A colleague of mine (André) likes to have simple clean Desktop Wallpapers and he just found a System Center Desktop Wallpaper. And I like it.
Maybe you like it too. You can download it from my SkyDrive.
Source: Operations Manager Product Team Blog
Yesterday the PerformancePoint team released a sample solution that shows how to build cubes from the Operations Manager DW and then build balanced IT scorecards using Office PerformancePoint server from these cubes.
Components of the framework, and the flow of data from source data to the finished dashboards:
The solution can be found on www.microsoft.com/BI and www.microsoft.com/PerformancePoint
Jalasoft announced yesterday that soon it is going to be releasing service pack 2 for their monitoring solution Xian Network Manager Io for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. At this moment SP2 is undergoing heavy testing for large environment scalability in their labs. The most important new feature in addition to many smaller performance enhancements is that Xian no longer uses the SDK (root management server) of Operations Manager to forward alerts and performance data. Instead, it now connects directly to any OpsMgr2007 Management Server. Thanks to these enhancements, Xian is now able to send many more counters and alerts to Operations Manager without consuming valuable resources on your root management server. Also Xian can easily be scaled up by adding new management servers.
Read more on source.
Today I started to dive into the Service Level Dashboard for System Center Operations Manager 2007. So I downloaded all the files and read the documentation and even watched the video about it.
I did all the steps and finally wanted to create some overrides for the Service Level Dashboard Template. Like change the default Performance and Availability Thresholds. And that turned out slightly difficult (at least for me).
These are the steps to take:
Go to Microsoft Connect and download.
Jeremy (who is turning 32 on September 26 and is giving away presents) blogged about SCOPE. System Center OpsMgr Powershell Extentions is a collaborative operation between Jeremy, Marco Shaw, Cameron Fuller, Pete Zerger and - you, possibly. They are at the very early stages of SCOPE, and could definitely use people now and down the road - especially C# programmers and those familiar with creating PowerShell snapins. If you’d like to help, send Jeremy an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let him know what you can do.
They already created a project on Codeplex, but there is not any documentation yet.
To get you into the mood of writing your own Cmdlets check out this article on MSDN Magazine about writing your own Cmdlets.
My first suggestion for a new OpsMgr Cmdlet would be some edit Company Knowledge cmdlet.
Update: This is caused by by how the particular domain environment was constructed. Read more on http://blogs.technet.com/operationsmgr/archive/2009/01/27/opsmgr-2007-error-running-report-message-loading-reporting-hierarchy-failed-access-is-denied.aspx
After trying to open Reporting from the Ops Console I got the next error:
I checked if Reporting was configured correctly with the Configure Report Server tool.
Checked if SharePoint Integration was enabled. And that wasn’t the case.
Tried to open ReportServer in a Browser.
Restarted the SQL Server Reporting Services (MSSQLSERVER) service. But still no luck.
Opened Configure Report Server tool again and applied the Default Settings for the Report Server Virtual Directory and Report Manager Virtual Directory.
Re-entered the correct password for the Windows Service Identity and clicked Apply.
Now the Web Service Identity failed.
Changed the Web Service Identity for the Report Server and Report Manager from the DefaultAppPool to ReportServer. After the refresh the ASP.NET Service Account changed automatically from NT Authority\NetworkService to CONTOSO\OM_DRA.
Clicked Apply and did a Refresh and that solved it.
J.C. Hornbeck published an article from Lenny Wile on the Health of the Root Management Server is in a Grey “Not Monitored” State a couple of days ago. And you know what? I was facing the same issue after migrating my VM’s to Hyper-V yesterday.
But I also saw the next eventlogs:
Resetted the passwords for above users and restarted the Health Service.
And the RMS was Healthy again.
Ok not completely Healthy, but not grey anymore ;-)
I know this isn’t the first blog about what’s in a MP, but lately I often get asked what’s in MP from my fellow Premier Field Engineers. Often they want to know which rules and monitors are in a MP for a certain application and which thresholds are used.
There are several tools available for looking into a MP:
But they all have one drawback and that is you need to have the OpsMgr consoles and/or access to the RMS. Except for the OpsManJam Library off course ;-)
Clive tells us that you can get it working if you have the appropriate platform version of the SDK assemblies Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.dll and Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.OperationsManager.Common.dll in the same folder as the tool. The SDK assemblies can be found and copied from the management server installation folder SDK Binaries. But you still need to have access to a RMS.
So what do I use to get the contents of a MP? That depends on what I want to know and from which MP I want the info.
I hope this helps you deciding which tools to use if you are looking for MP content.
I’m currently tweaking my demo environment and in this environment I’m using a Virtual Router Vyatta. For all my virtual machines on Hyper-V it’s important that this virtual router is running before they are started.
That’s when Automatic Start Action comes in handy.