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Operations Manager 2007: Installation of Jalasoft R2

10:58 am in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

With the release of R2 from Xian IO, I had to install it for the first time last week with a customer.  The environment was on a windows server 2008 SP1 64-bit edition.  After downloading the software, I’ve started with the installation.

According to the manual (yeah, from time to time I actually read manuals ;-)) and followed the instructions:

 

First, I had to import the management packs into Operations Manager.  Because it wasn’t certain yet which MP’s will be used in the future, I decided to only import the Jalasoft Core Management packs (see screenshot)

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After that, I had to install the XianConnectorModuleInstaller.  This .msi is found in the correct x64 or x86 (depending on your architecture) folder.

No problems so far.

Third, it was time to start the installation of the product.

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The first screen is the tradition Welcome screen so quickly to Next

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In the next screen, I only had to fill in the User Name and the Organization

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Third screen, now I need to make a decision.  Because Jalasoft gives you the option to different scenario’s, it is always easy to choose this one.  So I decided to use that.  For more information on the different Scenario’s and what they do, you can always check out the manual on their website.

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The next screen allowed me to choose the scenario.  In this particular case, it was a Single Server scenario so I could continue.  This is also the location where you can choose the installation location.  Before you press Next, make sure that you have read the prerequisites for the different parts of the software.  For easy referencing, here they are:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2:

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2 is required to install the Jalasoft Xian Services.

Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0:

Microsoft.NET Framework 3.0 is required to install the Jalasoft Xian Connector for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.

Microsoft Message Queue:

Microsoft Message Queue is required for communications between the Xian Services.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces or Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Server:

The Jalasoft Xian Connector for OpsMgr 2007 requires Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces or Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Server installed in this machine.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces:

The Xian UI Controls for OpsMgr 2007 require Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 User Interfaces installed in this machine.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005:

The Xian Database and the Xian Data Server features require LAN connectivity to an installed Microsoft SQL Server 2005.

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Now you need to decide where you want your database.  The installer will enumerate all SQL instances he finds.  It is also possible to change the database name if you want.

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Now the software needs a user to run the services as.  Here it went wrong.  I always got errors saying that the account was not a member of the administrator group.  After consulting with Jalasoft support, I heard that for the installation it is necessary that UAC is off (This requires a reboot!).  So I stopped the installation, turned UAC off, restarted the server and tried again, now I could get past this window.

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Next thing is the location of the Jalasoft Connector, the RMS server and the Management server of Operations Manager.  At this point, which I didn’t realize at that moment that it would cause problems, I saw that the installer took the IPv6 address.  So I’ve changed it to the correct IP addresses (all IPv4) and continued.

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Again I needed to tell the software the location of a component (Jalasoft Dataserver this time) but since it was a single server installation, it was the IP of the current server.  Note that filling in the 127.0.0.1 address is not a good idea.  Use the correct IP of the server.

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In this screen, the installer asks the preferred IP.  I choose for the IPv4 address.

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A lot of questions, but then again, a lot of components so again an IP for the server that runs the Xian Network Manager Server (The same one in a single server scenario)

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Starts to get annoying but also the IP address of the Task Server needs to be known

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Finally everything is OK, so I can start installing.

The installation went quickly, there is no reboot necessary (well, actually there is, since I turned UAC back on ;-))

So I started the console for Xian and I got an error.

After reading through the documentation and unable to solve the problem myself I contacted support (again).  They told me that in some cases, with the use of IPv6, the IP addresses are not correctly registered in some configuration files and that I needed to change it manually.  Here is the procedure they gave me:

“ In some cases (for example IPv6) the IP address is not correctly registered in the configuration files of Xian. You need to that manually. Check the the following files in C:\program files\jalasoft\xian network manager io

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.ConnectorService.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.DataServer.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.NetworkManagerServer.config

   – Jalasoft.Xian.Services.TaskServer.config

   In these files look for the ipAddress entry name and correct the value to the ip address that you are using. Note that you cannot use localhost (127.0.0.1).

   Now restart the the jalasoft services.

After that, the program worked perfect.

