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

Setting the Default Email Notification Format

It is not possible to configure the default email notification format through the administrator console.  It is possible to edit the global page and command format but not the email format.  Many people ask how they change the default email format at a global level.  The only way to do this is to use an… Read more

Take Control of your MOM 2005 Operator Console Experience with .omc Files

The MOM 2005 Operator Console has a great hidden feature most people don’t know about – .omc files!  A .omc file is a file which stores your personalization settings for the console session.  You can do a File/Save As at any time to start a new .omc file.  From then on, while you have the… Read more

Bypassing the MOM 2005 Installation Prerequisite Checker

There are quite a few situations recently which have come up where you might want to bypass the MOM 2005 installation prerequisite checker.  These include installing MOM 2005 (not SP1) on a Yukon server, installing the MOM UI on Windows Vista, or installing MOM 2005 in a situation where the prerequisite checker does not acurately… Read more

Microsoft IT – Showcase customer of Microsoft Operations Manager

I have been working with Microsoft IT (MSIT) for three years now as the Program Manager liason with various teams within Microsoft IT.  MSIT is a huge organization and there are many different groups within MSIT that are the earliest and most hard core beta testers of MOM out there.  They go big when others… Read more

Automatically Refreshing the Perf View in the MOM console

Quite a few customers have asked ‘Why doesn’t the performance view automatically refresh like the other views in the operator console?”  This is a great question.  There are basically two reasons for this:   1.      The performance view takes quite a bit of processing power on the database to generate.  Having the performance view open… Read more