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"Corporate" Blog of Daniele Muscetta, Premier Field Engineer.

A month in a new life

Hey, I have just realized that I have been in my new PM role for a month already – time flies! If you are one of my OpsMgr readers, in case you haven’t noticed, I have been silent here but I have published a post on the momteam blog – check it out: http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2011/08/12/application-performance-monitoring-in-opsmgr-2012-beta.aspx If… Read more

I have been chosen; Farewell my friends…

I have been in Premier Field Engineering for nearly 7 years (it was not even called PFE when I joined – it was just “another type of support”…) and I have to admit that it has been a fun, fun ride: I worked with awesome people and managed to make a difference with our products… Read more

OpsMgr Agents and Gateways Failover Queries

The following article by Jimmy Harper explains very well how to set up agents and gateways’ failover paths thru Powershell http://blogs.technet.com/b/jimmyharper/archive/2010/07/23/powershell-commands-to-configure-gateway-server-agent-failover.aspx . This is the approach I also recommend, and that article is great – I encourage you to check it out if you haven’t done it yet! Anyhow, when checking for the actual failover… Read more

How to convert (and fixup) the RedHat RPM to run on Debian/Ubuntu

In an earlier post I had shown how I got the Xplat agent running on Ubuntu. I perfected the technique over time, and what follows is a step-by-step process on how to convert and change the RedHat package to run on Debian/Ubuntu. Of course this is still a hack… but some people asked me to… Read more

SCX Evolutions

During the beta of the Cross-Platform extensions and of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, the product team had promised to eventually release the SCX Providers’source code. Now that this promise has been mantained, and the SCX providers have been released on Codeplex at http://xplatproviders.codeplex.com/ it should be finally possible to entirely build your own… Read more

Cross Platform in OpsMgr 2007 R2 Release Candidate

You have heard it all over the place, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 has reached the Release Candidate milestone and the RC bits have been made available on connect.microsoft.com. As it is becoming a tradition for me with each new release, I want to take a look at the Unix Monitoring stuff like I… Read more

Programmatically Check for Management Pack updates in OpsMgr 2007 R2

One of the cool new features of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is the possibility to check and update Management Packs from the catalog on the Internet directly from the Operators Console: Even if the backend for this feature is not yet documented, I was extremely curious to see how this had actually been… Read more

CentOS discovery in OpsMgr2007 R2 beta

Here we go again. Now that the OpsMgr2007 R2 beta is out, with an improved and revamped version of the System Center Cross Platform Extensions, I faced the issue of how to upgrade my test lab. I have to say that OpsMgr2007 R2 beta release notes explain the known issues, and I had no trouble… Read more

Create a Script-Based Unit Monitor in OpsMgr2007 via the GUI

Warning for people who landed here: this post is VERY OLD. It was written in the early days of struggling with OpsMgr 2007, and when nobody really knew how to do things. I found that this way was working – and it surely does – but what is described here is NOT the recommended way… Read more