How are OpsMgr 2012 Dashboards different from Reports?

While reports are a good way to get data specific for a certain time period, customers like you wanted a way a rich way to visualize data which you could then project and share with your organization. In OpsMgr 2012, we introduced the concept of Dashboards. Dashboards are familiar concept to our enterprise customers as… Read more

Operations Manager 2012 Release Candidate is available

Check out the Server and Cloud Platform Blog post by David Mills! See  Additional links: RC summary by Kevin Holman:  Download it now!!… Read more

Migrating Operations Manager 2007 R2 Network Monitoring

Operations Manager 2012 network monitoring functions differently than it did in Operations Manager 2007.  Monitoring for existing instances of network devices is backwards compatible, but no new devices can be added using the existing monitoring. These changes made will require changes to Management Packs that were using SNMP based workflows.  There are three big changes… Read more

Operations Manager 2012 Dashboards – The Alert Widget

In a previous post, my co-worker Chris showed off our new Performance Widget and detailed how to configure it. Continuing with our series of post on Dashboards and Widgets in System Center Operations Manager 2012, today I plan on focusing on configuring the new Alert Widget. (Like the last performance widget post, this post assumes that you… Read more

OpsMgr 2007 R2 now supports SQL 2008 R2 SP1

OM Community, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 now supports SQL Server 2008 R2 SP1. Note: We will have the Supported Configuration posted in the next few weeks to make this more official, but feel free to go ahead and install it. Thanks! Nishtha Soni | Program Manager… Read more

Updated – System Center Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD)

Overview The Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Active Directory deployment. It monitors events that various Active Directory components and subsystems place in the Application, System, and Service event logs. It also monitors the overall health of the Active Directory system and provides alerts for critical performance… Read more

Operations Manager 2012 Dashboards – The Performance Widget

In a previous post my friend and co-worker Dale introduced the new Dashboard capability in System Center Operations Manager 2012. He showed a screenshot of a dashboard containing a Performance Widget, but now I want to show you how to configure your own Performance Widget. First however, I have some great news for you. The… Read more

New functionality in the Windows Server Core OS MP version 6.0.6957.0 by Cameron Fuller (MVP)   Kevin Holman has already written up on this MP at but I wanted to throw in my 2 cents on this topic. There are two critical items which I see in this MP which I see as large steps forward: CSV Monitoring: I was at a client when a CSV ran out… Read more

Update: Windows Server Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

Windows Server Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 Overview The Windows Server Operating System management pack consists of the following five management packs: Microsoft Windows Server Library, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Discovery, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Monitoring, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, and Microsoft Windows 2000 Server. The Microsoft Windows Server management packs… Read more