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Hp bladesystem enclosure monitoring manager requested registry access is not allowed

5:18 am in Uncategorized by alkin

You need to open the HP bladesystem enclosure monitoring manager as an Administrator. Otherwise you will have the following error:

“hp bladesystem enclosure monitoring manager requested registry access is not allowed”

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Special thanks to Shay Levy for pointing this out.

 

Alexandre Verkinderen

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HP Blade System MP installer does not install the mp file

5:16 am in Uncategorized by alkin

If you want to use the latest HP blade management pack 1.40 you need to install or upgrade your HP proliant MP first to the same version 1.40.

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The documentation doesn’t really say but it’s crucial. If you don’t install the Proliant mp first the Blade System MP installer will not import the blade management pack or even install it locally.

thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Using System Center Advisor Management Packs in OpsMgr

6:59 am in Uncategorized by alkin

System Center Advisor has some extra management packs that are not available for OpsMgr.

The full list of data points collected by the agent is available for download here, from the Microsoft Download Center, in an Excel spreadsheet.  For example, included in this list are properties about SQL Server like data from SERVERPROPERTY, sys.databases, and sys.configurations.

I think it’s a shame we don’t have those extra rules and monitors in the OpsMgr MP’s so I wanted to have those extra checks in my OpsMgr environment by importing the Advisor management packs! Let’s see if this will work!

You can find all Advisor management packs on the gateway in C:\Program Files\System Center Advisor\GatewayData\Content

 

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Just copy those Advisor MP’s to your Opsmgr box and import them:

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Once imported you will all those extra checks in your OpsMgr environment.

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And alerts are starting coming in that you didn’t get before:

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Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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update Operations Manager 2007 R2 Management Pack

7:21 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Mircrosoft has released an update of the Operations Manager 2007 R2 management pack version 6.1.7695.0

 

Go get it here  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=61365290-3c38-4004-b717-e90bb0f6c148

 

Changes made:

  • Added the “Agents by Health State” report
  • Added the “An alert subscription has been automatically disabled due to invalid configuration” rule
  • Added the “WMI Service Availability” aggregate monitor and the “Windows Management Instrumentation Service” unit monitor to monitor the state of the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) service (winmgmt) on agents
  • Added rules to that can be enabled in place of monitors that require manual reset of the health state
  • Updated product knowledge for some workflows
  • Changed the "Computer Verification: Verification Error" event collection rule to be disabled by default
  • Change the “Collect Configuration Parse Error Events” rule to be disabled by defaul

 

 

And don’t forget to RTFM!

 

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Alexandre verkinderen

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Service Manager Management Pack

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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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Belgian Best of MMS: The top 20 “Must Have“ customizations in Operations Manager

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This session will look at the 20 most common configuration changes or customizations that we implement in our consulting engagements. At the end of this session, attendees will leave with the knowledge of how to optimize their Operations Manager installation. This session will walk through the ‘eureka’ configurations that all customers love and utilize on a frequent basis within their environments. If you want to be much more efficient in your day to day work, you will not want to miss this session.

 

Slides: slides

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Cumulative Update 2 for OpsMgr installation

12:28 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

High Level overview steps:

1. Root Management Server

2. Manual update of the Operations Manager database together with the included stored procedure file that is discussed later

3. Manual import of the Management Pack library that is discussed later

4. Secondary Management Servers

5. Gateway Servers

6. Deploy the agent update to the agents that used a discovery-based installation

7. Operations console role computers
Note Select the Run Server Update option from the Software Update dialog box.

8. Web Console server role computers

9. Audit Collection Services role computers

10. Apply the agent update to manually installed agents

Note To run this file on a computer that is running Windows Server 2008, you must use an elevated command prompt. An elevated command prompt is a command prompt that was started by using the Run as Administrator option. If you do not run this Windows-based installer file under an elevated command prompt, the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Software Update splash screen does not allow for the installation of the hotfix.

Download the corresponding CU2.MSI file http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=61714687-668a-46e4-b127-ad8519594351&displaylang=en and launch it:

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The only thing you can do here is to accept the license agreement. Don’t forget to read it….

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This is the installation folder where the files will be stored that we will need for the manual operations that must be performed after you update the RMS

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It’s going to start and stop the opsmgr services. Don’t worry about it

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Also don’t panic if you see event ID’s 29104. That’s normal during the upgrade process.

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It can take a while but finally my RMS is updated

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Just like with the CU1 I chose to not restart the server automatically. When you click no you allow the hotfix installation to finish all his post-processes. Check if the file versions has been updated and only then reboot the server.

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I can see that the files have been updated

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Manual operations that must be performed after you update the Root Management Server

Note You do not have to repeat the DiscoveryEntitySProcs.SQL installation if you have previously installed Cumulative Update 1 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.

As in my environment I already applied the CU 1 I can skip this step.

Import updated management packs

This updated management pack is located in the ManagementPacks folder of the package installation.

Microsoft.SystemCenter.DatawareHouse.Report.Library.mp

Now you need to upgrade the other opsmgr components as well. I don’t have other MS servers in my lab environment so I’m going to skip this step.

Remember to upgrade one MS server at a time.

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Last step is to approve the pending agents

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Manually installed agents should be upgraded manually. Or you can easily create a SCCM package and deploy that.

If you have not already done so, create a new view that shows the agent patch list as described on Kevin Holmans blog: http://blogs.technet.com/kevinholman/archive/2008/06/24/how-do-i-know-which-hotfixes-have-been-applied-to-which-agents.aspx

That’s it!

Pretty easy upgrade

Thanks,
Alexandre Verkinderen

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OpsMgr Management Pack Catalog Certificate not Valid or Expired!

6:36 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

I installed a new OpsMgr environment today and when I wanted to import management packs it seems that the certificate is not valid or trusted.

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When you see this you can just click on continue. Microsoft is investigating this.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Infront TrendMicro Management Pack

10:23 am in Uncategorized by alkin

The Infront TrendMicro Management Pack allows customers to proactively monitor their TrendMicro environment. This Management Pack allows for the monitoring of the end-to-end security and spam protection starting from the TrendMicro OfficeScan client to the OfficeScan server, your ScanMail environment and your Interscan Messaging Security Suite. The Management Pack supplies critical events and alerts on viruses and spam to Operations Manager, and also monitors the health, performance, security and availability of these products. Administrative tasks and reports are also included to simplify your daily protection and security administration.

 

Some screenshots:

 

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Task for trendmicro webconsole.

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Task for officescanclient

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Patch information

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Anti spam en viruses graphics

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Recovery tasks

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Monitor of IMSS

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IMSS amount of sent and received e-mail.

 

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But also extended reports:

  • Get Virus Graph By Day
  • Get Virus Graph By Week
  • Get Virus Summary
  • Get All Virus Count between
  • Get Spam Graph By Day
  • Get Spam Graph By Week
  • Get Spam Summary
  • Get Spam Count between
  • Top Spam Recipients
  • Top Virus Recipients
  • Accepted Size
  • Total Traffic
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