Beyond Impact Blog

Setting SCOM Gateway Failover using Powershell

Posted on April 03, 2017 by Cole McDonald

Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager has much more power than the interface allows access to.  Of exceeding importance in an enterprise setting is building high availability into our systems.  SCOM includes much of this by default in the management structures.  The interface no longer reflects these settings, but they're still available to us through Powershell.  Here's a little script I use in our environment for bringing new gateways online.

Maintenance Mode and Time Zones in SCOM 2012

Posted on January 09, 2017 by Cole McDonald
One ongoing issue we were dealing with at Beyond Impact  was that the maintenance mode not resolving itself at the end of its time correctly.  I suspect it may have something to do with timezones applied in the interface vs. UTC stored in the DB, but resolving them through powershell was relatively easy.

Short Term Rapid Deployment Emergency Gray State Fix

Posted on December 29, 2016 by Cole McDonald

Our Operations Manager installation has been through a few sets of hands since the contracted installer put it in place 4 or so years ago.  I inherited it as a fully operational black box a year ago.  I was handed the keys and tasked with figuring out how it all went together.  I'd come from the Linux world (technically FreeBSD), I'd never even heard of System Center, much less Operations Manager.  I knew nothing of the history of the program itself or the suite of apps which had been acquired by Microsoft and bundled together into an enterprise DevOps platform.

Post SCOM Alerts to Microsoft Teams

Posted on December 23, 2016 by Cole McDonald

Connecting System Center to Microsoft Teams (straight to the code:

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