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Best of MMS is coming: 15 june 2011

5:31 am in Uncategorized by alkin

For our best of MMS on June 15 we will have a special guest! Chris Childers is coming to Belgium!

 

chrisChris Childers  has over 15 years of product management and business development experience in growth stage software companies. Chris joined Microsoft as a Senior Program Manager in the System Center team through the AVIcode acquisition. While at AVIcode, Chris held roles in Product Management and Business Development with a focus on building a partner eco-system. Prior to AVIcode, Chris co-founded Artifact Software where he managed the company’s product development and was instrumental in building its first generation product, acquiring early adopter customers and securing funding. Chris also served as Director of Product Management at Sequoia Software and Senior Technical Evangelist at Citrix Systems. When Chris is not working he can be found cycling the back roads of Maryland.

 

 

This is our agenda of the day. For the very first time we now have two tracks:

The Tracks

 

Hour

Track 1

Track 2

09:00 – 09:30

Welcome and Registration

Welcome and Registration

09:30 – 09:40

Introduction

Introduction

09:40 – 10:40

Introduction to Opalis and a Sneak Peek at System Center Orchestrator

SCDPM: DPM 2012: What goodies are coming

10:40 – 11:40

System Center Configuration Manager 2012

System Center Service Manager 2012 overview

11:40 – 12:30

Lunch

Lunch

12.30 – 13.30

Configuration Manager 2012 – Deployment and Infrastructure Technical Overview

Managing your Fabric with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

13.30 – 14.30

AVIcode: Overview of Application Monitoring That You Can Do Today

Managing your Fabric with System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012

14.30 – 15.00

Break

Break

15.00 – 16.00

Operations Manager 2012: Overview, Setup and Configuration

Windows Intune: PC Management with Cloud Services

16.00 – 17.00

Technical Overview of System Center Advisor ("Atlanta")

 

17.00 –

Networking

Networking

 

 

More Information

Location

ALM Point Antwerpen
Filip Williotstraat 9
2600 Berchem

Date

June 15, 2011

Webpage: http://technet.microsoft.com/nl-be/ff628215

Register for the in-person event: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032487389&Culture=en-US

Register for the live meeting: https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032487391&Culture=en-US

thanks,

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

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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

 

SNAG_Program-0272

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

SNAG_Program-0273

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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4 more speakers from the System Center Product Team at Techdays Belgium

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We’ve secured 4 more speakers from the System Center Product Team for Techdays Belgium

  • Jeff Wettlaufer (will be talking about SCCM 2012)
  • Adam Hall (covering Orchestrator, the next version of Opalis)
  • Sean Christensen (Service Manager 2012)
  • Clare Henry (who will deliver the keynote).

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Don’t miss this unique opportunity!

 

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Avicode now in the SMSE and SMDE suite!

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It was announced a few weeks ago that Microsoft had acquired AVIcode and now they finaly released a trial version and give an update regarding the new licensing.

You can download and use this software only if you are a licensed holder of a qualifying Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE), Microsoft System Center Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD).

 

http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/avicode.aspx

 

and if you want to read some documentation regarding Avicode you can find it here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/confirmation.aspx?FamilyID=3aa9a2e1-2b99-4f80-b633-e2c3cd32a78d 

 

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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!

 

Thanks,

Alexandre verkinderen

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Belgium System Center Day

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Scug.be is very excited to annouce our next event. For this occasion we have some top international speakers like Wally Mead, Travis Wright, Jason Buffington, 4 Belgium System Center MVP’s and other System Center Experts and that’s why the event will also be held in a special place http://events.livingtomorrow.be/

This event will also be your opportunity to socialize with fellow System Center administrators and consultants and exchange knowledge, meet with one of the most popular Microsoft speakers of all time and have a nice lunch with the 4 Belgian System Center MVP’s and the System Center product managers!

 

More information can be found here: http://systemcenterday.eventbrite.com/

 

Have Fun,

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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Diagram view not working in the webconsole OpsMgr 2007 R2: “missing permissions on the server allow the creation of the RenderBase and/or ImageCache folder”

12:50 pm in Uncategorized by alkin

Today I ran into the following problem: I was unable to access diagram views from the webconsole. Every other view like a state view, performance view, alert view etc was working but not the diagram view:

 

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Likely this is due to missing permissions on the server allow the creation of the RenderBase and/or ImageCache folder or the ability to create files in these folders. Either add the permissions for the anonymous INET user to write to the root folder, or create the RenderBase and/or ImageCache folder and in the root of the web application and add write access to these folders.

 

As you can see the temp folder is empty

 

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you need to give the group called IIS_IUSRS read and write permissions to the root folder of the webconsole

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once done you will see the following files being created in the temp folder:

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and now the final test!

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woohoo it’s working! :-)

 

And now you will see a PNG file in the temp folder for every diagram view you open. That’s why you need to modify the rights so that the group IIS_USRS can add those PNG files to the temp folder.

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I don’t think this is very efficient. Image a NOC with 10 guys consulting the webconsole and each one of them opens 2 views and with 4 levels each then you will 80 PNG files in the temp folder!! But that’s a total different discussion :-)

 

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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