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  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Cluster MP is now available!

    I have seen a number of questions on this in the past so I am happy to announce that we just released the Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster MP. You can now download it on: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=AC7F42F5-33E9-453D-A923-171C8E1E8E55&displaylang=en&displaylang...
  • Blog Post: Configuring rules to run during business hours only

    I have heard the question about creating rules that execute only during a certain set of hours many times in the last while. While its not straight forward, it is still possible. Attached to the this blog post is a MHTML file which I wrote that describes the steps of how this can be done and also gives...
  • Blog Post: MPViewer 1.7 - Now works with latest E12 MP

    Thanks Stefan for reporting that MPViewer export to HTML functionality didn’t work with the latest version of the E12 MP. This was caused by a bug in MPViewer. The new version is attached to this blog post. I also some more minor features such as frequency for performance monitors as well breaking out...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Windows 2008 Clusters

    Are you interested in participating in a private beta program for the Windows 2008 Cluster management pack? If so, please send me an email ( borisyan@microsoft.com ). Please note that I am only able to provide access to the beta bits to 10 customers so this is on a first come first serve basis.
  • Blog Post: On Demand Detection

    A really useful feature of Health Explorer in Operations Manager is the ability to force the agent recalculate health of a particular monitor. One the most common uses for this is when you want to confirm that the action that you took actually fixed the problem. If you have implemented your management...
  • Blog Post: MPViewer 1.5 - Performance rules and monitors

    I finally had a bit of time to work on improving MPViewer so here is a new a version. The main improvement in this version is additional visibility into performance rules and monitors. Now there are two new columns which show you the performance object name and counter name. For the next version I...
  • Blog Post: What do YOU think about the Cluster Management Pack?

    Several weeks ago we released an update to Windows 2003 Cluster MP to address several customer initiated issues. I am very interested to hear what you think about the cluster MP and what has been your experience in deploying and using it, or things that you wish the MP had. If you are reading this post...
  • Blog Post: Cluster MP Upgrade

    Looks like there is some confusion as to the what exactly needs to be done in order to upgrade to the latest version of the cluster MP. Here is a flow chart that should clear things up:
  • Blog Post: Windows 2003 Cluster Management Pack update is now available on MP Catalog

    We have just posted an updated version of the Windows 2003 Cluster Management Pack. This update resolves several customer initiated issues. This update also includes some changes in order to prepare for the Windows 2008 Cluster MP. Here is a link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads...
  • Blog Post: MP authoring samples - NT service based discovery

    One of the things that I have been wanting to cover in this blog is advanced MP authoring. Lately I have been spending a fair bit of time doing MP related work so I am going to start blogging on this subject. My main focus will be to provide samples as well as share some thoughts that come to my mind...
  • Blog Post: The Cluster MP is ready!

    The long awaited cluster management pack for Windows 2003 is finally ready. The MP package contains the management pack files as well as a QFE. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=ac7f42f5-33e9-453d-a923-171c8e1e8e55&DisplayLang=en If you did not upgrade to the final bits...
  • Blog Post: Why cant I configure an event view to show events collected only by my rule?

    While writing a management pack today, I came across an interesting issue. When you create an event view, you can specify in the criteria of the event view that it should only show events collected by a specific rule. When you do this, a dialog comes up that lists all the rules that you can filter by...
  • Blog Post: Creating a new task with overridable parameters

    Couple of days ago I saw a question on one of the newsgroups regarding creating a task where the operator can specify one or more parameters that are used by the task when launching the task. Unfortunately it’s not possible to create such as task today in the OpsMgr console, however you can do this using...
  • Blog Post: Targeting poster

    Below is a link to a targeting poster that we have created to help select the proper targets when creating rules and monitors. The poster illustrates some of the most common scenarios and provides best practices on how to properly target rules and monitors. Feedback is always welcome of course. http...
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