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    What if I dont want to put the whole computer into maintenance mode?

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    Sometimes you may not wish to put the whole computer into maintenance mode. Instead you may wish to put just a number of databases or websites into maintenance mode. The steps are very simple: 1 - Get the monitoring class that represents the type...
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    Specifying a run as account for a run as profile

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    Here is a sample script that demonstrates how to specify which RunAs account to use for a particular RunAs profile on a particular agent. The main reason I am blogging about this is that the code that needs to be written to do this is not straight forward...
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    MPViewer V1.1

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    Added some improvements based on comments from couple of the MOM MVPs. 1. See the following additional MP components: Targets (classes), Relationships, Discoveries, Diagnostics, Recoveries. 2. Ability to see the raw XML in a tab next to the knowledge...
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    The Exchange 2007 MP for OpsMgr is here

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    The Exchange 2007 MP for OpsMgr 2007 is done and can be found on the download site: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1A83E112-8677-4E03-83C3-F1B7EBFC3A4B&displaylang=en
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    MPViewer (What's in my management pack part 2)

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    One thing I realized after the last blog post about dumping the contents of a management pack is that in many cases it’s very useful to know what's inside a management pack before you import it. So I put together a small utility to display the following...
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    What's in my management pack?

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    Here is a simple script that I wrote for someone today to dump the contents of a management pack that include views, rules, monitors, tasks, console tasks. I figured others might find it useful as well. In order to run the script, open up the OpsMgr...
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    Disabled discoveries

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    Some discoveries in the management packs that ship with OpsMgr are disabled out of the box. One of the reasons is that not everyone might be interested in monitoring certain components. The easiest way to prevent a particular component from being monitored...
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    Setting specific failover management servers

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    Unless you are using AD integration, when the agent cannot communicate with its primary management server, it can pick up any management server to failover to. The only way in the console to provide a specific list of failover servers is it use AD integration...
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    Stopping maintenance mode

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    I wrote a blog post several weeks ago about putting a computer into maintenance mode using PowerShell. For some reason after posting the script there was a white space infront of one of the parameters which resulted in the health service watcher object...
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    Converting a sealed management pack to readable XML

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    Ever wanted to dig into a management pack but could not because it is sealed? One workaround is to import the management pack into a management group and then export it. There is a much quicker way to do this using PowerShell and the SDK. Attached...
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    Add/Remove users to a user role

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    Currently there is no cmdlet to add a user to a user role, however its very easy to do using a combination of the Get-UserRole cmdlet and a bit of the SDK. $operatorsUserRole = Get-UserRole | where {$_.DisplayName -eq "Operations Manager Operators...
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    Automating the setup of URL monitoring

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    One of the new things in OpsMgr is the ability to easily setup URL monitoring from multiple watcher nodes. What what if you want to monitor 500 different URLs? Setting this up manually could be pretty time consuming. Here is a script I put together that...
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    Override Explorer v3.3

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    The purpose of override explorer is to simplify understanding what overrides exist in a management group. It provides two views: Type Based - This view shows types for that have rules/monitors/discoveries for which overrides were created. Computer...
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    Listing all the performance collection rules in a management group

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    Performance monitors will look at at performance counter value and change state when a particular condition is detected. However if you want to collect performance counters for viewing in the console or reporting, you need to create a performance collection...
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    So what thresholds do my monitors have?

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    One of the things people have been asking about is what thresholds are used by various monitors. There is no bullet proof way to do this, but here is a script I wrote that would answer this question for the majority of monitors: function GetThreshold...
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    So what about diagnostics and recoveries?

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    Another new capability in OpsMgr is being able to execute diagnostics and recoveries as reactions to monitor state changes. The OpsMgr MP defines a number of diagnostics to keep the agents healthy and repair them if need be. Here is a powershell script...
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    So what is in maintenance mode?

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    In MOM 2005 you could put computers into maintenance mode; in OpsMgr 2007 maintenance mode is much more granular. Instead of putting the whole computer into maintenance mode, you can put a particular database or NT service into maintenance mode. At times...
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    Disabling/Enabling multiple rules/monitors/discoveries at once

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    One of the things I have heard on several occasions is that people want to disable or enable a number of rules/monitors/discoveries at once. Currently its only possible to enable or disable one at a time. This can be an issue when you are trying to disable...
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    Enabling proxying for agents

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    When deploying the AD or Exchange management packs you need to enable proxying on agents in order for discovery to work properly. This could be a time consuming process since there is no way to multi select all the required agents and enable proxyings...
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    Putting a computer into maintenance mode

    • 18 Comments
    Putting a computer into maintenance mode is what users do when they know a particular computer will be offline for a while (security update, known network issues, hardware installation, other things). This is done so that OpsMgr does not generate any...
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    Introduction

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    My name is Boris Yanushpolsky and I am Program Manager in the Enterprise Management division. I started at Microsoft exactly a year ago. I work on Operations Manager and Service Manager. In Operations Manager, I am responsible for the SDK, Command Shell...
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