Creating Dashboards in Operations Manager 2007 R2 Using Visio 2010

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer. Have you ever wondered how to create your own dashboard views based off of System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 R2 data but weren’t quite sure how? It turns out that there is a Visio Add-In tool available that makes this quite easy to do if you…


Creating Custom Performance Reports in System Center Operations Manager 2007

Written by Neil Harrison, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Recently, I was working with a customer and one of the questions they asked was how to create a new report in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (OpsMgr 2007) based on a combination of different performance counters. It seems they had specific requirements given to them…


Automation: Why Laziness is a Good Trait in IT System Administrators

Written by Mark Farrugia, a Senior Microsoft Premier Field Engineer based in Canada. I was once told that the best system administrators are usually the laziest people. I didn’t take that statement seriously until I gave it some thought and started taking into consideration that it does in fact hold some truth. Provided you care…


IT Operations: Technology Is Not The Sole Answer

Written by Kip Ng, Principal Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Most people in IT have a strong tendency to resolve a problem with technology or introducing more technologies into a solution. I‘m guilty on this count too. Well, you know what? Technology is not always the answer. 3 key elements to successful IT operations are People,…


How to Securely Configure the SCCM 2007 Management Pack for SCOM 2007

Written by Nicolas Pasquali, Microsoft Premier Field Engineer The Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 (ConfigMgr) Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 helps administrators manage and administer Configuration Manager 2007 servers.  It’s a powerful tool for monitoring the health of your IT infrastructure which is available as a free download here.  Like many…