Don’t sweat the small stuff

I attempted to open the Health Explorer and received the following message. The state of this object is unavailable at this time OMG!  What to do? I tried opening the Operations Console with a clean cache. "C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\Microsoft.MOM.UI.Console.exe" /ClearCache ROFL!  That was easy! The lesson here is, we need to choose…

Manually removing computers by editing the database

We received an important reminder today from the product group about manually editing the database, and I wanted to stress the importance of this on their behalf.  The SCOM community and our customers need to know that doing so without the direct guidance and support of Microsoft is not supported, and may cause database corruption….


My plan to move the Report Server to a new computer

This procedure is fully documented on Technet, but it spans across two different articles, which might make it a little bit confusing putting together the order of execution.  This is the reason I wanted to share the plan I used which resulted in a successful move, including the preservation of custom authored, favorite and scheduled…


Vote for what content would you like to see most?

Sorry, but I had to remove the voting widget I had on the main page.  It was causing some problems…kind of buggy.  But I did take note that custom report authoring accounted for 44% of the votes!  I’ll keep that in mind for future posts and try to offer a little more on that subject. If…

TCP Port Connection Time Report

Let’s say you created a TCP Port monitor using the management pack template wizard and you want to generate a report about the connection times sampled from the collection rule that was created by the template wizard.  But, where is the data? Since this template wizard configures the collection rule to only write samples to…


Exchange 2010 Management Pack – CHM file available for download

Just wanted to send a quick note out to the community that we have published a CHM file for the E14 MP.  Nice! Download:

Custom Report Authoring for Beginners

Let’s face it.  Operations Manager collects a lot of data.  If we cannot generate reports about this data in a way that will help us make decisions, then we’re missing out on a lot of the value SCOM has to offer. Most management packs do contain a set of generic reports that may be of…


How does the ‘Total CPU Utilization Percentage’ monitor work?

I wanted to start this year off right with wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and prosperous year 2011! One thing I’d like to start doing more of this year is writing about some of the more common questions that come up in the TechNet Forums.  I’m also open to any suggestions for topics…