WINS Management Pack, revisited

  I had a request from a customer recently, for an updated version of the WINS Management pack.  Microsoft’s WINS MP is currently an old MOM 2005 converted MP, and only supports NT4.0, Windows 2000 Server, and Server 2003.  My customer still relies on WINS for some legacy requirements, and they use Server 2008 for…

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Some things to know about the DHCP MP version 6.0.6709.0

  A new DHCP Management Pack recently released, version 6.0.6709.0 on 7/9/2010.  One of my customers asked me to review this MP because of some questions he had about it.  There are some interesting things worthy of pointing out about this MP.   You can download it from the MP catalog. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=e5b48bef-4b21-4743-b562-580ec7984b24   As with…

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Logical Disk Availability is critical – what does this mean?

  You might have noticed a logical disk availability monitor, being red on some of your systems. In more recent MP’s – this monitor was renamed to “File System error or corruption” One of the challenges with this monitor – is that it has really good product knowledge, but the state change context doesn’t give…

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OpsMgr 2007 R2 Core MP’s updated 6.1.7672.0

  Update 11/24/2010 – this MP has been superseded by a newer update:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/11/24/opsmgr-2007-r2-core-mp-s-updated-6-1-7695-0.aspx  This article is out of date.       The core MP’s have been updated on their regular schedule.  If you are running OpsMgr 2007 R2 – you should update these as soon as possible. http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61365290-3c38-4004-b717-e90bb0f6c148&displaylang=en   Microsoft.SystemCenter.2007.mp 6.1.7672.0 Microsoft.SystemCenter.OperationsManager.2007.mp 6.1.7672.0…

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Tuning tip – turning off some over-collection of events

We often think of tuning OpsMgr by way of tuning “Alert Noise”…. by disabling rules that generate alerts that we don’t care about, or modifying thresholds on monitors to make the alert more actionable for our specific environment. However – one area of OpsMgr that often goes overlooked, is event overcollection.  This has a cost……

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Native Exchange 2007 MP 6.0.6741.0 ships for OpsMgr 2007 SP1 users

If for some reason you cannot or will not upgrade to OpsMgr 2007 R2, then this update is for you! This Native MP replaces the old “converted” Exchange 2007 MP.  If you are running the old conversion MP then I STRONGLY suggest making the effort to transition to this MP.   This MP version 6.0.6741.0…

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Making groups of logical disks – an example from simple to advanced

I have been seeing this question come up a lot lately – as customers try and create groups of their disks – in order to create overrides for “certain” disks.  So – I am creating this post to give some real world examples.   Well – I will start this simply.  Say we want to…

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Updated Active Directory ADMP Management Pack released – Version 6.0.7065.0

This is now available on the catalog. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx   Changes in this update: Support for monitoring Windows Server® 2008 R2 server operating systems as well as Windows® 7 client operating systems Support for monitoring the Active Directory Web Service (ADWS) in Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as the Active Directory Management Gateway Service in…

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Why do my group memberships for Windows Computers have machines that don't belong there?

Here is a little tip if you find that your Windows Computer Groups (and state views scoped by groups) contain computers that should not be there.   Have you noticed that you have state views or Windows Computer Groups that contain servers that you don’t expect?  Like Exchange Servers in your SQL Computers Group?  Or…

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What is config churn?

There have been a couple good articles briefly covering this topic…. you might have read them.  I will reference some below.  Config churn is basically, when your RMS is in an almost never-ending loop of generating config.  This can be caused by “less than optimized” management packs, pushing agents all the time, or injecting major…

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Keep your management pack names SHORT in SP1!

I have seen this twice now… so I will blog about it.  It seems to be rare in the wild, but it will completely cripple a management group when this occurs.  So beware SP1 users!   This article does not apply to R2.  This is only an issue in OpsMgr 2007 SP1.   When you…

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New Base OS MP 6.0.6667.0 adds file fragmentation monitor to all Logical Disks

I recently blogged about the new Base OS MP that was recently released:  HERE   One of the things you will notice RIGHT off the bat… is that a huge percentage of your logical disks will go into a warning state, if you don’t already have some sort of scheduled defragmentation set up.  This will…

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New KMS MP released version 6.0.7234.0 and some things you should know

A new KMS (Key Management Services) MP is released.  I don’t expect this is a widely used MP out there…. but there are some things you should know if you ever imported the previous versions. First – the new MP is available on the catalog:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx   DO NOT download this MP directly via the…

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Community Cisco Network Hardware Management pack available

This guy has some serious talent. http://operatingquadrant.com/2009/09/14/scom-advanced-snmp-monitoring-part-iii-the-completed-cisco-management-pack/ Make sure you check out all of Kris’s blog posts – amazingly good stuff there on using SNMP to accomplish monitoring that is otherwise very difficult, among other good posts.

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A tidbit on tuning some Self-Tuning threshold monitors

I wrote up a blog post long ago on loving and hating STT (Self Tuning Threshold) Monitors HERE   This is something I noticed in R2…. I don’t remember seeing this in SP1 before…   I was getting some alert noise on my Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server – from the “Total Number of Active…

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New SQL MP released – version 6.0.6648.0 and why you NEED it.

  Get it from the MP catalog:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx   This is considered a “minor” update.  However, there are some SIGNIFICANT changes you should consider.  Not all of the changes are documented in the guide.   I did a XML diff of the files to see what is new:   Some of the changes: In previous…

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Creating custom dynamic computer groups based on registry keys on agents

I have had a few requests now for this, so I thought I would take the time to write up the process.     Lets say I have three support levels of servers:   Level 1 – servers critical to business operations (ex: customer facing web applications, SQL back-ends) Level 2 – important servers (ex:…

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Quick tip – using regular expressions in a dynamic group

Here is a quick tip on using a regular expression when creating a group.   OpsMgr dynamic inclusion rules are case sensitive. If I have a group that I want to contain all computers that START with “OM”…. I can use the following expression:     The “^” tells regex to start a new line……

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SQL Server MP update – 6.0.6569.0

The SQL 2000, 2005, and 2008 MP’s have been updated.  If you arent running the latest version, you should give serious consideration to getting this tested in your lab environments, and then moved into production.   http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/cc539535.aspx   Changes in this release, from 6.0.6460.0:   Fixed performance issues caused by excessive CPU utilization and script…

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