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By Dieter Wijckmans


Yesterday I hosted a workshop at Microsoft Belux about OMS security and compliancy features built-in in the OMS suite. It’s always nice to talk people through the different things which are included + give tips and tricks based on their questions.

As a lot of questions are returning I decided to bundle them in an overview blog post how you could effectively tune your environment. This is not a “how to” to setup OMS but just a summary of the small tips and tricks.

If you need a full “how to” setup OMS security check here:

1. Add your IIS logs to the mix

A significant portion of the insights on how you are doing regarding security comes from you IIS logs. Assuming that you have an OMS agent installed and added to your workspace it is invaluable to send these logs to your workspace as well for indexing and feeding the different users which are taking benefit from this knowledge.

Install an agent on the web server and connect it to your workspace. (I’m assuming you know how to do this)
Open your workspace and open settings by clicking the gear icon on top of your workspace
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By Marnix Wolf

Somehow I got involved in Microsoft Power BI. So I needed to do some quick catching up and as such I searched the internet for more information about that same topic.

And this is what I found (legal sources that is):

Free ebooks:

Introducing Microsoft Power BI Power BI From Rookie to Rockstar

Microsoft Virtual Academy:!q=power%20bi&index=2&lang=1033

So these sources are a great way to get started right away. Enjoy!

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By Marnix Wolf


Yesterday Microsoft (finally?) released UR#2 for SCOM 2016. KB3209591 tells all about it, what fixes it contains. Some of those fixes address issues which are for quite some time already in SCOM, even back to 2007x, like Groups disappearing when added to a Distributed Application.

UR#2 for SCOM 2016 touches ALL SCOM 2016 components, as you can see in the Microsoft Update Catalog.

UR#2 is applied in the same manner as the ones before. I expect Kevin Holman to post an article about it soon .

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On Tuesday the 14th of March, the Windows Management User Group Netherlands is organizing a webinar around the topic Security. The title of the session is “Securing Privileged Access” and is hosted by Hasain Alshakarti, Microsoft MVP.

The session starts at 20:00 (in timezone NL) – please make sure you tune in at the right time in your time zone. To make sure please check the following link in order to determine when the session starts in your timezone.

About Hasain Alshakarti:
Hasain Alshakarti is an acknowledged security expert and computer industry speaker, he has been speaking at MS Ignite, TechED US, TechED Europe, and TechDays as well as other events and conferences across the world. Besides being a very popular instructor for the last 18 years Hasain is specially focusing Security Assessment, Network Security and PKI, helping customers understand and implement security measures. Hasain has a background as a developer and works closely with developers to help them understand security demands and realize in applications and system without losing functionality and usability. He is member of the TrueSec Security Team, Microsoft Extended Expert Team (MEET) and a recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in Enterprise Security.

Channel 9:

How can I join the Webinar?

You can join the meeting by signing up via our event on our meetup page. The link can be found here: – After you have signed up, we will communicate the details on how you can connect to the webinar via our meetup page.

By Marnix Wolf


As stated

Release of UR#2 for SCOM 2016 is to be expected somewhere this month. Will update my blog accordingly.

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By Marnix Wolf


On Tuesday, February 21st – 10 AM EST (US) | 4 PM CET (EU) Savision will host a webinar, all about SCOM 2016.

These topics will be addressed:

The differences between SCOM 2012 R2 vs SCOM 2016 Management Packs Demos Customer feedback The roadmap of SCOM 2016, and more!

The line up of presenters is pretty impressive:

Mahesh Narayanan, Microsoft Product Manager for SCOM; Damian Flynn, Principal Consultant at Lumagate and Microsoft MVP.

And YES, I am presenting as well which makes me feel humble since I highly respect Mahesh and Damian. So it’s good to be part of it all. I’ll talk about the feedback I get out of the field, and how I look at it.

Because this webinar will address many questions concerning SCOM 2016 I highly advise to attend this webinar.

Go here to subscribe to this webinar.

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MVP Program Makeover

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By Marnix Wolf

Wow! Already for some time there were rumors about the MVP Program getting a big makeover. But until a few days ago, it was only a rumor.

Until the 1st of February that is! On that day I received an e-mail from the MVP Global Administrator informing me about the revamped MVP Program. And yes, the changes are HUGE.

The biggest changes in a nutshell:

No more new MVP (aka MVP Recognitions) on a quarterly basis, but on a MONTHLY basis instead; No more MVP renewal on a quarterly basis, but ONCE per year on July; MVP Summit is moved to the first quarter of every year instead of the last quarter; This year NO MVP Summit, first MVP Summit is planned for March 4th – 7th 2018; More learning possibilities for the MVPs, like (but not limited to) free access to a Xamarin University subscription, complete with over 80 live instructor-led and self-guided courses.

Since the current (or better, OLD) MVP Program has to be folded into the new format, 2017 will be the year of this transition.

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By BobCornelissen

At one of my customers they had a problem deploying SCOM agents through a script on Linux servers. They had a number of Red Hat 6 servers and all went well. On the Red Hat 7 servers however the agent refused to install. Also through a push of the agent through the console. It seemed to stop around the file copy stage where the rpm file gets copied to the server and next run for installation.

It turned out to be a feature called “root squash” causing the issue. What it does is lock rights on NFS shared volumes, so root can not simply access or run commands from any directory. For instance the /home parts. When they turned off this feature the agent installed immediately.

Just writing this down because I am sure I will run into this again somewhere.

Happy agent deployment!
Bob Cornelissen

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By Marnix Wolf


Just checked the

KB3209604 tells more on CU#12 for System Center 2012 R2 as a whole and refers to KB3209587 for more detailed information about UR#12 for SCOM 2012 R2 specifically.

Taken directly from this KB article, this is what UR#12 for SCOM 2012 R2 fixes:

When you try to upgrade System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Reporting Server to System Center 2016 Operations Manager reporting server, the upgrade fails for the following configuration: Server A is configured as System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager including Management Server. Server B is configured as System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, including Operations Manager Database (OpsMgrDB), Operations Manager Data Warehouse (OpsMgrDW) and Operations Manager Reporting Server.

( X ) Management Server Upgraded Check

The management server to which this component reports has not been upgraded.

Recovery tasks on “Computer Not Reachable” messages in the System Center Operations Manager Monitor generate failed logons for System Center Operations Manager Agents that are not part of the same domain as the Management Groups. When a Management Server is removed from the All Management Servers Resource Pool, the monitoring host process do not update the …read more

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By Peter Daalmans We have looked in this series of blogs at the architecture, how the integration needs …read more

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