Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Monitoring GPO changes using SCOM

It is pretty common for AD admins to want to be able to monitor changes to GPO via SCOM.
Of course, there are events that are logged for every change made to any GPO.
The real challenge is that we will not be able to know which GPO was changed without having to go through an extensive search through the GPMC or by means of powershell.
What is required is that the SCOM alert should include the name of the GPO so that the efforts and time of the IT Admins are keep to the minimum.

The below is an article from the community that will enable you to do just that
Click here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Translate SCOM GUID to hostname

In SCOM RMS Event log, you may receive events that flag issues about a healthservice.
The challenge that SCOM Admins face is that these events merely provide the GUID.
In order for the remediation to be done, what is needed is the exact hostname of the server that is having the issues.

There are 2 ways that this information required can be retrieved.
You can choose either ways and you will still get the information


(Get-MonitoringObject -id 'GUID').DisplayName
If you have access to the SQL Database, you can run the query as below

select DisplayName, Path, basemanagedentityid from basemanagedentity where basemanagedentityid = 'GUID'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lync 2013 Client unable to see / add contacts

Encountered an interesting issue in our environment.
There is small pockets of users that encounter an issue of being unable to see existing contacts and add new contacts to their respective Lync clients.
The Lync client version were updated to the latest build of 15.0.4719.1000 but that did not help.
The error that they encountered is "Cannot add,remove or move contacts or groups at this time. Please try again later" as per the screenshot below


Perform the actions below on the Lync client affected

  1. Go to Tools/Options
  2. On the pop up window, select Personal from the list on the right
  3. Change the personal information manager setting to None for at least 30 minutes (This will be based on your active directory replication interval)
  4. Then switch it back to Microsoft Exchange or Microsoft Outlook