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#Microsoft System Center 2012 Management Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Access #sysctr #SCOM

SCOM 2012 R2Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager

What’s New
System Center Management Pack for Remote Access combines monitoring for DirectAccess and RRAS into a single management pack. This management pack retains the monitoring capabilities of RRAS 2012 management pack. This management monitors Remote Access role in Windows Server 2012 R2 only. This management pack monitors the following conditions:
DirectAccess Monitoring
• Issues with internal and external network adapter connection and settings such as forwarding
• Teredo server state and configuration
• Isatap availability and configuration such as name publishing and route publishing
• 6to4 adapter and forwarding state
• Heuristics around network security such as DOS attack, spoof attack and replay attack and state of IPSec
• State of network infrastructure like DNS servers, Management servers configured for DirectAccess
• IP-Https state and configuration
• State of various underlying services such as BFE, IPHelper etc needed for Remote Access
• Heuristics related to OTP
Most of the health monitoring scenarios that can be monitored using the native DirectAccess UI have been included in the management pack.

VPN Monitoring
Existing capabilities for RRAS management pack have been included in the unified management pack as well. We’ll summarize the monitoring capabilities for RRAS included in the unified management pack:
• Remote access (VPN) connection failures due to erroneous configuration.
• Demand-dial (site-to-site) connection failures due to erroneous configuration.
• Erroneous configuration of VPN tunnels:
• Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP)
• Layer Two Tunneling Protocol (L2TP/IPSec)
• Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP)
• Internet Key Exchange version 2 (IKEv2)
• Connection licenses, registry corruption, authentication, and accounting issues for remote access
• VPN network access protection (NAP) enforcement and Network Access Quarantine Control access issues
• Erroneous configuration and setup issues involved with various routing protocols that are exposed through RRAS, such as the following:
• Routing Information Protocol (RIP) v1 and v2
• DHCP Relay Agent
• Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
• DHCPv6 Relay Agent
• Monitors and alarms to notify the administrator about erroneous conditions. These conditions include the following:
• Hardware device error
• Protocol initialization failure
• Remote Access Connection Manager (RASMAN) service unexpected termination
• Routing and Remote Access service unexpected termination
• Routing and Remote Access service monitor
• Authentication or accounting failures
• Configuration failures
• IPsec-related failures
• Packet filter-related failure
• IPCP negotiation failure
• Memory allocation monitor
• Memory allocation failure
• No more licenses monitor
• Port open failures
• Support for monitoring performance counters and instrumentation, including the following:
• Total number of remote access connections
• Total number of timeout and serial overrun errors for this connection
• Total number of alignment errors for this connection (alignment errors occur when a byte received is different from the byte expected)
• Total number of buffer overrun errors for this connection (buffer overrun errors occur when the software cannot handle the rate at which data is received)
• Total number of bytes received for this connection
• Number of bytes received per second
• Total number of bytes transmitted for this connection
• Number of bytes transmitted per second
• Total number of cyclic redundancy check (CRC) errors for this connection (CRC errors occur when the frame received contains erroneous data)
• Total number of data frames received for this connection
• Number of frames received per second.

You can download the Microsoft System Center 2012 Management Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Access here

System Center Market Place

Find more System Center Center Management Packs in the Market Store of System Center here

For instructions about importing a management pack, see How to Import a Management Pack in Operations Manager 2012 R2

Tuning Monitoring by Using Targeting and Overrides

When you import a management pack, System Center 2012 – Operations Manager discovers the objects defined by the management pack and begins applying the management pack’s rules and monitors to the discovered objects. You should always import a new management pack in a pre-production environment first so that you can evaluate the management pack and adjust or tune the management pack as necessary to meet your business needs.

To tune a management pack effectively, you should involve the service owner or subject matter experts, the operations team members who monitor the alerts and events and take action when something requires attention, and the engineering team responsible for the Operations Manager infrastructure. Depending on the service that is monitored by the management pack, you might also include the networking or security teams.  Those responsible for the Operations Manager infrastructure might not have the knowledge and experience with the service to effectively tune the management pack without expert input.

Tuning Approach

For servers or applications, tune from the highest severity alerts and dependencies to the lowest. Look at alerts first, then open the Health Explorer to gather more detailed information for the problem. Validate results of the alerts generated, verify scope of monitoring against intended targets (servers or services), and ensure the health model is accurate.

Each rule should be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Actionability: An alert is actionable if it tells you what went wrong and how to fix it. When alerts are generated that do not require any action, consider disabling alerting for the rule.
  • Validity: An alert is valid if the issue that generated the alert can be confirmed and the issue actually occurred at the moment the alert was generated.
  • Suppression: There should be only one alert stating the issue occurred.

What to Tune

  • Discovery frequency
  • Monitor thresholds
  • Targets
  • Intervals
  • Parameters


  • Import a single management pack at a time.
  • Review any new alerts reported for servers monitored with the new management pack. You can use the Alerts and Most Common Alerts reports to help you discover your most common alerts. When you first install a management pack, it tends to discover a multitude of previously unknown issues. Monitor the alerts to determine potential areas of concern
  • Override the monitor or rule as applicable for a particular object type, a group, or a specific object.
  • Disable the monitor or rule if the issue is not severe enough to warrant an alert and you do not need to be made aware of the specific situation being monitored.
  • Change the threshold of the monitor that is generating the alert if you want the underlying condition to be monitored, but the alert is being generated before the condition is actually a problem for your particular environment.
  • When you set overrides for a management pack, save them to a management pack that is named ManagementPack_Override, where ManagementPack is the name of the sealed management pack to which the overrides apply. For example, overrides to the management pack would be saved to Microsoft.InformationWorker.Office.XP_Overrides.xml.

