How do I exclude a specific alert from being sent to specific users in OpsMgr?

Subscriptions in Operations Manager can be complex to create and configure. The key concept to consider is how to architect them to avoid challenges where it is difficult to customize them to how you want them to work. This four part blog series (https://www.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2009/09/08/how-to-use-customized-groups-to-simplify-the-opsmgr-console-for-server-owners-–-using-custom-groups-to-secure-views.aspx) discusses how to architect your OpsMgr environment in a way that…

Identifying the Parameters of an EPM Consulting Engagement

Every good consulting engagement begins with a good written proposal.  Most proposals that I’ve seen include some section somewhere buried amongst the boilerplate which discusses the specific roles and responsibilities of the consulting and implementing organizations. Typically, the verbiage appears something like the following: The Consulting Agency Responsibilities: Install the tool Understand the client’s processes…

Experiment Driven Design

Much like we write tests to assert that the code is really working the way it should, Nathaniel Talbott thinks we should be able to write experiments to provide us with facts that assert the usage of a feature of software is really valid. This is a novel concept, and he discusses it briefly in…

ReSearch This! for OpsMgr – New and Improved

The ReSearch This! management pack for MOM 2005, SCE, and Operations Manager has been updated with new functionality including the ability to share community knowledge, and a view to integrate the OpsMgr By Example management pack tuning series! Pete Zerger has blogged on this at: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/61080/Default.aspx

How to create a computer group for VMware servers or Hyper-V servers in OpsMgr

While tuning an Operations Manager environment that is heavily virtualized on VMware, we started receiving alerts that the “Total Percentage Interrupt Time is too high” on several of the virtualized servers. During discussions with the local virtualization SMEs, they indicated that this metric is handled differently in a virtual versus physical server configuration (see http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vmware_timekeeping.pdf…

Establishing EPM Tool Ownership

Part of my ongoing preparation for a presentation on EPM Deployment best practices…. A colleague of mine remarked a couple of months ago that the number one indicator of success in a MOPS deployment is identifying the owner of the Server implementation going forward.  More often then not, the owner is a PM or PMO…

Developing an EPM Training Program (Part I)

(Working on my presentation on EPM Deployment Best Practices, and decided to work out a couple of ideas via blog posting.)  As I think nobody would argue, a significant part of the EPM deployment story is of course in the training deployment – yet, often the training component is either an afterthought, not paid attention…