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    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: Clarification - ACS Reporting

    This is an entry I have been meaning to write for a couple of weeks now. But I have been really busy and I finally found some free time to write to my hearts content. In a prior blog entry, I provided steps on importing the ACS Reports after you install the ACS Collector component in your Management...
  • 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: Error With the AEM Group Policy Administrative Template

    So I was working with Operations Manager 2007 in my lab environment here at home, and since I have a few Windows Vista clients I thought I would enable Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) on the Management Server. Well that process went fine and the share where the clients would copy the error reports...
  • Blog Post: Moving the Health Service State Store

    So yesterday a question was presented internally between my colleagues and I with respect to a situation a colleague was facing. Suppose by chance you are installing the first management server, which happens to be the Root Management Server, in the management group and you install it to the %SystemDrive...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Reporting - Resolving Those Errors

    Sometimes working with Operations Manager Reporting and SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services can be a bit frustrating or challenging because the error displayed are often ambiguous. Some common situations I have come across are the following (including the solution): Operations Manager 2007 Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 - RTM

    Today the product group has announced that Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 has officially RTM'd and has been released to the web. You can download the upgrade package from here - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ede38d83-32d1-46fb-8b6d-78fa1dcb3e85&DisplayLang=en and...
  • Blog Post: Update to moving OperationsManager Database Steps

    It was discovered by some of my colleagues, that when they completed the steps to move the OperationsManager database from one SQL Server computer to another, several events are written to the Application Event Log. An example of those events is: Event Type: Error Event Source: MSSQLSERVER Event Category...
  • 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: Operations Manager 2007 ADMP - Missing Rules

    Last week I was suprised when I uncovered that the Active Directory Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 was missing several key Event/Alert rules related to the dependency on DNS. During the conversion process of the MOM 2005 ADMP to the OpsMgr 2007 ADMP, they didn't make it. An example of...
  • Blog Post: Deployment Guide - Operations Manager Reporting on Windows Server 2008

    While I realize that today my colleauge in arms Walter Chomak, has blogged about installing System Center Operations Manager 2007 Reporting on Windows Server 2008 , the attached guide provides greater detail and guidance on installing SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services and Operations Manager Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Preliminary DR Guide for Operations Manager 2007 RMS Released

    Today the product group has released a draft document providing guidance in the recovery of a failed clustered Root Management Server (RMS) for Operations Manager 2007. It can be downloaded from the Operations Manager Product Team Blog - http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2007/07/24/disaster-recovery...
  • 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: What's New in Operations Manager 2007 SP1 You Ask?

    Here is a link to TechNet that outlines the key improvements and features included in Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb821996.aspx
  • Blog Post: Some MP Reports Are Not Deployed to the Reporting Services Server

    Shortly after implementing Operations Manager 2007 and upgrading to RC Service Pack 1 in my customer's lab environment, I noticed the following errors in the Operations Manager Event Log on the RMS stating: Failed to deploy reporting component to the SQL Server Reporting Services server. The operation...
  • Blog Post: Update - Moving the Operations Manager Reporting Server

    You probably have noticed in the latest released of the Operations Manager 2007 Backup & Restore Guide, as well as the Operations Manager 2007 Operations Guide, that we have not provided a set of procedures for moving the Operations Manager Reporting Server (which has a dependency on SQL Server 2005...
  • 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: Operations Manager 2007 Reporting Authoring Guide Now Available

    The Operations Manager 2007 Reporting Authoring Guide is now available for download - http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/4/d/74deff5e-449f-4a6b-91dd-ffbc117869a2/OpsMgr2007_RprtGuide.doc . This document provides an in-depth understanding of the reporting feature, such as: Working with...
  • 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: SQL Reporting Services Gotcha

    I uncovered a situation with SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services that I did not encounter before and it is worth mentioning because it follows the premise of - verify SQL Reporting Services first before installing Operations Manager 2007 Reporting. Background: Windows Server 2008 x64 hosting SQL...
  • 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: Disk Space Requirements for the Operations Console

    When you launch the Operations Console on your workstation or even on the management server (or RMS for that matter), the data from the Operations Manager database is cached locally in the file "momcache.mdb." By default, the console will poll the SDK Service on the RMS every 15 seconds to update the...