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  • Blog Post: Exchange 2010 Reports MP Bug

    A couple of fellow colleagues in MCS (Paul Bishop & Jason Rydstrand) a while back had identified a significant bug in the latest version of the Exchange 2010 management pack, which will cause severe growth of two tables in the data warehouse DB in an enterprise deployment of Exchange 2010 and Operations...
  • Blog Post: Extended SQL Server MP Released on OpsManJam

    As promised, I finally finished and submitted the Extended SQL Server 2005/2008 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 and it is now available for download on OpsManJam . This management pack augments the existing Microsoft SQL Server 2005/2008 management pack by monitoring for the following...
  • Blog Post: Active Directory Management Pack - Replication Monitoring Account Permissions

    I have been monitoring some of the blogs lately in the management community and came across some entries around guiding customers with respect to properly configuring the Run As account for the Replication Monitoring Rule in the Active Directory Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: MPViewer Exports on OPSMANJAM.COM

    You probably have noticed that the MPViewer HTML exports for our management packs that were released “back in the day” have not been kept up to date, nor provided for new MP’s released in the library on the OpsManJam website.   Due to the busy work schedule of the UA team who manages the content...
  • Blog Post: Updated AD Group Membership Custom MP

    Several years ago, a colleague of mine Steve Rachui blogged about a custom management pack template supporting the scenario of allow discovery of AD Security Group membership for agent-managed Windows systems. Recently I was working with this management pack for a customer and identified an opportunity...
  • Blog Post: Up Next - OpsMgr Performance Monitoring MP

    This has been on my list of things to do - release the custom Operations Manager Performance Monitoring MP that Walter Chomak and myself co-developed. I am in the process of getting the deployment guide authored and hope to have it released shortly. This was something Walter and I wanted to release to...
  • Blog Post: Updated MP Lifecycle Templates

    I have finally found the time to update the templates and include a project plan template in support of the MP Lifecycle Management process. I updated the test plan spreadsheet because I thought it didn't look professional enough (yes I am picky) and created a project plan template as a foundation in...
  • Blog Post: Custom Operations Manager Reports

    Based off of a recognized demand, I developed a management pack that provides three key reports for Operators and Administrators to leverage. These reports were based off of queries developed by Kevin Holman and Jonathan Almquist and tuned to support these reports. The three reports that I have included...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005/2008 MP – Default Unit Monitor Config

    As you are probably aware, the Deployment Guides that compliment each management pack released by Microsoft do not go into detail highlighting the configuration of all unit monitors defined in a given MP. This can be a challenge when you are working with a service or application owner where they want...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Multi-Farm Monitoring

    Hello and Happy New Year! Today's topic is regarding the setup of the SharePoint 2010 Foundation management pack in support of multi-farm monitoring with Operations Manager. This is a common topic that many people have questions about and some of the blog posts regarding it are not entirely accurate...
  • Blog Post: Join the TechNet Webcast on 6/11 for MP Lifecycle Management

    On June 11th at 1 PM, I'll be hosting a TechNet Webcast on Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Lifecycle Management. Join this webcast to learn how people, process, and technology can help you manage the life cycle of developing or tuning management packs in support of Microsoft System Center...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Performance Monitoring Management Pack

    I just completed the deployment guide for this custom management pack that Walter and I have been working on. It is now ready for you to download and evaluate. Description : This management pack provides performance views and dashboards to present key performance data from the SQL Server(s) hosting...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2003/2008 MP - Default Unit Monitor Config

    Here is another Excel spreadsheet from MPViewer that I edited to provide a detailed breakdown of all the Unit Monitors in the Windows Server 2008 management pack. While the attached spreadsheet is specific to Windows Server 2008, it also applies to 2003. If you find any errors or have questions, please...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Authoring Guide Now Available

    The new Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Authoring Guide is now publicly available for download. The complete document in Microsoft Word format is available here: http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OM2007_AuthGuide.doc We hope you find the...
  • Blog Post: Updated Windows Server 2003 Cluster MP Available

    Just posted is an updated version of the Windows 2003 Cluster Management Pack. This update resolves several customer initiated issues. This update also includes some changes in order to prepare for the Windows 2008 Cluster MP. Here is a link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details...
  • Blog Post: Verify MP Workflow on Agent - Part 2

    In continuation of my prior blog post a couple of weeks ago (see - http://blogs.technet.com/mgoedtel/archive/2008/03/18/verifying-mp-workflow-on-agent.aspx ), I realized this evening there is another method that is much easier and more straight forward. While Walter Chomak recommended checking the Operations...
  • Blog Post: Documentation Error - Operations Manager Online Guide

    One fine afternoon I was reviewing the Operations Manager 2007 Online Help on my Management Server to look into Custom Alert Fields. It inaccurately states: In the Global Management Group Settings - Alerts dialog box, click New . Click the Custom Alert Fields tab, and type the desired text in...
  • Blog Post: Management Pack Released - Maintenance Mode

    Last week on http://www.opsmanjam.com my Maintenance Mode management pack was published. However, shortly after releasing it I discovered a couple of bugs, one of which prevents maintenance mode from starting against your targetted set of systems (pretty bad bug) intermitently. I have addressed those...
  • Blog Post: Follow-up from my MP Lifecycle Management TechNet Webcast

    Today I had the pleasure of presenting about System Center Operations Manager 2007 MP Lifecycle Management via TechNet Webcast. After I completed the presentation I shortly realized I failed to mention some important facts/recommendations that I had notated yet overlooked due to time and a bit of nervousness...
  • Blog Post: New MP's on OpsManJam

    It has been quite some time since I have posted anything of relevance on my blog. I have been focused on updating some of the management packs that I published a few months ago, such as: Extended Windows Server Active Directory Extended Windows Server System Center Configuration Manager OSD...
  • Blog Post: Updated Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack (6.0.6278.5) Available

    The Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 has been updated (version 6.0.6278.5) and is now available for download - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF454F4-6D34-4FB9-9E0B-F5B68C6EDC4F&displaylang=en&displaylang=en The minor update includes...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 SP1 Management Pack for MOM 2005 Released

    Today we released the Exchange 2007 SP1 management pack for MOM 2005 to MS downloads: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=30EEBC7C-A35A-41AE-9CD1-2047847FDE85&displaylang=en In this MP, you’ll find: · Renamed some event rules to better reflect their purpose · Improved...
  • Blog Post: What's New These Days?

    I realize that it has been some time since I have posted a blog entry, as trying to find time has been a challenge for me these days. Some things I have been working on and plan on sharing shortly on my blog are: Custom management pack that focuses on performance monitoring of the SQL Servers that...
  • Blog Post: Extended Exchange 2010 Management Pack released on TechNet Gallery

    Today I published on the TechNet Gallery, a custom management pack for providing additional montoring of Exchange Server 2010 with Operations Manager 2007 R2 and 2012. The following new features are new in this release of the Extended Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack: Includes performance...
  • Blog Post: Run As Profiles in Operations Manager 2007 R2

    One of the new features of R2 that hasn't received any attention yet (at least to my knowledge) is how we changed the functionality of Run As Profiles. Today in Operations Manager 2007, you associate a RunAs Account for a particular RunAs Profile on a specific computer. Pretty straight forward and if...