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Update on the withdrawn QFE (957123)

12:14 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

The operations manager team blog has released some extra information about this problem from this week.  If you had installed it, please read this to fix the issue:

http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2009/02/25/problem-with-the-iis-modules-qfe-957123.aspx

Cheers,

Mike

JalaSoft: Xian Network Manager Io SP2 for OpsMgr 2007 is now Available

7:21 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Jalasoft has released their SP2 for their great product.

From the press release…

Santa Clara, California . februari 23, 2009 –

Xian Network Manager Io SP2 for OpsMgr 2007 is now available

Santa Clara, February 23rd , 2009—Today, Jalasoft has released it’s long awaited Xian Io SP2 monitoring solution for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

The many improvements in Service Pack 2 are mainly focused on the performance of Xian Io. As a result of these improvements, SP2 is able to monitor 4 times as many devices as in SP1. Besides that, many small enhancements make Xian more user friendly than ever before.

“Xian Io SP2 provides you with the capacity to monitor large network environments with thousands of devices without you having to worry about performance issues” said Davor Pavisic, CTO at Jalasoft.

The performance enhancements in Xian are most notable in large environments, but administrators that have smaller environments will also notice that Xian runs smoother and more stable in addition to using fewer resources.

Xian Io SP2 can be downloaded from the Jalasoft website. Users with Xian Io SP1 will be able to upgrade with the upgrade tool which will be available end of March 2009.

 

Cheers,

Mike

SCCM: Dell released the Dell Deployment Pack for ConfigMgr (Server Deployment)

6:48 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Just read in interesting mail.  Dell has released a new tool called the Dell Deployment Pack

From the site:

What is the Dell Deployment Pack? The Dell Deployment Pack (DDP) is an easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI)-based tool that integrates directly into the Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 (ConfigMgr) console. It eliminates the need for command-line tools and scripts normally used in the Dell™ OpenMange™ Deployment Toolkit (DTK) software. To configure and deploy your Dell systems, you need to select configuration options and commands on the GUI using drop-down lists and check boxes (see "Using The Dell Deployment Pack"). These selections make your system deployment an easy, automated task.

 

Using the ConfigMgr Task Sequence Editor, you can do the following with the Dell Deployment Pack:

  • Configure your system’s Baseboard Management Controller (BMC), Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC), Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID), and BIOS. You can configure BIOS and RAID using .ini files. You can configure your system settings using the GUI or command-line interface (CLI) options. You can also configure RAID using the Array Builder wizard.
  • Create a Dell-specific boot image that will be used in the OS deployment.
  • Create and apply driver installation packages for specific Dell systems.
System Requirements:

 

The Dell Deployment Pack 1.0 supports the following Dell PowerEdge™ systems:
PowerEdge 800, 830, 840, 850, 860, 1850, 1855, 2800, 2850, 6800, 6850, 1900, 1950, 1955, 2900, 2970, 6950, SC1435, 2950, T105, R200, R900, R805, M600, M605, T605, R300, T300, R805, PV0100, PV0500, PV0600, NX1950, M805, M905, and R905.

 

Supported Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Windows Server® 2003, Small Business Server (SP2, R2)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x86, x86_64 Edition SP2 and SP2 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard and Enterprise Editions (x86) and (x86_64)
  • Microsoft Windows® Small Business Server 2008 x64 (64 bit Edition)
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008 x64 (64 bit Edition)

     

    On the same site, they give a lot more information. Sounds good, will have to talk to my boss to get some free time to play with this… 😉

     

    Cheers,

    Mike

  • Monitoring % Free disk space on a windows server 2000

    2:54 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hi All,

    Today I felt like an extreme idiot.  I was creating a huge report for a customer based on several servers.  The customer asked me to create a scheduled report based on certain performance counters.  So I started off and created some servers.  Quite a few of his servers are still Windows 2000.  This was problematic as I couldn’t found the % free disk space 2000 counter, only the one for 2003 was shown (2008 Management pack isn’t imported here…)  I started to check the monitors and rules because I thought the rule was maybe disabled.  After quite some time searching and playing on google, I decided to read the MP Guide for the base OS.  And yes, there it was…

    To enable Logical Disk object for Windows 2000 Server operating systems
    1.    On the Start menu, click Run to open the Run dialog box.
    2.    Type cmd and press ENTER.
    3.    At the command prompt type diskperf -yv and press ENTER.    

     

    Next time, I will follow up my own advice quicker and read the manuals first 😉

    Cheers,

    Mike

    Important Update: QFE for IIS 7.0 has been removed from the Microsoft Site

    12:11 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    I blogged about the new IIS management pack for operations manager today but I got word today that the QFE (one of the prerequisites) has been removed from the website.

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=f82ef6b3-a08e-4295-b9e3-fb78a74aefa8&DisplayLang=en

    In the download is now a text file that says:

    Cheers,

    Mike

    New Management Pack: Windows Server Internet Information Services for System Center Operations Manager 2007

    8:43 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    Microsoft has just released a new management pack.  Download it here

    Overview

    This management pack provides an early warning to administrators on issues that could affect services so that administrators can investigate and take corrective action, if necessary. The management pack helps to simplify the administrative environment by providing a single console for the administrator to perform a number of useful management tasks. To help troubleshoot common issues, the management pack contains helpful product knowledge and a way to extend this knowledge through adding your own company or organization knowledge related to an issue.

