Targeting Series, Part 2: Why targeting a computer group fails

Targeting a computer group in Operations Manager 2007 produces unexpected results because the computer group target (that is, the class of objects that are computer groups), only exists on the root Management Server. Therefore, any rule that you target to this object class attempts to collect event information from the root Management Server. In some cases,… Read more

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

Trouble with targeting?

There’s been some confusion about the concept of “targets” in Operations Manager 2007. If you’re familiar with object-oriented modeling or programming, you can think of a target as a class. In more general terms, targets are how you tell Operations Manager what objects rules should apply to. For a great four-minute overview and demo of targeting, see the targeting… Read more