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  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Understanding CPU Performance Counters on Cross Platform Monitors

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    I recently saw a bug submitted to our team about CPU usage statistics being reported by the cross platform agents and MP. The explanation from the customer was that our performance numbers weren’t the same as what they were seeing in tools like vmstat and mpstat and it was a bit confusing. It seemed like our CPU calculations were just wrong. In this article, I’ll discuss how the calculations are made and why the performance numbers might not match up to some other tools. First of all, it’s important...
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Getting “the Linux guys” to accept (or even tolerate) Windows-based management

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    I hear this same question over and over in the forums, email discussions and face to face with lots of different groups: “How do I convince the Linux admins in the company to work with us on implementing Operations Manager to monitor the Linux machines too? From a cost savings and compliance perspective, having a single management infrastructure is definitely a benefit to everyone involved. You only have “one pane of glass” to look through to see how your entire IT infrastructure is operating, whether...
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Building a CentOS Management Pack (part 3)

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    In part 1 of this article, I talked about the basics of building a CentOS Management Pack, beginning with trying out the Red Hat agent. In part 2 , I talked about how to build the actual MPs. Now I need to actually install the MPs and make sure it all works. Importing the Management Packs To import the MPs: Go to the OpsMgr console and from the Administration pane on the left, right-click on Management Packs and select Import Management Packs . Click Add > Add from Disk and then click on No at...
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Building a CentOS Management Pack (part 2)

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    In part 1 of this article, I talked about the basics of building a CentOS Management Pack, beginning with trying out the Red Hat agent. Now I’ll continue the article where I left off, talking about building the MP itself. Creating the Management Pack In order to replicate everything I did, it helps to understand a bit of the process surrounding the cross platform management capabilities in Operations Manager 2007 R2. First of all, there’s the schema, or organization, of the libraries and management...
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    More on Unix Privileged Account vs. Unix Action Account and root-level access context

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    A couple of weeks ago, I posted “ Privileged and Non-Privileged “Run As” accounts in cross platform monitoring ”, which was a brief article giving an overview of Run As accounts for OpsMgr Cross Platform. I ended up writing a long post in the forum about this, since it’s a common question and not documented very well. I thought I’d also write another article about this and not only provide what I said in the forum post, but a couple of other tidbits as well… Run As Profiles First of all there's the...
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Using OpsMgr Class Inheritance to Extend Monitoring to New (Unsupported) Operating Systems

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    I got an email the other day from a customer who asked if we were planning on supporting Red Hat desktop anytime soon. It seems that they’ve installed the desktop versions on their servers instead of the server versions, and since the Management Packs included with Operations Manager R2 support only Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and are geared to discovering that specific OS, their desktop systems won’t get discovered properly. It seems the agents get pushed out and installed properly, but none of the discoveries are working, so the machine sites there not being monitored....
  • System Center Cross Platform and Interop

    Building a CentOS Management Pack (part 1)

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    UPDATE 8/27/2012 - This worked on SCOM 2007 R2 but will most likely not work on SC 2012. As part of my learning process in joining the Cross Platform & Interop team (some might call it hazing!), I recently built my first-ever Operations Manager Management Pack. It wasn’t exactly a “Hello World” MP (I built a CentOS MP) but those that know me would say that’s typical of me. I like to dive down and get going when I discover new things. Given that CentOS is a derivative...
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