Stopping specific VMs every night with Azure Automation

As many companies start to use Windows Azure as a development and test environment, the need for cost saving in the subscriptions start to become a real issue. I run…

New Exchange 2013 MP is out!

You can find it here. It finally seems that we will have a good management pack for Exchange 2013. I was able to put my hands on this one last…

SCSM Exchange Connector and Exchange Server in different forests/domains

I have been asked to configure an instance of the Exchange connector to receive e-mails from a certain mailbox in order to create service requests. Have done that before, not…

Quick and Dirty: a handy SQL Query PS Rule

Very often, I get the request to monitor a remote SQL Server as a Synthetic Transaction and I normally end up creating something custom, even though SCOM has an OLE…

Documenting Your SCOM 2012 R2 Notifications

Guys, this is a first draft I’m building to document SCOM notifications in HTML format, for a better viewing of the whole. The main reason I wrote this is because…

SCOM: Recording a Web Transaction Session with SCOM 2012 R2 64bits Console (Re-post)

This is just a re-post. I seldom do that, but I believe it is worth it. I find it so cumbersome and clumsy from Microsoft that you have to do…

Understanding SCOM Subscriptions and creating new ones using PS 3.0

Start by creating a template subscription: Name Template Subscription Description Description Criteria Notify on all alerts where raised by any instance in a SQL Server 2008 Computers;SQL Server 2012 Computers;Fehse…

Configuring Azure AD Directory Sync

Microsoft Azure Active Directory is a great resource to provide instantaneous authentication options for Web application and resources. Very often, though, you already have your local directory, with users that…

Monitoring Page Read/Write in SQL Instances

If you are familiar with the Microsoft SQL Management pack for SCOM 2012 (can be found here), you will know that it brings a lot of performance counters out of…

Windows Server 2003–R.I.P. (soon)

As I write this post, there is only around 300 days left for Windows Server 2003 life. Yes, time goes by fast and we have to embrace the future. It…