Inside System Center 3: Best Free System Center Solutions – Show Notes

In this episode, Dan and Pete talk about some of the more robust free solutions for System Center 2012 R2, including a couple of gems you have not seen before! Links to all the resources discussed (and some we didn’t get to) below!

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OpsMgr 2012 R2

While there are thousands of great articles and scripts and related solutions for OpsMgr, here are a few of the more function-rich freebies. A couple of lesson known solutions in here! 

NiCE Log File Monitoring MP

MP Author (Silect Software)
OpsMgr Self Maintenance Management Pack (by Tao Yang)

PKI Certificate Verification MP (by Raphael Burri)

Effective Configuration Viewer (Stefan Roth)

Adding GUI Authoring Support for PowerShell Monitors in OpsMgr (Wei H Lim)

ConFigMgr 2012 R2

While most everyone is familiar with the right click tools, we discussed a couple of other (and in some cases newer)  free solutions.



PowerShell Inventory Script (David O’Brien)

Kent Agerland’s List of Community Tools

Service Manager 2012 R2

Here are a few of our favorites for SCSM.

SCSM Dashboards (by Signature Consultancy)

SCSM Entity Explorer

Free Community Stream (from Cireson Software)


SCOM DPM Dashboard


Automating Software License Reclamation with System Center 2012 SCCM + Orchestrator

Part 1 – Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 1: Use It Or Lose It – The Basics

This installment has a quick overview of the software metering feature in case you’re not familiar.

Part 2 – Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 2: Use It Or Lose It – The Collections

This installment includes the collections of those systems using an application, and another collection with systems where the application is not being used.

Part 3 – Software Metering Deep Dive and Automation Part 3: Use It Or Lose It – The Orchestrator Runbook Automation

Sample Runbooks – Automation Use Cases

Orchestrator Sample Runbooks: Core Examples, PowerShell Examples, and Scenario E


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