Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Antivirus exclusions for Operations Manager 2012

There is a knowledge base entry regarding what virus scan exclusions should be made when using SCOM: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975931

Unfortunately there is a documentation bug regarding agent exclusions for SCOM 2012:

The KB says:

C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\<Component>\Health Service State\

what means

C:\Program Files\System Center 2012\Operations Manager\Agent\Health Service State\

but the default path is

C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager\Agent\Health Service State\

Further take note that you can (should) exclude the “Health Service State” folder and all it’s subfolders.

In general it is recommended to verify your exclusions by creating a text file in the folder and paste in the EICAR test definition:

X5O!P%@AP[4\PZX54(P^)7CC)7}$EICAR-STANDARD-ANTIVIRUS-TEST-FILE!$H+H*

More information about the EICAR test “virus” can be found here:

http://eicar.org/86-0-Intended-use.html

Annotation for Symantec Endpoint Protection customers: be aware that the prefix-variable targets to “Program Files (x86)” on 64bit machines. So you have to type in the whole path by your own.

All information is provided "as is" without any warranty! Try in lab before. Handle with care in production.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Update Rollup 3 for System Center available

Update Rollup 3 for System Center has been released. And finally it is available through Microsoft Update and WSUS for SCOM as well.

More information and the manual download can be found here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2756127

As always I strongly recommend to wait with the update for the blog post of Kevin Holman:

http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/

He always provides good information and step-by-step guides for the most recent update.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

MMS is back in Vegas!

Yesterday Microsoft announced that MMS is back in Las Vegas and not in New Orleans.

The summit will happen from April, 8th to 12th, 2013. So save the date!

In order to be one of the first to know about the opening of MMS 2013 registration, send mail to mmsnotfy@microsoft.com to subscribe to MMS News & Updates.

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