Although Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and Operations Manager 2007 both have the concept of targeting, the way targeting works in Operations Manager 2007 has completely changed from the previous version. To effectively deploy new rules and monitors, it is critical to understand the difference. Consider the following scenario:
In Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, to monitor the three SQL Server databases shown in the preceding figure, you would create a computer group that includes Server 1 and Server 2. You then would create a specific rule, put it into a Processing Rule Group (PRG), and then target the rule to the computer group. However, this method has some shortcomings:
In Operations Manager 2007, you no longer target computer groups. Instead, you target specific classes. To monitor the SQL Server objects shown in the following figure, you create a monitor and then target it to the SQL Database class.
This has the following advantages:
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Two good bits on targeting in Operations Manager 2007. Part one is about the differences between MOM
One issue we still seem to see a lot of confusion about is the way that you use System Center Operations