Microsoft IT Forum 2005 Coming Up Soon

The Microsoft IT Forum 2005 conference is coming up soon.  The registration site is up and running here: http://www.mseventseurope.com/msitforum/05/pre/content/default.aspx Date:   15-17 November Location:  Barcelona, Spain Registration Cost:   1595 Euros (save 400 Euros on early registration by October 7) Keynote:  Bob Muglia, Senior VP, Windows Server Division   P.S.  Check out a cheezy picture of me on page… Read more

Steve Ballmer Mentions MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition in Exec Mail

Once a month Steve Ballmer sends an exec email to subscribers.  These emails usually talk about Microsoft’s vision/strategy in certain areas.  In this month’s installment, Steve discusses Microsoft’s strategy to meet the unique business and IT needs of the “mid-market” (defined as 25-500 PCs, ~1,000 employees, 1-15 servers, etc).  Steve mentions Microsoft Operations Manager 2005… Read more

The Microsoft Product Cycle

Ian Blyth (Technical Sales – UK) made a great post on his blog about the Microsoft product cycle.  It explains the process that is used by product teams at Microsoft to plan, build, test, and release the products we work on. Check it out here: http://spaces.msn.com/members/ianblyth/Blog/cns!1p0-3FdNn2x1K-q_WMcbBwlg!119.entry This is exactly the process that we used for… Read more

How to change agent control level = Full to None for pre-existing MOM 2005/SP1 agents?

The following things need to be done in order to change Agent Control Level from Full to None.   Stop the MOM service on the MOM Management Server managing the particular agent whose control level needs to be changed. Open the Admin Console Select the All Computer node choose the Management Server and open the… Read more

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