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Welcome to contoso.se! My name is Anders Bengtsson and this is my blog about Azure infrastructure and system management. I am a senior engineer in the FastTrack for Azure team, part of Azure Engineering, at Microsoft.  Contoso.se has two main purposes, first as a platform to share information with the community and the second as a notebook for myself.

Everything you read here is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties.

Anders Bengtsson

MVP awarded 2007,2008,2009,2010

My Books
Service Manager Unleashed
Service Manager Unleashed
Orchestrator Unleashed
Orchestrator 2012 Unleashed
Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator

Will you install MOM Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator? When you download it from Microsoft webpage you have the option to also download a hotfix. Do not install that hotfix until you have experience the issue. I have done some tests and it seems that if you don’t have the issue, you will get it if you install the hotfix.

Install NTWF according to the installation documentation that is included in the package. Then setup SMTP according to the MS KB.  If you already have installed the hotfix and suspect that it is generating problems, uninstall it according to the last page in the document that is included in the package.

Prerequisites and configuration settings that are required to make the Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator fully functional with Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005

Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator

The specified language is not supported for DSN creation

Exchange 12 CTP (now Exchange 12) will only work in English or Japanese. If you server is setup in any other language the installation will halt with the following message:  

“The specified language is not supported for DSN creation”

The solution is to change “Regional and Language Options” and “Standards and formats” in the controll panel.
I have upload screenshots of the issue and also screenshots of the work around here

MMC3.0 and Exchange 12/2007

Exchange 2007 (former Exchange 12) CTP require MMC3.0, even if it is installed Exchange installation can halt because it is not found. The cause is that Exchange 2007 CTP is looking for a key in the registry that only MMC 3.0 RC1 refresh will create. The RTM version of MMC 3.0 do not have this key, thats why the installation halts. It’s easy to fix, just create a empty regkey


I have upload screenshots of the issue and also screenshots of the work around here



Book of the day

Book of the day is “Essential Microsoft Operations Manager”, from O’Reilly. 

There is a lot of useful chapters in this MOM, it assume that the reader have some knowledge about MOM already. There is many useful examples and also a short chapter about SQL and how to operate and maintenance MOM databases. 

Swedish online bookstore

More information about the book


Basic MOM

In January 2007 I wrote a article about MOM.

With this article I would like to give the reader basic knowledge of MOM components. The article is for IT personnel who know what MOM can be used to in general.  

MOM artikel (acrobat pdf format)


MOM Prerequisites

Microsoft SQL Server 2000 SP3 or later. SQL Server 2000 SP3 or later not detected

MOM will halt during installation if SQL 2000 SP4 is installed. MOM require SP3 och don’t recognize SP4. If you run this file the version number will be change in the registry and installation will work. After installation you can run this file and change the version number back to SP4. 

Swedish MOM sendlist

I have created a swedish sendlist with focus on Microsoft Operations Manager. Its a place for questions, tip-offs and ideas. You can easy sign up here. Remember, the sendlist is swedish.


The purpose of this site is to create a website focus on Microsoft Operations Manager and future System Center Operations Manager.

Contoso is a fictitious company that Microsoft use in most books and certificate.