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    Program Manager position in OpsMgr Team

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    We are looking for a program manager to help extend the product's capabilities in the area of Network Monitoring. Here is a link to the job posting: http://members.microsoft.com/careers/search/details.aspx?JobID=80B78DD1-31B6-4676-9F03-D26AE4516C3C
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    Which discovery found the object

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    One of the interesting challenges that I have seen some customers experience is understanding which discovery discovered a particular object. There are a number of way to do this. One of the ways you can do this is by using powershell. Here are the...
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    Problem with the IIS Modules QFE (957123)

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    We have found a problem with the IIS Modules QFE and working on fixing it. In the meanwhile, the binaries for the QFE have been removed from the download site. The issue is in the setup code which causes the SDK and Configuration services on the RMS to...
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    IIS 7.0 Management Pack is now on the MP Catalog!

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    In order for the IIS 7.0 MP to properly work, you will need to install an agent QFE which drops a new module that the MP uses for discovery and monitoring. Here is the link to the QFE: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f82ef6b3...
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    Windows Server 2008 Cluster MP is now available!

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    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...
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    Great new blog

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    I just got a mail today from Marco Shaw about a great new blog authored by Daniele Grandini and Fabrizio Guaitolini . I recommend you check it out. The latest blog post is about building monitors that work only during business hours. This is something...
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    What if my discovery script fails?

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    Discovery is a very core feature of a management pack. Bugs in discovery can literally screw up the whole management pack. I saw an example of this today when I was debugging a problem where if the user disabled a network card, the WMI calls that I was...
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    Populating groups from external sources

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    Groups are one of the most used areas of functionality in Operations Manager. When you are creating overrides, setting up role based security, scoping views, or running reports you are most likely using groups. Generically speaking, groups allow you to...
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    VladJ is now a blogger

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    If you are a partner or attended MMS or ITForum or work with OpsMgr for a while I am pretty sure you would recognize the name. The good news is that now is a blogger and has a blog on blogs.msdn.com so I am sure there will be some good stuff posted on...
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    Configuring rules to run during business hours only

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    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...
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    What is the state of a particular monitor for all of my objects?

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    I saw an interesting question today on one of the newsgroups. Basically the question was "How can I find out the state of a particular monitor across all the objects that I have". Unfortunately, a state view in the OpsMgr console doesn’t provide you this...
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    MPViewer 1.7 - Now works with latest E12 MP

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    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...
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    Automating port monitoring using PowerShell

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    A while I wrote a blog entry about how you can automate the creation of URL monitoring logic in OpsMgr using PowerShell. One of the questions I have received is "how do you do the same thing for port monitoring ?". Attached is a script that demonstrates...
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    MPViewer 1.6 - Exporting to Excel

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    This updated version of MPViewer will allow you to export data to Excel in addition to the HTML format which was available before. Now that you are able to export to excel, I hope it will make it easier to understand MP contents. This update also includes...
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    Module Explorer V2

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    In v1 of module explorer I enumerate code based modules and then populated the tree view with composite module that rely on the code modules. In this version I added another view which instead groups modules by the MP in which the module is defined. This...
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    Monitoring Windows 2008 Clusters

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    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...
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    On Demand Detection

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    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...
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    MPViewer 1.5 - Performance rules and monitors

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    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...
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    Microsoft.Unix.Computer

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    The cross platform team has started a blog to talk about the work they are doing to enable management of Unix/Linux servers from Operations Manager. Check it out at http://blogs.msdn.com/scxplat/ .
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    Why cant I find the datawarehouse properties report?

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    During the Best Practices session at MMS we have shown the DW properties report. The one thing I want to point out is that the management pack that contains this report is not imported by default when you install OpsMgr SP1. In order to get the report...
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    MP Backup

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    Here is a script that I wrote last night to demonstrate how you can implement a simple MP backup process. The goal is to allow you to backup unsealed MPs so that if you make a mistake you can go back to the good copy. You can also schedule this script...
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    What do YOU think about the Cluster Management Pack?

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    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...
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    Cluster MP Upgrade

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    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:
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    Windows 2003 Cluster Management Pack update is now available on MP Catalog

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    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...
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    MP authoring samples - NT service based discovery

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    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...
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