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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: Are you attending TechEd 2014? Interested in meeting with the OpsMgr Product team?

    We wanted to gauge our OpsMgr Customers interest in doing an informal round table discussion with OpsMgr product team to influence the future of this product . If you are planning to attend TechEd 2014 in Houston could you please take this quick survey to let us know. If there is enough interest we...
  • 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: 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: Using Diagnostic Actions and Recovery Actions

    Diagnostic and recovery actions allow you to run a command or script every time a particular monitor changes from a healthy (green) state to a warning state (yellow) or a critical state (red). To begin creating a diagnostic or recovery action, right click on a monitor in the Health Explorer view and...
  • 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: 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: Versioning in OpsMgr

    We got a question through the blog email about how to tell which version of Operations Manager was installed on a computer. This is easy to check, so I thought I'd throw up a quick tip about it. In the console, click Help -> About and take a look at the number after version : ...
  • 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: Performance Rules and Default Thresholds

    Last week Jonobie Ford blogged about ways to pull out monitors and rules. If you’re interested in performance rules and default thresholds associated in a Management Pack (Base OS, IIS and SQL) you should check out blog updates that Boris Yanushpolsky has posted at: http://blogs.msdn.com/boris_yanushpolsky...
  • 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: 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...
  • 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: 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: You may need to update the agent restart threshold on Exchange 2007 Servers Managed by Operations Manager 2007

    The Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack tracks memory usage of the MonitoringHost.exe process via the private bytes counter. By default, the agent will be automatically restarted if memory usage for MonitoringHost.exe is above 100MB. On large Exchange 2007 systems, this threshold may be too low....
  • 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: Visio 2007 "Beta" Add-in for Operations Manager 2007 R2 released!

    Update: the final Visio 2007 Add-in is now available - these links to the beta are obsolete. See http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2009/07/31/visio-2007-add-in-for-operations-manager-2007-r2-released.aspx. The Visio Add-in for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 combines the strengths...