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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

Looking forward to the Midwest Management Summit

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Since Microsoft stopped their Microsoft Management Summit and integrated it into their TechEd it still felt like a void was left there in the System Center space. Of course the MMS in the old days started as a community thing and in the end it ended up as a Microsoft conference with some community input. And of course now it was gone. :-/

Well, the community decided to step back in! B) :D :p :) :)) :>> (yeah i better not include too many smileys here).

User groups and MVP's and other community leaders and experts are jumping in and now the Midwest Management Summit (so also MMS in short) has been born. It is filled with great speakers, many from the community and MVP sides from all over the world. It is gearing up to be a great event and specialized into the field of System Center in connection also with PowerShell, Clouds and so on.

Have a look at this great lineup of sessions in the schedule: http://mms2014.sched.org/

Next I can inform you that I also will be speaking there in two sessions along with my long time friend, SCOM specialist and MVP Cameron Fuller

Check out our sessions here: http://mms2014.sched.org/speaker/bob.cornelissen

MMS2014SPeaker

If you have not registered yet for this event, give it a second thought and go to: http://mms.mnscug.org/ and book your ticket http://mms2014.sched.org/tickets :yes:

I hope to see you there. If you are attending the MMS, please feel free to catch me there and have a chat! That is also what these community based events are all about. I am very much looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible during the upcoming events in November. I will be attending the MVP Summit and this MMS of course!

Bob Cornelissen

Latest information WMUG NL Webinar nr2 2014

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Just as a reminder to both Dutch and international community members who have an interest in SCCM and OSD and MDT, we have a webinar upcoming tomorrow evening (European time) with Johan Arwidmark as speaker!!!

All the info can be found here:
http://wmug.nl/2014/05/05/laatste-informatielatest-information-wmug-webinar-2-2014/

I will copy the English translation below:

Below you will find the necessary information in order to participate in our third webinar of 2014 on the 6th of May.

For our second webinar we are proud to announce that Johan Arwidmark will host a session about “OSD – MDT 2013 & ConfigMgr 2012 R2 highlights”. This session will be in English.

You can connect to the live meeting by visiting the following URL:

https://meet.lync.com/wmug/info/MRD9PB26

Also this time we will use Microsoft Lync for hosting our session, more information about the use of Lync can be found here: http://office.microsoft.com/client/helpcategory.aspx?CategoryID=CL102175049&lcid=1033&NS=OCO14&Version=14&CTT=5&origin=HA102621125

We will start at 20:00 sharp, so make sure that you are connected with the live meeting upfront. We will start the session at 19:50 giving you enough time to test connectivity.

If you are in a different timezone from the Netherlands (CET), please make sure you know which time the webinar starts in your timezone:

http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?msg=OSD+MDT+2013+and+ConfigMgr+2012+R2+highlights&iso=20140506T20&p1=16&ah=1

We hope to welcome you on the 6th !

Come on and join us!
Bob Cornelissen

System Center Universe is tonight

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The absolutely fabulous System Center Universe 2014 is today, 30 January 2014 in Houston during the whole day. In my case in Europe it is the second part of the afternoon until passed midnight. B)

Check out this great agenda with top speakers:
http://systemcenteruniverse.com/agenda.htm

I am definately going to watch remotely through the live stream. I have been told that efforts will be made to record the sessions as well for later reference in case we need to miss something due to other lesser obligations such as work or sleep or whatever. Tssss :>
There are a good number of User Group locations where you can also watch the live stream in the comfort of the company of your System Center friends from nearby.

In past years our friends at Catapult Systems did a great job of organizing this event both on location and online. It has even gotten a following of other separate System Center Universe events in Europe and Asia at least. Fantastic! Not only fantastic that there are events in different parts of the world, but also in timing. Because there is no more MMS and it is merged with Teched USA there has to be more opportunities to talk about SYstem Center during the year and also in different locations. Of course never forget the User Groups which are very active all over the world. As you know I am also involved in one ( WMUG NL ). That is why we can appreciate any community based effort and I am happy to see many people also from Microsoft joining in to help with these kind of initiatives.

