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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: Join us at MMS 2013 to learn more about Global Service Monitor!

    Dear users! Just last week we announced commercial availability of System Center Global Service Monitor (GSM). GSM provides capability to monitor externally facing web sites and web services from geo-distributed locations. System Center customers can configure monitoring scenarios, such as multistep...
  • Blog Post: Using the Web Application Availability Monitoring to monitor Web Applications health

    Dear Users, This blog explains how to get the most of Web Application Availability Monitoring in SCOM 2012. This Monitoring allows you to observe the health of web application end points using your watcher nodes. End points which you can monitor could be URLs of a website, or methods of a web service...
  • Blog Post: KB: Monitoring Text and CSV log files in System Center Operations Manager

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published today. This one walks you through monitoring txt and CSV log files in System Center Operations Manager: ===== Summary Configuring System Center Operations Manager to monitor plain text and delimited text log files from various sources is straightforward...
  • Blog Post: Exchange 2007 Management Packs do not automatically monitor Exchange servers

    By default, the Microsoft Exchange 2007 Management Packs for Operations Manager 2007 will not automatically start monitoring of any Exchange 2007 Servers even if you have imported the Management Pack. This means that the servers won’t automatically show up in the Exchange views in the monitoring section...
  • Blog Post: Application Monitoring Architecture in OpsMgr 2012 Beta

    For those who already know me, it has been a couple of weeks since I relocated to the Seattle area and started working as a Program Manager on the Operations Manager Application Monitoring team and this is my first post on this blog. For those who don’t know me, I am a new Program Manager on the OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: KB: Operations Manager AD Replication Monitoring generates "Invalid Script Parameter Configuration" error

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where an Operations Manager AD Replication Monitor generates an "Invalid Script Parameter Configuration" error message. ===== Symptoms System Center Operations Manager 2007 generates alerts on Domain Controllers...
  • Blog Post: IMPORTANT: HP-UX PA-RISC computers monitored by Operations Manager will experience heartbeat and monitoring failures after an upcoming Windows update

    The information below applies to the monitoring of HP-UX PA-RISC computers with: Operations Manager 2007 R2 System Center 2012 – Operations Manager Background Operations Manager uses the WS-Management protocol over SSL/TLS to communicate with UNIX and Linux agents. A certificate used for SSL/TLS is generated...
  • Blog Post: Custom APM Rules for Granular Alerting

    Michael wrote a post in August, about working with Alerts . One of the key takeaways from that post, is that – for each application and for each application component – we have FOUR Alerting rules, that can be turned on or off from the APM Template. Quoting that post: Alerting Rules...
  • 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: Introducing Operations Manager 2012 Dashboards

    As you’ve likely seen or heard, System Center Operations Manager 2012 contains significant enhancements in the ability to display data through the use of its new dashboard technologies. This post is the first in a series of dashboard-related posts introducing these new abilities. Why did we...
  • Blog Post: APM object model

    It has been a while since we posted some new information about APM in OpsMgr 2012. Michael wrote a post in August, about working with Alerts , which was following up on a couple of previous ones about how to get things running , how APM works , and how to simulate errors for testing . Also Sergey has...
  • Blog Post: What Gets Monitored with System Center Operations Manager 2012 Network Monitoring

    There are many questions on which components of network devices are monitored for System Center network monitoring. This post will hopefully clear up some of those questions as the post will cover what gets monitored and the conditions where the monitoring will apply. What components of the network device...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Admin ResKit Released!

    I am pleased to announce the release of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit. The System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Administration Resource Kit includes three tools designed to help improve the Operations Manager Administrator experience. Included: Schedule...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires AVIcode, Inc.

    Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of AVIcode, Inc.  Read the official blog here . We hope that the rest of the Operations Manager community is as excited as we are about the enhanced capabilities that the AVIcode technologies bring to Systems Monitoring, including not only .Net application...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Office 365 using Operations Manager

    Dear OpsMgr Users, Highly anticipated Office 365 has been released. This blog explains how you can use Operations Manager to seamlessly integrate monitoring of the Office 365 functionality into your enterprise management. Please note that in order to enable the monitoring as described below you need...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 5 has Released to the Web

    The OpsMgr team is very happy to announce the release of Cumulative Update 5 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 . Cumulative Update 5 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 resolves the following issues: Restart of non-Operations Manager services when the agent is updated. Updated ACS reports...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 is unable to monitor SQL Server replication status

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published today. This one explains why you can’t see a SQL Server replication status even though you have the SQL Server MP loaded in SCOM 2007: ===== Symptom When using Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Server 2007 R2 with the Microsoft SQL Server Management...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports SQL Server 2008 SP2

    Quick heads up! The Supported Configurations Statement for OM2007R2 has been updated to support SQL Server 2008 SP2 .  We now support the following roles on SQL Server SP2: Operations Manager database Data Warehouse database Audit Collections database Reporting* *Note: When using SQL 2008 Service...
  • Blog Post: Unit Monitors for Multi-Instance Perfmon Counters

    It's not uncommon to want to monitor a perfmon counter like Logical Disk\% Free Space where there are multiple instances and you only want to be alerted if one instance goes below the threshold. Authors will typically try to do this through the UI building a monitor such as: You set the threshold...