Windows Service Monitoring (reduce false alerts…part 2)

Shortly after posting the sample Windows service monitoring library, I realized a “short” follow-up article was in order to explain how to use the monitor types defined in the library.   First and foremost, any management pack that includes discoveries, rules or monitors should be sealed.  The reason behind sealing the types of management packs…

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Microsoft.SystemCenter.WebApplication.WebApplicationData (URL Probe Runtime Output)

I was recently working with the Microsoft.SystemCenter.WebApplication.UrlProbe module and wanted to know exactly what I could pass through an expression filter and potentially include in an alert description.  It’s easy enough to get this after creating a monitor and simulating the workflow, but sometimes this information is needed while authoring new composites/types.  Of course, this…

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Windows Service Monitoring (reduce false alerts with consecutive sample module)

Sometimes customers need to create their own Windows service monitors. This usually leads them to the Windows Service wizard in the Operations Console.   There is nothing wrong with using the wizard, but let me tell you about one of the drawbacks with using the wizard to create your service monitors. The resultant monitor will…

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Monitoring all services on all computers (service outage report)

Occasionally customers will ask how we can monitor all services that are configured to automatically start on all agent-managed computers.  This is a good question and one that does have some merit.  In reality, this can be a challenge coming up with the right solution.    To get state of all services running on all…

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