Category Archives: System Center

Would you like to manage AD FS on Windows Server 2016, too? No problem!

Yesterday, I blogged on the entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory Domain Services on Windows Server 2016. What I didn’t notice, until now, is that a management pack for Active Directory Federation Services is also available,   About the AD FS MP The Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) Management Pack provides both proactive […]


An entirely new Management Pack for Active Directory on Windows Server 2016 is now available

When organizations embrace new versions of software in a structured way, they end up with checklists, much like the ones I wrote for Windows 7 and Windows 8. Migrating end-user device Operating Systems (OSs), however, is different to embracing a new version of the Windows Server Operating System (OS). From an information security point of […]


Channeling your inner Active Directory Replication Status to Operations Management Suite

My blogpost on the Active Directory Replication Status Tool making the move to Microsofts Operation Management Suite (OMS) solution, sparked some conversation. Especially, Jimmy’s 2 cents, hit a nerve: There are many companies that have a policy not allowing DCs connecting to the “outside”. And changing the policies is not easy sometimes. While Jimmy wisely […]


The Active Directory Replication Status Tool is making the move to the Operations Management Suite

I’m a big fan of the free Active Directory Replication Status Tool. So much so that I install it in every Active Directory environment I scan and troubleshoot. Together with the Active Directory PowerShell module, the built-in tools, and the Active Directory Topology Diagrammer, it completes my toolbox. It’s a nice gift to leave behind […]


Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack updated

While it has been a while since the Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack was updated, the team has now released an updated version with a crucial fix for Active Directory admins in my region of the world that has potentially been plaguing them for over a year.   About System Center Operations Manager With […]


Pictures of the three Dutch IT Camps (The unofficial Hyper-D Farewell Tour)

I’ve had the pleasure of hosting three Microsoft IT Camps in the past three weeks and with them, effectively, organizing the unofficial ‘Hyper-D Farewell Tour’… Hyper-D (Daniel van Soest) and I hosted all three IT Camps, consisting of four half-day Windows Server 2012 R2 Camps and two half-day System Center 2012 R2 Camps, following this […]


KnowledgeBase: Heartbeat failure alerts on Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controllers when monitoring with System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

Active Directory is the cornerstone of many networking environments. Active Directory Domain Controllers offer the means to authenticate, authorize and account for actions by employees, colleagues and guests. The availability of these Windows Servers is crucial for them to log on and gain access to resources. Therefore, as a best practice, Microsoft recommends monitoring them […]


Active Directory Services and their System Center Management Packs

As you might be aware, every Microsoft technology has the requirement to be manageable through PowerShell and System Center. Manageability through System Center is done through Management Packs. (MPs). While I discussed the PowerShell manageability stories for the five Active Directory services last Saturday, below is the overview of the availability and functionality of the […]


Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack for System Center updated last week

On October 6, 2011 I wrote about the updated Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack for System Center. Then, it was updated to version 6.0.7670.0. Today, I want to point you to another big update for the Active Directory Domain Services Management Pack for System Center: the 6.0.8070.0 update.


System Center 2012 ServicePack 1 has arrived for TechNet and MSDN subscribers

System Center 2012 was released in April 2012, well before Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 were released. As a consequence, these Operating Systems weren't supported. This functionality was slated for System Center 2012 with ServicePack 1, among other new exciting new functionality. This makes ServicePack 1 for System Center 2012 not just an ordinary […]