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  • Blog Post: Using SiteName when deploying gateways to help manage alerts

    When deploying the Operations Manager gateway role you can tag the gateway with a Site name. Any alerts coming from an agent reporting to this gateway will now have it's "Site" property populated with the site name you configured when deploying the gateway. This can be really handy for building specific...
  • 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: OpsMgr 2007 RTM and SP1 RC command line parameters (Complete List)

    Below is the complete list of all the command line parameters for OpsMgr 2007 server roles including Audit Collection. And the command line parameters for upgrading to Service Pack 1 (SP1) Release Candidate (RC) Agent – (MOMAgent.msi) msiexec.exe /i \\path\Directory\MOMAgent.msi /qn /l*v \logs...
  • 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: KB: Installation of a System Center 2012 Operations Manager server fails with Exception Error Code: 0x80131604

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published. This one talks about an issue where installing a System Center 2012 Operations Manager server fails with error 0x80131604. ===== Symptoms Installing a System Center 2012 Operations Manager (OpsMgr) Management server fails with the following error: Error...
  • 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: 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: Tired of people stopping your MOM service? Want to increase MOM agent availability?

    I hear reports quite often of people having trouble with MOM agents that get stopped or disabled by unwitting or mischievous server administrators. MOM administrators have to respond to missing heartbeat alerts and start up the MOM service using the update agent settings task or worse, logging into the...
  • Blog Post: Notification Test Tool

    The Notifications Test Tool is a simple tool you can use to test your notification channels and subscriptions. This tool can be used to test email (SMTP), Instant Message (IM) or Text message (SMS) channels. Also, you can use this to generate a test alert in OpsMgr to test subscriptions. Install...
  • 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: Virtualizing OpsMgr 2007 Roles

    In the last couple of years, virtualization technology has become the “hot thing” in the IT management space because it is seen as reducing overall IT costs which is every CTO’s dream. And the fact that you create backups of your environments is a life saver for most organizations by itself. I thought...
  • 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: 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: Steps to install OpsMgr 2007 DB and Reporting on Windows Server 2008 (Longhorn)

    If you are like me and just itching to try and install OpsMgr 2007 DB and Reporting on Longhorn and cannot wait till SQL 2008 to install SQL on Longhorn as they do not support SQL 2005 on Longhorn you can try my HACK!! Yes, this is NOT supported by the OpsMgr team and our test manager will probably kill...
  • 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: 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: Low-bandwidth Scenarios

    We have received a couple of customer inquires regarding the use of Operations Manger 2007 in a low-bandwidth scenario. These issues deal with a situation where the Management Server in one site (Site A) is separated from its agents in another site (Site B), and Sites A and B are separated by a low-bandwidth...
  • Blog Post: Obtaining Certificates for Ops Mgr via Command Line or Script

    If you are deploying Ops Mgr on machines in untrusted domains or DMZs (anywhere outside of Kerberos trust), then you are going to need to leverage PKI and set up certificates on your boxes in order for authentication to work. The process of requesting and retrieving the needed certificates can be confusing...
  • 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: 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: KB: Configuring Database fails and presents a Red X when installing System Center 2012 Operations Manager

    Here’s a new Knowledge Base article we published this morning. This one discusses a database issue you may run into when installing System Center 2012 Operations Manager. ===== Summary When configuring the database during the System Center 2012 Operations Manager installation, next to the database name...