Mark your calendars for June!

Written by Brian Mason.

Some of you missed the April MNSCUG meeting this month where Kent Agerlund gave us a great session. You missed it because you were busy going to his class. That's a valid excuse. Good on you.

Now if you missed both, shame! But you have another chance to see Kent in June by attending his class. And this time you won't have to miss the MNSCUG meeting either because they won't be at the same time.

For June, we're moving the MNSCUG meeting to Thursday, June 5th. And it'll be a daytime session so go tell your boss you need the day off for great training.

Fred will get a formal meeting announcement and invite out soon, but on deck for June is John Nelson to talk about SQL, Fred Bainbridge to talk about App-V and UE-V 2.0, and then some Now Micro guys on various topics. Like I said, Fred will get details out as soon as we lock those speakers in.

So mark of the 5th for MNSCUG and M-W if you can sign up for Kent's class.

MNSCUG April 2014 Meeting Notes

Written by Brian Mason.

Fred Bainbridge is turning out to be the best VP of all time! Thanks for these notes, Fred.Date 4/21/2014
Sponsor - Now Micro
Speaker - Kent Agerlund

Changes in 2012 R2 collections -

  • Never update the all systems collections, this will cause a snowball affect updating all collections that limit to that collection. This is specific to R2 release.
  • Try to have as few collections as possible limit to the all systems collections.
  • CEviewer (Collection Evaluator Viewer is a nice tool in the R2 Toolkit to the look at what collections may be doing at any given time and to look at what is scheduled for them in the future. The tool doesn't use the collection evaluator, it instead doing direct sql queries. (much faster and more accurate).
  • For reference, tables collections_L and collections_G are the primary tables to get this information from.
  • Using powershell is awesome to create collections, however be aware that they will not be placed into folders once created.
  • The limit of 200 collections with incremental updates is no more. Use CEViewer to see what collections are updating and when.
  • Scripts were shows to disable all incremental updates on all collections and then to enable incremental updates according to a custom schedule on all collections in a single folder. These scripts will be given to Brian and shared on the mnscug site.
  • Coretech has a lot of neat tools. One to import and export collections using simple excel and powershell (with membership queries) will be released after teched.

InTune -

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.

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!


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.