• Wed, Oct 27 2010

    Fight The War On Cost with Inframon and Microsoft System Center - November 5th - Churchill War Rooms, London

    Click Here To....... Event details Location Churchill War Rooms Clive Steps King Charles Street London SW1A 2AQ Date Friday, November 5th 2010 Follow The War On Cost Event Website: http://www.waroncost.com Registration: http://waroncost2010.eventbrite.com Churchill War Rooms Website http://cwr.iwm.org.uk/ Microsoft System...
    • Thu, Feb 25 2010

    Operations Manager 2007 Advanced Architecture for Service Providers - Part 1

    I wanted to share with everyone a few of my experiences with working in the Service Provider space with Operations Manager 2007 in a series of blog posts, starting with part 1 on advanced architecture, I hope you find it useful: Operations Manager 2007 introduces a number of key features for supporting large scale,multi tenant environments, with the two main features being the Gateway Server Role for adding smaller...
    • Sun, Feb 21 2010

    New Operations Manager R2 Management Pack Released To The Catalogue

    A really great update to the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack has been released to the catalogue. I have been at the MVP summit and had the opportunity to look at this MP up close and personal courtesy of the MP's owner and OpsMgr PM Cory Delamarter. The MP has a number of fantastic new additions including the ability to accurately view agent processor time, detect agent architecture mismatches and...
    • Sat, Jan 16 2010

    The System Center Management Pack catalogue moves to PinPoint

    Microsoft have moved the Management pack catalogue to the new Pinpoint format: http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/systemcenter/managementpackcatalog Its a little confusing at first, but I wanted to give you some tips for finding the MP you want in case you are struggling. 1. Click on the link above, or goto http://www.microsoft.com/opsmgr and click on the "Find Management Packs and Connectors" link...
    • Sat, Jan 16 2010

    Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 1 has released to the download center!

    I’m pleased to announce the ENU release of R2 CU1 to the download center. The download center link is now live and the KB article should be published very shortly. Please note the announcement below regarding the realease of the first cumulative hotfix update for Operations Manager 2007 R2, this is a rollup of all hotfixes to date for the R2 platform, a must for anyone runningt this version..... "The...
    • Thu, Jul 23 2009

    Presenting at TechReady

    I have had a brief week back in the UK after my Keynote presentation with Alison Watson at the Worldwide Partner Conference and now I fly out to Redmond for my second visit of the year (this is getting a bit of a regular thing), this time to take part in one of Microsoft's biggest internal events TechReady. For those who don’t know, TechReady is a semi-annual, 5-day internal technical conference for Microsoft...
    • Thu, Jul 23 2009

    Cool New extended MPs from Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft IT and OpsMgr Product team

    Check out the new extended MPs from Microsoft Consulting Services, Microsoft IT and OpsMgr Product team here: (not officially supported by MS): http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2009/07/newly-released-mps-by-opsmanjam.html Here’s a summary of what’s been added to each that I extracted from the included docs: Extended Server 2003 IIS Microsoft Extended Windows Server Internet Information...
    • Mon, Jul 13 2009

    Presenting at the keynote with Alison Watson at the Worldwide Partner Conference

    Well, I am currently in New Orleans at the Worldwide Partner Conference. It is the first time I have attended this event as a partner, although this is one of the biggest events that Microsoft hold and I believe is the biggest partner conference in the world with an estaimated 6,000 partners in attendance. The main and most exciting reason that I am here though is that I am actually taking part in the main Keynote...
    • Tue, Apr 21 2009

    AEM wizard never finishes in OpsMgr R2

    Hey Folks, I wanted to give you a heads up on an issue I ran into today with OpsMgr R2 and AEM. I have been setting up OpsMgr today as part of a Client Monitoring project for a large customer, the engineer I am working with is not a domain admin but is a local admin on the OpsMgr boxes. After installing the DB's using the dbcreate wizard ( the customer did not want any unnecessary registry keys on the SQL box...
    • Thu, Nov 27 2008

    New OpsMgr Cross Plat & Interop Forums

    Hey Folks, The OpsMgr Community Team are trying out the forums experience for Cross Platform and Interop for OpsMgr 2007 R2, as a change to the standard newsgroup format. Please let them know direct what you think about them and how your experience goes. You can file your direct feedback to our team here: https://connect.microsoft.com/feedback/default.aspx?SiteID=446 System Center Operations...
    • Thu, Nov 27 2008

    Operations Manager R2 Totally Unleashed !

    Sorry to steal a title from a very well known OpsMgr book, but I can think of no better way to describe the new R2 beta release of everyones favourite monitoring tool. I have just returned from the R2 TAP summit for Microsoft's latest revision of Operations Manager and I have to say that this is definietly looking like the release that is firmly going to put the product at the top of the management tree. Being...
    • Wed, Sep 24 2008

    Office Communications Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 Is Now Released !

    I have to admit that personally this has been one of the most eagerly anticipated Management Pack releases for some time, not only because OCS is probably THE Hottest technologies coming out of Microsoft at the moment but also because the OCS team gained a couple of true Rock stars from the OpsMgr product teams some time ago in Management Pack specialist Peter Schmatz and Reporting legend Thomas Theiner, when I heard...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    SCCM Planning for Dummys Part 1!

    Well although I hate to admit it being an OpsMgr guy, I have actually been getting my head around deployment planning for SCCM as of late as part of my ever expanding System Center role (no sarcastic comments please boys). And I have to admit I have been finding it very interesting, and as I am a relative dummy when it comes to SCCM I thought I would start blogging about the stuff I am finding out, so you other SCCM...
    • Thu, Aug 28 2008

    (OpsMgr07) Do Management Server Hotfixes Apply to Gateway Servers?

