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Tech Ed Europe: Vote For The Sessions You Want To See

10:44 am in Uncategorized by alkin

You have the ability to influence what sessions will be shown at Tech Ed Europe.

Go to http://europe.msteched.com/sessionpreference. There you can see a list of sessions that have been shortlisted for possible inclusion into Tech Ed Europe.

One of my sessions has made the short-list.  Enter “Opalis” into the Keyword search box, and you’ll pull up the session “Opalis & System Center better together” or “System Center… Leveraging the suite”.  Check it out and see what you think.  If you think it would make a nice addition to Tech Ed Europe, please vote for it.  And make sure you check out some of the other great sessions that could potentially be available as well.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Cumulative Update 2 for OpsMgr 2007 R2 Connectors

7:38 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft just released Cumulative update 2 for the Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Connectors.

We now support:

  • HP Operations Manager for UNIX v9 running on
    • HPUX 11i v3 Itanium
    • Solaris 10 SPARC
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 x64
  • BMC Remedy AR System 7.5

and some bug fixes as well:

  • Potential high CPU usage of HP OVO Event Consumer for Windows (scinteropd.exe)
  • Synchronization issue in HP OVO Connector
  • Remedy connectors do not populate the Computer Name and Domain fields
  • Unresponsiveness of the Interop provider when an Enterprise Management Service (EMS) API call returns an error
  • Incorrect dates are passed to the remote system by the connector
  • Product Knowledge is not forwarded when the locale is Canadian English

You can find more information or download the CU2 from here.

 

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Service Manager Management Pack

9:42 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft released the Service Manager 2010 Management Pack. The Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010 Management Pack helps you manage your Service Manager infrastructure by monitoring the health of the Service Manager management servers and services.

 

Features:

  • Capturing critical events from Service Manager and creating corresponding alerts in System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.
  • Monitoring the health of vital Service Manager services and providing users with a real-time health status.
  • Providing Operations Manager integrated knowledge for events.
  • Ensuring that the management pack provides clear health information, and that it is extendible, allowing users to add objects such as monitors, overrides, tasks, and knowledge.

 

Supported Configurations

Service Manager Management Pack 7.0.5826.856 supports all configurations that are supported by Microsoft System Center Service Manager 2010.

Service Manager supports SQL Server clustering for the databases, and Network Load Balancing (NLB) for the Service Manager management servers and portals. In these topologies, the individual parts are monitored individually regardless of the existence of NLB.

Supported Configurations

The following table details the supported configurations for the Service Manager Management Pack.

Configuration

Support

Service Manager management servers

Yes, all supported configurations and all supported deployment topologies

Servers on which workflows run

Yes

Data warehouse management servers

Yes

Clustered servers

Yes

Agentless monitoring

No

Virtual environment

Yes

 

You can download the mp here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=82a6cd07-85aa-4739-9829-f1e7cdea7fe7

Also have look at the blog post of Darko Vukovic he’s posted a very useful accompanying set of best practices for getting started with the new management pack.

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Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack 3rd quarterly update

9:02 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Microsoft released a week ago the 3rd quarterly update for the System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 management pack. You can download it from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61365290-3c38-4004-b717-e90bb0f6c148&displaylang=en

 

The localization issue with the System Center Core reports (as described here http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2010/05/scom-r2-system-center-core-reporting.html ) is solved as well.

 

Feature Summary
The Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Packs includes the following features:

  • Local and Remote Monitoring of an Agent’s Health
    • Operations Manager agents monitor themselves for events and performance indicators that signal an issue with the agent’s health.
    • Management servers also maintain an external perspective of an agent’s health via the Health Service Watcher.
    • The ‘Agent Health State’ view provides a side-by-side dashboard of both perspectives on the agent.
  • Optional, Automatic Agent Remediation Capabilities
    • If the Health Service Watcher determines that an agent is unhealthy, a series of diagnostics and recoveries can be enabled to further diagnose the problem and event take actions to attempt to fix the problem (e.g. Ping the server to see if it is completely offline, start a stopped agent, trigger a reinstall, etc.). Refer to the management pack guide for more details.
    • Agents are monitoring their own process to ensure that memory utilization is not sustained at unacceptable levels. If this condition is detected then the agent will automatically restart itself to force the freeing up of memory.
  • Detection of Problems and Misconfigurations with Run As Accounts and Profiles
    • Checks are run on a regular basis to detect if any of the management group’s “Windows” type Run As Accounts have credentials which are about to expire. Alerts will be raised, and where possible this will be done in advance of the credentials expiring to avoid outages.
    • Alerts will be raised if any errors are encountered during the distribution of Run As Accounts.
  • Monitoring of problems with Running Workflows in Management Packs
    • Numerous rules are provided to detect if workflows within management packs are failing. Examples of workflows include discoveries, rules, monitors, etc. Failures can range from bad configurations on the workflows themselves, script failures, permissions problems, etc.
  • Reports for identify drivers of data volumes in your environment
    • Introduced with the 6.1.7599.0 release of the management pack, these reports provide insight into the overall data volumes being processed by your environments. These reports can be used for gaining an understanding of current usage levels in order to establish a baseline and for identifying opportunities for tuning.
  • Operational Data Reporting
    • Introduced in the 6.1.7599.0 release of the management pack, these reports gather information and sends reports to Microsoft on a weekly basis (if you select to send reports). Microsoft uses these reports to improve the quality of its management packs and Operations Manager 2007. Participation in the program is strictly voluntary. For more information, see the Management Pack Guide.

 

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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