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By Marnix Wolf

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Former MVP Anders Bengtsson has written an excellent posting about the power of OMS and how one can use it to monitor all kinds of workloads, even a Minecraft Server!

Want to know more? Go here.

Credits
All credits go to Anders Bengtsson of course.

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By Marnix Wolf

As posted before, UR#2 for SCVMM 2016 and SCOrch Service Provider Foundation 2016 are already available. As it turns out, for the remaining System Center 2016 components UR#2 will be released in February 2017 (exact date yet unknown):

SCOM 2016; SCDPM 2016; SCSM 2016; WAP Websites.

SC 2016 components for which NO UR#2 will be released are:

SCOrch; WAP; Service Management Automation.

Please know that sometimes specific SC components aren’t touched by a certain UR. However, next UR might contain updates for those components.

Want to know more? Go to KB3209601.

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By Marnix Wolf

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Update 30-01-2017: UR#12 for SCOM 2012 R2 is available now for download. Go

And again (like UR#2 for System Center 2016) only SCVMM and SCOrch are ‘touched’ but I am pretty sure UR#12 for other System Center 2012 R2 components will be available soon as well.

I’ll update this posting ASAP when there is more to share.

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By Marnix Wolf

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Update 26-01-2017: Most remaining SC 2016 components will

Until now only SCVMM and SCOrch Service Provider Foundation are ‘touched’ but I am pretty sure UR#2 for other System Center 2016 components will be available soon as well.

I’ll update this posting ASAP when there is more to share.

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By Marnix Wolf

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I bumped into an interesting article on the Microsoft Azure Developers blog. It contains links to many resources, containing information about Azure (of course ).

However, what makes this article so interesting, per item (like IoT, Functions, Bot Service, Container Service and so on) the resources are divided into two categories: Quick and More Time.

I’ve checked some of those resources and I find the Quick items highly accessible, easy to consume and in the mean time, providing one with a basic understanding of the topic at hand.

Since todays world of the IT Pro is moving more into a dev-ops world, it’s important to know at least the basics of the coolest new stuff available.

With this article you can cover the basics by using the Quick category per item, and when needed, you can take a deeper dive by using the More Time category.

Test it yourself and go

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By Marnix Wolf

Windows Management User Group Netherlands (WMUG NL) is going to host their first event of 2017. This event will be about Windows Server 2016. The line up of speakers is still unknown. But with all the experts they know I am sure it will be good!

This event is scheduled for the 15th of February. Location will be Pink Elephant in Naarden (Netherlands). This is the agenda:

16:00 – 16:30 Entrance
16:30 – 17:30 Session 1
17:30 – 18:30 Food
18:30 – 19:15 Sponsor session
19:15 – 19:30 Pause
19:30 – 20:30 Session 2
20:30 – 21:30 Drinks

As you can see there are in total two one hour sessions. One could argue it isn’t much but I myself prefer quality over quantity.

Want to signup for this session? Go here.

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By Marnix Wolf

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SCOM 2016 and SQL Server 2012x. No…
When SCOM 2016 was in preview, SQL Server 2012x was supported. But when SCOM 2016 (with UR#1) became General Available, the support for SQL Server 2012x was dropped, making the upgrade path of SCOM 2012 R2 UR#11 to SCOM 2016 UR#1 much harder, since most SCOM 2012 R2 environments are running SQL Server 2012x as back end.

It works but no support?
None the less, I successfully upgraded some SCOM 2012 R2 Management Groups to SCOM 2016 UR#1, even though the SQL backends were running SQL Server 2012 SP3 (or even earlier, like SP2/SP1). And in every case, the upgrade went well and the SCOM 2016 UR#1 MGs are running without a glitch.

In 99% of the cases, this approach (running SCOM 2016 outside the official supported configuration) is unwanted and strongly advised against doing. Because when something goes wrong and you contact Microsoft Support, you won’t be eligible for support. Period! No matter how ‘fat’ your support contract might be… Ouch!

SCOM 2016 loves SQL 2012 SP3 now!
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By Bob Cornelissen

Now test your knowledge on SCOM/OMS/Azure and more through this quiz for fun and to win a Band as well

You can take the quiz by clicking on the picture of by this link:
Test your knowledge on SCOM/OMS/Azure and more

Have fun!
Bob Cornelissen

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By Bjorn Houben

When trying to connect to Exchange Online PowerShell using the code below with a global administrator account, I was getting an access denied error:

$usercredential = get-credential
$Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri<span class=”Apple-converted-space”> </span>https://outlook.office3
65.com/powershell-liveid/ -Credential $UserCredential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection
New-PSSession : [outlook.office365.com] Connecting to remote server outlook.office365.com failed with the following
error message :
[ClientAccessServer=VI1PR08CA0018,BackEndServer=,RequestId=1c6b263f-08cf-4885-937c-e9c9808ddf89,TimeStamp=1/12/2017
2:46:41 PM] Access Denied For more information, see the about_Remote_Troubleshooting Help topic.
At line:1 char:12
+ $Session = New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -Conne …
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : OpenError: (System.Manageme….RemoteRunspace:RemoteRunspace) [New-PSSession], PSRemotin
gTransportException
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : -2144108477,PSSessionOpenFailed

I was able to succesfully logon to https://login.microsoftonline.com/ so the credentials were correct.
Also I had not enabled Multi-factor authentication because I knew this could be a problem.
I tried clearing credentials / cookies in browsers and credential manager.

Since this did not solve the issue, I started to search online for answers. The first result was : https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/kb/2905767 which suggested I entered the wrong username/password or that I didn’t have the correct permissions (organization administrator).

Both where not the case.

I then came across this post where someone apparently had to reset the password: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/msoffice_o365admin-mso_manage/exchange-online-remote-powershell-access-denied/b91205bf-3419-4251-badc-4181af701d4f , but this …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

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Update: As it turns out, this issue is solved in CU#1 for SQL Server 2016 and later CUs (#2 and #3) and in SQL Server 2016 SP1 as well. To be more specific,

This really surprised me since the SCOM Reporting component works great! Time for some troubleshooting.

How to troubleshoot SSRS 2016
Gladly SSRS 2016 logs by default quite a lot. The best approach is to clean up the ‘old’ logs and start fresh. This way you’re looking at the real issues at hand and not old issues.

Therefore I stopped the SSRS 2016 service on the problematic box (SQL Server Reporting Services ([SQL INSTANCE NAME])), SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER) in my case, and deleted all the logfiles present in the folder ~:Program FilesMicrosoft SQL ServerMSRS13.MSSQLSERVERReporting ServicesLogFiles.

Then I started the SSRS 2016 service. When started two new logfiles are created:

Microsoft.ReportingServices.Portal.WebHost_MM_DD_YYYY_HH_MM_SS.log; ReportServerService__MM_DD_YYYY_HH_MM_SS.log.

After starting the SSRS 2016 service, I started IE on the same box and opened the web portal url of SSRS 2016. And again I was thrown the previous mentioned error.

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