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  • Blog Post: Tool: OpsMgr 2007 - RuntimeHealthExplorer

    Did you ever wonder what is the state of the instance as known to the runtime (health service) monitoring it? Did you believe that some state changes are unaccounted for? Did you see discrepancy in Health Explorer? I believe many of you may answer yes to one of these questions. Right now, there...
  • Blog Post: News: OpsMgr 2007 R2 RTM ...

    System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 RTM!! New Functionality - Operations Manager 2007 R2 introduces key new and enhanced functionality, including: · Enhanced application performance and availability across heterogeneous platforms · Delivers monitoring across Windows, Linux...
  • Blog Post: What is new: OpsMgr 2007 R2 - How to reset monitor state with recovery?

    Cameron had a nice example of using new R2 feature process monitoring in real life, but that raised a question about feature he wanted to use. Following is report of his issue and how we can help him to address his challenges using already existing feature of OpsMgr 2007. Scenario : Monitoring...
  • Blog Post: What is new: New version of cluster MP released !

    Pleased to announce that a small but important update to the Cluster Management Pack has now been released. This update focuses on improving scalability of the Management Pack. The following summarizes the changes to the MP: · Introduce cook-down for workflows that query the state of clustered...
  • Blog Post: Tool: OpsMgr 2007 R2 - What to do with Secure Reference Override Alert?

    Subject of this post is an advanced authoring combining usage of the security features of OpsMgr 2007 with workflows while trying to explain how to troubleshoot alerts which may be raised at the end of such process. On the simple example, I display tool I developed to help resolving ambiguous or unclear...
  • Blog Post: What is new: OpsMgr 2007 R2 - Discover multiple cluster network names (Virtual Server)

    Multiple network names scenario Customer has cluster resource group with multiple network name resources associated with IP address resource. This scenario was described by one of the customers: Configuring DTC in cluster resource group that also contains the default instance of SQL is our standard...
  • Blog Post: What is new: OpsMgr 2007 R2 - Alert Storm Recognition (possible rule misconfiguration)

    What is new? OpsMgr 2007 R2 Release candidate finally released and can be downloaded from Connect . What is new in this release? PLENTY! Some of you get a glimpse at those features while evaluating Beta, some will see most improvement for the first time … very exiting! That is the reason why...
  • Blog Post: What is new: OpsMgr 2007 R2 RC released! (publicly available)

    We are very excited to announce the System Center Operations Manger 2007 R2 Release Candidate now available on connect! Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate Operations Manager 2007 R2 introduces key new and enhanced functionality, including: Enhanced application performance and availability...
  • Blog Post: Dependency Monitor Hotfix to increase health state calculation reliability

    I write this to respond to the release of the hotfix . I would like to bring such fix to your attention and for your consideration. This fix should increase reliability of health state monitoring for numerous cases where dependency monitor is used. Issue was discovered with dependency monitor may...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Cluster MP released to web !!!

    In my opinion, Boris did kick a** job driving this puppy out, especially knowing that Windows hotfix is required for its functionality. This one should help monitoring infrastructure of clustered RMS with future releases of OpsMgr 2007 R2 as well (not beta though)! You can download at: http://www...
  • Blog Post: How to: Reset monitor when closing alert?

    Not something I recommend , one would say I almost regret we did not prohibit closing alerts generated by monitor (especially when auto-resolve feature was used). But recently I learned about some ticketing systems closing alerts where it is unclear if issue was corrected, so I see some necessity to...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: “restart” monitoring of my environment? (another version UPDATE)

    My initial and last posts described restart monitoring tool representing my idea how one can approach “clean up” of the monitoring (scenario described in the first post). Since then I received some additional and valid feedback and mainly thanks to Microsoft PFE (premier field engineering) team, I...
  • Blog Post: HOWTO: “restart” monitoring of my environment? (UPDATE)

    My last post tried to introduce a tool which restarts monitoring of OpsMgr environment. Cameron (and others) is (are) actively looking at its use and here is an update based on some feedback. 1. Following was a state view for computer group which I achieved by selecting “Discovered Inventory” followed...
  • Blog Post: Clustered Virtual Server 2005 R2 and Operations Manager 2007

    Problem: Monitoring of clustered virtual machines (guests) is unreliable with Operations Manager 2007. Instances of Virtual Machine are not monitored without any apparent reason. Scenario: Having simple wolfpack cluster (implemented thru Microsoft Cluster Services – MSCS) with just a quorum...
  • Blog Post: Computer group and dependency health rollup in OpsMgr 2007 R2 Beta release

    … will be broken when you need to create group while inheriting from Microsoft.SystemCenter.ComputerGroup. < ClassTypes > < ClassType ID = " TestCompterGroup.Group " Accessibility = " Public " Abstract = " false " Base = " SystemCenter!Microsoft.SystemCenter.ComputerGroup " Hosted = "...
  • Blog Post: Where is thy instance monitored and how that affects dependency monitor state?

    This area is rather complex and multiple factors weight in while configuration service makes the final decision, but I will try to provide somewhat simplified, rule of thumbs examples/points to help to make an educated guess while troubleshooting some state issues. I will start with dependency monitor...
  • Blog Post: What is next OpsMgr 2007? It is R2!!!

    Announced in Brad Anderson’s keynote today in Barcelona at Teched IT Pro. The public web site was updated too – check it out here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/opsmgr/dd239186.aspx thanks go to Vlad !
  • Blog Post: HealthServiceWatcher alerts and connector.

    Recently I had heard from couple of customers (internal and external) about their trouble with ticketing alerts created from Health Service Watcher. Main complaint was related to the fact that alert is raised by instance of the watcher rather than instance of the computer that experiences a problem as...
  • Blog Post: Cluster and maintenance mode

    Maintenance mode and cluster became a big issue for most of our customers. Starting MM for physical computer serving as one of the cluster node causes FALSE-positives alerts raised from cluster infrastructure monitoring MP. Please accept our apologizes, let’s hope this post clears things out a bit as...
  • Blog Post: Last contacted, better SQL query

    My post about how to receive approximate last contacted time spawn good feedback and thanks to Robin Drake for rewriting my SQL script without use of cursors while producing single grid. Following is his version: use OperationsManager Go declare @substract float declare @numberOfMissing float...
  • Blog Post: Last contacted

    Some customers not only want to know that health service hosted on the computer was not heart beating (remember, this is way different from our approach to recognize computer down, which BTW solely based on my own opinion, is rather unfortunate attempt to recognize something for what health service watcher...
  • Blog Post: Cluster Infrastructure Monitoring and Versions

    Boris made this nice workflow in Visio. Please use it with your decision making when importing Windows 2003 Cluster Infrastructure management packs!
  • Blog Post: Remove old management packs after breaking change was introduced in newer version

    New version of cluster monitoring management pack was released . Hooray! This release requires removing previously imported version due to breaking changes introduced. Breaking change is a big problem, unfortunately was impossible to avoid as it had to be done to allow monitoring of Windows 2008 Failover...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: NEW MP for cluster services (MSCS) monitoring was released!

    In this post , I mentioned that new version of management pack responsible for monitoring of cluster infrastructure will be available shortly. Release management takes its time here, but now I can announce that it is finally available @ catalog or can be downloaded directly from MS downloads . What...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: MP for monitoring cluster services (MSCS) finally web-released!

    I made a mistake in my post announcing web release of management packs for monitoring of Failover Clusters. I posted incorrect requirements to meet prior importing management packs. I will correct that information now, especially for OpsMgr 2007 SP1 RC build. These requirements must be met based on...
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