Basically, I’ve learned a few things:

1) The software runs on an 2008 x64 platform

2) Watch out if IPv6 is configured.

3) Jalasoft support contacted me twice in less then 2 hours after submitting a case through the website!  So Jalasoft, if you read this, keep up the good work on your support team 😉

 

If you ever encounter these problems, I hope this post helps a little bit to install the software.

Cheers,

Mike

Operations Manager 2007: Free Version of Live Maps

5:50 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Hey All,

Just heard from Savision:

The Netherlands – Tuesday, March 17, 2009 Savision B.V., the leader in Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager visualization, today announced the availability of a free version of Live Maps for Microsoft Operations Manager 2007. Microsoft Operations Manager administrators everywhere can now benefit from the extraordinary visualization capabilities of Live Maps v3. The free version is fully functional and allows IT organizations to create three maps of any type.

Follow up:

Live Maps allows IT organizations to easily conceive, build and maintain large-scale monitoring maps. New wizards and templates allow IT professionals to quickly construct dynamically updated network and application topologies, geographical views, complex business processes and executive dashboards. Network link-awareness features ensure that the full IT picture is provided. This ensures that employees at all levels, from the IT operator to the business executive, have access to the information needed to proactively manage IT problems.

“Associating IT failures to our applications and IT services is a difficult proposition without understanding the relationships between components that connect a specified service. Being able to visualize these relationships and their associated alerts is a vital element that our organization has strived to achieve for years“, said Brian Muffley, Global Framework Engineering Manager (ICT), Lend Lease Corporation. “Live Maps allows us to meet this requirement and provides a dynamic environment that simplifies impact analysis and availability monitoring. We have found that Live Maps is helping us to communicate the health of our services, not only to applications and support teams but also to senior management by utilizing their dashboards and drill through technology.”

The free version of Live Maps may be downloaded at www.savision.com/free.

Certainly worth checking out 😉

Cheers,

 

Mike

New Management Pack: Microsoft Server Network Load Balancing Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

3:58 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

For Download: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=78D8C93A-BAE6-4C5D-90AF-B0BF2CE12998&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

Overview

The Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) Management Pack monitors the health of NLB on computers that are running Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 to improve the availability, performance, and security of your Windows environment. This Management Pack requires OpsMgr 2007 MOM 2005 Backward Compatibility MP Update) 6.0.5000.12 (or higher).
Release History

  • 8/6/2007 – Version 6.0.5000.0, Initial release of the English version,
  • 2/24/2009 – Version 6.0.6505.0, Minor update to the management pack to support side by side import with the new Windows Server 2008 NLB MP.

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

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

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New Management Pack: Windows Client 2000/XP/Vista Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

8:21 pm in Uncategorized by

Hey All,

Microsoft has released a new management pack: Windows Client 2000/XP/Vista Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

Brief Description

The Microsoft Windows Client 2000/XP/Vista Operating System Management Pack provides fundamental monitoring basics for computers running Windows Client 2000, XP, or Vista operating systems.

Overview

The Windows Client Monitoring Management Pack is built to detects, diagnose, and resolve hardware and software problems pertaining to Client 2000, XP, and Vista operating systems. Information and analysis on the issues that the system detected are collected by the MPs through an agent on the client machine, and sent to OpsMgr where this data is converted into health state, alerts (if need be) and processed for business critical and aggregate reports. The MP gives a clear picture of catastrophic failures in your mission critical machines, trend-based alerts of significant changes to computer groups, in-depth views of health of individual machines, and reports that provide a landscape view of the health of all monitored clients.

Feature Summary

  • Key Processor Performance Indicators
  • Logical and Physical disk performance and free space
  • Memory utilization
  • Network health
  • Health monitoring of key Windows Operating System services
  • Comprehensive performance collections
  • Availability and event reports

Release History

  • 3/23/2007 – Original release of the English version of Client 2000/XP management packs, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 5/11/2007 – Original release of the English version of Vista management pack, version 1.0
  • 1/15/2008 – Guide update of Client 2000/XP management packs, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 2/22/2008 – Updated release of Client 2000/XP management packs, version 6.0.6278.0
  • 5/27/2008 – Release onto Microsoft Download Center of Client 2000/XP management packs, version 6.0.6278.0
  • 2/16/2009 – Update release that includes business Critical monitoring for Vista and bug fixes for performance and aggregate monitoring, version 6.0.6520.0

