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New KB for OpsMgr Management servers or assigned agents unexpectedly appear as unavailable in the Operations Manager console in Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008

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Microsoft just released a new hotfix to deal with ghost agents or agent that are grayed out for an unknown reason. Sometimes it can happen that an agent unexpectedly appear as unavailable without any real reason. We call this ghost agents

The workaround was to delete the health service state directory on the computer (root management server, management server, or agent) that is affected. That way the database will be rebuild.

But Microsoft has now identified this problem as this issue occurs because the database that is used by the health state is corrupted. This database corruption is caused by an issue in the storage engine of the jet database that is hosted on Windows. This is a problem in the Microsoft products and not in OpsMgr. So you need to apply the hotfix to fix the storage engine.

You can download the KB here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/981263 

Notice that this hotfix applies to Windows Server 2008 but not Windows Server 2008 R2.

Hope this helps,

Alexandre Verkinderen

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Wat is er nieuw in System Center Operations Manager R2? (17 december)

Neem deel aan deze infosessie over de nieuwe features van OpsMgr 2007 R2, waarin we dieper ingaan op de verschillen tussen OpsMgr 2007 en OpsMgr 2007 R2.
Thema’s die we in deze sessie bespreken:
o Cross-platform
o Verbeteringen agents
o Verbeteringen management pack
o Verbeteringen authoring
o Installatie
o Reporting

Beste praktijken voor de installatie van OpsMgr R2, informatie uit de praktijk (12 januari)

Neem deel aan deze infosessie over de uitrolling van OpsMgr 2007 R2, waarin we bespreken wat er wel en niet werkte bij de uitrolling van OpsMgr 2007 R2 in verschillende omgevingen. U maakt kennis met de beste praktijken voor de setup, de beste praktijken voor de installatie van een SQL server voor uw System Center-omgeving enz.

Thema’s die we in deze sessie bespreken:
o Upgrade paths
o Cleaning db
o Gotha’s

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: technisch overzicht (19 januari)

Volg deze sessie om meer te weten over System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2. U verneemt alles over de features van Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, inclusief Live Migration support, Quick Storage Migration, Hot Add/Remove Storage, Maintenance Mode, Hyper-V en VMware ESX management en VDI management. Wilt u een Hyper-V en ESX-infrastructuur uitrollen of de nieuwste Microsoft System Center tool voor virtualisatiebeheer  leren kennen, dan mag u deze sessie beslist niet missen.

Beveiligingsverbeteringen in Windows 7 en Windows Server 2008 R2 (26 januari)

In deze sessie belicht Windows beveiligingsexpert Paul Loonen de essentiële beveiligingsfeatures van Windows 7 en het beheer ervan in een bedrijfsomgeving. Enkele van de vele verbeterde functies die in deze sessie aan bod komen, zijn de wijzigingen aan UAC, de Software Restriction Policies, de verbetering van Bitlocker, wat Managed Service Accounts zijn, welke verbeteringen er aan Kerberos werden aangebracht en hoe NTLM beperken.

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Quoi de neuf dans System Center Operations Manager R2? (17 décembre)

Participez à cette séance d’information  consacrée aux nouvelles fonctions d’OpsMgr 2007 R2. Vous y découvrirez les différences entre OpsMgr 2007 et OpsMgr 2007 R2.
Voici un aperçu des thèmes abordés au cours de cette session:
o fonctionnalité inter-plateforme
o améliorations au niveau des agents
o améliorations au niveau du Management Pack
o amélioration au niveau de la rédaction
o installation
o reporting

Les meilleures pratiques applicables à l’installation d’OpsMgr R2 – notes résultant d’expériences concrètes (12 janvier)

Joignez-vous à nous pour cette séance d’information sur le déploiement d’OpsMgr 2007 R2. Elle offre une vue détaillée de ce qui fonctionne et des problèmes rencontrés lorsqu’on déploie OpsMgr 2007 R2 dans des environnements différents. Cette session vous enseigne aussi les meilleures pratiques de configuration, y compris la configuration SQL server pour votre environnement System Center etc.

Voici un aperçu des thèmes abordés au cours de cette session :
o Voies de mise à niveau
o Nettoyage de la base de données
o Gotha’s

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2: aperçu technique (19 janvier)

Ne manquez pas cette session où vous découvrirez en détail System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2.  Nous passerons en revue toutes les fonctions de Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, y compris : support Live Migration, Quick Storage Migration, Hot Add/Remove Storage et Maintenance Mode, ainsi que la gestion Hyper-V, VMware ESX et VDI. Un rendez-vous incontournable pour ceux qui déploient ou planifient le déploiement d’une infrastructure Hyper-V et ESX ou qui veulent en savoir plus sur le dernier outil de gestion de virtualisation Microsoft System Center.

Améliorations au plan de la sécurité dans Windows 7 et Windows Server 2008 R2 (26 janvier)

Au cours de cette session, Paul Loonen, expert de la sécurité Windows, débattra des principales fonctions de sécurité de Windows 7 et expliquera comment les gérer à l’échelle d’une entreprise. Vous découvrirez notamment les changements au niveau de l’UAC, l’évolution des  Software Restriction Policies, les perfectionnements apportés à Bitlocker, l’utilité des Managed Service Accounts, les modifications de Kerberos et comment limiter NTLM.

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Windows Server Operating System Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

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Microsoft just released an update for the windows server mp. They now support Windows 2008 R2 ! Another nice thing is that finaly you can also display the logical disk size in MB’s! It was so damn stupid of Microsoft to only dispplay  the size in Bytes.