Tuning Monitoring by Using Targeting and Overrides topics

Using Classes and Groups for Overrides in Operations Manager
How to Override a Rule or Monitor
How to Enable or Disable a Rule or Monitor
Using the Enforced Attribute in Overrides
How to Enable Recovery and Diagnostic Tasks

Other resources for this component

TechNet Library main page for Operations Manager
System Center Operations Manager Engineering Blog
Managing Discovery and Agents
Using Management Packs

You can find also awesome information about Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager on Technet wiki here :

The System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Survival Guide

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Community event of the year EXPERTS LIVE 2014 => JOIN US #sysctr #Hyperv #Azure #SQL #Winserv and More

ExpertsLive 2014

Subscribe now for the event of the year Experts Live , for and by the community with excellent speakers.


Experts Live 2014 Programs

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I will replace my EliteBook Laptop for the Surface Pro 3 I7 512GB to manage the #HybridCloud ! #Surface #Mobility

Surface Pro 3Surface pro 3 8GB – I7 – 512GB

I’m changing my EliteBook 8740W Mobile Workstation because Microsoft made this New Surface Pro 3 I7 512GB Tablet which can replace my Laptop to manage HybridCloud Datacenters.
I see a lot of benefits for me like :

  • The weight of my EliteBook is 4000 Gram and the Surface Pro 3 weights 800 gram.
  • Mobility is for me important and the battery of my EliteBook keeps me Online for 30 minutes which is too short.
  • When you are in a meeting, It’s really handy to make notes with the pen in OneNote.

Here you see the specifications of the Surface Pro 3 :


Surface Pro 3 Specs

Surface penWrite real natural on your Surface Pro 3

Keyboard CoverKeyboard Cover of the Surface Pro 3

Docking stationThe Dockingstation is important for me at work for Datacenter Administration.

Here you can choose your own Microsoft Surface Pro 3 model

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Rebuilding and Upgrading Microsoft Testlab and Start with #Hyperv Recovery Manager with #Azure #HybridCloud

With our testlab ICTCUMULUS we made awesome Microsoft solutions with Private and Public Cloud and learned a lot.
Here are some blogposts I made earlier :

Starting : From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services: Hyperv Clustering

From Microsoft Private Cloud to Hybrid Cloud Services : SCVMM 2012 R2

Making a NVGRE Gateway with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager

SQL 2014 Guest Cluster with Shared VHDX on Hyperv 2012 R2 Cluster for WAPack

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 Guide

Now it’s time for upgrading and rebuilding our Testlab ICTCUMULUS with extra memory and new Microsoft Hyper-v 2012 R2 Hypervisors.

Upgrade 1

Upgrade 2We have enough Memory now 😉

Here are the Visio drawings of ICT CUMULUS and we Changed some things like :

  • A Dedicated Hyper-V Cluster 2012 R2 for a virtual SQL 2014 Guest Cluster.
  • A Dedicated Switch for I-SCSI storage traffic.

Memory Upgrades


When we are ready with rebuilding ICTCUMULUS Testlab, we will start with Microsoft Azure Site Recovery Manager and my next blogpost:

Azure replication

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Download Visual Studio .NET Universe 2014 Poster with Hyperlinks #DEV #VisualStudio #HybridCloud

NET Poster

This poster shows how the trends are changing in .NET as we´re moving from a single large .NET Framework to a more loosely coupled and autonomous libraries and sub-frameworks, many of them even published as NuGet packages and evolving continuosly. The number of those libs and packages is evolving and growing, so having a visual photo of it can be helpful. The main idea of the poster is to show that you can create any kind of application with .NET, from the largest applications to the smaller apps: in the cloud, on the web, on desktops, tablets, phones, and in embedded environments (even watches!). Any of those application types is shown as category/bucket in the poster and within each bucket we´re tossing the main libraries/SDKs/packages out. Then we´re also showing cross-cutting concerns buckets like Security, Data Access, and .NET Extension libs. The main categories are the following: – Emerging application patterns (Mobile, Web & Cloud) – Established application patterns (Desktop and Embedded) – Cross-Cutting concerns Finally, the poster is putting a check/mark on every lib/SDK bullet depending if they are or not complaint with the following: – NuGet package – Open Source – Microsoft Official Supported You can print it out or use it as in electronic format (.PDF). Using the electronic format (.PDF) allows you to access each content URL/page related.

You can download the .NET Universe 2014 Poster with hyperlinks here

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Product Documentation for Microsoft #SQL Server 2014 for firewall and proxy restricted environments


Users who want a local help experience can download the documentation in one of two ways after using SQL Server Setup to install the help viewer and related components:

For systems that are behind a firewall or proxy and have no access to the Internet go to a computer that has an internet connection and download the self-extracting EXE package on this page that contains the product documentation. Follow the instructions at the bottom of this page to extract the documentation and then use Help Library Manager to add the documentation to your local help collections.

For systems that have an Internet connection you do not need to use this download. Instead, launch Help Library Manager to configure the Help Viewer to use local help and download the Help collections. For more information about using the Help Library Manager to configure help options and download content, see Adding and Removing Help Collections.

You can download the Microsoft product documentation of SQL Server 2014 here