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  • Blog Post: Schedule Maintenance Mode Reskit Tool Info

      I have a quick update on the Schedule Maintenance Mode RESKIT Tool, also some information \ best practices. Best Practices: Do not go beyond 20 Jobs scheduled.  Anything over this will start to place too much load on your Root Management Server Do not schedule more then 20 items in one Job...
  • Blog Post: Bad Situation-Good Results: OpsMgr 2007 High Availability and Disaster Recovery

    Watch the attached video on how to cluster a Root Management Server and promote a Management Server to take the role of a Root Management Server . Starr and Myself did a talk at MMS 2008 in Las Vegas on how to build a resilient Operations Manager 2007 infrastructure. In this...
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 support in FRS management pack

    We had an error in the readme that went out with the FRS management pack that says that Windows Server 2003 is not a supported platform. This is an error; we do support Windows Server 2003 with this management pack. We are currently repackaging the MP with an updated readme and it will be released...
  • Blog Post: Running the Web Console Server on a standalone server using Windows Authentication

    One of the big issues we had in OpsMgr 2007 RTM was if you installed the Database and the Root Management Server(RMS) on a standalone server with the SDK and Config services running under a domain account users could not install the Web Console Server on a standalone machine and use Windows Authentication...
  • Blog Post: grayed out healthy agent icon

    Recently we have been receiving some questions on the meaning of the 'grayed-out, Healthy' agent status icon (see picture below). You will see this in the Monitoring space in the Computers view and the Discovered Inventory view and the Operations Manager ==> Agent ==> Agent Health State view...
  • Blog Post: Operations Guide Available

    My collegues Chris Fox, John Downing, and Kim Simmons have just released the Operations Guide! The guide is a comprehensive resource that can be used to understand and use your Operations Manager 2007 implementation to your best advantage. It teaches an Operations Manager administrator what to do after...
  • Blog Post: Additional Resource, OpsManJam site is live

    Hi all - An additional resource for Operations Manager 2007 MP Authors and IT Pro's is now live at OpsManJam . This site, sponsored by Microsoft, focuses on MP Authoring best practices and tutorials. There is deployment and administration content for the IT Pro, too. You can download content such as...
  • Blog Post: Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 SP1

    A few of us have been working with the Solutions Accelerator team and Pete Zerger to come up with an Infrastructure Planning Guide for OpsMgr 2007 which got published a couple of weeks ago . This document will lead readers through a sequence of core decision points to design an infrastructure for OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: Migration Guide Coming Soon

    Chis Fox has almost completed the Operations Manager 2007 Migration Guide. It should be out the week after next. Here is a preview of the TOC: Introduction to the Operations Manager 2007 Migration Guide MOM 2005 to Operations Manager 2007 Migration Overview Infrastructure Components...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 Capacity Planner Tool (Final Version)

    Last week the Operations Manager team attended the Microsoft Management Summit 2008 in Las Vegas and one of the big questions we got from almost all customers was when is the System Center Capacity tool going to be available? I glad to announce that the OpsMgr 2007 SCCP RTM model is now officially available...
  • Blog Post: Key Concepts Guide is now available

    I just put the finishing touches on the Key Concepts guide and it is posted on the download center, here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=3a633532-1dde-49b6-930f-7df50b69b77b&displaylang=en It includes the following topics: Overview of model-based design ...
  • 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: MOM 2005 SP1 now supports Windows Server 2003 R2 and above

    MOM 2005 with Service Pack 1 now supports all MOM components (Database, Management Server, Console, Agent, Data Warehouse, Web Console, Reporting Console) on Windows Server R2 and above. There is no hotfix or patch required to enable this to work. Satya
  • Blog Post: Looking for Connector Information?

    We got a query through the blog email about how to get started writing connectors and I've heard of a few other requests for this type of information. For starters, take a look at this MSDN topic on creating connectors: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb437511.aspx You can also find a good...
  • Blog Post: Edit Company Knowledge prerequisites

    Company Knowledge is used to capture the steps required to resolve an alert in your OpsMgr installation. When paired with the Product knowledge (which provides you with the application developers knowledge on the causes and suggested resolution steps for an alert), the two will help any operator with...
  • Blog Post: Getting headaches trying to figure out why you are seeing the 'Not Monitored' state for Management Servers or Agents?

    Every week I see one customer running into an issue where they either see the management servers or agents showing up as not monitored. While there a number of reasons why these roles may show up as being ‘not monitored’ I wanted to list out a couple of things to check to help you figure out what the...
  • Blog Post: Management Pack guides are now available on TechNet

    I wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know about something that went live a couple weeks back that I think will save many people from a ton of headaches. In addition to management pack guides being a part of the installation package for MPs, they can now be viewed from TechNet. The guides are...
  • 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: Event, Alerts, Perf Data Flow in OpsMgr 2007

    A couple of people asked me questions on how data flowed in OpsMgr 2007 this weekend so I thought this would be a good topic for this week’s blog. Unfortunately this is not documented anywhere. Data Type Flow: Events/Perf/State data is sent from OpsMgr 2007 agents to their primary Management...
  • 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: MPViewer Library Extraction of management packs

    The OpsManJam site has added a MPViewer dump folder in the library. While we are just starting out, what you will find here are MPViewer (thanks Boris) extractions of all the Microsoft published management packs as HTML pages. You can use this as a reference for what is in management packs. We will be...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 Reporting Guide - call for scenarios

    We've just posted a new guide to the Operations Manager library - the Reporting Guide . This guide consolidates all reporting guidance (with the exception of report authoring) in one place. This guide also includes reporting scenarios to help you create specific reports to meet your business needs...
  • Blog Post: Troubleshooting Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) and Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) features

    Agentless Exception Monitoring (AEM) of System Center Operations Manager and System Center Desktop Error Monitoring (DEM) are identical features with the only difference being that AEM is shipped with Operations Manager 2007 and DEM is shipped with Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) SKU’s. These...
  • Blog Post: Editing exported custom MPs in the authoring console

    Hi all - Today's tip comes from Robb Dilallo, via Tim Kremer. Robb found that it was frustrating to try to edit an exported custom management pack because he couldn't access the sealed, dependent management pack. He shared the following steps to create a "management pack development environment":...
  • 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...