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HP EVA performance management pack V2 for Opsmgr

4:29 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

In a previous blogpost I already mentioned that Alain Cote has developped a HP EVA performance management pack.

 

Alain has continued to improve his management pack and wow we have an update with:

  • better discovery
  • a controller processor monitor
  • and a report

 

You can get the HP EVA performance management pack V2 here.

 

Thanks Alain for sharing this with the community!

 

Have fun,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Known issues with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007

9:03 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft just published a known issue with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007.

 

We’ve seen a couple issues with the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack for Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 that we just released and found that the issues did not impact the operation of the management pack but were generating some non-actionable alerts. As a result, we wanted to make everyone aware of these so they wouldn’t cause any undue concern.

The following are some of the known issues in the Dynamics AX 2009 Management pack.

Issue : Alert “A GroupPopulator module unloaded due to an unrecoverable error” in operations manager console when importing the Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack

Affected Version : 1.0.0.50

Description : This error is generated due to a race condition on the RMS where a group populator gets fired before the management pack gets loaded completely. This does not impact the performance or functionality of the management pack.

Resolution : There is no resolution for this problem since it’s due to a race condition. Just close the alert.

Issue : Alert “Script or Executable Failed to run” in operations manager console

Affected Version : 1.0.0.50

Description : Some placeholder scripts (myscript.vbs) in the Dynamics AX 2009 Management Pack cause SCOM to generate warnings because there is no code being executed.

Resolution : There is no resolution for this alert. Close the alert. The problem will be fixed in the next version of the management pack.

Raji Easwaran | Senior Program Manager

Here is a screenshot of the alert of the group populated error:

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Here is a screenshot of the empty scripts:

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I want to thank Raji Easwaran for helping me with these issues. She was really helpfull and always available! Thank you Raji!

 

Alexandre Verkinderen

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System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 SCW Roles and Security Hardening Guide for Windows Server 2008

8:07 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft released a Operations Manager 2007 R2 SCW Roles and Hardening guide help protect and harden your Operations Manager 2007 R2 environment.

 

The Microsoft Operations Manager 2007 R2 Security Hardening Guide for Windows Server 2008 is designed to provide you with essential information about how to further protect, or harden, your Operations Manager 2007 R2 environment by using the Security Configuration Wizard (SCW). SCW is now automatically installed with Windows Server 2008. SCW is an attack-surface reduction tool for computers running the Windows Server 2008 operating systems, including Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2008 with Service Pack 2 (SP2), and Windows Server 2008 R2.

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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HP EVA management pack

9:39 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Alain Côté has written his own HP EVA management pack!  This Management pack will monitor the performance of an HP EVA, the official HP Storage MP only does alerting. 

 

This Management pack is based on the evaperf.exe command and has several collection rules, diagnostic task and one monitor for the latency.

The management pack assumes evaperf.exe is in C:\Program Files\Hewlett-Packard\EVA Performance Monitor and is configured properly.

 

 

 

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Thanks to Alain Côté for sharing this with the communty !

 

Have fun,
Alexandre Verkinderen

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Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2

7:45 am in Uncategorized by alkin

The new Exchange Server 2007 management pack for Opsmgr 2007 R2 is now RTM and available from the mp catalog!

New monitoring wizard for configuring the Exchange MP:

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Feature Summary

  • A number of synthetic transactions ensure the Exchange servers are available and responding in a timely manner. The synthetic transactions are maintenance-mode aware, so that if the target of a transaction is in maintenance mode, the source will not run the transaction, and not alert unnecessarily.
  • This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring synthetic transactions against Outlook Web Access (OWA), Exchange ActiveSync, Web Services, POP3, and IMAP.
  • This Management Pack includes a Management Pack template that provides a wizard-like interface for configuring mail flow synthetic transactions between agent-managed Exchange 2007 Mailbox servers.
  • This Management Pack provides 30+ reports specific to Exchange 2007 that track availability and performance compared to service level objectives. For the list of reports and for more information about the reports, see the Management Pack Guide.
  • All the synthetic transactions in this Management Pack use an Operations Manager 2007 R2 hosting feature for Windows PowerShell technology that provides a performance improvement when running synthetic transactions.
  • A significant number of rules and monitors that are not actionable or may be noisy are disabled. Note that many of these rules are still in the Management Pack so that you can enable them if necessary.
  • Support for monitoring any number of Exchange organizations using a single Operations Manager 2007 management group.
  • Full support for Microsoft clustered configurations. For more details, see the Management Pack Guide.
  • Discovery of Exchange 2007 server roles is disabled by default, and no Exchange 2007 monitoring is applied by default. This allows you to discover and monitor your servers gradually, as well as tune the Management Pack as you bring more agent-managed Exchange 2007 servers into the Operations Manager environment.

 

 

Grtz,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Opsmgr Performance problems with healthservice on agents

8:59 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

On some occasions the scom agent can cause a lot of performance issues on the servers. Here I will describe some steps I take when I have performance problems and in most of the cases it works for me.

