ways in the past year.

During the webinar we had a surprise for the great folks and team at Jalasoft and that was that we named one of the pups without a name after their product range: Xian.
See below for a picture of Xian (on the left, with his brothers), it is a very smart and active dog and we thought it is a perfect fit :D

One more thing: The webinar we did was recorded and I am sure Jalasoft will publish it soon. Of course you can Always send a message to sales@jalasoft.com to get access to the webinar recording or the slides and of course to get more information on one or more of their great products. Of course in the near future I will be writing about several products and monitoring and System Center.

Xian and brothers

Thank you all so much for your patience and help and shares on behalf of me, my wife, our families and 60 sets of teeth from our dogs!
Bob Cornelissen

Im back and blog errors

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Hi all, I am back from my trip to the states for the MVP summit and the MMS. It was great to see everybody again and hear a lot of stuff. Totally worth the trip.

Last few days I had some issues with this blog. Basically it is running a PHP type blogging software with a MYSQL backend. Something went wrong with the MYSQL and it wasnt easy to fix. Somehow this is working again, but I do not trust it enough. This means I will be transferring the whole blog to a freshly installed server and trying to move the software and databases over, so everything remains the same. Probably with higher versions of both software parts and of course also higher Windows version and so on. If it is down for a number of hours or even a day it will probably be because im moving it at that time.

There was somebody who sent me an email about a page he was trying to get while it was down. Thats great! Feel free to do so if that happens.

SCOM-Bob

Microsoft Ignite

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Just now Microsoft announced the wave of main events of next year. The expected event which brings together several tech events like TechEd and Management Summit and Exchange/Lync/Sharepoint/Project conferences into one big event. Well here it is and it is called Microsoft Ignite. Scheduled May 4 to May 8 in Chicago. Read more about it on this page:

http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2014/10/16/introducing-microsoft-ignite-lineup-top-conferences-2015/

This page also lists some of the other conferences in the year like Convergence, Build and WPC.

Enjoy!
Bob Cornelissen

Warning, KB2775511 together with SCOM can cause deadlock issues

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It seems a few days ago a regression error was found with SCOM in combination with a rollup hotfix KB2775511. We are talking potentially both SCOM servers and agents. The rollup however is a rollup of about 89 hotfixes. We have no info yet on which specific files/hotfixes would be involved. We only have heard about the rollup itself. More info will surely follow.

Currently it is advised to not roll out KB2775511 if you are running SCOM. No advise on the contained hotfixes separately, but I would opt to wait for more info regarding this issue before deploying any of those separately on servers.

The notice with the warning is from this website.

Update: I havent been able to locate this one on my laptop (Microsoft Update) and WSUS. So perhaps not that many people are running this KB2775511 yet. I hope so.

New preview management packs for Windows Server 2012 R2

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An interesting link showed up in the Microsoft Downloads page. Seems like our SCOM 2012 environments will be more than ready for the upcoming R2 of Server 2012. Microsoft has just released *preview* MPs for the all the major infrastructure components in R2 like AD, DNS, DHCP, RDS, Hyper-V and so on. Most of the packs are only updated to include support for R2, but some of them have new features.
Here is summary of the MPs with new features:

AD LDS MP
Discovery of AD LDS instances, configuration sets, and application partitions
Monitoring the availability of AD LDS instances and application partitions
Monitoring replication between AD LDS instances
Monitoring AD LDS server availability from AD LDS clients
Client Perspective Monitoring
Replication Instance Topology Report
Instance Info Report
DFS Replication MP
Support for clustered namespaces
Support for clustered replication group members
Agentless monitoring

DHCP MP
DHCP availability monitoring
IP address range consumption monitoring
Policy IP range health

File Server MP
Support for:
Deduplication
FSRM
NFS
SMB

Server MP
Fixed MaxConcurrentAPI issues.
Changed Cluster Discovery to only discover volumes and resource type “Physical Disk”.
Added performance rules and reports for Windows Server 2012 R2 that target Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System

As mentioned, the other MPs for AD, DNS, Failover Cluster, Hyper-V, WSUS, RDS, NLB, are updated to support for Windows 2012 R2.
As usual you can find all the monitoring scenarios in the MP guides.

Most likely by the time of the release of the RTM of Server 2012 R2 these packs will be updated again, but for now you can download the preview bits from the Microsoft download page here.

Enjoy!
Ivan

New Dutch Community! Windows Management User Group Nederland (WMUG)

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First of all my apologies to all non-Dutch readers of this blog. A part of this posting will be in Dutch since it’s mainly targeted at the Dutch audience. It’s is all about a new User Group in the Netherlands, Windows Management User Group Nederland (WMUG).

