Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Installation Considerations and Guidance, Part 2

In part 1 of this two-part series, I covered some of the more eluding points that are not addressed in the SLD guide, like where to host the SLD components, and accounts required for installation and configuration. This is the second installment of the series, where I document my installation experience with plenty of screenshots. …

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Service Level Dashboard 2.0 Installation Considerations and Guidance, Part 1

I’ve had some questions around installing and configuring Service Level Dashboard 2.0 recently, and decided to supplement our official documentation with a more visual step by step article. Before diving into the installation steps, I think it’s imperative to cover some of the more vague points that are not addressed in the guide, like where…

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How to link multiple Operations Manager 2007 Gateway Servers together

In Operations Manager, the Gateway server role is primary used for monitoring servers outside the Root Management Servers trusted Domain boundary.  Another popular use of the Gateway role is for performance improvements by placing gateways in sites with poor network connectivity.  Sometimes it is necessary to “chain” multiple gateways together to get monitor across multiple…

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Four new Operations Manager KB articles published last week

We had four new Knowledge Base articles for Operations Manager 2007 and MOM 2005 published last week.  I won’t go into the details of each but the titles and links are below: KB975931 – Recommendations for antivirus exclusions that relate to MOM 2005 and to Operations Manager 2007 KB976593 – Error message when you use…

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Updated Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides: WDS and OpsMgr 2007 R2

The Infrastructure Planning and Design team has released two updated guides for deployment and operations: Windows Deployment Services and System Center Operations Manager. These guides, updated to reflect the features and functionalities of Windows Server® 2008 R2 and System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, outline the critical infrastructure design elements that are crucial to a…

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How to decommission a cluster monitored by System Center Operations Manager 2007

Below are the steps necessary to stop monitoring a cluster that will be decommissioned and is currently being monitored with System Center Operations Manager 2007.  If you do not follow this procedure, there is a risk that you may have orphaned virtual servers after the cluster is decommissioned. In order to remove monitoring of the…

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Enabling Agent Proxy for a Class in System Center Operations Manager 2007

Agent Proxy needs to be enabled for several different management pack features to work properly.  Active Directory, Cluster and Exchange are few common management packs requiring Agent Proxy to be enabled, just to name a few.  Enabling the Agent Proxy security setting allows an agent to submit data on behalf of another source.  By default…

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Step by Step for using Certificates to communicate between agents and the OpsMgr 2007 server

System Center Operations Manager 2007 uses mutual authentication to communication with the agents. First the agent will try to communicate with Kerberos and when this is not possible certificates will be used for the secure communication.  If you happen to have agents that lie outside of your domain, such as in a DMZ, you’ll want…

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Operations Manager 2007 R2 Reporting Guide - call for scenarios

Friday was a busy day for the Operations Manager product team.  Not only did they release a new Visio add-in for OpsMgr 2007 R2 but they posted a new guide to the Operations Manager library:  the Reporting Guide. According to the site: This guide consolidates all reporting guidance (with the exception of report authoring) in…

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New Security Hardening Guide for Operations Manager 2007 R2 and Windows Server 2008

Just an FYI that we published a new version of our System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 SCW Roles and Security Hardening Guide for Windows Server 2008 back on June 9th.  I have a brief description and a download link below: The Operations Manager 2007 Security Configuration Wizard (SCW) Roles and Security Hardening guide can…

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