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  • Dynamically Exclude Page File Drives from being Monitored

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    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...
  • DPM Console on Your Desktop

    Data Protection Manager is a great product but one of its shortcomings is that you can only run the DPM console on the DPM server. However, with Server 2008 Terminal Services or Server 2008 R2 Remote Desktop Services it is possible to publish the console...
  • DPM 2010 RC Webcast: Questions & Answers

    During the DPM 2010 RC webcast last Thursday, there were loads of questions posted which the team at MS did a great job at answering. Unfortunately the questions were coming in so thick and fast it wasn't possible to keep up with them all. Luckily...
  • 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...
  • OpsMgr R2 XPlat Agent Deployment - Field Notes

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    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...
  • MVP

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    Today I received the follwoing mail...... 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 quality...
  • Sealing a Management Pack in R2

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    I published a post sometime ago on how to seal a management pack (http://www.aquilaweb.com/blog/index.php?itemid=85) but things are now a bit easier in OpsMgr R2. The install media for R2 includes the installer for the new Authoring Console which now...
  • High Memory Usage by VDS.exe on DPM Server

    Is VDS.exe eating loads of memory on your DPM servers? If so, the first thing you should do is apply MS hotfix 958387. This hotfix resolves a memory leak in the Virtual Disk Service which should clear the problem. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958387...
  • Conficker Virus Awareness from Microsoft

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    Actions Requested: Win32/Conficker.B/Downadup infections MS08-067 Malicious Software Removal tool History: Win32/Conficker.B --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Abstract: Based on feedback from MVPs and other sources...
  • Creating DPM PowerShell Tasks in Operations Manager

    Performing general administrative DPM tasks can be quite time consuming so why not get Operations Manager to do them for you. As with most new products coming out of Microsoft, any administrative task (and generally a lot more) can be scripted in PowerShell...
  • Creating a Repeat Event Detection Rule

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    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...
  • 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...
  • Missing Services in Windows Service MP Template

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    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...
  • Unable to connect to <DPMServer> ID: 948

    When running PowerShell scripts against Data Protection Manager you could receive this error which seems to be quite simple to resolve, that being to follow the instructions and start the DPM service. However, what does this error mean if the DPM...
  • Reporting Error: Value of '1/1/0001 00:00:00' is not valid for 'Value'

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    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...
  • Server 2008 System State Backup

    System State backups in Server 2008 are massive compared to previous server products due to the huge number of files that Server 2008 has.  With different roles and features installed it is easily possible to have a system state containing over 50...
  • 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...
  • DPM - Using PowerShell to Recover Shares

    As there is no central console for managing multiple Data Protection Manager servers, I like to use PowerShell wherever possible when performing DPM tasks. Recently I had the need to restore a share so what better time to write another script. :-) ...
  • More OpsMgr X-Plat Notes

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    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...
  • Logical Disk Extension Management Pack

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    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...
  • Spot the deliberate mistake

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    So, I am in Barcelona having a great time at Tech-Ed when at midday yesterday I looked at my conference guide to find a very big mistake on the front page. At first glance everything looks fine but a closer inspection sees that MS have not used a spell...
  • DPM Hotfix Rollup Package Available

    There is a hotfix rollup package available for DPM which addresses a number of issues that many customers encountered. The issues resolved are: Issue 1 If you enable library sharing, you cannot delete a protection group, and you receive the following...
  • Reporting: Add Object... or Add Group...

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    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...
  • iSCSI Dynamic Disks on Windows Server 2003

    DPM 2007 supports the use of iSCSI dynamic disks on Windows Server 2003, however, it isn't quite as straight forward as it is in Windows Server 2008.   In Windows Server 2008 you can add your iSCSI disks to the DPM server, make them dynamic...
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate - Now Available

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    System Center Operations Manger 2007 R2 Release Candidate is now available on connect! Operations Manager 2007 R2 Release Candidate Operations Manager 2007 R2 introduces key new and enhanced functionality, including: Enhanced application performance and...