Wednesday, February 11, 2015

SCOM 2012 R2 - Update Rollup 5 Has Just Been Released!

Yesterday, Microsoft released their latest Update Rollup (UR5) package for SCOM 2012 R2. This new update contains some welcome fixes and changes.

One of these issues that are fixed has been a hassle for SCOM administrators for some time:

  • RunAs accounts cannot be edited because of "Specified cast is invalid" exception

    RunAs accounts can be distributed only to a selected computer through the distribution tab of Run As Account properties. When a computer that is in the distribution list is decommissioned from Operations Manager and the Run As account is opened, you receive the following exception, and no computers are shown on the list:
    System.InvalidCastException: Specified cast is not valid. at Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Monitoring.Internal.MonitoringObjectGenerated.get_Id()

    This issue is fixed and the exception no longer occurs.
This was a real pain when working in environments where monitored computers are retired on a regular basis and if you didn't have a properly documented procedure in place to retire an agent from SCOM, then you would almost certainly bump into the error mentioned above. The fact that this exception now no longer occurs will save us endless amounts of time going forward!

Another notable change that this update brings is the rebranding of System Center Advisor to Operational Insights:

  • Operational Insights through Operations Manager

    System Center Advisor is improved with many exciting features and is rebranded as "Operational Insights." Learn more about the new Operational Insights feature. The product name is updated in the Operations Manager plug-in for System Center Advisor.

There's also fixes for things like Evaluation License alerting, Data warehouse time-outs, baseline tasks, powershell scripting and application crashes.

Check out the full KB article and description of fixes here.

You can download UR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 from this link or just use Windows Update Services to update your SCOM environment. If you plan on using Windows Update Services however, be sure to follow the step-by-step guide  in the 'Installation Instructions' section of the KB article as this gives guidance on the order of update for your server infrastructure along with information on running some SQL scripts and updated management packs.

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