Also a shout out to our friends at the SCU and Houston and of course our friends at Catalpult Systems from the Dutch user group: Windows Management User Group Netherlands !!! Good luck and have lots of fun over there!

So go ahead and watch this edition of SCU !!!

System Center 2012 R2 is coming 18 October

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According to a post from Brad Anderson the release date for several products will all be the same: 18 October 2013.
These are of course Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, SYstem Center 2012 R2 as main components.
Because these products were developed together and work together to form a number of great new scnearios these are also now release together and will work together as well.

Here is the post from Brad:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx

So lets get ready for this!
Bob

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview bits available

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Since a few hours the Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 Preview bits are available on MSDN and TechNet. SO we can go ahead and download those files. It could be that relating to what access you have to these platforms you will see a few which are yet unavailable, but they will be available soon. In my case I could access all of them. B)

Also available are the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview, and the SQL 2014 CTP1 preview also seems to be here already if you are a die hard SQL fan.

SO now we can start playing around with some Windows and System Center R2 products and see what changed and what we like :p

Your chance to win a copy of Mastering SCOM 2012 book by evaluating System Center

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My good friend and MVP Kevin Greene put out a blog post here with details on how you can win a copy of Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager by downloading and evaluating System Center. Look here for his blog post.

UR1 for System Center 2012 SP1 released

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Funny things this System Center 2012. As you probably know by now Service Pack 1 for System Center 2012 is available for some, but not yet in GA (General availability) status. Expecting that to be soon, and please watch for announcements on the System Center blogs... I really will not tell you anything more than this.

However last night some people found with the WSUS/SCCM updates of this months patch-Tuesday a number of additional updates called something like Update Rollup 1 for Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 - [product] (KB1111111).

Say what? UR1 for SP1 already? 88|

Yes, it has to do with the quarterly cadence of updates coming from the System Center team. Even though the SP1 is not yet available to everybody, of course the product team is moving forward. :)

If you do not see all these updates yet in WSUS and are applicable to you check in your WSUS server settings.

In WSUS go to Options -> Products and Classifications. In the popup scroll down to the System Center products. Here you will see both the System Center 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 type of product categories.

As you see in my case I still needed to select them and synchronize again to get to see all the updates related to SP1 as well.

And now we see a list of updates released 8 January 2013 relating to System Center 2012 and up.

The following KB article contains the Description of Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

In the Article there are fixes describer for App Controller + DPM + SCOM + SPF + VMM.

Interesting is that it talks about UR1 for VMM 2012 SP1 and in WSUS it shows both that one and UR4 for VMM 2012. Not all links to all the KB articles seem to be active or available yet. Well perhaps its just waiting for a few hours/days more until all the info is up on TechNet.

The article also contains important information on how to install the updates and where to find stuff. Do not think that for all products you simply need to approve stuff in WSUS and be ready with it! As SCOM is still my main thing I will post a note below for SCOM admins. Check in the article for extended notes for SCOM and other products!!!

 

Note for SCOM admins: After installing the update on management servers, gateways, web console and agents and so on, you need to import the new management packs! These are according to the KB article the following: (By the way, please read further below first before you start clicking on things)...

  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.DataWarehouse.Library.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.Visualization.Library.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.WebApplicationSolutions.Library.mpb

You can find them in the following location:
%SystemDrive%\Program Files\System Center 2012 SP1\Operations Manager\Server\Management Packs for Update Rollups

However, I found the following two mpb management packs to be present in the mentioned folder (and in my case the folder name did not have SP1 in the path name):

  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb
  • Microsoft.SystemCenter.IntelliTraceProfiling.mpb

And these also sound more like the mentioned issues actually.

Update 23 January 2013: The KB article seems to have been adjusted. It now mentions to only install the Microsoft.SystemCenter.AlertAttachment.mpb management pack! The IntelliTrace management pack contains a number of dependencies that seem to be as yet impossible to resolve &#59;) and I read somewhere that it would actually contain nothing new over the version included in the SP1 bits. So only import the one mpb file!

