Archive for February, 2010

The “Windows Operating System” column has a “Not monitored” state for a new agent

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

If you ever wonder why a newly installed agent is stuck as Not Monitored yet there are no apparent problems then this might be the problem:


Don’t do it!

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Administrators that are new to OpsMgr can easily be lulled into a false sense of security and download Management Packs directly from the web from the administrator window in OpsMgr. I really don’t recommend it and Kevin Holman gave a great explanation of why it is not good practice on the Technet Forums.

Using this tool to directly import MP’s is a bad idea and a worst practice.

1. You need to manually download and read the guide FIRST.
2. You need to ensure you have handled any “before you import” activities from the guide.
3. The MP might include unsealed MP’s which are required, and unless this has changed – those do not come through the UI download.
4. The new MP might not be upgrade compatible with an existing MP in your environment and the UI will not tell you this.

I’d agree with Kevin in that what we need is a Management Pack notifier like we had in MOM 2005…. where it can generate alerts when an MP upgrade for an existing MP is avalable.

Just released: Version 6.1.7599.0 of the Operations Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 R2

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Exchange 2007 R2 Management Pack

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The MOM Team have posted a great article about the Exchange 2007 R2 Management Pack disovery process so I’ve deleted my original posts as this is a single more complete reference:

How we can find the total number operator console or web console opened at any given point?

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

An interesting forum question:

Thanks to LayneR who explains that the latest version of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack includes a collection rule and a performance view called “Console and SDK Connection Count” under the folder Operations Manager\Management Server Performance.

He also provides a powershell script to list the users connected:
Get-ManagementGroupConnection | foreach-object {$_.ManagementGroup.getConnectedUserNames()}

Categories: Consoles, Operator, Powershell

Monitoring DHCP on Windows 2008 R2

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

A special thanks to Zaki Maksyutov from Microsoft who posted this in the forums:

A few rules of current version of DHCP MP do not work well on Server 2008 R2. There are two options here:

1. Disable DHCP MP for Server 2008 R2 computers and wait for a new DHCP MP release for Server 2008 R2

2. Disable rules which do not work correctly for Server 2008 R2 computers (other DHCP monitoring might still work correctly)

In order to disable DHCP MP for Server 2008 R2 computers:

1. Open Operations Console

2. Go to Authoring pane->Management Pack Objects->Object Discoveries

3. Find “DHCP 2008 Server Discovery”

4. Open context menu, Overrides->Disable the Object Discovery->For all objects of another class…

5. Type “Server 2008 R2” in look for edit box

6. Select “Window Server 2008 R2 Computer”

Then already discovered objects by this discovery on Server 2008 R2 computers need to be removed. For this cmdlet “Remove-DisabledMonitoringObject” might be used from Operations Manager command shell. Please see this post for more information:

In order to disable rules which generate these events do steps 1-6 but against particular rules/monitors (Microsoft.Windows.DHCPServer.Library.Collect.FreeScopeAddresses, Microsoft.Windows.DHCPServer.Library.Scope.CollectScopeAddressesInUse, etc.)

Categories: DHCP Management Pack