Operations Manager and Operations Management Suite 101: Useful System Center Operations Manager Links and Resources


As a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, I often recommend links and resources to my customers either prior, during or following engagements.  Here are some of the links I frequently share and recommend to customers.   I hope to add links to this on an ongoing basis.

INTRO AND OVERVIEW

Microsoft Monitoring Product Comparison https://aka.ms/monitoring
Operations Manager / Operations Management Suite 101 http://aka.ms/101
What's New In 2016 What's new in 2016:  https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/what-is-new?view=sc-om-1711
Operations Manager 101 OPERATIONS MANAGER 101: http://aka.ms/101
Official Microsoft Documentation (2016) https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/welcome
Official Microsoft Documentation (2012) https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh205987(v=sc.12).aspx
Official Microsoft Documentation (2007 R2) http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/systemcenter/om/default.aspx

 

MANAGEMENT PACKS

Management Pack Catalog https://aka.ms/mpcatalog
Management Pack Best Practices (Operations Manager and Service Manager https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/antoni/2013/10/09/system-center-service-manager-operations-manager-management-pack-and-naming-convention-best-practices/
MP VIEWER (ESSENTIAL Tool for any SCOM admin) https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dmuscett/2012/02/19/boriss-opsmgr-tools-updated/
PROXY SETTINGS TOOL (enable in bulk) https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/dmuscett/2012/02/19/boriss-opsmgr-tools-updated/
SQL MP RUN AS ACCOUNTS NO LONGER REQUIRED https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/08/25/sql-mp-run-as-accounts-no-longer-required-2/
Certificate Management Pack http://www.systemcentercentral.com/pack-catalog/pki-certificate-verification-mp/
Tao Yang's Self-Maintenance Management Pack https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2014/02/24/tao-yangs-self-maintenance-management-pack-for-opsmgr-2012/

 

DESIGN AND DEPLOYMENT

Quick-Start Deployment Guide https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/10/22/opsmgr-2016-quickstart-deployment-guide/
System Requirements https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/plan-system-requirements?view=sc-om-1711
Agent Discovery and push troubleshooting: and Deployment Troubleshooting https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2007/12/12/agent-discovery-and-push-troubleshooting-in-opsmgr-2007/
Enable Proxy as Default: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/04/10/enable-proxy-as-a-default-setting-in-scom-2016/
Understanding Resource Pools https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/21/understanding-scom-resource-pools/
Antivirus Exclusions https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/975931/recommendations-for-antivirus-exclusions-that-relate-to-operations-manager

 

ONGOING MAINTENANCE, OPERATIONS AND ADMINISTRATION

DB maintenance https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/08/03/what-sql-maintenance-should-i-perform-on-my-scom-2016-databases/
Which hotfixes should I apply? https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/01/27/which-hotfixes-should-i-apply/
User Roles https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh872885(v=sc.12).aspx
Recommended Registry tweaks https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/03/08/recommended-registry-tweaks-for-scom-2016-management-servers/
Change Agents to remotely manageable https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2010/02/20/how-to-get-your-agents-back-to-remotely-manageable-in-opsmgr-2007-r2/
Enhanced Email Notifcation http://blogs.msdn.com/b/tysonpaul/archive/2014/08/04/scom-enhanced-email-notification-script-version-2-1.aspx
Troubleshooting Grey Agent State http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2288515

 

MANAGEMENT PACK AUTHORING

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/
MP Author MP Author - https://www.silect.com/mp-author/
PowerShell Management Pack PowerShell Management Pack - https://squaredup.com/free-powershell-management-pack/

 

MANAGEMENT PACK TUNING

Getting lots of script failed to run alerts: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/06/29/getting-lots-of-script-failed-to-run-alerts-wmi-probe-failed-execution-backward-compatibility-script-error/
Tuning Over Collection of Events (Event Collection Rules) https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/11/25/tuning-tip-turning-off-some-over-collection-of-events/

 

MAINTENANCE MODE

Orchestrator runbook https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/scom_atlas/2014/04/22/schedule-scom-maintenance-mode-with-orchestrator/v
SCOM 2016 Maintenance Mode scheduler: https://www.scom2k7.com/new-version-scom-2016-maintenance-mode-scheduler/v

 

CROSS PLATFORM MONITORING

Monitoring Unix / Linux with 2016 https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/11/monitoring-unixlinux-with-opsmgr-2016/
SUPPORTED VERSIONS https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/plan-supported-crossplat-os?view=sc-om-1711
SUDO ELEVATION https://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7375.scom-2016-and-2012-configuring-sudo-elevation-for-unix-and-linux-monitoring.aspx
Troubleshooting Discovery http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4966.scom-2012-troubleshooting-unixlinux-agent-discovery.aspx
Restarting a Linux Services Daemon with Orchestrator http://www.systemcentercentral.com/how-to-restart-a-linux-service-daemon-with-system-center-2012-orchestrator/

 

POWERSHELL

 

VIEWS AND DASHBOARDS

News widgets and dashboards - check out word doc https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2014/04/23/new-widgets-and-dashboard/
intro to widgets https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/antoni/2013/05/13/operations-manager-2012-dashboard-widgets/
Tool to create custom dashboards http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2012/06/12/free-windows-server-2008-dashboards-for-opsmgr-2012-and-tool-to-help-create-your-own-customized-dashboards.aspx

 

THE Kevin Holman Collection

My good friend and colleague Kevin Holman has a LOT of useful blogs. These are my top 10 that I use (for reference or point folks to) extremely frequently:

 

Deployment troubleshooting Table https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/01/27/console-based-agent-deployment-troubleshooting-table/
Agent Discovery and Push troubleshooting https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2007/12/12/agent-discovery-and-push-troubleshooting-in-opsmgr-2007/
understanding resource pools https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/21/understanding-scom-resource-pools/
which hotfixes should I apply https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2009/01/27/which-hotfixes-should-i-apply/
useful queries https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/11/scom-sql-queries/
what maintenance should I perform on my databases? https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/08/03/what-sql-maintenance-should-i-perform-on-my-scom-2016-databases/
Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/
Real world notifications https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2008/06/26/using-opsmgr-notifications-in-the-real-world-part-1/

 

Enable Agent Proxy on ALL agents https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/wei_out_there_with_system_center/2013/10/16/opsmgr-monitoring-file-content-with-a-powershell-based-monitor/
Monitoring Unix / Linux https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/11/11/monitoring-unixlinux-with-opsmgr-2016/

 

FUN

 

REPORTING / POWER BI

Get Started with Power BI https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/get-started
Download Power Bi Desktop https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/
KPI Reports from SCOM https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/askpfeplat/2016/03/28/using-power-bi-to-create-kpi-reports-from-system-center-operations-manager/

 

HOT RIGHT NOW

ur4 for 2016 Step-by-Step https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2017/10/28/ur4-for-scom-2016-step-by-step/

 

 

 

 

 


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