Rename your custom Management Packs

When importing a new Management Pack, a custom Management pack should always be created for containing overrides for det imported Management Pack. This is not just a good idea, it´s also Microsoft best practice. The reason why we do this is to separate all of the overrides for our imported Management Packs. Instead of having to clean up our Default Management Pack after deleting a MP, e.g. Exchange Server 2007 is thrown out to be replaced by Exchange Server 2010, just delete the Exchange Server 2007 Overrides MP.
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Create a certificate template for monitoring Non-Domain members

To monitor servers that aren´t in your domain but in a DMZ, a server certificate is required. In order for this to work properly, a Certificate Template needs to be created before you can issue your certificates. The following will guide you through the process of creating the Certificate Template so that you can monitor your non-domain members in the future. Continue reading

System Center 2012 SP1 is here

Earlier this evening, SP1 for the System Center 2012 suite was released. It’s a massive release containing lots of updates for all of the products of the suite.

So far, everyone with a MSDN or TechNet subscription are able to download the updates, general availability will perhaps be in the beginning of January. I’ll get back with this information when it has been confirmed.
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Automatically backup unsealed Management Packs in SCOM 2012

After creating several overrides that is stored in unsealed Management Packs, they get more important to you in case of a failure.The script that you can find below takes a copy of all unsealed Management Packs and stores them in a folder that is set in the script, in this case “D:Backup”.

I have borrowed the script from http://systemcenter.no/?p=195 and then made some modifications to the script that you can find below.
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