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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in Uncategorized


Cannot complete SCOM 2012 installation

Errors in the logs:

Info:Error while connecting to management server: The Data Access service is either not running or not yet initialized. Check the event log for more information.

:Failed to connect to any SDK in the management group, trying again

:StartService: Could not get service status.: Threw Exception.Type: System.InvalidOperationException, Exception Error Code: 0x80131509, Exception.Message: Cannot start service OMSDK on computer ‘.’.

:Warning:Failed to connect to local SDK in attempt number: 1. Error Message while connecting to SDK: The Data Access service is either not running or not yet initialized. Check the event log for more

Resolution :

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Posted by on November 22, 2012 in SCOM 2012



Uninstall SCSM 2012 portal and install it again on the same server holding the management server

1. Open Regedit –>HKLM\Software\Microsoft\windows\CurrentVersion\Installer then delete all “system center service manager portal”


2. then Expand HKLM\Software\Microsoft\System Center\2010\Service Manager\setup and delete all “Portal”SNAG-0007

3. then Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\223333EF9E9130B42B84BD23D7699AA2\Features and delete SMPortalSNAG-0007

4. Delete the folder from IIS location IIS\inetpub\wwwroot


5. From SQL Management Studio delete the database named Sharepoint_SMPortalContent

6. Go to IIS and delete the SCSMWebContentServer and ServiceManagerPortal

7. open setup and install the new portal


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Posted by on November 6, 2012 in SCSM



Adding DC 2012 to AD 2008 R2 and migrating all the roles to it

After joining the computer to the domain

  • Install the ADDS feature, open the PowerShell and run the following command
    install-windowsfeature -Name AD-Domain-Services
  • And after that install the DNS role and don’t configure it


  • Then run the following PowerShell command to add it to AD as DC

    Install-ADDSDomainController -DomainName -CreateDnsDelegation:$false -CriticalReplicationOnly:$false -DatabasePath “c:\windows\NTDS” -SiteName “Default-First-Site-Name”
    -SysvolPath “C:\windows\Sysvol” -Force:$true

  • After the you need to migrate the 5 operations master roles.
  • First begin with the 3 roles of (RID, PDC, Infrastructure) , open active directory users and computers from 2008 or 2012 then right click on the domain name then click on operations master
  • Change each role of the 3 to make the role owned on the new DC

  • After that Change the Schema master role, open DC 2008 and run the following command.
  • open mmc console and add Active Directory Schema, then right click on Active directory Schema then click on operations master and change the role

  • Remove the DC 2008 from being Global catalog, open Active directory sites and services then open Default-First-Site-Name then right click on the NTDS settings of the old DC and click properties.
  • Uncheck the GC the Apply and OK

  • Move the Domain Name master role, open active directory domain and trusts then right click on it and change Active Directory Domain Controller and choose your 2012 DC , then right click again and choose operations master and change the role
  • Now you can remove the old DC using any method ( DC Promo, or deleting it manually)
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Posted by on October 17, 2012 in Windows 2012



SCCM 2012 Capabilities

I was trying to search for some new capabilities of SCCM, I contacted Microsoft and got the following information from them.

Some capabilities you need to know:

Hardware Type


SCCM Out Of the Box (Native)

Network Devices ( Routers, Switches, any TCP/IP device)


Discovery using Network Discovery: Please review the limitation by reading this article

More information about Network Discovery in System Center 2012 Configuration Manager

Solaris server

Suse Server

AIX server

Linux Server


Discovery and

Software Distribution

with SP1, as per this Article Solaris 9 and 10 are supported but till now there is no a final list of supported Linux & Unix OS.


Positioning SCCM in the Market:

I would like to mention Microsoft is the Leader in Magic Quadrant for Client Management Tools.


What Gartner Wrote about SCCM:

Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigManager) is the dominant product in the market; it holds more than half of the market’s installed base. Microsoft continues to make ConfigManager financially attractive by including the client management licenses (MLs) in the Microsoft Core CAL and Enterprise CAL Suites, bundling ConfigManager with related products such as ForeFront Endpoint Protection and Service Manager. Microsoft will release ConfigManager 2012 in the first half of 2012. ConfigManager has never been a best-of-breed product, but the 2012 release narrows the gap between it and competitive products.