You will need to persononalize the logical disk state view because it’s not enabled by default

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 http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=3529D233-5E3E-4B51-8F66-5D6F27005EC3&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

 

The September 2009 release (version 6.0.6667.0) of the Windows Server Operating System Management Pack includes the following changes:

· Support for Windows Server 2008 R2, including new classes to represent Windows Server 2008 R2 systems specifically.

· The intervals for some discoveries have been changed to reduce CPU usage. For details, see Objects the Windows Server Operating System Management Pack Discovers.

· Added Logical Disk Fragmentation Level monitors for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

· Disabled the following rules and monitors for Windows Server 2008 because the events needed are in Windows Server 2003 only.

· Duplicate computer name was detected

· Windows Activation State

· Disk Group Failed

· Disk Group Auto Import Failed

· Volume Not Started

· Run WMIAdap

· Fixed the summary details for the Performance History (Percent Processor Time) report to indicate that the object type is Windows Server 2003 operating system rather than Windows Server 2003 processor.

· Fixed the Performance History (Percent Interrupt Time) report to use a rule that targets the operating system rather than the processor.

· Changed the data source for discoveries from System.Scheduler to System.Discovery.Scheduler to avoid performance issues.

· Changed the Logical Disk Availability monitor to use a Run As profile with administrative privileges to enable it to run in a low-provilege environment.

· Modified logical disk discovery to exclude mount points, because numerous rules use performance counters that are not applicable to mount points.

· Fixed an issue in which an alert could be generated for Windows Activation too early.

· Addressed an issue that was causing some discoveries to not show up correctly in the authoring section of the console.

· Improved the product knowledge for the alert generated by the A Service is Misconfigured rule.

· Fixed issue in which logical disk health check could have performance problems when run against clustered servers.

· Fixed links to views in product knowledge articles.

· Added Active Alerts views for Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008.

· Added retry logic to the "Probe Module: Is Feature Installed" module to avoid failures due to periodic time-outs.

· Added a new integer property named "Size (MBytes) (Numeric)" to the Logical Disk class and updated the existing property "Size (Bytes) (String)" to clarify that it is a string. The new property can now be used in formulas and views as expected.

 

Thanks,

ALexandre Verkinderen

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Windows Key Management Service MP for Operations Manager 2007

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Microsoft just released a new KMS mp for opmsgr 2007. Be carefull when importing it via the catalog with the OpsMgr 2007 R2 console. Before importing the mp imageyou will need to uninstall any previous version of the mp AND you will also need to run a sql Clean up query to delete the previous KMS tables, KMS grooming jobs and any other KMS mp related stored procedure! This SQL cleanup query is not available when importing the management pack with the console. You will need to download and install the KMS mp from here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=A330D876-C965-4433-AFDF-7C61A9126FB3&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

 

Changes in This Update

The 6.0.7234.0 version of the KMS Management Pack includes the following changes:

· Support for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2

· Decommissioning of KMS reports

· Support for non-Windows KMS applications

· Installation / un-installation changes

Supported Configurations

This management pack supports up to twenty KMS hosts. The following table details the supported configurations for the KMS Management Pack

Configuration

Support

Windows Server 2008 R2

Yes, all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit

Windows Server 2008

Yes, all editions, 32-bit and 64-bit

Agentless monitoring

Not supported

Windows 7

All volume editions

Windows Vista

All volume editions

 

Before you import the Key Management Service Management Pack, take the following actions:

· Remove any previous versions of the management pack at or below build # 6.0.6278.9

· If the previous version of the management pack utilized reports, follow these steps:

  1. Open SQL Query Analyzer and select the OperationsManagerDW
  2. From SQL Query analyzer, open the Uninstall.sql.txt (rename to uninstall.sql if desired) file attached with this management pack
  3. Execute (F5)
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System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 SCW Roles and Security Hardening Guide for Windows Server 2008

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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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IIS 7 management pack hotfix

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As mentioned on the MOM team blog there was a problem with the IIS 7 Managemenent pack. After importing the Windows Server 2008 Internet Information Services 7.0 management pack, the Health Service will log error 4507. The issue is in the setup code which causes the SDK and Configuration services on the RMS to be stopped and disabled.

 

Today they released a hotfix that you can find here.

 

This hotfix impacts the following installed files:
MomModules.dll (Version 06.0.6278.43)
MomModules2.dll (Version 06.0.6278.43)
MomIISModules.dll (Version 06.0.6278.43)
MomModuleMsgs.dll (Version 06.0.6278.43)

 

Important Notice: A problem was found with this package, we are working on resolving it.
This hotfix must be applied to each computer that meets the following criteria:
  • Hosts a Microsoft Operations Manager Root Management Server
  • Hosts a Microsoft Operations Manager Management Server
  • Hosts a Microsoft Operations Manager Gateway Server
  • Host a Microsoft Operations Manually Installed Agent (Discover-based agent deployment not used)

To extract the hotfix files contained in this hotfix:

  1. Copy the file, SystemCenterOperationsManager2007-SP1-KB957123-X86-X64-IA64-ENU.MSI, to either a local folder or accessible network shared folder.
  2. Then run SystemCenterOperationsManager2007-SP1-KB957123-X86-X64-IA64-ENU.MSI locally on each applicable computer that meets the predefined criteria.
    You can run SystemCenterOperationsManager2007-SP1-KB957123-X86-X64-IA64-ENU.MSI from either Windows Explorer or from a command prompt.

NOTE: To run this file on Windows Server 2008 you must run this file from a command prompt which was executed with the Run as Administrator option. Failure to execute this Windows installer file under an elevated command prompt will not allow display of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Software Update splash screen to allow installation of the hotfix.

 

Grtz,

Alexandre verkinderen

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