    A question that came up recently from one of my fellow MVP's was whether or not hotfixes destined for Management Servers need to be applied against Gateway Servers and the simple answer is yes. Here is the official reply from Clive Eastwood OpsMgr Support guru (and fellow Brit) on the OpsMgr product team: Yes a GWS is treated the same as an MS. Applying an Agent/Server hotfix to a GWS (e.g. applying a MOMModules...
    • Tue, Aug 12 2008

    Problems with Dell Management Pack That Are Addressed in New Release

    David posted earlier on the release of the new Dell Management Pack, this pack has had a number of issues some which were actually caused by problems in OpsMgr which have now been addressed in a hotfix. Unfortunately, it is not that obvious in the documentation about some of the things you need to do to take full advantage of this release so I want to point out a really good blog post from Kevin Holman on the product...
    • Thu, Aug 7 2008

    Warning SCCM can be hazardous to your Health Service !

    Hi Folks, a heads up, to stop you making the same mistake as me. I have just spent the last three weeks finishing up an OpsMgr rollout for a large manufacturing company in the UK as part of a server re-location project, and as they have a pretty well deployed SCCM infrastructure, I opted for AD Integrated for Agent deployment with the agent being delivered by SCCM. The target for the agent was all Windows Servers...
    • Wed, Aug 6 2008

    ACS Database, Collector and Reports Install Step by Step Guide

    I have been busy doing a fair number of ACS Installs recently and thought I would put together a step by step guide for reference purposes as the information to do this end to end is not in the same place in the guides which can lead to missed steps ACS Database and Collector Server Install 1. Log on to the Management Server with an account that is a member of the OpsMgr administrators group 2. Click on the OpsMgr...
    • Wed, Aug 6 2008

    Implementing a split SRS install for OpsMgr

    I quite often have to carry out a split install of SRS for my OpsMgr deployments, this is normally down to the fact that most SQL admins wont allow IIS to be installed on their SQL boxes. In these situations I typically have a large database server with the Ops and sometimes Datawarehouse DB's on, and one server with my RMS role. As I normally install the Webconsole on the RMS server to avoid any double hop issues...
    • Thu, Jun 5 2008

    Message Queuing Management Pack (MSMQ) for Operations Manager 2007 Released (6.0.6278.23)

    The MSMQ MP has been officially released by Microsoft: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1d2b4398-8bc2-4a43-850c-852ebb0d983b&DisplayLang=en Overview Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ) is a server application that enables applications to communicate across heterogeneous networks and systems that may be temporarily offline or otherwise inaccessible. Instead of an application communicating...
    • Wed, Jun 4 2008

    OpsMgr SP1 MP Discovery Issues, Health service Stops on exchange agent if HandleCountThreshold is exceeded, ACS Collection rule ref wrong EventID, Performance collection raises erroneous alerts.

    A big post SP1 hotfix rollup has now been released which fixes the following problems that have been identified with a number of System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1 management packs: · Unable to discover CSDVersion on Windows Vista machines · Unable to discover operating system properties on Windows 2000 SP4 · Agent HandleCountThreshold monitor does not restart Health service...
    • Wed, Jun 4 2008

    OpsMgr sp1 & Dell MP- A monitoring host is unresponsive or has crashed. The status code for the host failure was 2164195371.

    If you are seeing the following error in your OpsMgr sp1 event log on some servers where the DELL MP is running? Event Type: Error Event Source: HealthService Event Category: Health Service Event ID: 4000 Date: 4/22/2008 Time: 1:32:13PM User: N/A Computer: OPSMGRSRV1 Description: A monitoring host is unresponsive or has crashed. The status code for the host failure was 2164195371. ...
    • Tue, Jun 3 2008

    NEW Operations Manager 2007 Training Course

    Hi Folks, I just wanted to let you know that I will be delivering a System Center Operations Manager 2007 Training Course in London, July 1-4th 2008 where I will be sharing some of my many experiences in architecting, installing, configuring and troubleshooting the product. The training is structured into two separate 2-day courses which can be taken individually or as a complete series and has been written (as...
    • Thu, Apr 10 2008

    My Session at MMS 2008

    For anyone out there in the community who will be attending MMS in Vegas, dont forget to check my session out, I will be doing a very special talk around some of the work I have been doing with my OpsMgr customers in the area of SLA Scorecarding. This has been a growing request amongst the businesses that I have been involved with over the years, "My boss complains that he has no visibility in what we do"...
    • Wed, Oct 10 2007

    New MP Released - Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005

    The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 has been released and is available from - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=e4e84ae5-21d2-4d12-91e0-3e0ff07aeb19&DisplayLang=en Verion 03.6.1404.0000 Overview Three different Microsoft® Operations Manager 2005 (MOM 2005) management packs are included in this download. • MicrosoftBizTalkServer2006R2...
    • Wed, Oct 10 2007

    Updated Operations Manager MP's released to the Web - Windows Server 2000/2003 OS (6.0.5000.25) And DHCP (6.0.5000.33) MP

    The following two Management packs have been updated: Windows 2000/2003 updated from 6.0.5000.0 to 6.0.5000.25 - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=3529d233-5e3e-4b51-8f66-5d6f27005ec3&DisplayLang=en Issues that have been fixed Monitor "Network Adapter Connection Health" is non-functional, looking for attribute that could be truncated: network adapter description is too large...