Targeting Series, Part 1: Differences between 2005 and 2007

Although Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 and Operations Manager 2007 both have the concept of targeting, the way targeting works in Operations Manager 2007 has completely changed from the previous version. To effectively deploy new rules and monitors, it is critical to understand the difference. Consider the following scenario:   In Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, to… Read more

Event, Alerts, Perf Data Flow in OpsMgr 2007

A couple of people asked me questions on how data flowed in OpsMgr 2007 this weekend so I thought this would be a good topic for this week’s blog. Unfortunately this is not documented anywhere. Data Type Flow: Events/Perf/State data is sent from OpsMgr 2007 agents to their primary Management Server which then write to the… Read more

Network Bandwidth Utilization for the various OpsMgr 2007 Roles

Network Bandwidth Utilization for the various OpsMgr 2007 Roles   I recently started owning performance and scale for OpsMgr and it is definitely one of the most interesting and challenging areas I have ever worked on.  I know the first question that is popping up in most of your minds is why is console performance… Read more

OpsMgr 2007 Database and Data Warehouse Size Calculator

I have attached the OpsMgr 2007 Database and Data Warehouse excel calculator I have been using the last couple of months to calculate what I think the size of customers databases would be. This tool is put together based on data we got from MSIT DB and a couple of TAP customers. While the tool has been pretty accurate… Read more

System Center Certifications Coming

The Microsoft Learning team is developing certifications for Systems Center Configuration Manager 2007 (SCCM) and Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 (SCOM). Live Meetings discussing them are scheduled for late October.  Check out Trika’s blog at for more information…. Read more

Cerificate Template for Third-party CA

Some customers have asked how they can obtain a certificate for use with Operations Manager 2007 when are using a Certificate Authority (CA) other than Certificate Services on Windows Server. Use the template below:   [Version] Signature= “$Windows NT$” [NewRequest] Subject = ““ KeySpec=1 KeyLength = 1024 KeyUsage = 0xa0 ProviderName = “Microsoft RSA Schannel Cryptographic… Read more

Virtualizing OpsMgr 2007 Roles

In the last couple of years, virtualization technology has become the “hot thing” in the IT management space because it is seen as reducing overall IT costs which is every CTO’s dream. And the fact that you create backups of your environments is a life saver for most organizations by itself. I thought I would… Read more