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…


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…


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…


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…


SharePoint 2010 Multi-Farm Monitoring

Hello and Happy New Year! Today’s topic is regarding the setup of the SharePoint 2010 Foundation management pack in support of multi-farm monitoring with Operations Manager.  This is a common topic that many people have questions about and some of the blog posts regarding it are not entirely accurate.  My hope here is to help…


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…


MPViewer Exports on OPSMANJAM.COM

You probably have noticed that the MPViewer HTML exports for our management packs that were released “back in the day” have not been kept up to date, nor provided for new MP’s released in the library on the OpsManJam website.   Due to the busy work schedule of the UA team who manages the content on…


Windows Server 2003/2008 MP – Default Unit Monitor Config

Here is another Excel spreadsheet from MPViewer that I edited to provide a detailed breakdown of all the Unit Monitors in the Windows Server 2008  management pack.  While the attached spreadsheet is specific to Windows Server 2008, it also applies to 2003.  If you find any errors or have questions, please feel free to contact me. Microsoft.Windows.Server.2008.Monitoring.xls


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…


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…