Cheers,

Mike

New Management Pack: Windows Server Cluster Management Pack For Operations Manager 2007

1:46 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Can be found here

Information about this management pack according to the MS website:

Overview

The Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 cluster deployments. It monitors Cluster services components—such as nodes, networks, resources, and resource groups—to report issues that can cause downtime or poor performance.
Feature Summary
Some of the conditions monitored by this management pack are as follows:

  • Configuration or hardware issues that interfere with starting the Cluster service
  • Connectivity problems that affect communication between cluster nodes or between a node and a domain controller
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) settings that affect the cluster; for example, permissions needed by the computer account that is used by the cluster
  • Configuration issues with the network infrastructure needed by the cluster; for example, issues with Domain Name System (DNS)
  • Issues with the availability of a cluster resource, such as a clustered file share
  • Issues with the cluster storage

Release History:

  • 3/6/2008 – 6.0.6277.0 – Original English release
  • 4/2/2008 – 6.0.6277.1 – Updated version, see MP guide for details
  • 2/12/2009 – 6.0.6505.0 – Introduced support for Windows Server 2008 clusters and addressed some issues from the previous release.
System Requirements
  • Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003; Windows Server 2008

All management packs (MPs) included in this download are supported on System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) with Service Pack (SP) 1. The Windows Server 2008 specific management packs require that portions of the Windows Microsoft Windows Server Operating System Management Pack be imported as well. If the necessary MP’s are not present in the management group at the time of import then the import wizard will indicate which MPs are required. A link to download the Microsoft Windows Server Operating System Management Pack is available on the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Catalog (http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/scp/opsmgr07.aspx) .
The Windows Server Failover Cluster Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 is supported on the following configurations:

  • Windows Server 2003 operating systems with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2) on 32-bit and 64-bit servers.
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 operating systems with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Service Pack 2 (SP2) on 32-bit and 64-bit servers.
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter operating systems on 32-bit and 64-bit servers.

The Windows Server 2008 specific Management Packs are not supported on the Windows Server 2008 Web and Standard operating systems because the Cluster service is not supported on these editions.

  • Other Software: System Center Operations Manager 2007

As Always, make sure that you have read the Manual first, there are certain prerequisites that you need to do first!

Certainly Hotfix http://support.microsoft.com/kb/958807 is necessary.

Cheers,

Mike

New Management Pack: VMM 2008 Management Pack

6:12 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft has just released the management pack where I was waiting for…

It can be downloaded @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d6d5cddd-4ec8-4e3c-8ab1-102ec99c257f&displaylang=en

Overview

The VMM 2008 Management Pack monitors virtual machines running on Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual Server, and VMware ESX Server hosts that VMM is managing, as well as the managed virtual machine hosts, library servers, and other VMM components.
Feature Summary
This management pack is tightly integrated with VMM 2008 to implement the following features:

  • Comprehensive health monitoring of virtual machines
  • Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) in VMM
  • VMM reports
  • Diagram views available from the VMM Administrator Console
  • Note: The Microsoft.SystemCenter.VirtualMachineManager.Pro.2008.Public class in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 PRO Library management pack has been redefined as an abstract class.

Release History

  • 9/2008 – Original Release of this guide, version 2.0.3444.0, with VMM 2008 RTM Media
  • 1/28/2009 – Updated version, version 2.0.3451.0, provides VMM reports for Virtual Machine Manager

Don’t forget to uninstall all management packs that came with the RTM version of SCVMM, those starting with “System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 PRO”

I already played a bit with it and it seems very nice, especially the reporting which I was waiting for, but I will need to wait for another 24 hour before I can see all my data…

To be continued

Cheers,

Mike

New Management Pack Available

3:36 pm in Uncategorized by mikeresseler

Microsoft has released a new management pack for Data Protection Manager 2007.
Download can be found @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=c4f5da8b-1f8a-4861-9a38-61165ff65236&displaylang=en&displaylang=en