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  • Blog Post: Extending a Class in the Authoring Console

    Sometimes as an OpsMgr administrator you may need to extend a class to include an additional attribute or two.  This action is very easy in the Operations Console but results in management packs that are potentially confusing when opened in the authoring console or directly in an XML reader. ...
  • Blog Post: Populating groups from a text file – step by step

    Kevin recently posted a blog entry on how to use a SQL database to determine and populate group membership – his post is available here . But what if you have your data in some other location – such as a text file? How can you use that text file to do the same thing? It’s actually very easy – let’s walk...
  • Blog Post: Extending a class attributes from a flat file.

    Sometimes you may need to extend a class with additional attributes. If those attributes are accessible via the registry or by WMI extending a class to add them is easy. But what if those attributes are not accessible via registry or WMI? The solution there is actually quite easy as well. Let’s walk...
  • Blog Post: Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part III – The Cookdown Analyzer

    For the third and final post in the Authoring Resource Kit Tools series we introduce the Cookdown Analyzer.  Before a discussion of the analyzer makes sense a brief discussion of the cookdown process itself is in order. In my previous to posts I discussed the Workflow Analyzer - available here ...
  • Blog Post: Creating Rules and Monitors with a Schedule/Understanding XML internals!

    The ability to build rules and monitors that have an associated schedule for operation was part of MOM 2005 and easy to implement.  As several other blog posts have pointed out, it is also possible to introduce such a schedule for rules and monitors in OpsMgr 2007.  Rules - http://blogs.msdn...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Monitors in OpsMgr 2007 part III – Dependency Monitors

    This is part 3 (and last) of my series of posts describing monitors.  The first post, found here , discussed unit monitors, which are the engine of monitoring. The second post, found here , discussed aggregate monitors, the ‘umbrella’ monitor sitting above unit monitors and reflecting their collective...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Monitors in Opsmgr 2007 part II Aggregate Monitors

    This is part 2 of my a series of posts describing monitors.  The first post discussed unit monitors and can be found here .  This post discusses aggregate monitors.  As mentioned in the first post, unit monitors can be thought of as the workhorse of monitoring.  Unit monitors are...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Monitors in OpsMgr 2007 Part I – Unit Monitors

    At MMS 2009 I presented a topic on understanding monitors in OpsMgr 2007.  According to the feedback, that session was well received so I thought I would convert some of it to a series of blog entries. There are two key ways of delivering monitoring in opsMgr 2007 – rules and monitors.  At...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring File Size with Custom WMI Performance Counter

    Have you ever needed to monitor the size of a file to ensure you were alerted when it’s size changed beyond certain values?  I had to help address this recently and at first glance, this may seem to be a good job for a script – and a script definitely could be used.  Scripts are great but I...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the R2 Process Monitoring Management Pack Templates

    Management pack templates have been around since RTM of OpsMgr 2007 and R2 introduced a new one specifically for process monitoring.  This is a cool template and allows the ability to setup some useful process monitoring, but what is the wizard actually building behind the scenes, and is this what...
  • Blog Post: Checking Management Packs for Best Practice Adherence

    If you work with OpsMgr you work with management packs in some form - either using ones available from the Microsoft download library, ones available from 3rd parties or ones that you author yourself.  Either way, wouldn't it be cool if we had a tool to run against these management packs to determine...
  • Blog Post: Sample Linked Report MP

    I've seen several posts on various forums where folks are looking for samples showing how to build an MP containing linked reports. The report authoring guide refers to some sample files but, those files don't exist anywhere. I just finished up some linked report training and, as a part of the training...
  • Blog Post: Grouping Windows Computer Objects and Health Service Watcher Objects - updated

    In my original post I gave the XML required to associate windows computer objects and health service watcher objects - but I didn't walk through exactly how to set this all up.  I've updated the post with a walkthrough of how to put all the pieces together - hopefully a bit more useful! http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Granular Targeting in OpsMgr 2007

    Understanding the various targeting options and when to use each is something every OpsMgr admin will face at some point.  To help explain options I wrote an article how targeting works and when to use each option.  The article appears in the November issue of Technet magazine and you can find...
  • Blog Post: The Authoring Console or the Operations Console?

    Which tool is best to use for authoring? The answer 'it depends' is very applicable here. One key difference that might help you decide - when authoring is done in the Operations Console all changes that are made get applied as they are made - which can cause the RMS to be extremely busy. If you are...
  • Blog Post: Relationships and Grouping

    In a recent blog post ( http://blogs.technet.com/kevinholman/archive/2008/02/01/configuring-notifications-to-include-specific-alerts-from-specific-groups-and-classes.aspx ) Kevin Holman discusses how to configure notification subscriptions to hone in on just the alerts of interest. He references the...
  • Blog Post: Understanding relationships in OpsMgr 2007

    Ever wonder how objects are related to each other in OpsMgr? Certainly would be helpful when targeting to understand which objects relate to Windows Computer, which objects relate to the Computer Role object, etc. Much of the time it's intuitive how items relate but sometimes it isn't. Using the Distributed...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Authoring Console has released!

    We've been working with the release candidate for a while - the official release has recently been posted - download from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6C8911C3-C495-4A03-96DF-9731C37AA6D7&displaylang=en I've also been working a bit with MP Studio Lite (fre edition...
  • Blog Post: Rules/Monitors and Event Descriptions in OpsMgr

    It is beneficial at times to be able to scan for text in an event description that might be actionable or an indicator of a problem. It was very straight forward in MOM 2005 to create a rule to make this happen. It is equally straghtforward in OpsMgr. In MOM 2005, we had a drop down that would allow...
  • Blog Post: Performance Data and Views in OpsMgr 2007

    Suppose you want to create a view to look at performance data that has been collected in OpsMgr. You go to create the view and are prompted for a performance counter name. You copy and paste the performance counter name just as it appears in performance monitor on the system of interest and, you see...
  • Blog Post: A few opsmgr questions of interest - Question 5

    1. Is it possible to create a view and export it for use elsewhere? How would we export from lab and reuse in production? Yes, this is possible though it isn’t as straight forward as it might seem. Let’s walk through the process. If you want to create views that can be exported and re-used on other...
  • Blog Post: A few opsmgr questions of interest - Question 4

    1. Is it possible to write a rule/monitor that targets all objects, a single object and all objects except one? If so, how would it be done? Include examples of how to target a rule to all SQL instances. Then how to target a single SQL instance. Then how to target all instances except a single instance...
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