Microsoft Operations Manager and OMS

File Not Found Exception while configuring Log Analytics

This is an update for our customers who are hitting below exception while configuring Log Analytics workspace from SCOM console. This blog talks about workaround for this issue, please follow the mentioned steps.


–          Copy the Advisor dll (version 1.0.5) from this link to Console folder (C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center\Operations Manager\Console).

–          Try to configure your Log Analytics workspace connection and this time it will work.

–          Remove this Advisor dll from Console folder after Log Analytics configuration is done.

[Note]: If you will not delete Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory  from Console, then you will hit the above exception while adding subscription to Azure MP.

What is causing this exception?

This exception will only occur when you have Azure MP installed on your system.

The reason is both Azure MP and Advisor MP use different versions of Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory library.

When the intended version of this library isn’t found, Console throws FileNotFound exception



Global Service Monitor to Retire in November 2018

System Center Operations Manager continues to be the tool relied upon by enterprise customers for IT operations and monitoring. Global Service Monitor in SCOM provides the ability to monitor the availability of external web-based applications from multiple locations across the globe. As of November 07, 2018, we will retire the Global Service Monitor and recommend that customers transition Global Service Monitor users to next generation web application monitoring capabilities allowing them to take advantage of our Azure hosted services for these capabilities, powered by Azure Application Insights.

Application Insights is an extensible Application Performance Management (APM) service for monitoring applications on multiple platforms. It offers greater control, and richer alerting, diagnostics, dashboarding and reporting capabilities over an interactive data analytics platform. With the transition to Azure Application Insights, customers stand to benefit in the long term from Azure monitoring investments including improvements in reliability and performance.

GSM Customers will be notified of the retirement through an alert in the SCOM console sent down from the GSM. If you are a GSM customer, during your transition, you do not need to change your tests; Application Insights supports the tests GSM supported (single URL ping and multi-step web tests), the frequency of the tests and locations supported are the same as well. The migration script (Link to Migration Script) will provision your tests with the same configuration in Application Insights. The migration script will also provision alert rules based on what you are currently using in SCOM . Please use the migration script to migrate your GSM tests to Application insights by the end of October 2018. Post migration, SCOM customers can use the Azure Management Pack (CTP version) (Link to Azure MP) to integrate with Application Insights and view the alerts from their tests in Application Insights in the SCOM console.

We thank the SCOM customers for their usage of the GSM service. This transition provides yet another value to System Center customers as they continue to be able to take advantage of Azure management offerings. Should you have any questions, please contact your account team or Microsoft Support.


  1. What is GSM?

System Center Global Service Monitor is a cloud service that provides a simplified way to monitor the availability of external-web-based applications from multiple locations around the world. See

  1. What is Azure Application Insights?

Application Insights is an extensible application performance monitoring service in Azure, supporting applications on a variety of platforms. See

  1. Does my price increase because of this transition?

GSM was provided as a software assurance benefit of your System Center purchase. When you migrate to Azure Application Insights, Microsoft will transition migrated tests and alert rules at no additional charge

  1. Do I get any other Azure benefits as part of this transition?

No. Only the migrated tests, and the alert rules associated with them will be provided at no additional charge. All other Azure consumption will be subject to applicable pricing.

  1. So, if I add more availability tests or use Application Insights for server-side monitoring, I will be charged?

Yes, that is correct. Only the migrated tests are provided at no additional charge. All other use is subject to applicable pricing.

  1. What happens if I don’t migrate the tests?

Existing GSM tests will stop working after 11/07/2018. We strongly encourage you to migrate the tests and validate the alert rules in Azure well before that date.

  1. What happens if I don’t migrate tests using the migration script provided by Microsoft?

Only the tests which are migrated using the script, would be provided at no additional charge in Azure Application Insights.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Management Pack to configure Operations Management Suite

We have updated Operations Management Suite connection onboarding wizard in System Center Operations Manager to communicate with the new APIs.

For configuring new connections to Operations Management Suite with System center Operations Manager, you need to import the product version specific management packs (links given below). If you have already configured connection to OMS with SCOM then you do not need to import these management packs, however if you reconfigure your existing connection then you need to import this management pack.

New Operations Management Suite onboarding wizard in System center Operations Manager:

Download links:

  • For System Center Operations Manager 1801, download the management pack from here.
  • For System Center 2016 Operations Manager, download the management pack from here.
  • For System center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, download the management packs from here.

System Center Operations Manager 1807 is released!!

System Center Operations Manager 1807 overview

System Center 1807 announcement is available here.

What’s new in System Center Operations Manager 1807 is available here.

How to Upgrade to System Center Operations Manager 1807 is available here.

The content in this blog describes the features and scenarios enabled in System Center Operations Manager 1807

HTML5 dashboards

Users can create and manage PowerShell Widgets in their HTML5 dashboards. While authoring the PowerShell widget, user needs to provide the PowerShell script which would be executed and visualized in the widget. This widget enables users to leverage PowerShell scripting to retrieve and visualize custom data (more details on PowerShell widget is available here).

Users can visualize effective configuration for a server/object in the objects drill down page. This allows users to view the configuration of a rule/monitor with respect to a server or an object.

More details on viewing effective configuration of a monitored object is available here.

Operators can create/manage HTML5 dashboards in MyWorkspace. This feature allows operators to create and visualize dashboards (only with the data they have access to) in the form they like (more details on creating dashboards in My Workspace is available here).

User can Visualize Network Node dashboard and Network Interface dashboard for Network Node/interface from the Objects drill down page. This allows users to consume more relevant data while trouble shooting a network node or interface.

User can navigate to the objects drill down page of the alert and change the resolution of an alert from within the alert down page. This allows users to act on an alert while troubleshooting the same.

More details on the changes to alerts drill down page is available here.

User can select/change the size of the icon in topology widget, allowing flexibility to have bigger icons for NOC view scenarios.

More details on changes to topology widget is available here.

Schedule Maintenance Mode view in Web Console

This feature enables users to create and manage schedule maintenance mode from within the web console.

More details on creating/managing schedule maintenance from web console is available here.

User can choose to enable/disable APM component while installing agent

This feature allows more flexibility to the users by providing an option to enable/disable APM component in the agent.

User can enable/disable APM component while installing agent through Discovery wizard (more details are available here).

User can enable/disable APM component through the agent repair wizard (more details are available here).

User can enable/disable APM component through the new parameter added for the below cmdlets:



  • Without APM: Install-SCOMAgent -DNSHostName “” -PrimaryManagementServer $PrimaryMS -NoAPM
  • With APM:       Install-SCOMAgent -DNSHostName “” -PrimaryManagementServer $PrimaryMS)



  • Without APM: Get-SCOMAgent -DNSHostName “” | Repair-SCOMAgent -NoAPM
  • With APM:       Get-SCOMAgent -DNSHostName “” | Repair-SCOMAgent)
Support for SQL 2017 with SCOM 1807

With SCOM 1807, SQL 2017 is supported if it is upgraded from SQL 2016. Fresh installation of SQL 2017 with SCOM 1807 is not supported with SCOM 1807.

More details on upgrading Operations Manager 1807 database to SQL Server 2017 is available here.

XPlat log rotate

Under error scenarios, the SCX log fills up quickly, which eventually consumes all available free space on the system disk. As a result, the system becomes unresponsive unless the logs are cleaned up manually. To address this issue, we have introduced log rotate feature for SCX agent. This will help to rotate old logs of SCX agent and save disk space.

More details on Log rotation for Linux agent is available here.