WMUG NL

WMUG is founded by Marnix Wolf, Peter Daalmans, Kenneth van Surksum and myself Bob Cornelissen. WMUG is aimed at everything involved with managing IT environments based on Microsoft technology. WMUG will serve as a platform for everyone involved with Microsoft technology. Besides the Microsoft technologies there is also room for other mainstream technologies like VMware and Citrix to name a few. It also creates the possibility not only to attend sessions but also to present sessions on topics people excel in. So WMUG is all about the community and for the community.

With the user group we want to provide a platform for and by people involved with managing the Microsoft Windows platform. Our first session will be held on the 22nd of May this year.

In Dutch:

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Op 22 mei zal de eerste bijeenkomst van de Windows Management User Group Nederland (WMUG NL) plaatsvinden. De WMUG NL zal zich richten op alles wat met het beheren van Microsoft Windows te maken heeft en wil een platform bieden voor iedereen die zich met het management van Microsoft Windows bezig houdt. Of je nu kennis wilt delen door evenementen bij te wonen of tijdens een evenement een presentatie wil houden, de WMUG NL biedt het platform.

Wat kan je van de WMUG NL verwachten?
Periodiek zal de WMUG NL bijeenkomsten in Nederland organiseren, tijdens deze bijeenkomsten zal het laatste nieuws en specifieke kennis over een product met de aanwezigen gedeeld worden. Natuurlijk zijn de avonden interactief zodat u uw ervaring ook met de aanwezigen kunt delen. Tevens zal de WMUG NL webcasts en een Nederlandstalig forum hosten.

Over wat voor producten wordt gesproken?
De focus van de WMUG NL beperkt zich niet alleen tot Microsoft producten zoals de System Center 2012 suite, de Windows familie en de virtualisatie oplossingen van Microsoft. Wij willen juist ook de combinatie maken met andere producten van bijvoorbeeld VMware en Citrix, denk dan aan VMware ESX of Citrix XenServer als virtualisatie platform ten opzichte van Hyper-V.

Wie of wat is de Windows Management User Group?
WMUG NL ben jij! Opgericht door een viertal actieve community leden, wil je echter meehelpen om dit nieuwe platform tot een succes te maken neem dan gerust contact met ons op, je bent van harte welkom! Want zoals gezegd, de community is er voor iedereen.

Hopelijk zien we je tijdens ons eerste evenement, je kunt je hier inschrijven. Wees er snel bij want de beschikbare plaatsen zijn beperkt. Meer informatie over ons eerste evenement op 22 mei vindt u hier.

Vragen?
Neem contact op via info@wmug.nl

We hopen u tijdens onze eerste bijeenkomst te ontmoeten,

Bob Cornelissen

Peter Daalmans

Kenneth van Surksum

Marnix Wolf

This user group is for the community and by the community!

Checking if CU7 for SCOM 2007 R2 has been applied successfully

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Because Microsoft released CU7 for SCOM 2007 R2 in January 2013 as explained in a previous post about this subject, it was time to also update the checking scripts I had made before for CU5 and CU6 and make them work for CU7.

As I explained in the previous post on how to check for CU5 installation on SCOM 2007 R2, the way to check for successfull implementation of Cumulative updates has come up as questions in the community a number of times and I found a need as well to have this scripted. So I created a number of scripts for SCOM 2007 R2 CU5 which I discuss in the other blog post here. The method for CU7 is exactly the same as mentioned in that article with two differences.

  • The names of the scripts are with a 7 in it
  • scripts are located on another TechNet Gallery page (see below for the link)


Refer to the post on CU5 check scripts for SCOM 2007 R2 on the procedure and screenshot.

This is the link to the TechNet Gallery page where the CU7 check for SCOM 2007 R2 is located.

Good luck and enjoy!
Bob Cornelissen

CU7 for SCOM 2007 R2

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Microsoft released SCOM 2007 R2 CU7 last night.
The relating KB article can be found here: Cumulative Update 7 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2783850/en-us

The update contains the following fixes (and this is a screenshot from that KB article):

The download can be found here: Cumulative Update 7 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (KB2783850) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=36379

Also interesting to note is that there are a few security vulnerabilities for SCOM 2007 R2 fixed within this CU7 as you can find explained over here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/bulletin/ms13-003

Please pay close attention to the installation order and steps as described in the KB article. It is basically the same story as CU4+5+6 for the ones informed on the process of those.

Visual Guide to Windows Server training and certification

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The Born to Learn team has posted a nice interactive graphic which shows you how to find training and get certified for Windows Server (2012). The linked picture below will take you there.


Windows Server Certification and Career Paths

Enjoy your learning path!
Bob Cornelissen

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