Cameron Fuller Archive

Scheduled Maintenance Mode in Operations Manager vNext

During a presentation in Florida I was asked a question about the upcoming scheduled Maintenance Mode functionality in Operations Manager vNext. This blog post will cover the following topics related to the new Scheduled Maintenance mode functionality: Where are maintenance schedules defined? Is it possible to create a schedule for the 3rd Tuesday of every month? Where is the scheduled maintenance information stored? Are there stored procedures for Scheduled Maintenance? How do the stored procedures work with SQL? What permissions are required? Any gotcha’s? New PowerShell cmdlets in OpsMgr vNext   Where are maintenance schedules defined in OpsMgr vNext? Maintenance

The MSCloudCommunity is alive!

Are you a user group coordinator looking to find speakers or sponsors for your event? Are you a trying to find a user group focused on the Cloud or System Center? Are you a speaker looking to present to user group communities around the world? Are you a vendor who makes products which augment System Center or the Cloud? If any of the above is true, come join us at the MSCloudCommunity!! MSCloudCommunity was announced today at SCU Europe. It exists to assist System Center & Cloud user group communities by bringing together the key components of a user group:

What I learned about technical conferences from the Global Leadership Summit

On August 6th and 7th 2015 I had the honor of attending the Global Leadership Summit in the primary auditorium for the event. I attended for two primary purposes: To learn more about leadership and become better as a leader. To learn how the GLS has taken the concept of a two day event on one topic and made it into a global phenomenon. The following were my top eight insights for technical conferences: Streaming events of this nature have an incredible potential for global scope and global scale. The Global Leadership Summit had representation from 875 cities, 127 countries,

Best Practices for monitoring VMware with SCOM and V8 is out!

Veeam has released an updated version of a white paper that was originally created by Alec King, Pete Zerger and myself. This updated version has been change to reflect technology advances which have occurred since it was originally written including for monitoring VMware with Veeam v8 and cloud. This also includes updated information about VMware data sources, as VMware strategies have evolved since the paper was written. This deserves a huge shout-out to Pete and Alec and the rest of the crew at Veeam for their interest in updating this material! The updated version of the white paper is available

Operations Manager and OpInsights sessions at Dev Connections!

I am very excited to say that I will be speaking at my first Dev Connections this year! I have heard a lot of good things about this event and from the lineup of speakers it looks like this year will not disappoint. As part of the prep for this event I have put together a list of OpsMgr/OpInsights related session content that I am seeing at Dev Connections:   Speaker: Maarten Goet Title: Operations Management Suite for the System Center Operations Manager Administrator Operations Management Suite is a web-based, Internet-scale monitoring service hosted in Microsoft Azure data centers. It

Summary from the MNSCUG August 2015 meeting

We had a great full day event in Minnesota this week focusing on all things Microsoft Monitoring focused (Operations Manager, OMS, dashboards and more). I wanted to say a big thank-you to the Minnesota user group for inviting me to speak this week! Visiting user groups like this showcases the strength of a solid System Center community. Attendance was pretty as you can see from a few of the pictures below. Fred just provided a summary of the recent MNSCUG meeting which includes notes and links to the presentation decks which are available at: My specific presentation decks from

Workarounds for no Netflix in Windows Media Center after September 15th 2015

If you use Windows Media Center not only for TV and movies but also as a conduit to Netflix you probably saw the same unhappy surprise that I recently saw (shown below). “As of September 15, 2015, Netflix will not longer be available on Windows Media Center. Please visit to see the many devise that support Netflix today.” I will admit, this felt like a one-two punch with the recent issues which we have also been seeing around the guide in WMC ( However, now that I have a reasonable workaround on this I’m feeling a bit better about

Skilling up on #OMS

Pete Zerger has put together an OMS wiki which provides a more comprehensive set of resources and will be easier to maintain via a wiki which is available at: As such I am removing my blog post on this topic and I highly recommend using this as the one-stop-shop for all resources related to OMS!

Wally and I team up for a System Center vNext roadshow! #SYSCTR

I’m excited to announce that I will have the pleasure of presenting at several of the same events with Wally Mead! With the two of us presenting you have a solid bet that there will be lots of Configuration Manager and Operations Manager goodness. I also know that there will be some other great presentations in this vNext focused roadshow so this is one you won’t want to miss. Our first two locations on this are Tampa and Boca Raton. To register use the links below: Tampa: Boca Raton:   To help us get out the word let’s

Building dynamically updating Business Services and dashboards in Operations Manager

Microsoft’s recent acquisition of BlueStripe is an area of extreme interest for people who live and breathe in the Microsoft monitoring space. This acquisition has been the subject of several articles including: I also reference the BlueStripe acquisition in the whitepaper which I recently released which is available at This acquisition raises some interesting questions about whether this type of functionality will be included in the next release of Operations Manager. At this point there is no indication one way or the other with regards to this topic but the potential value add