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Automating Citrix Presentation Server installation

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We just recently began upgrading our presenation server envrionment to CPS 4.5, and having quite a few servers to install we need a way to automate it. Currently we use some imaging software to clone the hard disk of a “gold” image, while this works for CPS 3.0 I have been warned about using the […]

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Variant types in SCOM

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One of the items I have tried to have SCOM do is monitor network traffic on some of our routers/switches. The basics of this is fairly simple – create an SNMP monitor to poll on a set frequency and then store it as performance data. However I ran into issues with SCOM reporting that the […]

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My Printing Nightmare

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Often times printing is a simple thing, especially in Windows. The print server hosts all the drivers and the client needs only to point to the server to download the necessary drivers and map to the printer. However some situations aren’t quite so simple. Take for instance printing in a Citrix or other Terminal Server […]

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Monitoring services that are not set to Automatic start

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The default service monitor employed in SCOM intelligently identifies if the service is set to Automatic startup and only monitors the service if it is. This is a helpful default so that if you set the service to Manual startup or Disabled for some administrative reason, then you don’t get alerted on the service stopping. […]

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Monitoring Servers based on Server Name in SCOM

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Most organizations have a standard naming scheme that they use based on server type, location, or department. For instance, the letters “DC” suggests a domain controller, “Mail” or “EX” suggests exchange, “SQL” suggests SQL servers, and “DR” could suggest disaster recovery (for location, not role). Based on these name standards we may want to manage […]

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Adding custom data to SCOM alerts

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Gratuitously stolen from http://blogs.technet.com/kevinholman/archive/2007/12/12/adding-custom-information-to-alert-descriptions-and-notifications.aspx Adding custom information to alert description (s) and notifications This is just a dump of some alert description variables I pulled from several other bloggers: Custom Properties for Alert Description and Notification: Alert Description Variables: For event Rules: EventDisplayNumber (Event ID): $Data/EventDisplayNumber$ EventDescription (Description): $Data/EventDescription$ Publisher Name (Event Source): $Data/PublisherName$ EventCategory: […]