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  • 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: 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: URL Monitoring Part IV–Getting More Advanced

      This entry 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 After...
  • Blog Post: Preferred Cluster Node Detection MP

    I wrote an MP last year that I thought might be useful for the community. Of course this is just an example and needs some work (error handling, testing, etc…). The purpose of the MP is to alert when a resource is not on its preferred cluster node. This MP supports both Windows Server 2003...
  • Blog Post: Where are my Registered Servers?

      I have a customer with multiple OpsMgr management groups and they don't like to type in the name of the RMS of other management groups when they want to connect through the console. They want to use the Registered Servers option but nothing appears when they click on it. Here is what it should...
  • Blog Post: The Challenges with Manual Reset Monitors

    Recently some of my peers were discussing issues that their customers are encountering with manual reset monitors.  I thought the main points of the discussion were worth sharing. What is a Manual Reset Monitor? It is a type of monitor that detects an error condition, turns “red”, and generates...
  • Blog Post: URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors

    This entry is part 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 Creating the monitors...
  • Blog Post: URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries

    This entry is part 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 Each of the 3 web applications...
  • Blog Post: Custom URL Monitoring Part I – The Design

    The out of the box Web Application template that exists in OpsMgr 2007 SP1 and R2 is useful but there are situations where it just doesn’t fit. Consider the following scenario: The Contoso Corporation’s global IT headquarters is located in Richardson, TX.  They have over 2,000 retail stores spread...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring the Monitoring solution

    What if OpsMgr is in a state where it is running but not working properly? Maybe your RMS is gray or the notification and alerting systems are down. How do you detect this condition so someone can take action to resolve it? Monitoring the console all day isn't very efficient. This is where monitoring...
  • Blog Post: Using a property bag to populate an alert description part II

    Over a year ago I blogged about the proper syntax required to populate an alert description with data returned from a property bag. The syntax in the blog is correct but the idea of doing this confused some. I will describe below how to accomplish this with a rule using the following scenario. Lets...
  • Blog Post: Exporting and importing user roles

    I have a customer who has many management groups and wants to synchronize the user roles between them. There is no easy way to do this in the UI, but it can be done via PowerShell. One of my co-workers, Jonathan Almquist, blogged about this some time ago. His script allows one to export the user roles...
  • Blog Post: The Mystery of the stuck alerts

    Occasionally I run across an issue that requires immediate action be taken to resolve the problem while any root cause analysis is an afterthought. Last week I handled such an issue. My customer has a connector that was continually sending around 20 alerts from OpsMgr to an event correlation product...
  • Blog Post: Get all alerts within a certain time period

    A co-worker of mine ran into an alert flood scenario and needed to resolve a large number of alerts. He tried the following PowerShell command: Get-Alert | where {$_.ResolutionState -eq "New"} | Resolve-Alert This eventually ended up throwing an out of memory exception. This command is obviously...
  • Blog Post: Adding Run AS accounts using powershell

    A customer of mine ran across a situation where they had to add a significant number of runas accounts to OpsMgr and didn't want to do it through the UI. The customer happened to have the account information handy and wanted to know how to script this. I provided the following example: #Rslaten 08...
  • Blog Post: Event 5206

    I was doing a health check for a customer and ran across the following warning event which occurred almost daily: Event ID: 5206 Event Description: In memory container (hash table System.Health.EntityStateChangeData) had to drop data because it reached max limit. Possible data loss. I did some...
  • Blog Post: SNMPVarBinds and the Alert Description Field in OpsMgr 2007

    I recently had the opportunity to learn a lot about SNMPVarBind values and populating those values in the Alert description Field from a monitor and rule. A customer was having difficulty determining the proper syntax to use for this and with the help of some folks in the OpsMgr product group I've documented...
  • Blog Post: Populating an Alert Description with PropertyBag data

    If you are running a script via a rule, and that script returns a propertybag, then it is possible you'll want the data returned to show up in the alert description assuming an alert is generated. The syntax for this in OpsMgr 2007 isn't that straight forward, but with some assistance we figured it out...
  • Blog Post: New System Center Certifications

    There will be a Live Meeting on October 24 th going over the new certifications for SCCM and SCOM. I will be adding these new certs to my list of things to do. See Trika's blog on the subject and for details on the Live Meeting.
  • Blog Post: The SMS MP for SCOM 2007 does not work properly if the SMS server is not installed to C:\SMS

    The SMS MP Guide actually tells you this: "To specify the location of the SMS installation folder the script uses a system environment variable on the SMS site server. The administrator must create the %SMS_INSTALL_DIR_PATH% environment variable as a system environment variable so that the MOM Agent...
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