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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Monitoring Agent, System Center Operations Manager and Visual Studio Application Insights

    Since the release of System Center 2012 R2 Preview (and more after GA was announced) a lot of people asked me why did we rename the Operations Manager agent to "Microsoft Monitoring Agent"? Some information that went out together with the GA of SC2012R2 can be found at the following link: http://technet...
  • Blog Post: Lonely blog for almost a year, and see you at MMS 2013 next week

    Wow, I haven’t written here in a while. My last post on this blog is from over a year ago, and referred to the BETA of System Center 2012 Service Pack ! Since then, the final version of that Service Pack 1 has shipped and Global Service Monitor has been made general available too - http://blogs.technet...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2012 SP1 BETA is out, and some cool things you might not (yet) know about it

    It has been a couple of months since we released the CTP2 release (I had blogged about that here http://www.muscetta.com/2012/06/16/operations-manager-2012-sp1-ctp2-is-out-and-my-teched-na-talk-mgt302/ ) and we have now reached the Beta milestone! Albeit you might have already seen a number of posts...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2012 SP1 CTP2 is out, and my TechED NA talk (MGT302)

    As you might have already heard, this has been an amazing week at TechEd North America: System Center 2012 has been voted as the Best Microsoft Product at TechEd, and we have released the Community Technology Preview (CTP2) of all System Center 2012 SP1 components . I wrote a (quick) list of the changes...
  • Blog Post: Boris’s OpsMgr Tools – Updated

    Over the years, Boris has released a set of phenomenal tools, that saved lives of OpsMgr administrators quite some time in performing common OpsMgr tasks in OpsMgr 2007 and 2007 R2.. The sad news is that Boris has moved to another team within Microsoft. He has made a tremendous contribution over the...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate is out of the bag!

    Go read the announcement at http://blogs.technet.com/b/server-cloud/archive/2011/11/10/system-center-operations-manager-2012-release-candidate-from-the-datacenter-to-the-cloud.aspx This is the first public release since I am part of the team (I started in this role the day after the team had shipped...
  • Blog Post: Repost: Useful SetSPN tips

    I just saw that my former colleague (PFE) Tristan has posted an interesting note about the use of SetSPN “–A” vs SetSPN “–S”. I normally don’t repost other people’s content, but I thought this would be useful as there are a few SPN used in OpsMgr and it is not always easy to get them all right… and you...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Agents and Gateways Failover Queries

    The following article by Jimmy Harper explains very well how to set up agents and gateways’ failover paths thru Powershell http://blogs.technet.com/b/jimmyharper/archive/2010/07/23/powershell-commands-to-configure-gateway-server-agent-failover.aspx . This is the approach I also recommend, and that article...
  • Blog Post: Got Orphaned OpsMgr Objects?

    Have you ever wondered what would happen if, in Operations Manager, you’d delete a Management Server or Gateway that managed objects (such as network devices) or has agents pointing uniquely to it as their primary server? The answer is simple, but not very pleasant: you get ORPHANED objects...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft.Linux.RHEL.5.LogicalDisk.DiskBytesPerSecond Type Mismatch

    I have had the following in my notes for a while… and I have not blogged in a while (been too busy) so I decided to blog it today, before the topic gets too old and starts stinking   It all started when a customer showed me an Alert he was seeing in his environment from some XPlat workflow. The...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Event IDs Spreadsheet

    I work in support (mostly with System Center Operations Manager, as you know), and I work with event logs every day. The following are typical situations: I get a colleague or a customer telling me “I am having a problem and the SCOM agent is showing 21037 events and 20002 events.  What’s wrong...
  • Blog Post: Audit Collection Services Database Partitions Size Report

    A number of people I have talked to liked my previous post on ACS sizing . One thing that was not extremely easy or clear to them in that post was *how* exactly I did one thing I wrote: […] use the dtEvent_GUID table to get the number of events for that day, and use the stored procedure...
  • Blog Post: A few thoughts on sizing Audit Collection System

    People were already collecting logs with MOM, so why not the security log? Some people were doing that, but it did not scale enough; for this reason, a few years ago Eric Fitzgerald announced that he was working on Microsoft Audit Collection System . Anyhow, the tool as it was had no interface…...
  • Blog Post: Create a Script-Based Unit Monitor in OpsMgr2007 via the GUI

    Warning for people who landed here: this post is VERY OLD. It was written in the early days of struggling with OpsMgr 2007, and when nobody really knew how to do things. I found that this way was working - and it surely does - but what is described here is NOT the recommended way to do things nowadays...
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