PS Invite from Lu

Written by Brian Mason.

Something Lu just sent from the Twin Cities PowerShell User Group to us:


Be sure to join us for the April 8th meeting.

Tim Curwick will be talking about Using PowerShell to build Self-Service IT Automation. Topics will include leveraging SharePoint as a front end user-interface and/or back-end database, working with workflows, and using an email interface. Tim is author of the blog, and is currently consulting at General Mills, converting their IT automation to a PowerShell-based system.

Our meeting location is the Center for Professional Development @ ITT Technical Institute (formerly Benchmark Learning), 4510 W. 77th Street, Edina, MN.

Please RSVP here so we can plan for food & drinks.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Midwest Modern Datacenter Conference

Written by Brian Mason.

Steve Buchanan, MS MVP

MNSCUG board member and Microsoft MVP Steve Buchanan will be making his first speaking engagement this Friday. We encourage you to attend and offer you the signup link below.

Steve will be speaking at the Midwest Modern Datacenter Conference right in the same room we meet at monthly for MNSCUG. It's this Friday and starts at 9am.

Signup here.

Steve Buchanan is the Regional Solution Lead of Concurrency's Infrastructure Practice. He has 13 years of experience in information technology around systems management, systems administration, and private/public cloud management.

March 2014 MNSCUG Meeting

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

March 2014 MNSCUG Meeting


For this month we are welcoming new bronze sponsors BlueStripe Software to present how to elevate your System Center implementation from infrastructure management to complete application management.  Along with providing excellent food and beverage there will be a give away for JayBird BlueBuds X Sport Bluetooth Headphones. Must be present to win!  Thanks again to BlueStripe Software for their sponsorship.

The main attraction will be a SCOM session from Daniel Audley from Charlotte, North Carolina where he has been a system engineer for Wells Fargo since 2011.  He has worked with SMS since 2001 and SCOM/MOM since 2005. He has worked most recently to focus the capabilities of SCOM 2007/2012 on monitoring SCCM 2007 and 2012 by creating and tuning rules, monitors, views, overrides and discoveries within the Management Packs for SQL, Windows, SCCM, IIS and from Dell as well as evaluating recorded performance data to locate resource leaks and potential performance bottlenecks throughout the infrastructure.

We'll follow up at the end with a round table discussion.


Please be sure to sign-up if you are attending so we can ensure everyone has food.


Eventbrite - February 2014 MNSCUG Meeting


See you there!

March 2014 MNSCUG Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Thanks to BlueStripe for hosting last night.

Thanks to Dan Audley for driving up all the way from Charlotte to speak about SCOM.

Some interesting tools came up during the meeting. Here are links to them.

Tao Yang's Self-Maintenance management pack for OpsMgr 2012

Override Explorer for Operations Manager 2012

Microsoft Management Packs - WiKi

If you have others, email them in (you can use the contact form). I'll also make sure that if you logon to the site that you get the subscription controls for the newsletter; I heard that may not be working.

Update: Dan just sent this in for us:

  1. WMI memory leak in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8
  2. WMI memory leak in Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7
  3. How to enable proxy agent on all Agents where it is not enabled

    get-SCOMagent | where {$_.ProxyingEnabled -match "False"} | Enable-SCOMAgentProxy
  4. How to enable proxy agents as a default setting in SCOM 2012 R2 from the Management Server. This effects all Agents installed after the setting is committed.

    add-pssnapin "Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Client";
    new-managementGroupConnection -ConnectionString:<FQDN of SCOM Management Server>;
    set-location "OperationsManagerMonitoring::";
    Set-DefaultSetting -Name HealthService\ProxyingEnabled -Value True

Next month is Kent Agerlund. And don't forget we meet on a Monday instead.

April 2014 MNSCUG Meeting

Written by Fred Bainbridge.

Our next MN System Center User Group meeting will be MONDAY, April 21st from 4:30pm - 7:15pm at Microsoft's Edina HQ building - 6th Floor, Lake of the Woods.


This month's meeting is sponsored by NowMicro, the premier IT provider of cutting-edge technology products, solutions, and services.  They also have the honor of having the newest ConfigMgr MVP among their ranks.  Congratulations Nash Pherson!  


For the main event we are honored and excited to welcome ConfigMgr "Super Man" Kent Agerlund. Kent is a Microsoft System Center 2012 ConfigMgr MVP who works as senior System Center architect, trainer, event speaker, and author. For the past four years, he has been on the road with his Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager class.  He will be presenting several real world examples of mobile device management across many different mobile platforms.  This is a can't miss for anyone interested in how to start tackling mobile devices in the enterprise.  Kent is in town to teach his famous ConfigMgr 2012 course, for those who are unable to attend his training class, this is a great opportunity to learn from one of the best.


There will be a round table Q&A session after Kent's presentation to handle any general issues you may be experiencing in your environment.





Registration is free to the public, but please be sure to sign-up if you are attending so we can ensure everyone has food.


Eventbrite - February 2014 MNSCUG Meeting


See you there!