Can the SCOM databases share a SQL instance with other databases?

Just wanted to answer this question here as a pointer for later reference.  But before I continue, I want to mention that this is from the perspective of SCOM.  You’ll need to read documentation of your specific application before collocating your other database with the SCOM db’s.   The biggest concern will be one of performance. …

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Why is my custom report displaying deleted objects or groups?

Here’s a fairly common stumbling block when creating custom reports, so I wanted to share this quick tip. Discovered inventory will stay in the data warehouse for 400 days, by default, at which time these items will be deleted.  In the interim, these objects will stick around and often times the report author doesn’t realize…

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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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Heartbeat Failure and Failed to Connect Alerts with Duration

I find this especially useful in determining out of box heartbeat settings, since the default 3 minutes is almost never an optimal setting.  Without the information returned from this query, I generally suggest 9 minutes out of box (adjusting the agent interval from 60 to 180 seconds). /* Heartbeat Failure and Failed to Connect with…

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Powershell Scripts – Illegal Variable Name

Just figured out this annoying issue I have seen come up many times while saving Powershell script workflows. For some reason, I would get management pack validation exceptions when trying to save workflows in the Authoring Console. Note: The following information was gathered when the operation was attempted. The information may appear cryptic but provides…

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Now translated to 34 different languages!

Since we migrated to a new platform in May, 2010, there are more options for us as bloggers to customize the readers’ experience.  I was making some changes to my blog recently and noticed we now have a translator widget available.  Not sure if this was an option from the start, but I didn’t notice…

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The threshold for the Logical DiskAvg. Disk sec/Transfer performance counter has been exceeded

If you see these alerts generated by your Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 servers with unusually high values, this is due to an issue with the RegQueryValueEx function, which is used in the Average Disk Seconds Per Transfer monitor. For Windows 2008 R2, apply this hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2470949 For Windows 2008, apply this hotfix: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495300…

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