Targeting workflows to Resource pools

  Resource Pools in SCOM 2012 are an advancement over SCOM 2007, where a resource pool can be used to host instances, that have targeted workflows, and make them highly available.  This allowed the “All Management Servers Resource Pool” to host the instances that the RMS used to run in SCOM 2007.  This allowed for…

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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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How to use Snippets in VSAE to write LOTS of workflows, quickly!

  One of the powerful authoring capabilities of Visual Studio Authoring Extensions, is the use of “Snippets” to create lots of monitoring workflows with minimal effort.  Snippets can be input manually, or they can use a CSV file with the input data already prepared. I had a request from a customer who needed an MP…

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How to create workflows that wont go into Maintenance Mode

I had an interesting request from a customer.  They wanted to collect events that would still continue to be collected, even when the monitored server was in maintenance mode. This presents an interesting challenge.  When we place the “Windows Computer” object into maintenance mode, this starts a chain of events to occur.  First, due to…

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New MP Authoring tool released – “MP Author”

  A new MP authoring tool was announced today.  Read the release at http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2014/01/13/mp-blog-the-right-tool-for-the-right-job.aspx This is a FREE tool which Silect is releasing.  This tool essentially replaces the functionality of the previous “Visio Management Pack Designer”  This is targeted at the IT Pro, who needs to create custom management packs and author new classes, discoveries,…

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Creating Groups of Computers based on Time Zone

  I have written several posts over the years dealing with authoring groups.  See many examples here:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/07/27/authoring-groups-from-simple-to-complex.aspx This post will deal with the concept that we might want to create groups in SCOM, of Windows Computer objects, based on the time zone setting for those computers.  This might be useful for maintenance mode, where…

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Using the “sync time” property in workflows and overrides

  We use the scheduler datasource in SCOM for workflows for all kinds of purposes.  Most workflows have some concept of a schedule in the datasource to tell how often to inspect for something, like a service running, or to look at perfmon data, or to run a script. The most common property would be…

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How to monitor a process on a multi-CPU agent using ScaleBy

The business need: It is a very common request to monitor a process on a given set of servers, and collect that data for reporting, or monitor it for a given threshold. One thing you might notice when trying to monitor some performance counters, is that not all perf counters in perfmon behave the way…

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Alert Notification Subscription Variables, and linking that to the console, database, and SDK

Attached you will find a spreadsheet, with all the possible alert notification subscription variables that I am aware of.  In this spreadsheet, I link these to the same values in the Alert table of the DB, the alert view of the DB, the Console alert view, the SDK (Get-Alert), and lastly the new R2 Connector…

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Nice clean Alert descriptions have been added to R2. Ahem.

I didn’t realize this feature got added – very nice.   In OpsMgr SP1 – we had to use some hacks to get the Alert Description formatted to be nicely readable.  I wrote about this HERE.  The problem was – we could add a </BR> to the alert description and get this to work in…

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Web Application recorder R2 – the recorder bar missing in IE?

Sometimes getting the web application recorder to capture a web session can be a little tricky.  I have blogged about some typical issues you might run into HERE   Something I noticed today, with R2: When running the R2 console on an x64 machine – the web recorder bar is not coming up.  On my…

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Authoring rules for Windows 2008 events, and how to cheat

So…. with the introduction of Server 2008 into OpsMgr… as a monitored agent, you might need to re-evaluate some of your old rules.   Almost all (if not all) of the basic event ID’s and parameters, in the security event log, have changed.    For instance, I had a rule to alert me on every…

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Recording a web application browser session driving you crazy?

    Sometimes – getting this to work is frustrating.  The problems generally are caused by the security hardening of the OS hosting the console… not an issue with OpsMgr.  Here are some tips. This is seen especially on hardened versions of Vista and Server 2008.  Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configration, and UAC (User Account…

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Adding custom information to alert description (s) and notifications

  Alert Description Variables: The following section contains variables for the Alert Description only. For event Rules (Alert Description): EventDisplayNumber (Event ID):             $Data/EventDisplayNumber$ EventDescription (Description):               $Data/EventDescription$ Publisher Name (Event Source):              $Data/PublisherName$ EventCategory:                                    $Data/EventCategory$ LoggingComputer:                                $Data/LoggingComputer$ EventLevel:                                          $Data/EventLevel$ Channel:                                              $Data/Channel$ UserName:                                           $Data/UserName$ EventNumber:                                      $Data/EventNumber$ Event Time:                                          $Data/@time$ For event Monitors (Alert Description): EventDisplayNumber (Event ID):            $Data/Context/EventDisplayNumber$…

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