Month: May 2015

Disk Performance on Server 2012 Task Manager

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Something that I’ve noticed not a lot people know, is how to get your disk performance to show up on a server’s task manager. Yes, yes, I know. With the new Microsoft model you shouldn’t be RDP’ing to servers anyways — but I still get asked how to do this. For some reason they have this by default on Windows 8, but not enabled on Servers. So here’s the one command you need to fix that.

1) The problem, no disk portion on task manager. šŸ˜¦

TaskManager

 

 

2) Run the following command to enable it.

“DiskPerf -Y”

This enables the physical and logical disk performance counters.

DiskPerf

 

 

3) Close and re-open task manager.

 

DiskYES

 

 

 

There ya go!

I hope I’ve made your day at least a little bit easier.

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SCCM 2012 “Perform site maintenance or reset this site” Greyed Out / Unavailable

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As I went to upgrade an evaluation version of System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to a full version, I noticed unlike Operations Manager — you have to do this through the setup/install interface. Upon first search people were saying just run the setup again and choose “Perform site maintenance or reset the site”, though it was greyed out. Here’s the quick tip to remedy that.

Here, I’m just running the setup again and choosing Install, and the option is greyed out to perform site maintenance.

GreyedOut

 

So here’s what you do instead. Close the setup window, and go open Programs and Features in your Control Panel. Find “Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Primary Site Setup” (this may be different if the top of your hierarchy is a CAS), and click “Uninstall/Change”.

 

ControlPanel1

 

Then, there it is — not greyed out!

 

SiteMaint

 

 

Click next andĀ  you’re able to do what you need to do.

 

Success

 

 

At this point you canĀ do a few things.

  • Reset your site with no configuration changes
  • Modify SQL Server Configuration
  • Modify SMS Provider Configuration
  • Modify Language Configuration
  • Upgrade Evaluation Edition to a Licensed Edition

 

I just needed to upgrade my site to a licensed edition, and this worked like a charm.

 

I hope I’ve made your day at least a little easier!

 

Enable Disk Cleanup on Server 2008 R2

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I know, I know — we shouldn’t use this on servers. Sometimes though, in the right environment and for the right reasons, it can be useful (and you don’t have to install something like ccleaner).

 

This process is honestly, really easy — the files are already on your system, they just need to be put in the right place. Take these lines below and either run them one at a time with an administrative command prompt or put them in a batch file and run all at once.

 

Server 2008 R2 x64:

 

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_none_c9392808773cd7da\cleanmgr.exe C:\Windows\System32

copy C:\Windows\winsxs\amd64_microsoft-windows-cleanmgr.resources_31bf3856ad364e35_6.1.7600.16385_en-us_b9cb6194b257cc63\cleanmgr.exe.mui C:\Windows\System32\en-US

cleanmgr.exe

 

 

These three lines will copy the needed files from your sxs folder and put them in your system32 which will allow you to call “cleanmgr.exe” from the command line.

 

I hope this makes your day at least a little bit easier!

Domain Controllers “Grayed out” in SCOM 2012

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I did a few new SCOM 2012 installs recently and noticed that after pushing the agent to the DCs, they showed up grayed out in Ops Manager. Here’s a quick tip on how to fix that.

Logon to the DC(s), and with an administrative comand prompt run the HSLockdown tool, and add the local system account to the allowed group.

C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Agent:

*NOTE* In newer version, this is now stored in “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Monitoring Agent\Agent”

agent

 

Run the command “HSLockdown /L” to show what accounts are being allowed or denied. In this case, my local system isn’t even populated.

 

L

 

 

Now run the HSLockdown tool again with the add switch to allow local system.

“HSLockdown /A “NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM”

add

 

Restart the agent with “net stop heathservice && net start healthservice” and give it 5 minutes or so then it should be all green in your dashboard.

 

Hope this made your day at least a little easier!