First, the complexity of the ConfigManager infrastructure is reduced in the 2012 version through the introduction of role-based access controls and other capabilities that reduce the amount of traffic required to travel the network. The new version also requires less scripting to execute common tasks. Finally, ConfigManager moved to a more context-aware model. The tool now delivers applications to users, and will present different applications and use different delivery models based on user context (e.g., if they are using their primary laptop or using a terminal server session). This model requires significant changes to IT processes around software licensing and software delivery, so uptake among early adopters of this feature has been low. Microsoft also released Intune, a separate SaaS-based client management product, but Gartner has seen little uptake of the product at this point. Intune will be appropriate for small to midsize organizations that have basic requirements, but organizations that require full life cycle management and customization should continue to use ConfigManager.


1. ConfigManager ‘s integration with App-V is tight. The App-V client can pull App-V applications from ConfigManager distribution points on an on-demand basis.

2. Microsoft has developed tight integration with products in important companion areas — for example, System Center Service Manager and Forefront Endpoint Protection.

3. Because of Microsoft’s large installed base, there is much more knowledge of ConfigManager in the industry than of competitive products; it’s easier to find consultants, contractors, IT personnel and active user communities for ConfigManager than for other products.


1. While ConfigManager 2012 will provide lightweight mobile device management through Exchange ActiveSync, many organizations will opt for third-party MDM products, or will select alternative client management vendors that offer more comprehensive capabilities.

2. ConfigManager does not support Mac OSX or Linux desktop. (Review what is new in SP1?)

3. While the product has been simplified, ConfigManager is still complex; it requires deep expertise to implement and use successfully.

What is New in SP1 for System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager 2012:

There are a lot of changes will be included in Microsoft System Center 2012 – Configuration Manager:

One of the most significant changes is support for Windows 8. Configuration Manager SP1 supports Windows 8 in the following ways:

1. You can install the Configuration Manager client on Windows 8 computers and deploy Windows 8 to new computers or to upgrade previous client operating versions. Configuration Manager also supports Windows To Go.

2. Configuration Manager supports Windows 8 features, such as metered Internet connections and Always On Always Connected.

3. You can configure user data and profiles configuration items for folder redirection, offline files, and roaming profiles.

4. You can configure new deployment types for Windows 8 applications, which support standalone applications (.appx files) and links to the Windows Store.

Other significant changes include the following:

1. Support for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012.

2. Clients are now supported on Mac computers, and on Linux and UNIX servers.

3. Windows PowerShell cmdlets are available to automate Configuration Manager Operations by using Windows PowerShell scripts.

4. Support for cloud services, including a new distribution point for Windows Azure.

5. More flexible hierarchy management with support to expand a stand-alone primary site into a hierarchy that includes a new central administration site, and the migration of a Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy to another Configuration Manager SP1 hierarchy.

6. Support for multiple software update points for a site to provide automatic redundancy for clients in the same way as you can configure multiple management points.

7. Client notification to initiate some client operations from the Configuration Manager console, which include downloading computer policy and initiating a malware scan to be performed as soon as possible, instead of during the normal client policy polling interval.

8. Support for virtual environments that allow multiple virtual applications to share file system and registry information instead of running in an isolated space.

9. Email alert subscriptions are now supported for all features, not just Endpoint Protection.

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Posted by on October 15, 2012 in SCCM



Errors when opening Operations Manager Shell


when you try to open operations manager Shell you may receive this error

Import-Module : File D:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Pow
ershell\OperationsManager\OperationsManager.psm1 cannot be loaded because the e
xecution of scripts is disabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_sign
ing” for more details.
At line:1 char:14
+ Import-Module <<<<  OperationsManager; .\OperationsManager\Functions.ps1; .\O
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [Import-Module], PSSecurityExc
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : RuntimeException,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.I

File D:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Powershell\Operatio
nsManager\Functions.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is di
sabled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details.
At line:1 char:67
+ Import-Module OperationsManager; .\OperationsManager\Functions.ps1 <<<< ; .\O
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], PSSecurityException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : RuntimeException

File D:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Powershell\Operatio
nsManager\Startup.ps1 cannot be loaded because the execution of scripts is disa
bled on this system. Please see “get-help about_signing” for more details.
At line:1 char:100
+ Import-Module OperationsManager; .\OperationsManager\Functions.ps1; .\Operati
onsManager\Startup.ps1 <<<<
    + CategoryInfo          : NotSpecified: (:) [], PSSecurityException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : RuntimeException



Execution Policy is set to restricted


1-open windows power shell

2-type “ Get-ExecutionPolicy”

3-If it is restricted type the following command “Set-ExecutionPolicy Unrestricted”

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Posted by on July 18, 2012 in SCOM 2012



Visio Management Pack Designer for System Center 2012, New Tool

I think this will be a very good tool we are waiting for the release.

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Posted by on June 5, 2012 in SCOM 2012




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