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By Peter Daalmans The last part of the blog series is showing you how Lookout Mobile Threat Protection is used in a hybrid environment, so when Intune is connected with Configuration Manager. The devices are managed from Configuration Manager using Intune as the middle tier. Support for Lookout Mobile Threat Protection has been added to Configuration Manager 1610, […] …read more

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By Marnix Wolf


Advice to the reader
This posting is part of a series of articles. In order to get a full grasp of it, I strongly advise you to start at the beginning of it.

Other postings in the same series:
01 – Overview
02 – Authoring the Template MP XML Code
03 – Example Using The Template MP XML Code

How the challenge came to be
Based on the MPs delivered by Microsoft, SCOM is capable of monitoring many different workloads ‘out of the box’. However, in the real world organizations run many non-Microsoft based workloads running on Windows Servers, which require monitoring as well. Also by SCOM. And many times there aren’t third party MPs available for monitoring those workloads.

And now a challenge takes shape. Because HOW is one going to do that WITHOUT:

Big investments in time, resources and budget; Turning to the ‘crappy’ SCOM Console which isn’t made at all for custom MP authoring; Taking a deep dive into how SCOM really works; Taking a deep dive into MP authoring and XML coding; Buying expensive Visual Studio licenses?

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By Marnix Wolf

As blogged before, the OM16 Agent APM Feature crashes IIS Application Pool when running under .NET 2.0 Runtime. Thanks to my Irish buddy Kevin Greene there are a few workarounds, worked out in great detail.

At this moment Microsoft has acknowledged this bug (AKA ‘hidden feature’) which will be addressed for certain with the release of Update Rollup #3 and perhaps even before that, with the release of a hotfix. However, the release of this hotfix is still under investigation and as such uncertain.

Want to know more? Read this article on the System Center Operations Manager Team Blog.

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By Dieter Wijckmans


During one of my installations of SCOM 2016 I came across “a first” for me which I would love to share.

Apparently the default behavior has changed when importing Management packs in SCOM 2016 which are already in the management group. In SCOM 2012R2 it was possible to just import the management pack over the existing management pack which makes sense as these are sealed management packs. As long as the version is equal or higher there’s not an issue.

In SCOM 2016 however this behavior somewhat changed causing the install button when you import MP’s from disk staying grey not able to continue.

In my case I was importing the SQL management packs. Apart from the error that the catalog was not up to date I came across the situation below:

After trying to delete the already installed mp’s the other mp’s were actually complaining that they are missing their dependent mp’s as shown below:

The solution I found to continue was in fact removing ONLY the “Microsoft SQL Server Visualization Library”. After that the install button magically became active and I could continue the install.

So in general if you can’t continue with the install make sure …read more

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By Marnix Wolf


A colleague of mine pointed this website out to me:

It’s the one stop shop for all Azure related services. It describes in telegram style what the related Azure service delivers and – depending on the service – shows one or more links for these categories:

Overview Pricing Documentation Limits SLA Service Updates Articles Code Samples

Example, when selecting SQL Database, one is shown this ‘drop down’ menu:

So now one only has to bookmark this website and you have all the information you need for Azure.

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By Marnix Wolf

In the past weeks Microsoft has released MPs covering their 2016 releases of well known products and services.

Since I don’t prefer to reinvent the wheel, I’ve borrowed the list from Daniele Grandini’s blog. So all credits for this list should go to him, not me.

Hyper-V 2016, version Windows Server 2016, version Windows Server Cluster 2016, version Windows Print Server 2016, version Windows Storage Spaces Direct, version SharePoint Server 2016, version 16.0.6117.3000 Microsoft SQL Server 2016, version

Other updated MPs are:

Microsoft SQL Server 2008-2012, version Microsoft SQL Server 2014, version Microsoft SQL Server Dashboards, version Microsoft Office 365, version 7.1.5138.0 …read more

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By Peter Daalmans Microsoft released a new version of the Azure Active Directory Application Proxy connector. This updated version uses now SHA2 for signing. Until now only SHA1 signing was used but since SHA1 is deprecated since it is not considered secure anymore. Be sure to update to the latest version if you are using the Azure AD […] …read more

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By Bjorn Houben

For some time now I’ve been using the Microsoft Exchange Online Powershell Module that supports Azure multi-factor authentication (MFA) , but for an unknown reason it stopped working

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

Connect-EXOPSSession -UserPrincipalName
New-ExoPSSession : Create PowerShell Session is failed using OAuth
At C:usersadminadppdatalocalApps2.084VE2AT5.PKOHHYLAA32.DC7micr..tion_c3bce3770c238a49_0010.0000_90fa60bba125a33aCreateExoPSSession.ps1:179 char:22
+ … PSSession = New-ExoPSSession -UserPrincipalName $UserPrincialName -C …
+ CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [New-ExoPSSession], Exception
+ FullyqualifiedErrorID : System.Exception,Microsoft.Exchange.Management.ExoPowerShellSnapin.NewExoPSSession

For me the solution was to install the Microsoft Exchange Online Powershell Module through Programs and then reinstalling it.

For more information about the new Exchange Online PowerShell module that supports Azure multi-factor authentication (MFA) see: …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

Last week Kevin Holman wrote a posting about registry tweaks for SCOM 2016. For anyone running a SCOM 2016 environment, that posting is a MUST read.

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By Marnix Wolf

My Irish buddy and fellow MVP Kevin Greene has posted an article on his blog about SCOM 2016 Agents crashing legacy IIS Application Pools.

Kevin investigated this issue thoroughly before coming to this conclusion. So this is not something to be taken lightly. However, his investigation showed him:

The SCOM 2016 Agent in general being the culprit; The APM component specifically being the real cause of crashing legacy IIS Application Pools; Installing the SCOM 2016 Agent with the NOAPM = 1 switch works around this issue.

APM stands for Application Performance Monitoring, enabling organizations to deeply monitor .NET based applications, from server to client and back. Later on Microsoft also enabled APM to monitor J2EE based applications.

The APM component is part of the SCOM Agent and is installed by default when a SCOM Agent is installed. By default the APM service is switched off. But now with the SCOM 2016 Agent, the APM component is buggy and causes legacy IIS Application Pools to crash EVEN WHEN THE APM COMPONENT IS SWITCHED OFF (by default)…

In Kevin’s same posting he also tells you how to remove APM from SCOM 2016 Agents. …read more

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