All OpsMgr Events in a spreadsheet by ID

Daniele Muscetta (Microsoft PFE) has published a VERY handy spreadsheet, which contains all the OpsMgr events and their descriptions.  This is a super handy reference when looking up events, especially when someone is verbally calling them out, or you dont have the OpsMgr DLL’s to read the log. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/dmuscett/archive/2010/06/23/opsmgr_2d00_event_2d00_ids_2d00_spreadsheet.aspx  

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Silect offers new MP Authoring tool – MP Author Professional

  http://www.silect.com/content/mp-author-professional   Building on the simple-to-use, free MP Author tool, they released MP Author Professional.  It adds/extends many more monitoring scenarios to the basic version.  

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Silect MPAuthor version 7.0 released

  The free version of Silect’s MP Author just released a new version:  7.0 http://www.silect.com/mp-author   June 2016: MP Author Version 7.0 The enhancements in MP Studio and MP Author consist of a number of changes to improve reliability and performance including the following: “Event Description” has been added as an expression option for both…

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ADMP for Windows Server 2008 – Alerts not generated for some Rules

There is a very recently discovered issue in the current ADMP (Version 6.0.7065.0).  The Event log rules in the Microsoft.Windows.Server.AD.2008.Monitoring.mp don’t generate alerts as expected.  Jimmy Harper has created an “Addendum” MP which contains overrides to disable all of these, and then recreated each rule with a fixed version.  You’ll just need to import this…

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SCOM 2016 is available

        Yes, yes, I know.  Late to the party.  Better late than never.      For those that don’t know – SCOM 2016 was released at Ignite this year, on Sept 29th. It hit the GA milestone on October 12th, which is the date it becomes Generally Available on Volume License media and…

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How do I delete an attribute in OpsMgr 2007?

I notice – when viewing a custom attribute, there is no option to delete it… only view the properties? Apparently this is by design.  There is no harm in having “extra” attributes in SCOM – that arent used.  However, if you do want to delete an unused attribute – you will have to export your…

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OpsMgr: Infrastructure Planning and Design guide released for OpsMgr 2012

  Download it here:     http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=245476   This guide outlines the infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a successful implementation of Operations Manager. It guides you through the process of designing components, layout, and connectivity in a logical, sequential order. You’ll find easy-to-follow steps on identification and design of the required management groups, helping you…

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Silect MP Author releases SP3

  This tool is getting more and more powerful every day! Check it out:   http://www.silect.com/mp-author From their page: MP Author is better than ever. The SP3 release of MP Author includes the following updates: Improved knowledge viewing and editing in multiple language environments Improved XML editing New feature to "Check for missing display names" Added…

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A SQL query to get task output data from the OpsDB

Something I wrote to get a report on tasks being run on the OpsDB, and their output: select tv.Name as TaskName, bme.fullname as ObjectName, jsv.SubmittedBy, jsv.TimeStarted, jsv.TimeFinished, jsv.Output, tv.Description as TaskDescription from JobStatusView jsv inner join TaskView tv on jsv.MonitoringTaskId = tv.Id inner join BaseManagedEntity bme on jsv.TargetMonitoringObjectId = bme.BaseManagedEntityId order by TimeStarted DESC This…

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Want to provide direct feedback on Microsoft Management packs?

  You can do this easily yourself now.    I often hear customers mention to me while I am onsite, little complaints about some of our MP’s.  The problem is – these complaints (sometimes even bugs) never make it up to the MP owners because the customers don’t open a case with Microsoft about the…

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Alerting on Events – waiting for a specific amount of time to pass

  Consider the scenario –  you want to monitor the event logs for a specific event, however, this event has a tendency to “storm” or log hundreds of events in a short time window.  Not a good condition for a monitoring system, as you can quickly overwhelm the system, nor do you want hundreds or…

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Service Pack 1 ships for Server 2008R2 and Windows 7

Microsoft recently announced the release of Service Pack 1 for both Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. SP1 is available for download with your MSDN subscription now, and general availability on Feb 22.   Documentation on SP1, what it includes, and changes to each OS is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=61924cea-83fe-46e9-96d8-027ae59ddc11&displaylang=en   I have been running SP1…

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How do I collect data from a multi-instance object – like a SQL DB instance?

How do I collect data from a multi-instance object – like a SQL DB instance?   This was a common question in the RTM version of the product.    If I wrote a rule to collect performance data against a SQL DB engine – I needed to specify the “instance” name.   The most common approach,…

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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

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Getting SQL Admin Studio to connect to your SQL Cluster

I had hell yesterday figuring out what was wrong with this. I built a new SQL 2005 cluster, on Server 2003×64, to install my SCOM R2 release candidate environment into.  I used iSCSI for my cluster, and my nodes are VM guests under Hyper-V, the same basic process that I documented here:  Setting up a…

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MOM 2005 SP1 – upgrading SQL server from 2000 to 2005

  Upgrading from SQL 2000 to SQL 2005 to support MOM 2005 SP1: 1. Backup your MOM SQL server databases (OnePoint and Systemcenterreporting). Backup your Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services databases. 2. Backup the SRS encryption key. 3. Stop the MOM Service on all management servers. 4. Upgrade the database servers and reporting servers to…

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Running reports – how can I run historical reports on agents that have been decommissioned?

  When we delete an agent from monitoring, we do NOT delete the agent data from the Data Warehouse – by design of course.   However – when running a report, the deleted agent was not showing up.  For instance – I am running the Windows Server 2003 Operating System – Operating System Performance report….

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Monitoring a file hash using SCOM

  I had an interesting customer request recently – to monitor for a specific system file, and make SURE it is not a modified/threat file.   You can use this as a simple example of a two-state timed script monitor (using vbscript) which demonstrates script arguments, logging, alerting, propertybag outputs, etc.   In this case…

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Hotfix to be aware of: 2790831 – Handle leak in WMI on WS2012 and Win8

  Available at:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2790831/en-us   This hotfix addresses an issue found in Windows Server 2012 (and Win8) that can be exposed when performance data is queried via WMI.  Products that regularly query WMI for performance data are SCOM, SCVMM, and SCDPM.  Since ConfigMgr also depends on WMI so heavily, you might consider this for Win8…

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