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Bridging Hardware between Teradici Zero Clients and VMware Horizon View

This article describes solution for an issue, which my current customer experienced with his VMware Horizon View linked clones and the Teradici Zero Clients and Management. In this case, the users were unable to use their keyboard Caps / Num / Scroll lock buttons correctly, nor the led lights on the devices were triggered, when […]

Deploy Windows 10 Feature on demand with SCCM task sequence

This article is written with the idea to help you overcome any issues related to the Windows 10 Language Features On Demand deployment.  There are many articles by Microsoft, which are describing the commands to run, in order to be able to install the Handwriting, OCR and other Language capabilities, when you have an internet connection in […]

Installing Adobe products with VMWare App Volumes

  After some research, I didn’t found any solution on the internet, related to how the Adobe Acrobat Pro/Standard can be activated for the Enterprise with Horizon View / VDI and App Volumes Appstacks. I have played with the command line of the Adobe toolkit and I have found a solution, which is pretty straight forward […]

System Center Operations Manager, “Out of memory” and the failing MSSQL workflows

Today’s post will be pretty short, however hopefully very informative and helpful. Actually, the content of it is not mine, but I am sharing it, because I would like this information to reach as many people as possible. If you have been working with the SQL management pack for System Center Operations Manager, then you […]

Error deleting a SCOM Management Pack

A couples of days ago I had to remove a Management Pack. I went to the SCOM Console, removed all the dependencies and then tried to delete the Management Pack. A “Please wait” message popped up on my screen and remained there for about 30 minutes. Then I got the following error message: Error Message: […]

Automating SQL operations with Invoke-Sqlcmd – challenges and solutions

I’ve been working on some automation tasks with SMA 2016 lately, which involved quite heavy data transactions to a SQL database in the backend. Doing this, I have faced some really interesting challenges that I would like to share now with you and of course their respective solutions/workarounds. Reading and writing data to a SQL […]

Using Optional Parameters in Service Management Automation (SMA) runbooks

In this post, I would like to share an interesting observation I have made when working with optional parameters in SMA runbooks. The requirement is pretty basic – pass an optional [datetime] parameter to an SMA runbook and trigger an action, depending on the whether a value has been passed or not. The error message […]

Forcing a SCOM discovery with PowerShell (the easy way)

While working on customer’s site I noticed on couple of occasions that triggering a specific discovery in SCOM costs too much time to the guys from the Operations Team. What they were basically doing is following a procedure, found in a blog post, describing how to manually trigger a SCOM discovery: SCOM 2012 – Manually […]

Update Rollup 7 (UR7) for SCOM 2012R2 – Now it is possible to see the version number directly in the console

Original Version in German: Update Rollup 7 (UR7) für SCOM 2012 R2 – Die Produktversion in der Konsole ist da! https://blog.pohn.ch/update-rollup-7-ur7-fuer-scom-2012-r2-die-produktversion-in-der-konsole-ist-da/   How to check whether a SCOM Update Rollup (UR) has been installed properly? How to obtain the current product version of SCOM 2012 R2? Until UR6, you had to check various library files […]

Automating the SCOM 2012 R2 agent deletion using PowerShell

In my last project I was given the task to automate the deletion of SCOM agents (both UNIX/Linux and Windows SCOM agents) using a PowerShell script, which then would be executed as part of the deprovisioning process of a specific virtual machine. This was necessary, because after decommissioning virtual machines their associated monitored objects remained […]