Monitoring FIM 2010: Event descriptions

Jeff Ingalls, an Identity Management PFE based out of the U.S. West Region, handles proactive onsite support and training for Microsoft’s Identity products, such as Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 (FIM.) Over the past year he has been working to bring a FIM Health Check offering to our Premier customers. One of the items in…


Prioritizing OpsMgr alerts using Distributed Applications

Michel Audet, a Premier Field Engineer from Microsoft Canada, tackles the very important issue of ‘alert storms’ by prioritizing certain workloads over others. He shows how this is done by using the ‘Distributed Applications’ feature in Microsoft Operations Manager. Distributed Applications, DA, (not to be confused with Direct Access–-an awesome piece of technology in its…


Monitor Windows Server 2012 from SCOM 2007R2 with a new MP

Monsieur Holman brings word of a Base OS MP Update. Lets talk for a minute about Windows Server 2012.  This new server OS has hit RTM already.  However – initially this OS version was only going to be supported as an agent monitored system for SCOM 2012.  There was to be no support for monitoring…


How to Implement OpsMgr Delegation Models (Part 2)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer.  Continuing on from his prior post.  System Center Operations Manager (a.k.a. OpsMgr) provides a facility to share out either the rich or web console to your different support groups within your operational organization.  In my travels to different customer sites, this is one of the least…


Service Catalogues and The Service Description (Part 1)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. A service catalog (or catalogue), as defined in Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Service Design, is a list of services that an organization provides, often to its employees or customers. Each service within the catalogue typically includes: A description of the service Timeframes or service level agreement…


How To Monitor Disk Usage with System Center Operations Manager

Written by Michel Audet, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Monitoring how much data is stored on a particular drive and displaying it in a graph and/or report format is often requested by customers running Microsoft System Center Operations Manager. Writing a standalone VBScript or PowerShell script isn’t overly complicated, but it generally resides outside of enterprise…


Creating Custom Performance Counters in Microsoft OpsMgr (Part 2)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. In my previous post I started down the path of wanting to create some custom counters in Operations Manager 2007, but I could not get started until I had downloaded and installed the authoring console for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007. Now that that…


Creating Custom Performance Counters in OpsMgr (Part 1)

Written by Mark Farrugia, Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. I recently switched disciplines in the Microsoft Premier Field Engineering (PFE) organization, changing from a Platforms-focused position to a System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) focused role. I discovered during my ramp up that I had questions on how to do some easy tasks, and that the…


The Microsoft Infrastructure and Planning Design Series: Accelerate Time-To-Solution

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. I often see questions on various Microsoft technical forums requesting information relating to the design of infrastructure to support new Microsoft products in their respective environments. This leads me to believe that there are a lot of IT professionals who may not be aware of the Infrastructure…


Extending the Cross Platform Monitoring Agent in Operations Manager 2007 R2

Written by Neil Harrison, Premier Field Engineer. When System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (OpsMgr) was released, one of the most interesting new features was the addition of Cross Platform monitoring or, in other words, Unix/Linux monitoring. Having been involved with Enterprise monitoring for almost a decade now I was really intrigued by what OpsMgr…