Using a TCP Port monitor to monitor a File Server? (#SCOM)

While mapping out a distributed application a dependency upon specific file share on a file server was identified as a critical piece of the design. I was aware of two options for this:   1) Using the community “File System Management Pack” available on System Center Central at: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/PackCatalog/PackCatalogDetails/tabid/145/IndexID/13064/Default.aspx. In this case it was a…

Operations Manager Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) (#SCOM, #WindowsServer)

Interested in how Operations Manager monitors the key performance indicators (KPI) for your servers? In the January 2011 edition of Windows IT Pro magazine there is an article that I wrote about this topic. It’s also available online at: http://www.windowsitpro.com/article/microsoft-system-center-operations-manager-2007/Operations-Manager-Key-Performance-Indicators.aspx Just got my copy in the mail today!

Using the Service Manager 2010 Dashboard for Operations Manager (#SCOM, #SCSM)

There have been some great articles out there on how to use the Configuration Manager Dashboard for Operations Manager. For background I highly recommend: Anders Bengtsson: http://contoso.se/blog/?p=1409  Timothy McFadden: http://www.scom2k7.com/how-to-create-a-custom-scom-dashboard-to-show-key-management-group-information/    However, as far as I can tell nobody has tackled using the Service Manager 2010 Dashboard for Operations Manager. From installing this recently, it…

OpsMgr new “Agents by Health State” report – cool, but where is it? (#SCOM)

There have been some good discussions recently about the updated OpsMgr management pack which discuss one of the new reports which looks really interesting. It’s called the “Agents by Health State” report. Write-ups on this include: Kevin Holman: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/11/24/opsmgr-2007-r2-core-mp-s-updated-6-1-7695-0.aspx Marnix Wolf: http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2010/11/updated-scom-r2-core-mp-has-been.html Pete Zerger: http://systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/82933/Default.aspx However, while risking being captain-obvious here – I wasn’t sure…

Using GreenMachine to reset logical disk fragmentation level monitors and automate defragmentation of servers in OpsMgr (#SCOM)

As part of the Operating System management packs, Operations Manager provides warning level alerts which impact the state of a server when drives on the server are heavily fragmented. For good discussions on these and history related to them please see the following articles:  Kevin Holman’s discussion on this functionality: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2009/09/28/new-base-os-mp-6-0-6667-0-adds-file-fragmentation-monitor-to-all-logical-disks.aspx Logical Disk Fragmentation Level…