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    MPViewer 1.4

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    I recently saw an interesting mail thread about how does one figure out which MPs will work for agentless monitoring and which MPs will not. The interesting part is that at the MP level there is no way to declare whether it is designed for agentless monitoring...
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    You can now download the SDK documentation for offline use

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    A number of people have asked for the SDK documentation to be downloadable in addition to being on MSDN. You can now download the SDK documentation and use it offline. Here is the link to the download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
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    The Cluster MP is ready!

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    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...
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    One more maintenance mode script

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    Attached is a script that takes a group and puts all the computers in the group (as well as the health service and the healthservice watcher) into maintenance mode. Here is how you can run the script from the command line to start or stop maintenance...
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    Why cant I configure an event view to show events collected only by my rule?

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    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...
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    Run As profile configuration helper v1

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    When you deploy a management pack and the action account is configured as a low priv account, some workflows (monitors/rules/discoveries/tasks/diagnostics/recoveries) may not be able to execute because by default they will run under the low priv account...
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    ModuleExplorer v1

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    One of the core concepts in OpsMgr is modules. There are four modules types in OpsMgr: DataSource, Condition Detection, Probe, and Write Action. When you write any workflow such as rule/monitor/discovery/task/diagnostic/recovery you are using one or more...
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    MPViewer 1.3

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    Added another several small features in this version: 1 - The target of a rule/monitor 2 - The type of a monitor 3 - The priority of the alert generated by a monitor 4 - Whether a rule generates an alert as well as the severity and priority...
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    Troubleshooting event id 33333 logged by the DataAccessLayer

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    Sometimes after installing an agent or importing a management pack you may see event number 33333 logged by the Data Access layer. In many situations this error is caused by the fact that proxying is not enabled for a particular agent. In OpsMgr SP1,...
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    Creating overrides using the SDK

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    Here is some sample code that I wanted to share for creating overrides using the SDK. In scenarios where you need to automate the creation of overrides, this can become useful: Creating a Rule Override: using System; using System.Collections...
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    Creating a new task with overridable parameters

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    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...
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    Enumerating Windows Event log manual reset monitors

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    Couple of days ago I saw a question about how can one find out the list of manual reset event log monitors in a management group. Given that this is a little bit tricky I decided to post a sample so that others could see how to do it as well. Attached...
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    Targeting poster

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    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...
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    OpsMgr SP1 – Creating rules and monitors for multi instance components

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    When creating a monitor or a rule for a multi instance component you need to be very careful or else you may end up with wrong monitoring logic. The two important parts are: 1. Target the rule/monitor to the correct target type 2. Specify the correct...
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    Retrieving rules and monitors targeted to a particular class (target)

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    This question came up several times in various forums so I wanted to post a sample script that shows how you can retrieve the list of both rules and monitors targeted to a particular class (target): $mc = get-monitoringclass | where {$_.DisplayName...
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    OpsMgr SP1 - Removing instances for which discovery is disabled

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    One of the issues that we saw in OpsMgr RTM is that if you disabled a discovery using an override let say a particular SQL DB, the instance created by this discovery would not be removed. In SP1 we have added a new cmdlet to force the removal of instances...
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    Creating a performance collection rule using the SDK

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    Here is a sample that demonstrates how to create a performance collection rule using the SDK. The only caviat is that this rule will not work for agentless monitoring. A powershell version will follow soon. using System; using System.Collections...
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    Including the NT service info in the alert description

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    When creating a NT service unit monitor, you might want to include in the alert description the service information. Here are the expression that you can use in order to include the service information in the alert description: Service Name - $Data...
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    MP Viewer 1.2

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    I added a couple of things that people have asked for: The ability to save to HTML. Looks like quite a bit of people asked for this. More info about monitors (whether it generates an alert, what's the severity, is the alert auto resolved) ...
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    What's in my groups?

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    Here is a script I put together that demonstrates how to retrieve all the groups and then retreive the contents of each group as well as the types of objects contained in the group. In order to run the script you will need to do the following: 1...
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    Creating an Event Log unit monitor using the SDK

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    Here is a sample of how you can create an event log unit monitor. As you can see it's very similar to creating an NT service unit monitor. The main difference is the monitor type and the configuration passed to the monitor. using System; using System...
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    Creating NT Service unit monitor using the SDK

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    This came up several times so I decided to write a blog post on how you can create a unit monitor using the SDK. I will try post a PS script that does the same thing in the next several days. using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using...
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    Which groups is a particular computer member of?

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    Given that groups are used for role based security, overrides, reports, and some other features, it might be pretty interesting to know what groups is a particular computer member of. Attached is a sample script that dumps the list of groups that a particular...
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    Including the event info in the alert description

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    When creating a Event Log unit monitor, you might want to include in the alert description the event information. Here are the expression that you can use in order to include the event information in the alert description: Publisher Name - $Data...
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    Including the performance counter info in the alert description

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    When creating a Windows Performance Counter unit monitor, you might want to include in the alert description four pretty important pieces of information: Performance Object Name, Counter Name, Instance Name, Counter Value. Here are the expression that...
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