Tagged: OpsMgr

PoSH: Send-Prowl

So I’ve been playing around with Prowl on my iPhone and since the Prowl API is really simple to use why now try some Powershell 🙂

Here is a function that i wrote:

Function Send-Prowl {
		[string] [Parameter(Mandatory=$True) ][ValidateLength(1, 1024)]  $Event,
		[string] [Parameter(Mandatory=$False)][ValidateLength(0, 10000)] $Description = "",
		[string] [Parameter(Mandatory=$False)][ValidateLength(1, 256)]   $ApplicationName = "PoSH: Send-Prowl",
		[int]    [Parameter(Mandatory=$False)][ValidateRange(-2, 2)]     $Priority = 0,
		[string] [Parameter(Mandatory=$False)][ValidateLength(0, 512)]   $url,
		[string] [Parameter(Mandatory=$True) ][ValidateScript({ $_.Length -ge 40})] $apiKey

	# URL-encode some strings
	[Reflection.Assembly]::LoadWithPartialName("System.Web") | Out-Null
	$Event = [web.httputility]::urlencode($Event.Trim())
	$Description = [web.httputility]::urlencode($Description.Trim())
	$ApplicationName = [web.httputility]::urlencode($ApplicationName.Trim())
	$url = [web.httputility]::urlencode($url.Trim())

	# Compose the complete URL
    $apiBaseUrl = "https://prowl.weks.net/publicapi/add"
	$ProwlUrl = "$($apiBaseUrl)?apikey=$($apiKey)&application=$($ApplicationName)&event=$($Event)&Description=$($Description)&priority=$($Priority)&url=$($url)"	
	Write-Verbose "Complete URL: $($ProwlUrl)"

	# Try to send message
    TRY {
	   $webReturn = ([String] (New-Object Net.WebClient).DownloadString($ProwlUrl))
    CATCH {
        Write-Verbose "Error sending Prowl Message: $($error[0])"
        Return $false

    # Output what comes back from the API
	Write-Verbose $webReturn

    If ( ($webReturn).prowl.success.code -eq 200 ) {
        Write-Verbose "Prowl message sent OK"
        Return $true
    } else {        
        Write-Verbose "Error sending Prowl Message: $(($webReturn).prowl.error.code) - $(($webReturn).prowl.error.innerXml)"
        Return $false

Just download the Prowl APP (from iTunes Store), register an API-key and you are good to go.

Some examples:

Send-Prowl -apiKey "1234567890123456789012345678901234567890" -Event "Sent from Powershell"
Send-Prowl -apiKey "1234567890123456789012345678901234567890" -Event "Server room on fire!!!" -Priority 2 -Description "Call 112 and get you ass here with an fire extinguisher" -url "tel:112"
Send-Prowl -apiKey "1234567890123456789012345678901234567890" -Event "New Alert" -Priority 1 -Description "Some info..." -url "https://opsmgr.company.com/"

Yes, I knwo that there are other ways to do it… but most of them requires that you load a DLL or use an external EXE-file.

Anyway kudos to Janssen Jones article that inspired me…

SCOM vs OpsMgr

This will not be a post with the technical content you might be used to read on this blog.

In the last 5 years I have been working on “a few” OpsMgr projects with different customers… one thing I have to remind almost every customer of is that they should not use the acronym SCOM for System Center Operations Manager.

The main reason is the community. Today everyone (well… the most of us) use OpsMgr in writing.
When you search for SCOM you get more hits than a search for OpsMgr, but most of the hits are pointing you to old articles and blogposts.
A few years back the most of us (even Microsoft) used the acronym SCOM, but as I just pointed out… today almost everyone is using OpsMgr.

Ok I’ll use OpsMgr, but what to say?
You probably go nuts if you try to say “System Center Operations Manager” every time…
I have heard a few:
Ops Manager
Operations Manager

I probably use Ops Manager the most.

So why this blogpost?
Ehrm… to give you “new guys” an easier way to search for new articles and to give myself an easier way to search for new articles. 😛

So… please, do not write SCOM, write OpsMgr instead.