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  • Blog Post: WARNING - SQL Instance SA Password Check

    By default this rule is disabled in the SQL 2000 Discovery management pack but beware if you are looking at enabling it. During recent testing I enabled this rule and then shortly after found a number of my SQL servers crippled. Upon further investigation ...read more
  • Blog Post: MP to XML

    If your working with OpsMan you may well have already come across this handy script from Boris Yanushpolsky that will convert a sealed management pack to XML. http://blogs.msdn.com/boris_yanushpolsky/archive/2007/08/16/unsealing-a-management-pack.aspx ...read more
  • Blog Post: Management Pack Guides...

    ...are now available without needing to download the MP itself. If you navigate to this link, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb310604(TechNet.10).aspx , it will take you to the System Center Operations Manager TechCenter. There is plenty ...read more
  • Blog Post: Restart Service Recovery Task

    "After creating a Windows service monitor, how does one configure a recovery task to automatically start the service on failure?" is a question I have been asked many times and seen asked on forums, so I have put together this quick blog on ...read more
  • Blog Post: OperationsManager DB Maintenance

    Within OpsMan there are seven maintenance rules enabled to perform maintenance on the OperationsManager DB; these are Transfer Events Runs a workflow to transfer data Optimize Indexes Self explanatory Maintenance Mode Updates maintenance mode data Detect ...read more
  • Blog Post: WMUG Event - 15th July 2008

    WMUG The next WMUG event has been announced, it will be taking place on 15th July 2008 at Microsoft Cardinal Place, London . There will be two presentations, one on SCCM presented by Rob Marshall and one on SCOM presented by myself and Gordon McKenna. And, for the first time all the content will...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2005 Log Shipping Part II

    Following on from my SQL 2005 Log Shipping guide and I have created a Part II guide which covers restoring and configuring the secondary database as well as updating the configuration of Operations Manager to use it. Available for download under Guides .
  • Blog Post: Sealing a Management Pack

    By default when you create a new management it is created as unsealed so it has a .xml extension and allows for the management pack to be edited. Within the support tools of Operations Manager there is a tool called mpseal.exe which can be used to seal the management pack so it can not be edited but...
  • Blog Post: Changing the look & feel of Reports

    Ever wanted to get rid of that poor quality System Center Operations Manager 2007 banner from across the top of all the default reports? Original Banner It's really quite simple..... As all the default SCOM reports use the same JPG image files as their header, all you need to do is update...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Problems - Enable Remote Errors

    If you have experienced problems with OpsMgr reporting you will probably have seen the helpful message about how to get more information about the error. "For more information about this error navigate to the report server on the local server machine, or enable remote errors" Enabling...
  • Blog Post: WMI

    After implementing Operations Manager in your environment you may find some of your servers experiencing WMI problems. This can result in not being able to collect data or monitor what you need as the WMI queries in the rules and monitors will fail. Here are some simple commands to reset and re-registering...
  • Blog Post: Missing Services in Windows Service MP Template

    Using the Windows Service Management Pack Template in OpsMgr you will notice that not all your services are available for selection, this is because only services created with SERVICE_WIN32_OWN_PROCESS appear. If you wish to monitor services that were created with SERVICE_WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS you will...
  • Blog Post: Reporting Error: Value of '1/1/0001 00:00:00' is not valid for 'Value'

    If trying to run a report but receiving a Cannot Execute Report error as below, the first thing you probably would think of checking is your regional settings and making sure you have the same date/time format as the reporting server. And, this may well solve the issue, however, it may also not. A less...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr console relies on Outlook Express

    Whilst at a customer site I came across a strange console issue where alert details were not being rendered correctly. This had me slightly baffled and at first thought it was some kind of .NET issue so re-installed both .Net Framework 2.0 and 3.0. After the re-install, the same issue was still occuring...
  • Blog Post: Reporting: Add Object... or Add Group...

    When opening a report you are presented with two options to add objects to the report parameters, they are to 'Add Object...' or 'Add Group...'. And, it seems to be quite common thinking that it doesn't matter which option you pick, which I can understand as the same objects or groups...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically Exclude Page File Drives from being Monitored

    In the world of standard server builds, it is quite common now to have a dedicated drive just for the system page file. Usually this drive is partitioned to be just big enough to store the pagefile which means under normal monitoring it will constantly be in alarm. Create a new group, give it a name...
  • Blog Post: Problem with the IIS Modules QFE (957123) for IIS7 Monitoring

    If you downloaded this QFE for IIS7 monitoring, you will want to take a look at this post from the Operations Manager team at Microsoft, NOW. http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2009/02/25/problem-with-the-iis-modules-qfe-957123.aspx The download has now been pulled and will be made available...
  • Blog Post: MVP Re-Award

    Today I got the email I was hoping for advising me that I have been re-awarded as an OpsMgr MVP :-)   Dear David Allen, Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high...
  • 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: Presenting at MMS 2010

    Hi All, I will be presenting at MMS in Las Vegas! I have been lucky enough to have been selected to present at the Microsoft Management Summit this year. If you have chance, please come to the "Deploying and Managing Data Protection Manager (DPM) in Large Enterprises" breakout session. ...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...