Demystifying Empty Reports in OpsMgr

I often hear from Operations Manager (OpsMgr) administrators that they generate performance reports for a particular collection rule and the report comes back blank when they are fairly certain that the data has been collected. More often than not, the issue has to do with targeting within the report. It makes sense when it’s explained,…


Push-Installing an OpsMgr Agent Through a Script

In some cases, deploying Operations Manager (OpsMgr) agents through the console (i.e., “push-install”) is not possible. For example, some organizations mandate that every software deployment, including the various agents (virus-scanner, backup, monitoring, etc.), must be deployed through centralized processes. This can include deploying using Systems Center Configuration Manager. In this blog post, I will demonstrate…


OpsMgr Administrator Engaging with the Subject Matter Experts of Monitored Technologies

I’ve seen over and over again IT organizations assuming the Operations Manager (OpsMgr) admins are subject matter experts (SMEs) in all the technologies they monitor. This creates a false expectation that AD or SQL or Exchange or SharePoint, or… is monitored to the same level and tuning that SMEs in these respective technologies expect. Two…


Understanding Notifications in Operations Manager

First time administrators of Operations Manager (OpsMgr) are often uncertain of how notifications work . In this blog post, I will explain how they work, provide a few tips for using them effectively, and provide some references for further reading and advanced notifications scenarios. Three Parts of a Notification In the Administrator Console, under Administration…


Keeping Up with Management Packs

Management Packs (MPs) are the core of Operations Manager (OpsMgr). They contain the definitions and instructions to discover and monitor the various technologies or applications you wish to monitor and be alerted on, so it makes sense that you keep them up to date.   Why are MPs updated? If you’ve authored your own MPs,…


Creating an Alert View to Group Alerts Generated by Monitors Versus Rules

In OpsMgr 2007 and 2012, alerts are generated by either monitors or rules. Monitors are used to represent the health of a component while rules are generally used to collect data, yet they can generate alerts as well. Many OpsMgr operators that focus their efforts on resolving issues in their environment often do not make…


Monitoring System Uptime with VMPD and OpsMgr Authoring Console

In this post, I’ll be using the Visio Management Pack Designer (VMPD) to quickly create a Management Pack (MP) to monitor how long servers have been running and generate an alert if they’ve been running longer than a specified period of time. I’ll also be making a quick modification to the MP using the Operations…


Translating Windows Server Performance Counter Results from French to English Using a VB Script

Earlier this year, I was delivering an operational assessment for an OpsMgr implementation in which I was looking at a number of performance counters from various Windows Servers as they relate to the overall OpsMgr environment health and configuration. One of the interesting challenges I faced was that the environment had Windows Servers installed in…


Prioritizing OpsMgr Alerts with a Distributed Applications Availability Monitor

Getting overwhelmed with alerts in your OpsMgr environment? Not sure which alert to tackle first? Ideally, we’d like our OpsMgr environment to be fine-tuned so that the environment… only generates alerts for something that will be actionable; and only collects data that has value to our organizations. That sounds nice and is relatively easy to…

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