Microsoft iSCSI Target 3.3 Released

So this is not a normal topic for this blog.  I will be back soon with some more content but things are fairly busy at the minute in our development cycle!  I wanted to share some news from our team (Windows File Server) about one of our technologies which is the Microsoft iSCSI Software Target.  …


Your MP Discoveries and Clustering

This is one of a few posts I will likely do on monitoring applications running on clusters using SCOM.  This is one of the areas that does not get much attention from MP developers especially if their applications are not cluster aware.  However, there are things you need to consider for every production quality management…

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Decentralizing Monitoring Configuration

SCOM provides rich override capabilities from the console so authorized users can override configuration such as thresholds, enable / disable or anything marked as overrideable.  This allows customers to tune management packs as appropriate before or after deployment.  There are times when people want to give some control of this away to the application or…


Installation of Authoring Resource Kit on .Net 4.0

If you are using the Authoring Console and are having problems trying to install it if you only have .Net 4.0 installed please see the article below from the SCOM support team. http://blogs.technet.com/b/operationsmgr/archive/2011/03/10/new-kb-installation-of-system-center-operations-manager-r2-authoring-resource-kit-fails-on-net-4-0-enabled-computers.aspx


Visualizing the MP Schema

Did you know you can use any edition of Visual Studio to easily visualize and walk through the MP Schema?  I got a few complaints when I removed the schema documentation from authormps.com that the diagrams were nice and they were not available in the MSDN schema documentation.  This visual documentation was exported from Altova…

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State Based Vs. Stateless monitoring

This is more of a philosophical post I wanted to write based on some recent conversations I have had in my team when trying to educate some people on SCOM and management packs.  There are different opinions on this and these are only mine.  Feel free to disagree and feel free to post some comments…


Seed Based Discovery Concepts

Seed based discovery is a reasonably common concept that is used in many Microsoft MPs. There are a few articles out there such as this detailed one by Dan Rogers.  However I was trying to explain this to someone in my team recently and realized it was not that clear exactly why and when to…

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Management Pack Schema

As I was moving content over from the old authormps, I was reviewing all the old schema documentation I had up there. This is really duplicated by the MSDN documentation which came after I started the site. As a result rather than porting this over I am just going to point to MSDN instead. If…

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Workflow Types

In MOM 2005 things were fairly straight forward. You had the concept of rules, tasks and responses. That was really it. There were some more advanced type of rules that carried state change information but this was for a small number of advanced MP authors. In Operations Manager 2007 there are a number of distinct…

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Module Type Semantics

This is a quick summary of the different module types available in Operations Manager.  Again nothing new here just cataloging the old content from my site so it is easy to find here. Operations Manager uses modules to define workflows. Workflows are defined in management packs and distributed to agents and servers via the Operations…