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I am back

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Just wanted to say I am back. Last few months I have been working mostly behind the scenes for a while due to several reasons. Still doing the System Center stuff and working on some things you will be seeing in the near future though. But now I am back and will be a bit more visible over here and elsewhere in the community again.

Also again a shout out to the MVP's who were renewed yesterday and to those who joined the club! Just to name a few of the new joins: Travis Wright, Dan Kregor, Telmo Sampaio and Tao Yang. It is great to hear you are part of the System Center MVP crew now! All names we have known for years and well deserved.

Change product key in windows server 2012 or windows 8

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While playing around with some freshly installed Windows Server 2012 machines I wanted to Activate Windows, so clicked the appropriate option and it gave me an error. Had not yet entered a key, but saw that the activation wizard seemed to think I had a key (it displays the last few characters of the key). If you wanted to change the product key in previous versions there simply was a button for that with the activation wizard. That is gone now in Windows 2012 and Windows 8.

After a little search I found the first method and after a little more searching I found a KB article talking about this and other methods.

Solutions are all simple (if you know them):

1. Use slmgr

  • Open an elevated command prompt and type the following commands:
  • slmgr -upk
    This will remove the key first
  • slmgr -ipk xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx-xyzyx
    This will add your key. Of course replace the xyzyx-xyzyx with your own real key.
  • Activate Windows (you will probably have popups already during this process)

2. Use slui.exe

  • Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search. Or, if you are using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, and then click Search.
  • In the search box, type Slui.exe 0x3.
  • Tap or click the Slui.exe 0x3 icon.
  • Type your product key in the Windows Activation window, and then click Activate.

3. You can also use the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) 3.0 to change the product key remotely, or if you want to change the product key on multiple computers.

The last two methods I found referenced in this KB: (and the first one is to be found there as well in a way).

Would still be nice to get that old button back somehow B)

Bob Cornelissen

Vacation is over for me

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It has been quiet for a while on my blog due to several reasons. Some work related things, authoring of the Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager, and of course also going to my second home in Thailand.

But I will be picking it up again from now. There is always a lot of good stuff going on and things to write about.

Blogging 3 years

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I just noticed that I have been blogging for three years now. Around 265 posts until now.
The last few weeks have been a bit more quiet as I got swamped with work and some other things.
I will be picking up again these weeks and am looking forward to that.
I want to thank all my readers who come regularly or just by accident or through a link to this site. Hope some of this helps.

Bob Cornelissen

Has been a bit busy

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Things have been a bit busy last weeks. I will be back on blogging again these days. I hope B)
Will be some interesting things ahead in the coming days and weeks and months.

Holiday season and looking forward

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Wow, we are in the middle of the holiday season again. Christmas has passed and hopefully it was a very nice one for everybody. New year is due tomorrow night. Moving on to the next year again!

Looking back a bit at 2011...
Last year was a busy one for me. Lots of things happening around private and professional. ALso had a chance to spend a lot of time in the community on blog and forums, especially SCOM related. I enjoyed doing that a lot and will continue doing that in 2012. Was a lot of fun and learned a lot from all people I encountered this way.

Also I started writing on the Sybex Mastering book on SCOM 2012 a few months ago as one of the authors. This is also an ongoing thing until the book gets published in a few months time.

Talking about SCOM 2012, we saw the public beta and the release candidate for the new product. From beta to RC was a good step forward in solving some issues. I think the product team is doing a great job moving forward.

Looking forward of course it will be very nice to see the whole System Center suite move into the 2012 version. We can expect that in the first half of 2012 (not to point at any specific dates or estimates of dates at the moment). And it will bring a number of interesting improvements and hopefully it will bring a number of very interesting projects for new implemenattions or upgrades which will help customers improve their manageability and ROI.

In April we will have the MMS 2012 in Vegas again, which will look at all those products of course and will be not just very very ifnormative, but also a chance to meet a lot of people from the community. I am certainly planning to be there and hope to see a number of you there.

Also looking forward to going to Thailand again in 2012.

Well, I hope all of you have a very good end of the year and a very healthy (if it is a monitor) and prosperous 2012!!!

Bob Cornelissen

Funny install issue

Uncategorized, SCOM, Active Directory 3 feedbacks »

We had something funny today in a non-production environment.
We were simply installing the great product nWorks 5.6.
Installing the EMS first. During the install have to enter a service account. So we did, existing account in the domain, local admin and everything. It would simply not acknowledge that account!!! told me that the account or password was not correct. Well we were logged on with that account!
WHen running it as my own account (and installing the service with my account) the install went fine. So had to be the service account!

You never believe what the reason was...
There was an AT (@) sign at the end of the account name.
So in AD Users and Computers. Open an account properties. Go to the tab Account.
In the user login name part there are two fields.. one for the account name and one for the logon domain.
In the logon domain field there was just one AT sign !! no domain there... It should have been @domain.something.local for instance.
When we selected the correct domain, everything worked as expected.
This is what that looks like:

We also found the cause already, it was due to a script based account creation in the past.

Guess windows did just continue with this issue, but the installer of for instance nWorks could not handle that kind of abuse :p

Funny thing!
Glad we found and fixed it.
I dont expect anybody else to ever run across this as its a chance of one in multiple milions :crazy:
But perhaps you can laugh about it as well, just like we did (after finding out what the issue was).

