New AVICode.Net MP Available

Check out this new MP!  Really powerful application management capabilities.  Here is the overview: Overview Targeted to systems operators responsible for monitoring system health, AVIcode’s .NET management pack operations edition for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 provides a consolidated view of all applications featuring simple health status indicators within MOM 2005 Operator Console. It also provides… Read more

Playing a Sound When a New MOM Alert Comes In

We had another one of those interesting threads on an internal distribution alias today about playing a sound when a new alert comes into MOM.  While MOM doesnt support this natively, the contributors to this thread came up with some interesting options:   Instead of or in addition to playing a sound you can have… Read more

Running Multiple MOM Consoles at Once

We had an interesting thread today on an internal alias about running multiple MOM consoles simultaneously.  The following are supported configurations: Run multiple MOM 2000 consoles at once – create more than one MMC console with a MOM 2000 administrator console.  Each console can point at the same or a different DCAM.  They can be pointed… Read more

How can you tell what version of MOM you have installed and how can you tell how many days are left in the MOM 2005 Eval version?

You can tell what version of Operations Manager 2005 you have by going into the registry and looking under HKLMMicrosoftMicrosoft Operations Manager2.0SetupInstalledServerSKU.  It will say “Eval” for the evaluation version, “Select” or “Retail” for the licensed versions.   You can tell when Operations Manager 2005 Eval version is going to expire by going into the… Read more

How does MOM 2005 Eval to licensed version upgrade work?

You must have the MOM 2005 RTM version of Eval to upgrade to MOM 2005 RTM Licensed Version. 1)       The upgrade from the evaluation version of MOM 2005 can be performed after the evaluation version has expired. 2)       You must then run the MOM 2005 licensed version (MOMServer.msi) on the server that has the MOM… Read more

Creating a read-only MOM Operator Console

A question that I hear frequently is “How do I create a read-only Operator Console”? The MOM security groups are ‘MOM User’, ‘MOM Author’, and ‘MOM Administrator’.  Unfortunately, there is no ‘MOM Read-only User’ security group.  This means that there is no possibility of creating a completely secure read-only user profile.  The Operator Console does… Read more

MSDN Magazine MOM Article

MSDN Magazine has a great article on how to write a manageable application and then montoring it with MOM, entitled Instrument and Monitor Your ASP.NET Apps Using WMI and MOM 2005. This really gets to much of the core of DSI which starts wtih designing applications with management in mind and then developing a feedback mechanism… Read more

Securing MOM

Many customers are interested in best practices for securing their MOM 2005 deployment. Beyond the documentation we provide (see the MOM Security Center as part of the MOM 2005 Admin consoleInformation Center) here are a couple more tips: Use Security Configuration Wizard. This is a great tool to lock down servers that comes as part of Windows Server… Read more

MOM 2005 SP1 Dependency on Windows Installer (MSI 3.1v2)

Here is some background that led to the decision to take this dependency on Windows Installer (MSI) 3.1v2 in MOM 2005 Service Pack 1.  I completely understand how this dependency may complicate or delay your deployment of MOM 2005 SP1 particularly in highly locked down environments. The primary reason for taking this dependency is that… Read more

Final MOM 2005 Sizer Available Now!

The MOM 2005 Sizer tool is finally available.  This is the final version that is officially released to the public.  The MOM 2005 sizer helps you predict the hardware requirements for your MOM deployment based on the number of computers that you will be managing.  It can also predict the network utilization. This tool is… Read more