Monday, May 30, 2016

SCOM: View Folder Path hierarchy (PowerShell)

So we're six years older and still there was a small thing that I still had not fixed. It concerned the full view folder path of a SCOM Monitoring View.

In the past I wrote numerous PowerShell scripts which involved the views. Now I finally found some time to create a function to get the folder hierarchy of a given View by it's ID (guid).
Why I never thought about solving it like this, i don't know, but it appeared to be not that hard. It's a simple recursive function.

In the future I'll update the existing scripts concerning the User Scopes and will also upload a nice script which shows a complete report about all the dependancies between Management Packs and their objects used in User Roles and Notifications. This comes in handy, when you want to phase out management packs but don't know whether there are User Roles and Notification Subscriptions involved.


  • $computerName should have a name of a valid Management Server
  • $viewId needs to have a valid guid of an existing view in your SCOM environment.
New-SCOMManagementGroupConnection -ComputerName $computerName
$mg = Get-SCOMManagementGroup

function GetFolderHierarchy($folderId,$folderpath) {

    $parentfolderid = $null
    $tmpfolder = $mg.GetMonitoringFolder($folderId)   
    $tmpfolderdisplayname = $tmpfolder.DisplayName

    if ($folderpath -eq "" -Or $folderpath -eq $null) {
        $folderpath = $tmpfolderdisplayname
    } else {
        $folderpath = $tmpfolderdisplayname + "\" + $folderpath

    $parentfolderid = $

    if ($parentfolderid -ne "" -And $parentfolderid -ne $null -And $ -ne "Microsoft.SystemCenter.Monitoring.ViewFolder.Root") {
        GetFolderHierarchy $parentfolderid $folderpath
    } else { 
        return $folderpath


function GetViewHierarchy($viewId) { 

    $tmpview = $mg.GetMonitoringView($viewId)
    $parentfolderid = $tmpview.ParentFolderIds.Guid | Select -First 1
    if($parentfolderid -ne "" -And $parentfolderid -ne $null) {
        $fullpath = GetFolderHierarchy $parentfolderid
        return $fullpath + "\" + $tmpview.DisplayName

GetViewHierarchy $viewId