Tips for using Reporting in Operations Manager–How do I make the most of my Operations Manager Reports? (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

Confused on OpsMgr reporting? Running reports with no data? Check out the latest edition of Windows IT Pro! Excerpt from the article with Windows IT Pro in the November 2011 edition: “Although Operations Manager’s reporting structure is extremely powerful and flexible, it’s also unintuitive and can be difficult to work with. This article provides 10…

OpsMgr–”Not Monitored” agent (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

There are a variety of different reasons which can cause an agent to appear as “Not Monitored”. We were debugging some of these on a client site, and ran through potential issues such as these: DNS issues: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2009/10/opsmgr-agent-stays-in-not-monitored.html  Agent configuration incorrect: https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2010/01/25/not-monitored-servers-in-opsmgr.aspx Agent XML file: http://www.brighthub.com/hubfolio/tolga-balci/articles/87174.aspx  Various issues: http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2008/03/10/getting-headaches-trying-to-figure-out-why-you-are-seeing-the-not-monitored-state-for-management-servers-or-agents.aspx We had been debugging the “Not…

OpsMgr Dashboard Integration: Third Party dashboarding solutions: Bay Dynamics IT Analytics for Microsoft System Center (#SCOM)

For this blog article I’ll be focusing on Bay Dynamics and their product IT Analytics for Microsoft System Center. Their product takes a different approach to surfacing System Center data by creating cubes. Bay Dynamics gave me an excellent demonstration of their product focusing on Operations Manager. Their product is designed for all of System…

OpsMgr Dashboard Integration: Custom dashboarding with Visual Studio (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

I saw this and had to write a shout-out to others out there who have built their own customized dashboard solutions which I hadn’t seen yet. Check this one out which was written in Visual Studio over SQL reporting services. Or his earlier version: For information on this check out: http://opsmgr2k7.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/new-enhanched-version-of-my-opsmgr-dashboard/ Summary: This confirms my…

OpsMgr Dashboard Integration: Third Party dashboarding solutions: Silect ConfigWise (#SCOM, #SYSCTR)

In my dashboard integration series (shout from the hecklers ‘”hey, Cameron’s back on that again – I was wondering if he ever was going to finish those”) I have primarily focused on either free solutions or solutions based upon Microsoft technologies (like SharePoint 2010 with Visio integration). I have also historically discussed Savision and their…