For UNIX/Linux monitoring there are also updates. You can find them by going to this location: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 and download the MSI and guides.
Install the MSI to extract the contents. You will find updated Microsoft.Unix.Library management pack in the Microsoft.Unix.Library\2012 SP1 folder and the Microsoft.Process.Library management pack bundle and platform library management packs that are relevant to the Linux or UNIX platforms you are monitoring which you can import.

Good luck updating your System Centers!
Bob Cornelissen

SCCM 2012 Management Scripts

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This is a sort of guest post from my good friend Marius van de Ven. It is about a set of management scripts for Configuration Manager. He loves to PowerShell and make his SCCM life easier and better that way. The pack of scripts can be found on TechNet Gallery:

PowerShell: SCCM 2012 Management Scripts (Create Collections, Packages and more)

He explains what this set of scripts is all about below:

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I created some sort of "Management Pack" for SCCM 2012. This pack contains quite some scripts which should ease up the management (and maybe implementation) tasks of SCCM 2012. The following scripts + example input files are present:

  • add_PackagesToDPs.ps1
  • add_PackagesToDPs.input
  • create_collections.ps1
  • create_collections.input
  • create_folders.ps1
  • create_folders.input
  • create_metering_rules.ps1
  • create_metering_rules.input
  • create_packages.ps1
  • create_packages.input
  • create_programs.ps1
  • create_programs.input
  • move_collections.ps1
  • move_collections.input
  • move_metering_rules.ps1
  • move_metering_rules.input
  • move_packages.ps1
  • move_packages.input

The names of the scripts pretty much explain what they do, but here is a short description for all of them.

add_PackagesToDPs.ps1
This script will add all packages to all the available DP's, except the PXE's. DP's can be excluded by changing the select query.

create_collections.ps1
This script will create collections that are described in the input file. A distinction in the collections can be made by giving a different CollectionType (device or user).

create_folders.ps1
This will create all the folders, within the SCCM console, to make seperation for collections, packages, etc. This makes the whole more manageable for the SCCM administrators. A distinction can be made between folders for Packages, Advertisements, Software Metering Rules, Devices and Users. Just change the FolderType in the input file to the appropriate value (see the script for an overview).

create_metering_rules.ps1
This will create all the Software Metering Rules. Not much more to say about this. Check the script for a short summary of common LanguageID's that can be used.

create_packages.ps1
This script will create all the packages that are described in the input file. The packages can also be created / moved to a folder that is described in the input file (and was probably created with the create_folders.ps1 script). If the folder doesn't exist, the package will be created / placed in the root.

create_programs.ps1
This will create all the programs in the package that is described in the input file. This was purposely seperated from the packages, because in some cases the program wasn't known yet and the package was. They had to be created in advance.

move_collections.ps1
With this script it is possible to move collections from one folder (location) to another. I had to do this for a lot of collections / applications, because new versions were released, but we wanted to keep the old. I decided to move it all to an _old folder. This script does it fast and clean.

move_metering_rules.ps1
Same functionality as the previous script, except for the metering rules.

move_packages.ps1
You could have guessed what this does :) Move multiple packages to new folders, fast and clean.

Most of these scripts will also work (with some minor adjustments) with SCCM 2007, but I created them especially for SCCM 2012, since more and more customers want this. Find a short 'snippet' of the create collections script + input. If you have any questions / improvements / etc. please let me know.

Note #1: I made the scripts not really in 'PowerShell style', but more in a 'VBScript style'. This is to make them more readable and understandable, also for the less experienced scripters.

Note #2: I seperated all scripts / steps, because that gives me greater control of the total management. All these scripts could also be combined in one (which I have build previously in VBScript for SCCM 2007), but I like this better. Feel free to adjust it to your needs :)

Note #3: I ran all these scripts from the Management Point / SCCM Server! You probably want to do that too or write a small function that makes a connect to that server.

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Note from Bob Cornelissen:
This looks like a very nice set of scripts to make your life easier. And of course I see more possibilities to bring this into a combination with other System Center products even.
Feel free to send me your suggestions for changes/improvements/additions and so on and I will pass them on to Marius.

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