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  • Blog Post: Monitoring Distributed Applications in Operations Manager

    One of the more complex Management Pack Authoring scenarios is monitoring distributed applications. I recently used the System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) to create a very complex, but generic, distributed application management pack. Hopefully this solution provides a useful...
  • Blog Post: Management Pack Authoring in the VSAE - Tips and Tricks

    I started authoring management packs (MPs) in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) when the 2007 version was released. At that time the Authoring Console was not out so I had the pleasure of learning to author in the XML directly. This was difficult at the time but I’m thankful I went through it because...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager Health Service Restarts due to Exceeding Handle Count Threshold

    Two of my coworkers, Chris Maiden and Phil Bracher, recently ran across an issue where many of their agents were restarting. They thought this issue might be affecting others so they summarized their experience below: The MonitoringHost processes were causing the Healthservice to restart at least...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Exchange 2010 Database Backup and Mount Status

    The Exchange 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 / 2012 does some of its monitoring remotely rather than on the mailbox server itself. This means that various PowerShell scripts will run on a schedule from the RMS (OM 2007) or the All Management Servers Resource Pool (OM 2012...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Point-of-Sale Devices Remotely Using System Center Operations Manager

    Back in 2010 I developed a management pack to monitor retail point of sale devices. The design takes on an architecture similar to our Cross Platform monitoring solution in that a watcher reaches out to the device and pulls monitoring data at an interval and then the watcher evaluates the data retrieved...
  • Blog Post: URL Monitoring Part V–Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool

    This post is a continuation of the following series: URL Monitoring Part I – The Design URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors URL Monitoring Part IV – Getting More Advanced URL Monitoring Part V – Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool I made several...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Operations Manager Agent Health

    I’m working on clearing out some old items on my “to blog” list. This one happens to be a management pack I wrote back in 2010. Operations Manager agents use heartbeats to determine if an agent is working or not. There are some situations, however, where agents continue to heartbeat but other workflows...
  • Blog Post: How to make an Operations Manager Resource Pool Host your Custom Class

    About 6 months ago I created a sample management pack after being asked how one could have their custom class hosted by a resource pool. If you’re running synthetic transactions against websites, databases, remote systems, etc… it would be nice to use a resource pool rather than an agent watcher to run...
  • Blog Post: DMVMUG 2014: DC, Maryland, Virginia Management User Group Conference

    On Saturday, March 8th I am presenting at the DMVMUG 2014 User Group Conference with a group of my peers: Brad Watts – Premier Field Engineer Chris Maiden – Premier Field Engineer Christine Gerth – Premier Field Engineer Phil Bracher – Premier Field Engineer Our presentation...
  • Blog Post: Managing Operations Manager Agent Maintenance Mode using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 10th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary...
  • Blog Post: Enabling the Act as Proxy setting for Operations Manager Agents using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

    This post is the 9th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to Manage Operations Manager Agents

    This post is the 8th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal to Manage Configuration Manager Clients

    This post is the 5th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage...
  • Blog Post: Sync Configuration Manager Client and Operations Manager Agent State in Service Manager

    This post is the 4th in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage...
  • Blog Post: Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure

    This post is the first in a series focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. Series Using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal for Common Tasks in Configuration Manager, Operations Manager, and Azure Deploying Virtual...
  • Blog Post: Create Overrides in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first 11 posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event Based...
  • Blog Post: Get All Overrides in a SCOM 2012 Management Group using PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first 10 posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event Based...
  • Blog Post: Get Overrides Applied to a Workflow in SCOM 2012 using PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first nine posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: Get Parameters that can be Overridden in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first eight posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2012 MP Authoring for Linux and UNIX

    Kris Bash recently posted an excellent article on Management Pack Authoring for Linux and UNIX . Kris covers UNIX/Linux application discovery, process monitoring, shell command monitors, parsing output from shell commands with PowerShell, custom perf collection/monitoring, and log file monitoring (including...
  • Blog Post: Modifying Explicit Group Membership in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first seven posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: Adding References to MPs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first six posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: Creating Groups in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first five posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: Deleting Workflows in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first four posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
  • Blog Post: Enabling or Disabling Workflows in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell

    This is a continuation of a Data Center Automation series of posts that I have been working on with Anders Bengtsson . Here are the first three posts in this series: Creating Management Packs in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Performance Collection Rules in SCOM 2012 with PowerShell Creating Event...
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