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  • Blog Post: Management Pack Authoring Guide (Told you)

    Just a few days ago, I mentioned that the new Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring Guide was going to be released "very soon". Sure enough, it's been posted at http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OM2007_AuthGuide.doc . This is the guide that...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically populating component groups in Operations Manager 2007 Distributed Applications

    This is one I've been asked about several times and am finally getting around to blogging the answer. The Distributed Application Designer in Operations Manager 2007 makes creating and modifying distributed applications quite easy. You can create a component group with a few clicks and then drag in managed...
  • Blog Post: Programmatically Creating Groups

    Well, it looks from my last post that I took about a eight month hiatus from the blog.  Fortunately, I've been doing a bunch of OpsMgr in that time, so I have a bunch of content to get out here.  Just a matter of taking the time to write it up. The one I'll go with first is programmatically...
  • Blog Post: Manually Resetting a Monitor

    You may have noticed that all monitors in OpsMgr 2007 have an option called Reset Health. The problem you may have encountered with this option is that it doesn't do anything on most monitors. It will typically only work on monitors that were created with a Manual reset. This option actually does work...
  • Blog Post: MMS Command Shell Presentation

    As promised, here are all the samples that I am showing in my MMS session on Command Shell. There are also a several samples I'm planning on mentioning but won't have time to show. Hope it's helpful. Given the length of the this, chances are pretty good that I have an error somewhere. Please let me...
  • Blog Post: Scheduling Groups of Objects for Maintenance Mode

    I was given a challenge recently to come up with a solution for an organization that wanted to suppress any alerts for certain computers and services during a particular time window every night. The particular set of objects and the times in question had to be manageable by the administrators - preferably...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Object Properties

    There has been some question about how to get properties for monitoring objects with Command Shell. I wanted to go into this in my MMS session last week, but I already ran out of time just trying to cram in all the topics I did cover. Shouldn't be too tough to explain it here though. If you use Get...
  • Blog Post: Where did I get the documentation?

    I've been asked a few times where I got all the information behind the different management pack related posts I've done. I actually don't have any more access to documentation than anyone else. I come across this information through www.authormps.com , blogs, existing management packs, etc. Well...then...
  • Blog Post: Command Shell Presentation at MMS 2008

    I will be doing a presentation at the upcoming MMS 2008 titled Administrative Scenarios using the Operations Manager 2007 Command Shell. This is a bit of a departure for me since I've presented several times at MMS but usually on management packs and custom monitoring scenarios. This will be a chance...
  • Blog Post: Targeting Rules and Monitors

    The concept of what target to use for a particular rule or monitor in OpsMgr 2007 seems to be one that people are struggling with. The confusion is most prevelant among people who have had experience with MOM 2005 since the methods have completely in changed. In MOM 2005, you would apply rule groups...
  • Blog Post: Using Wildcards with the Windows Service Template

    The Windows Service template in the Operations Console lets you discover and monitor a Windows service by doing little more than typing in the service name. I was just talking with someone who had a situation where the name of the service includes the local computer name meaning that it's different on...
  • Blog Post: Setting Maintenance Mode from an Agent

    My apologies that I forgot to talk about this in my MMS session earlier today. I did mention it to a couple of people after the session. Derek Harkin came up with an interesting method for initiating maintenance mode from an agent. No OpsMgr client of any kind required - just a simple script for the...
  • Blog Post: SNMP Queries

    I recently help someone out getting a monitor working that uses the System.SnmpQueryProvider module in the System.Snmp.Library management pack to perform a query against an SNMP device.  They were getting back an error message showing some cryptic characters in the community string.  They were...
  • Blog Post: Exporting Management Packs

    Obviously, /a great way to learn how to author a management pack is to look at existing ones. The problem is that most of the interesting ones are sealed so you can't read the file, and the Operations Console won't allow you to export a sealed management pack. This is actually very easy using Command...
  • Blog Post: Update to the Maintenance Mode Sample MP

    Andrzej Lipka, a fellow consultant in Poland, took my maintenance mode sample MP and added some interesting features. Have a look at the specific post here . I also added a link to Andrzej's blog to my general list since he has some great posts on OpsMgr and SCCM.
  • Blog Post: WMI Events in OpsMgr 2007

    I've already explained how to work with WMI events in MOM 2005 in an article in TechNet Magazine . Most of the information in that article still applies since it covers the basics of how WMI events work and how to write a query to detect them. What has changed significantly though is how to use them...
  • Blog Post: One more MMS Follow Up

    As I ran out of time in the MMS session, I quickly showed a script that listed all performance monitors and their thresholds. This came from the SharePoint Portal Server Management Pack Guide . The only change I made was to comment out the command to export the results to a csv so the information would...
  • Blog Post: Great Minds Think Alike

    I just got done with my previous post on setting maintenance mode for a group of objects, and I happened to check Boris Yanushpolsky's blog . Bori's blog is an outstanding reference for various Command Shell scripts, and I have to give him credit for helping me come up to speed on several concepts. Turns...