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System Center Advisor Changing the upload frequency

11:36 am in Uncategorized by alkin

Most of the configuration like changing upload frequency is done in the registry.

The registry keys for the gateway are stored in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor\Gateway and the registry keys for the agent are stored in HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor\Agent. If you change anything in the registry keys you will have to restart the System Center Management services on the agent and the System Center Advisor Gateway services on the gateway server.

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By default the gateway only uploads once a day to the Advisor cloud services. Now for demo purposes I’m going to change it to every 12hours.

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Have a look at the following site http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/advisor/ff962521.aspx that describes all the registry keys.

 

Thanks,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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System Center Advisor configuring data upload

11:39 am in Uncategorized by alkin

By default, Advisor will enable the gateway to automatically upload collected data from your server to Advisor.

To disable automatic data upload, add the following registry entry:

Key = HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor\Gateway\
RegEntry name = BlockUpload
Entry type = REG_DWORD

To enable automatic data upload, remove the above registry entry (if present).

The collected data from agents can be accessed on the gateway machine in the folder located at: <GatewayDataRoot>\Mailboxes, where <GatewayDataRoot> is the value of the registry key located at HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor\Gateway. The data is stored in a folder specific to each agent, and named after the ID of the agent. This data will be removed from the directory after upload to Advisor by default, or if specified, will be archived for a period of time as specified by in the Archive Period registry key in the same location. The agentID value for a given agent can be found in the following registry entry on the machine running the agent:

Key = HKLM\Software\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor
RegEntry name = agentID
Entry type = REG_SZ

By default, Advisor will enable the agent to automatically transfer locally collected data to your gateway.

To disable automatic data upload, add the following registry entry:

Key = HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\SystemCenterAdvisor\Agent\
RegEntry name = BlockUpload
Entry type = REG_DWORD

To enable automatic data upload, remove the above registry entry (if present).

 

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

 

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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