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Monitoring Logon Scripts via SCOM

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In a large environment you need to know when something goes wrong. This is not necessarily because you want to know every issue that can occur, but because a single small issue can quickly grow into many small issues; which results in one large issue. Say for instance that you have a logon script that […]

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Changing the PrintProcessor on a Windows 2000 Print Server

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One of our customers has a W2k print server with several hundred (nearly 600) printers. Half are used for a program named CreateForm and therefore have a printprocessor named CfPrint, but the rest have a mixture of WinPrint and some other HP processors. They recently began having printer problems that we couldn’t diagnose, but the […]

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Using SCOM to monitor SQL Error Logs

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Our SQL DBA reported that occasionally he will see errors in the SQL Error Logs similar to: SQL Server has encountered 45 occurrence(s) of IO requests taking longer than 15 seconds to complete on file [T:MSSQLDatatempdev6_Data.NDF] in database [tempdb] (2). The OS file handle is 0x000005B4. The offset of the latest long IO is: 0x0000000c7b2000 […]

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Creating a SCOM MP using the Authoring Console

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When setting up monitors, I have found that the toolset provided to me in the SCOM Admin console doesn’t provide me with all the necessary functions desired. Specifically, if I want to monitor a service, I have the option of using the service monitoring wizard – this doesn’t provide much flexibility for future configuration, doesn’t […]

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Report Server log file growing nonstop

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Last friday I was alerted to the log drive filling up on a SQL 2005 server. I looked into it and found that my SQL Report Services log file (ReportServer_Log.LDF) was increasing in size and filling up the drive.My first thought was to simply shrink the file via SQL Server Management Studio – select the […]

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Setting up DOS in a Windows VPC 2007

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Microsoft has “officially” discontinued support for MSDOS under virtual PC, which makes it difficult for us to enjoy our old DOS games (like MechWarrior). However, most of the support files for DOS are still included on the VPC additions ISO, and we just need a little tweaking to make it work. I reviewed the “Dos […]

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Wireless internet using my BlackBerry

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I have to use a BlackBerry Perl for work and have generally enjoyed it – I can easily review emails without dialing into work, I can browse the net anywhere I want, and the phone quality is fairly stable. I started wondering though, can I connect it to my computer? A little googling and I […]

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Looking forward to SCOM SP1

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In SCOM I created several groups to group our systems together logically: each VLAN, each application type, core infrastructure, etc… I then created master groups (VLANS, Applications, etc…) to house these logical groups as sub-groups. The idea was then to create a Diagram View targeted at the master groups and display the relation of the […]

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Creating a SCOM custom group based on an installed service

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As with most environments, I have some applications that require custom monitoring and tweaking. In this instance the application is our backup system (Tivoli Storage Manager to be specific), and due to the high I/O of the application SCOM is alerting on it daily. So here is the plan: Create a group based on the […]