    Feature Summary:
    The IIS MP provides monitoring of the following objects:

    • Web Sites
    • Application Pools
    • FTP Servers
    • NNTP Servers
    • SMTP Servers

    Management Pack Release History:

    • 3/23/2007 – Initial release, version 6.0.5000.0
    • 1/15/2008 – Updated Guide, same version
    • 2/22/2008 – Updated release, version 6.0.6278.0, released on SP1 media
    • 5/27/2008 – Same version release, version 6.0.6278.0, released on Microsoft Download Center
    • 2/23/2009 – Updated the IIS management pack to support monitoring Windows Server 2008, version 6.0.6539.0

     

    Prerequisites (see the MP documentation):

    Please note that you need KB 957123 as a prerequisite.  This hotfix updates the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Agent to allow it to monitor Windows Server 2008 IIS 7.0 servers.

    Unfortunately, this is were it went wrong.  We don’t succeed in installing the hotfix.  We’ve tried unblocking the download (of course), extract it (see my post about extracting MSI) and even tried the possible workaround.

    For the moment, no success but we’ll keep trying.

    • Windows 2008 base OS MP
    • Windows Server Internet Information Services Library MP

     

    From the moment we find a fix for the hotfix installation issue, we’ll let you know

    UPDATE!

    Arne, one of my top system center engineers has found the solution.  Because we’ve tried to install the hotfix the ‘old school’ way, the health service on the RMS refused to start again.  He resolved this by following the method in http://blogs.technet.com/smsandmom/archive/2008/04/30/opsmgr-2007-healthservice-service-fails-to-start-with-25362-warning.aspx

    After that the healthservice worked again, he started a command prompt with elevated rights, and ran the hotfix from there.  After that, it installed like a charm.

     

    Cheers,

    Mike

    IE7.0 Handy Command Lines

    8:42 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    Today I was working on a Terminal Server 2008 environment that had problems with his local drive.  The main issue here was that they had published internet explorer with the default settings.  That caused a lot of temporary files and cookies etc left on the server.

    Of course I could easily create some GPO’s to prevent cookies and temporary files etc.. but this was not an option as I was not allowed to touch the GPO’s in this environment.  Fair enough, so I started to google to find another solution. 

    I came across this site: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows/clear-ie7-browsing-history-from-the-command-line/

    This site provided me with a lot of commands to clean those things up through command line.  I told this to the customer, and this was agreed that they could be put in a logoff script on the terminal servers.

    Anyway, here are the commands:

    Temporary Internet Files

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 8

    Cookies

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 2

    History

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 1

    Form Data

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 16

    Passwords

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 32

    Delete All

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 255

    Delete All – "Also delete files and settings stored by add-ons"

    RunDll32.exe InetCpl.cpl,ClearMyTracksByProcess 4351

     

    Enjoy and thanks to the howtogeek website.

    Cheers,

    Mike

    SCOM: New Knowledge Base Articles

    7:11 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    The new Knowledge Base Articles for this week:

    KB 960363: Charts in a performance report are incorrectly scaled, or a report that contains multiple charts does not display the charts in the correct order in System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1.

    This is an interesting one.  I’ve had this problem already for months, and finally there’s a hotfix. My clients will be happy that they can have now one performance report for multiple servers that’s readable ;-)  For me, this is a must have hotfix in each deployment.

    KB 959497: The System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 SDK service may stop unexpectedly, and you may receive an error message: “Specified argument is out of the range of valid values”

    Enjoy

    Mike

    SCCM: Troubleshooting Guide for Deploying Intel vPro Technology with MS SCCM 2007

    11:00 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    Received from Steve Davies from Intel

    For those who need help troubleshooting Intel(R) vPro with Microsoft(R) SCCM, the first revision of the Deploying Intel vPro Technology and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Troubleshooting Guide is now publically available on the Intel vPro Expert Center at http://communities.intel.com/thread/2988

    It assumes familiarity with normal Microsoft configuration tools such as Microsoft Management Console (MMC), and gathers together tips that have been successfully used in deployments in multiple geographies over a 7-month period

    The guide can be used as a detailed aide-memoire when planning for a deployment and/or can be used to systematically validate and debug deployment projects

    There will be further public revisions over time and an up-to-the-minute internal version will also be maintained

    Constructive feedback or new tips are always welcome

    For all of you who are working with the vPro Technology and SCCM 2007, this is a must-have guide in your administrators library.

    Cheers,

    Mike

    New Management Pack: Audit Collection Resource Kit

    7:36 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

    Hey All,

    Secure Vantage Technologies has just released a resource kit for their technology.  This can be found here:

    Brief info:

    ACS Resource Kit includes utilities and docs used when working with customers and partners during POC testing, planning and actual ACS deployments. Contents: Admin Quick Ref, Db and Disk Planning Calculator, Db Event Analysis, Query Active Partition for Event Counts and Specific Events, Windows Security Auditing Ref List, Db Utilities, Groom Specific Events from Audit Historical Db, Noise Filtering and Filter Guide, My Generic Filter, Filter Setup Kit, Security Event Creation Testing, Visio Stencils.

     

    Cheers,

    Mike