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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...
  • 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: 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: 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: How to convert (and fixup) the RedHat RPM to run on Debian/Ubuntu

    In an earlier post I had shown how I got the Xplat agent running on Ubuntu . I perfected the technique over time, and what follows is a step-by-step process on how to convert and change the RedHat package to run on Debian/Ubuntu. Of course this is still a hack… but some people asked me to detail...
  • 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: SCX Evolutions

    During the beta of the Cross-Platform extensions and of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, the product team had promised to eventually release the SCX Providers'source code . Now that this promise has been mantained , and the SCX providers have been released on Codeplex at http://xplatproviders...
  • Blog Post: Installing the OpsMgr 2007 R2 SCX Agent on Ubuntu

    You know since the beta1 of Xplat I have been busy with modifying the Redhat management pack and monitor CentOS with OpsMgr . Now, CentOS is a distribution that is pretty similar to RedHat, so the RPM package just runs, and it is only a matter of hacking a modified MP . I never went really further...
  • Blog Post: Cross Platform in OpsMgr 2007 R2 Release Candidate

    You have heard it all over the place, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 has reached the Release Candidate milestone and the RC bits have been made available on connect.microsoft.com . As it is becoming a tradition for me with each new release, I want to take a look at the Unix Monitoring stuff...
  • Blog Post: Programmatically Check for Management Pack updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2

    One of the cool new features of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the possibility to check and update Management Packs from the catalog on the Internet directly from the Operators Console: Even if the backend for this feature is not yet documented, I was extremely curious to see how this...
  • Blog Post: CentOS discovery in OpsMgr2007 R2 beta

    Here we go again. Now that the OpsMgr2007 R2 beta is out , with an improved and revamped version of the System Center Cross Platform Extensions , I faced the issue of how to upgrade my test lab. I have to say that OpsMgr2007 R2 beta release notes explain the known issues, and I had no trouble whatsoever...
  • Blog Post: Protecting custom Resolution State in OpsMgr 2007

    In System Center Operations Manager 2007, you can add and remove resolution states for your alerts at will. Other than states "0" ("New") and "255" ("Closed") you can create other 254 resolution states to suit your needs. This is a simple feature that was already present in previous MOM versions, and...
  • Blog Post: CentOS 5 Management Pack for OpsMgr SCX

    As I mentioned here , I have been testing the SCX beta. Not having one of the "supported" platforms pushed me into playing with the provided Management Packs, and in turn I managed to use the MP for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 as a base, and replaced a couple of strings in the discoveries in order...
  • 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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