Food for Thought – OpsMgr Group Calculation Polling Interval

Group membership calculation in Operations Manager is scheduled for every 30 seconds by default.  For enterprise deployments, we recommend increasing the discovery interval to 15 minutes or greater.  When increasing the frequency, you must take into account how it can influence some of the following behavior: Views that are scoped to filter data from custom…

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Exchange 2010 Reports MP Bug

A couple of fellow colleagues in MCS (Paul Bishop & Jason Rydstrand) a while back had identified a significant bug in the latest version of the Exchange 2010 management pack, which will cause severe growth of two tables in the data warehouse DB in an enterprise deployment of Exchange 2010 and Operations Manager.  This affects both OM…

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Updated AD Group Membership Custom MP

  Several years ago, a colleague of mine Steve Rachui blogged about a custom management pack template supporting the scenario of allow discovery of AD Security Group membership for agent-managed Windows systems.  Recently I was working with this management pack for a customer and identified an opportunity to make minor optimizations to the logic of the…

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Updated Steps for Moving Operations Manager 2012 Databases

Back when Operations Manager 2007 was released, I blogged here – http://blogs.technet.com/b/mgoedtel/archive/2007/08/06/update-to-moving-operationsmanager-database-steps.aspx regarding a script that needed to be executed after you moved the OperationsManager database from one SQL server to another.  With Operations Manager 2012, the steps documented here – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh278848.aspx, still overlooks the fact you need to update the Master database on the destination SQL…

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How to Fix the OM 2012 Service Level Tracking Summary Report

This is a fix specific to a report that is provided out of the box with the System Center Operations Manager 2012 RTM and SP1 version, specifically the Service Level Tracking Summary Report that is in the Microsoft Service Level Report Library.  If you have ever run this report you will have noticed that the…

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How to Install the OM 2012 Agent on a SharePoint Server Hosting SM Portal

Many people have encountered the unfortunate scenario of attempting to upgrade or install the Operations Manager 2012 Agent on a SharePoint Web server hosting the Service Manager Self-Service Portal.  The Windows Installer package for the agent installation checks for the existence of System Center Service Manager and will block the installation if it is detected. …

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How to Use a Textbox Object Picker Control in your Custom Report

So this is a topic I have been meaning to post in a while now and finally made the time/effort to write it up.  This is a scenario that is not documented in the Report Authoring Guide for Operations Manager and I had to go through the reports in the Generic Report Library MP in…

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Extended Exchange 2010 Management Pack released on TechNet Gallery

Today I published on the TechNet Gallery, a custom management pack for providing additional montoring of Exchange Server 2010 with Operations Manager 2007 R2 and 2012.  The following new features are new in this release of the Extended Exchange Server 2010 Management Pack: Includes performance collection rules to sample performance data from the Client Access…

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I’m Back at Microsoft

After a brief departure from Microsoft I recently returned and will be actively blogging again.  I just updated the blog post – “Performance Optimizations For Operations Manager 2007 R2” to include guidance for Operations Manager 2012, so please check that out as I know many of you have been asking what is relevant as it…

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Custom Operations Manager Reports

Based off of a recognized demand, I developed a management pack that provides three key reports for Operators and Administrators to leverage.  These reports were based off of queries developed by Kevin Holman and Jonathan Almquist and tuned to support these reports.  The three reports that I have included in this MP are: Maintenance Mode…

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