Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Important SCOM 2016 and 2012 R2 Updates!

If like me, you've jumped aboard the SCOM 2016 bandwagon and started deploying the recently released GA version to your production environments, then you'll need to be aware of two very important updates that need to be added ASAP.

The first one is Update Rollup 1 for SCOM 2016:

Microsoft have recommended that people deploy this update rollup immediately after deploying the intial SCOM 2016 GA build as it contains fixes for a number of issues that were recently highlighted by users of the Technical Preview 5 release.

The next update is better identified as a patch (KB3200006) that Microsoft needed to quickly release in response to a widespread spate of console crashes on both SCOM 2016 and 2012 R2.

People are understandably frustrated at these crashes as you can read from here and here.

You can get access to the new patch that (hopefully) fixes this problem from the following link:

Hopefully this helps people out and feel free to use the comments section below (or add your thoughts to the TechNet forums mentioned above) if this patch doesn't solve the console crash issue for you.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Updated: SCOM 2016 & 2012 R2 Prerequisites Script

Last year when I was starting work on my new Getting Started with Operations Manager book, I needed a PowerShell script that would help me deploy the SCOM 2016 and 2012 R2 prerequisites without fail every time.

The script was a derivative of an earlier SCOM 2012 SP1 script that I published a few years back and it worked fine up until the download link for the ReportViewer prerequisite changed to support Windows Server 2016. I had it on my to-do list to update this script to reflect the new download link but before I got around to it, I noticed that my good friend (and the tallest Dutch guy I know) Oskar Landman had taken my original script and added his scripting magic to it!

Oskar's updated script now has interactive prompts to check which version of SCOM you're installing and whether or not you are deploying the Web Console role (which requires the most prerequisites) - awesome!

Taking your inputs from those prompts, it will then go and download the SQLSysClrTypes and ReportViewer prerequisites to a folder of your choice, install them and then deploy all required roles and features based on your input - nice!

You can review Oskar's original blog post about his work on this script here.

The updated script can be downloaded from its original TechNet Gallery location here: