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Tuning tip – turning off some over-collection of events
We often think of tuning OpsMgr by way of tuning “Alert Noise”…. by disabling rules that generate alerts that we don't care about, or modifying thresholds on monitors to make the alert more actionable for our specific environment. However – one area of OpsMgr that often goes overlooked, is event overcollection...
25 Nov 2009
Native Exchange 2007 MP 6.0.6741.0 ships for OpsMgr 2007 SP1 users
If for some reason you cannot or will not upgrade to OpsMgr 2007 R2, then this update is for you! This Native MP replaces the old “ converted ” Exchange 2007 MP. If you are running the old conversion MP then I STRONGLY suggest making the effort to transition to this MP. This MP version 6...
9 Nov 2009
Making groups of logical disks – an example from simple to advanced
I have been seeing this question come up a lot lately – as customers try and create groups of their disks – in order to create overrides for “certain” disks. So – I am creating this post to give some real world examples. Well – I will start this simply. Say we want to create a group...
5 Nov 2009
What is config churn?
There have been a couple good articles briefly covering this topic…. you might have read them. I will reference some below. Config churn is basically, when your RMS is in an almost never-ending loop of generating config. This can be caused by “less than optimized” management packs,...
5 Oct 2009
Keep your management pack names SHORT in SP1!
I have seen this twice now… so I will blog about it. It seems to be rare in the wild, but it will completely cripple a management group when this occurs. So beware SP1 users! This article does not apply to R2. This is only an issue in OpsMgr 2007 SP1. When you create your...
2 Oct 2009
New Base OS MP 6.0.6667.0 adds file fragmentation monitor to all Logical Disks
I recently blogged about the new Base OS MP that was recently released: HERE One of the things you will notice RIGHT off the bat… is that a huge percentage of your logical disks will go into a warning state, if you don't already have some sort of scheduled defragmentation set up. This...
28 Sep 2009
New KMS MP released version 6.0.7234.0 and some things you should know
A new KMS (Key Management Services) MP is released. I don't expect this is a widely used MP out there…. but there are some things you should know if you ever imported the previous versions. First – the new MP is available on the catalog: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535...
23 Sep 2009
Community Cisco Network Hardware Management pack available
This guy has some serious talent. http://operatingquadrant.com/2009/09/14/scom-advanced-snmp-monitoring-part-iii-the-completed-cisco-management-pack/ Make sure you check out all of Kris’s blog posts – amazingly good stuff there on using SNMP to accomplish monitoring that is otherwise very difficult,...
16 Sep 2009
A tidbit on tuning some Self-Tuning threshold monitors
I wrote up a blog post long ago on loving and hating STT (Self Tuning Threshold) Monitors HERE This is something I noticed in R2…. I don't remember seeing this in SP1 before… I was getting some alert noise on my Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server – from the “Total Number of Active Sessions...
31 Jul 2009
Creating custom dynamic computer groups based on registry keys on agents
I have had a few requests now for this, so I thought I would take the time to write up the process. Lets say I have three support levels of servers: Level 1 – servers critical to business operations (ex: customer facing web applications, SQL back-ends) Level 2 – important servers...
10 Jun 2009
How to find a specific rule/monitor/discovery in the console – when all you have a more cryptic ID in an alert
Sometimes – we will get a Script Error alert, or WMI failure Alert, or some generic alert, telling us that some OTHER workflow had a problem. These alerts are NOT the root cause… the root cause is the workflow that gets referenced in the alert. The problem is – the alert often gives us a...
17 Apr 2009
SQL Server MP update – 6.0.6569.0
The SQL 2000, 2005, and 2008 MP’s have been updated. If you arent running the latest version, you should give serious consideration to getting this tested in your lab environments, and then moved into production. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx Changes in this...
1 Apr 2009
New Dell Hardware MP released, 3.1.1 A00
Dell has updated their hardware management pack. The old version was 126.96.36.199. The new version is 188.8.131.52. I blogged about the old MP HERE So – first thing – I did the unthinkable . I read the release notes . Here is what Dell says is new: #####################################################################...
27 Mar 2009
The Cluster Service will automatically restart itself
Something I ran across with a customer. There aren’t many situations where service recoveries run automatically in Microsoft MP’s, but this is one case where they do. The cluster service running is critical to a healthy cluster. In the current cluster MP, the service monitor for the cluster...
20 Mar 2009
Issues with the current IBM MP 184.108.40.2061 – and a workaround
I have seen this a couple times… and was told about a neat way to work around the issue…. hence this post: The current IBM Hardware MP’s 220.127.116.111 have some unique issues…. they are running discoveries WAY too often, and also discovering properties of classes that change frequently. This...
27 Feb 2009
Authoring rules for Windows 2008 events, and how to cheat
So…. with the introduction of Server 2008 into OpsMgr… as a monitored agent, you might need to re-evaluate some of your old rules. Almost all (if not all) of the basic event ID’s and parameters, in the security event log, have changed. For instance, I had a rule to alert me on every...
25 Feb 2009
Populating groups from a SQL server CMDB – step by step
Boris wrote a cool article HERE on how to populate a group of computers in OpsMgr, from an external source…. such as active directory. In his published example – you run an LDAP query to AD, to return a recordset list if computers, in order to populate them into a group. This post will extend that...
27 Jan 2009
Print Server MP updated - added support for Server 2008 to 6.0.6392.0
The updated Print Server MP has been released, update version is 6.0.6392.0 http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx The monitors are loaded under the following classes: Print Server Windows 2008 Print Services Role The rules are loaded under the following classes: Microsoft Windows 2000...
27 Aug 2008
A simple command to backup all Management Packs
Launch the System Center Operations Manager \ Command Shell: ▪get-managementpack | export-managementpack -path c:\backup Also, for some advanced automation.... check out: http://www.systemcenterforum.org/automate-mp-export-for-disaster-recovery/ http://derekhar.blogspot.com/2008/02/unsealed-mp...
16 Jun 2008
How do I know if I have the latest Management Packs installed?
This continues to be a common issue. Many people think they have the latest MP's but often don't. I will attempt to document the process to ensure you have the most recent MP and MP guides. There are two sources for Management Packs: 1. The original media (that you installed OpsMgr from) and...
23 May 2008
Self Tuning Thresholds - love and hate
****** The references in this post to the Exchange Management Pack have been changed... many of these issues below have been addressed in the updated MP: http://blogs.technet.com/kevinholman/archive/2008/08/22/updated-exchange-2003-mp-released-version-6-0-6387-0.aspx Self tuning thresholds are...
19 Mar 2008
Print Server management pack fills the Operational DB with TONS of perf data
This is something I have noticed in MOM 2005, and seems to be the same in the conversion MP for OpsMgr 2007. (Version 6.0.5000.0 of the Microsoft.Windows.Server.Printserver (Converted) MP). When you import this MP, it will fill the Operational and reporting databases with performance data...
12 Feb 2008
Creating a Group based on OU (Organizational Unit) in Active Directory
Here is a really cool feature of Opsmgr: the ability to create groups easily based on any discovered attribute of an object. OU is something that is part of the Windows Computer object discovery. If you examine a state view – you will see in the details pane discovered...
5 Feb 2008
Repeating event monitor alert description variables don't work
This is current as of RC-SP1 version of OpsMgr 2007. When you create a repeating event monitor, and use the GUI to add in some Alert description variables, such as event ID, Description, etc... you will find that they do not work. Below are the correct variables to use for repeating event...
2 Feb 2008
How do I delete an attribute in OpsMgr 2007?
I notice - when viewing a custom attribute, there is no option to delete it... only view the properties? Apparently this is by design. There is no harm in having "extra" attributes in SCOM - that arent used. However, if you do want to delete an unused attribute - you will have to export your MP...
2 Feb 2008
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