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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Scoping an Alert View to a Specific Alert

A customer the other day e-mailed me and asked how he could scope a view in the Operations console to a specific alert.  In this scenario it was the “Database Backup Failed to Complete” alert from the SQL Server management pack and the view would be presented to the SQL DB Admins team.  This is…

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Performance Optimizations for Operations Manager 2007 R2 and 2012

Please Note:  This blog has been updated to provide guidance on which settings are applicable to Operations Manager 2012. This blog post is based on questions that people who attended our MMS 2010 session BB23 – Operations Manager 2007 SQL Server Configuration for Operations Manager 2007 Administrators. You know as I was typing the name…

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ADMP 2003/2008 - Default Unit Monitor Config

As promised and avaialble for download, here is the Excel spreadsheet from MPViewe that I edited to provide a breakdown of all the Unit Monitors in the Active Directory management pack.  While the attached spreadsheet is specific to Active Directory version 2003, it also applies to 2008.  If you find any errors or have questions, please feel…

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SQL Server 2005/2008 MP – Default Unit Monitor Config

As you are probably aware, the Deployment Guides that compliment each management pack released by Microsoft do not go into detail highlighting the configuration of all unit monitors defined in a given MP.  This can be a challenge when you are working with a service or application owner where they want to understand what the…

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ADMP and Tuning for Performance Reports

The latest Active Directory management pack deployment guide has a small section entitled “Enabling or Disabling Performance Data for Reports” and it was generating some good dialog internally between some colleagues and the product group.  This section recommends that you disable the Performance monitor for the class “Active Directory Domain Controller Server 200x Computer Role”…

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Run As Profiles in Operations Manager 2007 R2

One of the new features of R2 that hasn’t received any attention yet (at least to my knowledge) is how we changed the functionality of Run As Profiles.  Today in Operations Manager 2007, you associate a RunAs Account for a particular RunAs Profile on a specific computer.  Pretty straight forward and if I remember correctly, the same…

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Finished - SQL Log Shipping Configuration Guide

I just submitted to Chris Fox for review and posting on the OpsManJam site, the guide “System Center Operations Manager 2007 Configure SQL Server Log Shipping Guide for Operations Manager 2007 Operational Database” that I have been working on in my spare time.  This guide currently only covers the implementation of Log Shipping as an…

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Disk Space Requirements for the Operations Console

When you launch the Operations Console on your workstation or even on the management server (or RMS for that matter), the data from the Operations Manager database is cached locally in the file “momcache.mdb.” By default, the console will poll the SDK Service on the RMS every 15 seconds to update the local cache.  Depending on…

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