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  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Customer-Product team meet up at TechEd 2014

    We would like to invite you to join us for a discussion on the future of System Center Operations Manager. This is an opportunity for you to meet the OpsMgr leadership team and influence the direction of the product. We will have dedicated tables which will be discussing various topics with members of...
  • Blog Post: The System Center Service Manager 2010 management pack

    Our friends over on the System Center Service Manager team have spent a tremendous amount of time designing and building their management pack and now I'm very happy to say, it's released ! Darko Vukovic is a Program Manager on the SM team and he's posted a very useful accompanying set of best practices...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 Performance and Sizing guide

    The official tool for capacity and sizing guidance for Operations Manager 2007 is System Center Capacity Planner, which is due out in the second half of calendar 2007. It is available now as a beta here . To download the beta, you will need a Windows Live ID or Passport Account. In the meantime, the...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring at Microsoft with Operations Manager

    Have you ever wondered how Microsoft monitors its internal server infrastructure? For instance, what products are we using, how are using them and what challenges have we faced when scaling these products in our environment? Hopefully we can shed some light on these topics and in the process provide...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide

    Hi all, I have just put the finishing touches on the Operations Manager 2007 Design Guide. It should be available on the public download site in the next 24 -48 hours. (available here) I know that there has been great demand for this guide so extra care was put into it. It DOES include long awaited guidance...
  • Blog Post: Performance IOPS for the DB and DW in OpsMgr 2007

    The performance team had a thread discussing IOPS requirement with a customer who had some really good questions so and I thought I would share the thread with you all. For sizing the Operations Manager Database and Data warehouse I would highly recommend trying out SCCP planning tool which will give...
  • Blog Post: Agent upgrade from SP1 RC (build 6246) to SP1 RTM (build 6278)

    On Feb 22nd we shipped the Service Pack 1 of OpsMgr 2007. We made one last minute change to one of the upgrade steps in the upgrade guide which did not make it to the upgrade documentation that was shipped with the SP1 bits. If users are upgrading from SP1 RC (6246) to SP1 RTM (6278) then will need to...
  • Blog Post: How to install the MOM Connector Framework (MCF), MOM to MOM Product Connector (MMPC) and MOM Web Console silently?

    The following command line switches have not been mentioned in the MOM 2005 deployment guide. These switches are for users who would like to install the MOM Connector Framework, MOM to MOM Product Connector and the MOM Web Console silently. Machine with MOMServer already installed: Msiexec...
  • Blog Post: Setup and Upgrade in System Center Operations Manager 2012

    For the Operations Manager 2012 release, we have made some big changes in the setup and upgrade areas to make the deployment experience more simple, intuitive, and easy to use. In this post, I’m going to go through some of the major changes in the deployment experiences to help you better prepare...
  • Blog Post: How to Delete an Operations Manager 2007 Managed Object from a Management Group using PowerShell (Updated PS script which works on PowerShell V2 and above)

    (Updated PS script below which works on PowerShell V2 and above) We have had some customers ask us if there is a way to remove an agent managed computer using PowerShell from OpsMgr 2007 after the agent managed computer has been turned off. The scenario is that the machine that has an agent installed...
  • Blog Post: Reading/Collecting Events created from script with the LogScriptEvent API

    Overview A lot of scripts have need to create events which are external to the normal function of the script. This is a technique which is typically used for tracing, it is not recommended to release scripts which expose traces in this way as there is considerable overhead in writing and consequently...
  • Blog Post: Event-to-Alert ratio, reviewing problems and understanding trends for APM data in OpsMgr 2012

    I have been talking to a number of people, both online as well as in person (at MMS, TechED and in other occasions) and one of the recurring questions I get, as people plan for their deployment of System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and want to use the APM feature, is “how much more space will I...
  • Blog Post: Running Multiple MOM Consoles at Once

    We had an interesting thread today on an internal alias about running multiple MOM consoles simultaneously. The following are supported configurations: Run multiple MOM 2000 consoles at once - create more than one MMC console with a MOM 2000 administrator console. Each console can point at the...
  • Blog Post: If you install OpsMgr 2007 Reporting and then install secondary MS then it will not be able to write DW data as profiles are not created

    I just realized that we had not created a KB article for this issue so I thought I would blog about this issue while the KB article is in the process of being published. Issue: If you install reporting and then install a secondary MS then it will not be able to write DW data as profiles are not created...
  • Blog Post: Automatically Refreshing the Perf View in the MOM console

    Quite a few customers have asked 'Why doesn’t the performance view automatically refresh like the other views in the operator console?" This is a great question. There are basically two reasons for this: 1. The performance view takes quite a bit of processing power on the database to generate....
  • Blog Post: Disaster Recovery: OpsMgr 2007 Root Management Server on a Cluster

    I know we still haven't offically published any disaster recovery documentation but I hope the attached document gives you an idea of how you can recover from an Root Management Server on a cluster disaster scenario. We hope to have this offically published and supported soon. Note: We are working...
  • Blog Post: Yes... you can now install the MOM 2005 SP1 Agent on Windows XP Embedded

    The MOM 2005 SP1 Agent Prerequisite Component for Windows XP Embedded installs the necessary components that support the MOM 2005 SP1 Agent on Windows XP Embedded. This allows you to then install the MOM 2005 SP1 Agent and monitor the health of Windows XP Embedded in the same way as you monitor the health...
  • Blog Post: Bypassing the MOM 2005 Installation Prerequisite Checker

    There are quite a few situations recently which have come up where you might want to bypass the MOM 2005 installation prerequisite checker. These include installing MOM 2005 (not SP1) on a Yukon server, installing the MOM UI on Windows Vista, or installing MOM 2005 in a situation where the prerequisite...
  • Blog Post: What’s new in R2 Deployment and Upgrade

    <Update> I have include information on how to upgrade from R2 RC to R2 RTM. Not much has changed when upgrading from Operations Manager 2007 SP1 to R2 or deploying a fresh installation of Operations Manager 2007 R2. However, I do want to take the opportunity to point out few of the changes....
  • Blog Post: Encapsulating Common Script Functions in an MP

    Most MPs have one or more scripts which are used for a variety of things, discovery state monitoring, perf data creation, etc… In a lot of cases the majority of the script code is common to all the scripts in the MP, logging, connecting to a particular service (i.e. WMI), Error handling, etc… Typically...
  • Blog Post: Partner Pack Newsletters archive on OpsManJam

    The Partner Pack Newsletters are being archived on the OpsManJam site and are accessible there.
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Script to Backup OpsMgr Overrides and Unsealed Management Packs

    Attached is a PowerShell script that can be used to backup overrides and unsealed Management Packs from Operations Manager 2012, as well as OpsMgr 2007 R2 . This script is an update to the PS script that my friend Boris Y had written a while ago. The updates include… Runs on Windows PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Answering some common deployment questions (Part 1)

    What level of privileges are required to install the product? Someone recently asked a question regarding what level of privileges are required to install the product and later they asked me why the accounts had to be what they were. I thought I would take some time to write this blogs and explain...
  • Blog Post: More about recording browser sessions

    One of the common misconceptions about recording browser sessions is that the recording completely matches the user experience. It actually only captures pieces of it. As I write this post, I'm listening to Halos and Horns on my new Zune. Suppose I'm interested in making sure that the Zune-buying...
  • Blog Post: .NET application monitoring and DSI - MOM and AVIcode Management Pack

    Application development and application maintenance are no longer separate. Closing the loop between operations and development is critical for keeping the total cost of operations down. Recently, the AVIcode .NET Operations management pack was released on the MOM Management pack catalog. In this webast...