Cookdown example – between two or more workflows

Thought I would do something useful while sitting on the airplane today and write up a cookdown example expanding from my last post.  This will be as straight forward as possible with mostly just screenshots of the steps I took to share a data source between more than one monitoring workflow.   In this example,…

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Cookdown

I recently did a presentation in which the scenario was cooking down a data source.  I ended up created these visual aids in Visio on the plane.  I hope they might help others out there understand cookdown. Other resources http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff381335.aspx http://myitforum.com/cs2/blogs/vdipippo/pages/workflow-cook-down-in-operations-manager-2007.aspx http://nocentdocent.wordpress.com/category/scom/cookdown/                       #cookdown in…

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Solving the problem of automated distribution of credentials (literal expression)

This is a continuation of a previous post.  The only difference is this accepts a literal expression, rather than a group system name. As with the other script example, there is no reverse action. If you specify a group that contains hundreds of windows computer objects and it was a mistake, you’ll have to manually…

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Solving the problem of automated distribution of credentials (group criteria)

It’s possible to leverage a powershell script in a composite write action to distribute credentials to a health service.  The following example will distribute the specified credentials to health services instances derived from a group of windows computer objects. Instance groups containing other types may not work as expected without modifying the code.  Also, group system…

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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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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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Management Pack Authoring Links

Just wanted to post this management pack authoring link list for easy reference.  I’ll add new authoring posts to this list when they become available. ·        How to create a computer group http://blogs.technet.com/b/jonathanalmquist/archive/2010/04/28/how-to-create-a-computer-group-in-the-r2-authoring-console.aspx ·        How to create an instance group http://blogs.technet.com/b/jonathanalmquist/archive/2010/05/08/how-to-create-an-instance-group-in-the-r2-authoring-console.aspx ·        How to create a computer group based on properties of any class http://blogs.technet.com/b/jonathanalmquist/archive/2010/07/22/how-to-create-a-group-of-windows-computers-based-on-a-discovered-property-of-virtually-any-class.aspx…

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Trending growth where there is no registered data source

Have you ever needed to trend the growth of ‘something’, but no registered data source existed that could provide the values you needed to collect?  With the combination of Windows and all the applications it can host, we have countless performance counters at our disposal.  Even still, there are many applications and scenarios where a…

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