Greets from Bob Cornelissen

Going on holiday

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I will be out on holidays for a few weeks. Not sure if I will be able to post or reply a lot during that time. Almost sure it will be more quiet over here during that time as I can imagine my agenda gets filled very fast while I am there (using ad-hoc planning as is customary in Thailand B)).

So in a few weeks we will start to blog about the System Center 2012 series of products as well, next to the current versions. Looking forward to it!

Thanks for reading and come back soon!

Microsoft Community Contributor Award

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Today I got the following message from Microsoft...

Congratulations! We’re pleased to inform you that your contributions to Microsoft online technical communities have been recognized with the Microsoft Community Contributor Award.

The Microsoft Community Contributor Award is reserved for participants who have made notable contributions in Microsoft online community forums such as TechNet, MSDN and Answers. The value of these resources is greatly enhanced by participants like you, who voluntarily contribute your time and energy to improve the online community experience for others.


Wow, thats cool!

As you might know by now I really like being an active member of the community on community websites and forums and blogging and beta programs of all sorts. Its great to be awarded such a community based award. Thanks to all for this! It is also another push forward to continue being active and helping others, as I have been helped by others in the past as well.

To read more about what this program is about you can go to:

SCOM Tricks overview

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I will post a series of entries here in a series called SCOM Tricks. They will all start with the title "SCOM Trick" so they are easy to recognise.

The purpose of the SCOM tricks is to have a number of short articles that just discuss one small aspect of SCOM. So these can be places where you can find stuff, things you can adjust, helpful things, solutions to common issues, howto’s and more. Many of these will be well known within the community, but as we come across so many people asking the same questions and asking for directions on the same kind of issues, I think it is well worth bringing this together in a series of small posts to bring them all to attention. A number of these will just cover a number of links to more extensive posts made somewhere else as pointers to where the information can be found. The entries will not be in any particular order. Links to all related posts in this series will be posted here in the list below and can also be found through the Category "SCOM Tricks" on the right-hand side in the list. The list below will list a few posts for the coming days. Some of the posts will reflect my personal opinion on things and they are by no means complete guides (feel free to suggest additions/changes). Entries in the list below that do not have a link enabled are still to come, but at least you know what is coming B)

Any remarks, additions, corrections and of course "tricks" are very welcome so do not be afraid to contact me.

SCOM Trick 1 – Product documentation
SCOM Trick 2 – Management Pack Guides
SCOM Trick 3 – Where to ask questions
SCOM Trick 4 – Learning SCOM
SCOM Trick 5 – SCOM Books
SCOM Trick 6 – VMware monitoring
SCOM Trick 7 – Use Maintenance mode
SCOM Trick 8 – Who enabled maintenance mode
SCOM Trick 9 – Maintenance mode tooling
SCOM Trick 10 – SCOM console renew
SCOM Trick 11 – Seeing old or unmonitored entities
SCOM Trick 12 – Diagnostic logging
SCOM Trick 13 – SPN
SCOM Trick 14 – Troubleshoot grey agents or management server
SCOM Trick 15 – cross platform agent troubleshooting
SCOM Trick 16 – 1106 event from HealthService
SCOM Trick 17 – SCOM 2007 R2 and SQL 2008 R2
SCOM Trick 18 – Removing management packs
SCOM Trick 19 – Remove SCOM agent command
SCOM Trick 20 – Increase console refresh rate
SCOM Trick 21 – Enable agent proxy
SCOM Trick 22 – Only seeing 7 days of alerts
SCOM Trick 23 – Edit company knowledge
SCOM Trick 24 – Antivirus exclusions
SCOM Trick 25 – Report export to PDF in A4 format
SCOM Trick 26 – Seal a management pack
SCOM Trick 27 – Un-seal a management pack
SCOM Trick 28 – Creating test events
SCOM Trick 29 – Web Console Issues
SCOM Trick 30 – Monitor Network Devices
SCOM Trick 31 – Monitor server hardware
SCOM Trick 32 – Monitor Oracle
SCOM Trick 33 – Service Level Dashboard
SCOM Trick 34 – Move SCOM databases
SCOM Trick 35 – SCOM Licensing
SCOM Trick 36 – Capacity planning
SCOM Trick 37 – Backup RMS encryption key
SCOM Trick 38 – Gateway
SCOM Trick 39 – RMS reconnect to SQL feature (post CU4)
SCOM Trick 40 – SNMP
SCOM Trick 41 – the Default MP
SCOM Trick 42 – Getting notified
SCOM Trick 43 – Collation
SCOM Trick 44 - Live Maps
SCOM Trick 45 – ReSearch This MP
SCOM Trick 46 – Green machine MP
SCOM Trick 47 – SCC Health Check reports
SCOM Trick 48 – Certificate validation
SCOM Trick 49 – Monitoring CentOS
SCOM Trick 50 – Reporting
SCOM Trick 51 – Dashboarding possibilities
SCOM Trick 52 – Agent in pending management
SCOM Trick 53 – New Report Operator role
SCOM Trick 54 –

Bob Cornelissen

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