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  • Blog Post: Looking at OpsMgr R2 - Web Console

    It is now possible to access the health explorer from within the Web Console in R2 !!! Hurray :-) So here is the RTM SP1 web console we are all used to. And here is the new R2 web console, notice the new Health Explorer link I have highlighted. Select the link highlighted above and...
  • Blog Post: Looking at OpsMgr R2 - Managing X-Plat

    Another great new feature in OpsMgr R2 is the ability to manage Unix, Linux, HP UX and IBM AIX servers. What is paricularly great about this feature is that once a X-Plat server has been discovered it is available as an object within OpsMgr as a Windows server is which enables you to add X-Plat servers...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr R2 XPlat Agent Deployment - Field Notes

    I have recently been at a customer to implement a fresh installation of Operations Manager R2 into their production environment and what made this deployment even more interesting for me was that management of the a the UNIX servers was required. So I have put together some pointers that will hopefully...
  • Blog Post: More OpsMgr X-Plat Notes

    I’ve been once again deploying OpsMgr R2 agents onto Red Hat 5.1 servers and have found a prerequisite issue that some of you may experience.  Within Appendix A of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Operations Administrator’s Guide there is a listing of all package dependencies for supported UNIX and...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager R2 XPlat Audit Collection Services

    Was just about to blog that Audit Collection Services for ACS has been released when I found I had been beaten to it. Click the link below to get further details: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexId/57727/Default.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr Videos on TechNet Edge

    Using tags on TechNet Edge makes finding videos so easy... Following on from my DPM videos post, here are the links for the OpsMgr videos on TechNet Edge. http://edge.technet.com/Tags/operations+manager/ http://edge.technet.com/Tags/scom As we are using tags again, all new videos should appear...
  • Blog Post: View DPM Protection Groups in Operations Manager

    Ever wanted a centralised list of all your protection groups across all of your DPM servers? Well this guide I wrote explains how you can do just that in Operations Manager. http://www.scdpmonline.org/view-dpm-protection-groups-in-operations-manager.aspx David Allen MVP System...
  • Blog Post: Logical Disk Extension Management Pack

    Recently, I had the need to run a logical disk free space report and knowing that this isn’t provided out of the box I created a report and put it into a new management pack.  I was then approached about collecting fragmentation data on each drive as well and this got me thinking, why don’t I create...
  • Blog Post: Operations Manager 2007 R2 - Cumulative Update 2

    Microsoft have released another cumulative update for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. The download is available here, http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61714687-668a-46e4-b127-ad8519594351&displaylang=en . This update is a collection of new fixes created after Cumulative...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2007 R2 Documentation

    The latest Operations Manager 2007 R2 documentation is available to download from Microsoft.  Although all MS documentation is on TechNet, I do like having a downloaded copy in MS Word as it’s easier to search and I don’t need to rely on an internet connection. Visit the link below which will take...
  • Blog Post: Management Group Check-up – A Database Perspective

      On June 11th 2010, Kevin Holman presented a session to the System Center Virtual Users Group where he discussed management group health from a database perspective.  Following from this presentation, Kevin has posted the slide deck he used with notes on his blog and a recording of the presentation...
  • Blog Post: Updated CleanMOM.exe

    Back in January 2008 I blogged about the CleanMOM.exe tool ( http://www.aquilaweb.com/blog/index.php?itemid=30 ) as I was finding it extremely useful and was sure many others would to.  Gathering by the number of hits that post got, I’m guessing I was correct and that CleanMOM was very helpful. ...
  • Blog Post: Creating a Repeat Event Detection Rule

    I had a requirement to create a repeat event detection rule the other day, and I thought to myself that it would be very easy.  As it turns out though, it is not as easy to create a repeat event detection rule as it is a monitor.  When creating a new monitor you have an option to select a Repeat...
  • Blog Post: Windows Service Monitoring During Specific Hours

    If you ever wanted to monitor Windows services, but only during business hours, then this is the post for you. I have put together an example MP that contains a new monitor type that includes a Schedule Filter so you can specify when the monitor should or shouldn’t run. The new monitor type is fundamentally...
  • Blog Post: Passing Data Items to Recovery Actions

    I was tasked the other day with creating a recovery action on a monitor, which in itself is not complicated, however I needed to use a data item from the monitor workflow in the recovery. On searching, I found very little documentation about how to achieve this, but I did find a helpful example Diagnostic...
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager Support for Windows Server 2012

    Yesterday, Microsoft put out a blog post to clarify the supportability for Windows Server 2012 in System Center Operations Manager. As you will see below, the statement covers both the support for monitoring WS2012 as well as running Operations Manager components on WS2012. The biggest thing for me in...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Presents SquaredUp

    Hi All, This Thursday (1st November) WMUG is proud to be hosting a virtual event with SquaredUp. Squared Up is all about simplifying IT monitoring using SCOM, with a flexible new web interface that gives you fast access to SCOM, making it easy to deliver intuitive dashboards, visualise data and...
  • Blog Post: ACS Noise Filter Guide

    Recently on the TechNet forums, someone asked a question about a guide on ACS noise filtering. I remembered instantly that there used to be a nice guide available from SecureVantage, but on checking it seems like it is no longer available (well, I couldn’t find it). So, I checked my PC and managed...
  • Blog Post: WMUG Presents SquaredUp Event Recording

    Back in November, I hosted a virtual event for SquaredUp to present their product. This event was recorded, and you can view it here (Please visit the site to view this file) I recommend taking a look at this as SquaredUp does make consuming OpsMgr data far easier and also helps with certain admin...
  • Blog Post: SCOM Reports–Changing the Default Banner

    On my old blogging site ( www.aquilaweb.com ) I had an article about how to change the default banner on reports in SCOM. Unfortunately my old website content got “lost” by the provider at the time, and I lost all the content on the site. Since then, I have had a number of requests about a particular...
  • Blog Post: Web Monitoring–Display Properties in Alert Description

    Back in 2007, Kevin Holman at Microsoft compiled a list of variables that can used to display monitoring data within an alert description, http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2007/12/12/adding-custom-information-to-alert-descriptions-and-notifications.aspx . This is extremely useful, but is...