Lync 2010 Cumulative Update 6 (June 15, 2012)

Microsoft has released CU6 for Lync Server 2010. The best way to update your Lync server is to use the Lync Server Update Installer (LyncServerUpdateInstaller.exe). For more details on this rollup: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2493736 List of server roles and the updates that apply to them Lync Server 2010 – Standard Edition Server Lync Server 2010 – Enterprise…

How do I integrate SQL databases into Service Manager 2012 as Configuration Items? [#SCSM, #SCOM, #SYSCTR, #SQL]

During a recent client engagement, there was a request to add databases to Service Manager as CI’s. This was in addition to previous requests to add both network devices and VMware servers from OpsMgr into Service Manager. As background the following two articles documented the first attempts I made at synchronizing information from OpsMgr 2012…

QuickTricks: Integrating SharePoint as your process and standards repository for OpsMgr (#SCOM, #SYSCTR, #SharePoint)

One of the additional ways that SharePoint can be used within Operations Manager is to provide a quick access to any standards and processes which are defined for the organization. By creating a web page view which points to your SharePoint document library or folder for standards you can quickly integrate documentation for processes and…

Exchange 2010 OpsMgr MP Update: Unable to update Management Pack

​The Exchange 2010 MP was just recently pulled from the download site for various reasons including a quarantined mailbox situation noted below: http://blogs.technet.com/b/exchange/archive/2012/06/28/mailboxes-on-a-database-are-quarantined-in-an-environment-with-system-center-operations-manager.aspx The latest MP was just re-released yesterday, but I find that it cannot be updated with the latest changes (changes are not noted in the MP Guide). http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=692 Notes during import: I just…

People say there are all kinds of costs associated with doing business: soft, hard, variable, and fixed. I say soft costs can have hard financial implications.

​ Just like in The Brady Bunch where it was always, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!” hard costs seem to get all the press. Hard costs can easily be associated with a break/fix model, while soft costs can impact your business severely, but are rather difficult to calculate. Soft costs include things like the cost of downtime,…

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ConfigMgr Folder Structure

  I’ve seen a lot of environments and the one typical commonality is that there simply was no planning or forethought put into where to store everything like source files, packages, downloads, etc. Chaos reigns and it ain’t pretty. For all of my lab builds and production rollouts, I use a simple script to build…