The first thing you should do is to configure the antivirus exclusions for opsmgr. Have a look at Kevin Holman’s blogpost Antivirus Exclusions for MOM and OpsMgr on how to do this. Configuring anti virus exlusions will help you gain some performance.

This is a screenshot of the performance of my cpu before the anti virus exclusions:

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And this one is after the anti virus exclusions:

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The second thing is to have a look at the healthservice.exe. We’ve created a collection performance rule in the previous post to collect the processor time % of the healthservice. If the healthservice is consuming more than 15 a 20 % of your cpu you have a problem . In my case I  had huge performance problems due to the healthservice.exe that was taking all the processor time. My healthservices.exe was taking about 50 to 60 % with peaks to 100% on my agents….You can imagine the reaction of my client….he was not very happy.

Performance view of my healthservice.exe on one of my agents:

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So I did some tests, installed all the necessary hotfixes, deleted the healthservice cache, exception of programfiles\scom\ for the antivirus etc etc. But with no results.

So I tought it was WMI and did the following steps to rebuild the wmi:

· Net Stop WinMgmt

· Ren %WinDir%\System32\Wbem\Repository %WinDir%\System32\Wbem\OldRepository

· Net Start WinMgmt

Still no success, still had performance troubles. I contacted one of our company architects who send me a repairwmi.cmd “program” he developed . It will recompile all the mofiles, re-register all the dll’s, exe’s etc.

Steps to take:

1. Copy the content of the repairwmi.cmd to the %WinDir%\System32\Wbem\ folder

2. Run the repairwmi.cmd

3. Stop the opsmgr healthservice

4. Delete the healthservice cache

5. Start the opsmgr healthservice

And voila! All my performance problems where gone!!

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As you can see this reduced drastically the processor time % of the healthservice!

 

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Collect Processor time % of the HealthService.exe of your agents

9:01 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

If you have performance problems on your agents it’s probably the healthservice.exe that’s taking a lot of processor time %. At the moment only the processor time of the healthservice of the management servers is collected. This mean you will need to create a new collection performance rule to collect the processor time of the healthservice on your agents.

To have an overview of the processor time % of the healthservice.exe of all your agents follow the following procedure.

 

Create a collection performance rule

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Click next

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Click next

 

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Click next

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Select use optimization and click create.

 

Now you can create a custom performance view to see the collected information:

 

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This view shows you the processor time % of the healthservice.exe that’s running on your agents.

 

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Changes effective July 1st to System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Licensing

9:19 am in Uncategorized by alkin

FYi

 

Components of Server Management Suite Enterprise

Enterprise server management licences<Server MLs> for

  • · System Center Operations Manager 2007,
  • · System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2,
  • · System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • · System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008
  • · And System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 Management Server License

Current licensing Rules: Rights to manage an unlimited number of operating system environments (OSEs) on a single physical server

Upcoming System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise Licensing Changes

Two System Center Server Management Suite licensing changes will become effective 1 July, 2009, with the release of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2*:

  • · System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise <SMSE>will be switched from an unlimited operating system environment to a four operating system environment, limited licence with a corresponding 20 per cent price decrease.
  • · A new suite offering, Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter <SMSD> will be introduced and will include the same products as System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise, but, it will be licensed per processor and will provide for the management of an unlimited number of operating system environments.

*Licensing changes become effective when customers adopt System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 and subsequent releases of the other products included in the System Center Server Management Suite family.

 

I hope this will only affect new licenses bought after July 1 and that existing customers can still upgrade to Opsmgr R2 with an unlimited management of VM’s.

 

If you want to know more about licensing at Microsoft have a look at Emma’s blog: http://ladylicensing.spaces.live.com/

 

Grtz,
Alexandre Verkinderen

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Session Recording Using System Center Operations Manager to monitor your SharePoint environment.

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SESSION RECORDING Using System Center Operations Manager to monitor your SharePoint environment

System Center Operations Manager 2007 is THE end to end Monitoring Solution. In this session we will discuss what you, as SharePoint guys, find relevant to be monitored.
System Center Operations Manager uses a SharePoint Monitoring toolkit for monitoring the SharePoint Environment. This toolkit consists of a set of System Center Operations Manager 2007 management packs designed to help IT pros monitor their WSS 3.0 and MOSS 2007 and 2007 SP1 environments. These newly released packs were engineered to take advantage of SCOM 2007’s features, including new and improved reporting, additional actions, new views, and integrate IIS and SQL health rollup for a better understanding of the system-level dependencies of the SharePoint environments.
And last but not least: System Center Operations Manager can also emulate end user experience by monitoring a Web Application. We will show you how to monitor a Web Application, even if it is require credentials, and how to record a browser session.

VIDEO:

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SLIDE DECK:

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Have Fun,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Interview with Nigel Cain at Techdays 2009 in Antwerp on SCSM

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At Techdays 2009 in Antwerp we interviewed Nigel Cain ( Program Manager – Operations and Service Management group) and asked him some questions on System Center Service Manager:

 

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Have fun,

Scug.be Team

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