OpsMgr: Logical Disk free space alerts don’t show percent and MB free values in the alert description

  NOTE:  This article has been updated – please see the latest version at:   http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2014/02/05/opsmgr-logical-disk-free-space-alerts-don-t-show-percent-and-mb-free-values-in-the-alert-description-updated-for-server-2012.aspx     I recently wrote about the new Base OS Monitoring Packs that shipped, adding many new features and fixes for monitoring the OS.  You can read more about that new release HERE.   While this MP update contained many…


OpsMgr 2012: New feature – the Agent Control Panel applet

One of the many new features in OpsMgr 2012 is the Agent control panel applet.     While this applet has several key features, the primary use is the ability to add and remove management groups from the agent/server.  While this was possible in OM 2007, you had to run the MSI or “Modify” the…


Dude – unseal my MP!

  Tim McFadden of Microsoft PFE has done it again.  He continually writes handy tools and solutions to help the OpsMgr admin.  His Scheduled Maintenance Mode solution is wildly famous.  His latest tool published is something I will use all the time:   http://www.scom2k7.com/mp2xmlpro-management-pack-conversion-tool/   MP2XMLPRO is a GUI tool which makes unsealing an MP…


OpsMgr: MP Update: New Base OS MP 6.0.6958.0 ships.

Recently I discussed that we released a new Base OS MP 6.0.6957.0 which added many new features to the base OS MP’s.  In some of these new features, we got some feedback on some issues, and we are shipping an updated version of the MP to resolve the majority of the reported issues.  See my…


OpsMgr: MP Update: Active Directory MP version 6.0.7670.0 ships

  Get it at:   http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&id=21357   This is the first MP update for Active directory we have seen in two years. This MP update contains mostly fixes to the top reported customer issues in the MP’s. As the ADMP is a very large and complex MP with a lot of moving parts, I recommend you…


OpsMgr: MP Update: New Base OS MP 6.0.6958.0 adds Cluster Shared Volume monitoring, BPA, new reports, and many other changes

***Note:  This post is edited to reflect the newly shipped MP version 6.0.6958.0   Get it from the download center here:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=9296     This really looks like a nice addition to the Base OS MP’s.  This update centers around a few key areas for Windows 2008 and 2008 R2:   Adds Cluster Shared Volume…


OpsMgr: MP Update: New ConfigMgr 2007 MP–version 6.0.6000.3 – resolves top issues

A new MP has shipped for Configuration Manager 2007, which is MP version 6.0.6000.3   This MP update will upgrade your existing MP.  It was updated to resolve the top customer issues with this management pack.   The following changes, also covered in the updated MP guide, are in version 6.0.6000.3.   Consolidation Event Rules…


SCVMM 2012: Quickstart deployment guide

The following document will cover a basic install of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 at a generic customer.  This is to be used as a template only, for a customer to implement as their own pilot or POC deployment guide.  It is intended to be general in nature and will require the customer to…


Guidance, Tuning and Known Issues for the Exchange 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007

A new KB has just been posted with some really, really good information. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2592561 This is especially important for larger environments where you might have struggled with this MP.  This KB article goes through the concepts of the correlation engine, the design challenges of the MP, some scalability issues, and some good modifications you can…


OpsMgr 2007 SP1 and R2: SQL 2005 service pack 4 is now supported

KB Article on a workaround to be able to apply SP4 here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2591380 Read about it at:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2011/08/10/scom-2007-r2-and-sp1-now-supports-sql-server-2005-sp4.aspx


OpsMgr 2012: What should the SPN’s look like?

  SPN’s (Service Principal Names) settings are very similar in OpsMgr 2012 as they were in OpsMgr 2007.  However, since the SDK (Data Access) service runs on ALL management servers now… the SPN’s for the SDK (DAS) account will be different now. If you deploy OpsMgr using a standard domain user account for the SDK…


A list of all possible security events in the Windows Security Event Log

This may be old news, but it is a handy reference for OpsMgr admins, when asked to monitor for specific events from security event logs:   Windows Server 2003:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc163121.aspx Windows Server 2008:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=17871 Windows Server 2008 R2:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=21561


How to monitor SQL Agent jobs using the SQL Management Pack and OpsMgr

When you use Operations Manager to monitor your SQL servers using the SQL Server Management Pack, there are some options that you will need to think about up front.   One of those areas is the SQL Agent, and SQL Agent jobs.   I will cover three conceptual areas: Out of the box experience and defaults…


OpsMgr 2007 R2 CU5 rollup hotfix ships – and my experience installing it

The Cumulative Update 5 (CU5) for OpsMgr 2007 R2 has shipped     The KB article describing the fixes, changes, and instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2495674 Get it from the download Center: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=26938 List of all OpsMgr R2 Cumulative Updates: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2453149     Here are the high level fixes:   Cumulative Update 5 for Operations Manager 2007 R2…


How to test fire ANY Windows Event on ANY server from ANY application

Anyone who works with events in the Windows Event log can benefit from this. When creating management packs, or adding monitoring for specific events, it is very helpful to have tools to test fire these events.  In the past, we would use built in tools like EventCreate.  However, these have limitations in which event sources…


OpsMgr 2012: Discovering a network device

In OpsMgr 2012 we have enhanced the capabilities around network monitoring.  In this article I will demonstrate how to discover and monitor a network device. This is also covered in great detail at:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh205982.aspx   Launch the discovery wizard and select Network Devices:     Give a name for your discovery cycle, select the management…


OpsMgr 2012: Override enhancements

A new change in OM 2012 is how overrides are handled from the console.  In the past – if you ever got an alert, decided you wanted to disable that rule, you could NOT just choose to “disable” the rule from the context menu.  The reason being, is that this would have placed your override…


OpsMgr 2012: Introducing the new Web Console

    The Web Console has been completely rewritten for OpsMgr 2012.  It now runs on Silverlight, which enables a much richer Web Console user experience.    From the web console, like using the regular Console UI, we can:   View alerts and health states of objects. Work with alerts, close, change resolution states, assign…


Operations Manager 2012 public beta has launched!!!

      The next version of OpsMgr has hit the public beta milestone.  This is very exciting as there are a lot of new features in OpsMgr 2012 that I personally cannot wait to get my hands on.   Some key features/changes: Simplified infrastructure – via the removal of the RMS role – allowing…