Monitoring Distributed Applications in Operations Manager

One of the more complex Management Pack Authoring scenarios is monitoring distributed applications. I recently used the System Center 2012 Visual Studio Authoring Extensions (VSAE) to create a very complex, but generic, distributed application management pack. Hopefully this solution provides a useful example for the community. Management Pack Summary The distributed application is a fake…

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Management Pack Authoring in the VSAE – Tips and Tricks

I started authoring management packs (MPs) in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) when the 2007 version was released. At that time the Authoring Console was not out so I had the pleasure of learning to author in the XML directly. This was difficult at the time but I’m thankful I went through it because I…

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Operations Manager Health Service Restarts due to Exceeding Handle Count Threshold

Two of my coworkers, Chris Maiden and Phil Bracher, recently ran across an issue where many of their agents were restarting. They thought this issue might be affecting others so they summarized their experience below: The MonitoringHost processes were causing the Healthservice to restart at least once a day on several of our agents and…

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Monitoring Exchange 2010 Database Backup and Mount Status

The Exchange 2010 Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 / 2012 does some of its monitoring remotely rather than on the mailbox server itself. This means that various PowerShell scripts will run on a schedule from the RMS (OM 2007) or the All Management Servers Resource Pool (OM 2012). One of the recommendations…

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Monitoring Point-of-Sale Devices Remotely Using System Center Operations Manager

Back in 2010 I developed a management pack to monitor retail point of sale devices. The design takes on an architecture similar to our Cross Platform monitoring solution in that a watcher reaches out to the device and pulls monitoring data at an interval and then the watcher evaluates the data retrieved. This model could…

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URL Monitoring Part V–Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool

This post is a continuation of the following series: URL Monitoring Part I – The Design URL Monitoring Part II – The Classes and Discoveries URL Monitoring Part III – The Monitors URL Monitoring Part IV – Getting More Advanced URL Monitoring Part V – Monitoring URLs from a Resource Pool I made several modifications…

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Monitoring Operations Manager Agent Health

I’m working on clearing out some old items on my “to blog” list. This one happens to be a management pack I wrote back in 2010. Operations Manager agents use heartbeats to determine if an agent is working or not. There are some situations, however, where agents continue to heartbeat but other workflows fail to…

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How to make an Operations Manager Resource Pool Host your Custom Class

About 6 months ago I created a sample management pack after being asked how one could have their custom class hosted by a resource pool. If you’re running synthetic transactions against websites, databases, remote systems, etc… it would be nice to use a resource pool rather than an agent watcher to run these transactions. It…

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DMVMUG 2014: DC, Maryland, Virginia Management User Group Conference

On Saturday, March 8th I am presenting at the DMVMUG 2014 User Group Conference with a group of my peers: Brad Watts – Premier Field Engineer Chris Maiden – Premier Field Engineer Christine Gerth – Premier Field Engineer Phil Bracher – Premier Field Engineer Our presentation is titled “Microsoft Integration to Automate Deployment” and is…

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Managing Operations Manager Agent Maintenance Mode using the Service Manager Self-Service Portal

This post is the 10th in a series of posts focused on making common administrative tasks in System Center and Azure available via the Service Manager Self-Service Portal. The Configuration Manager and Operations Manager Connectors pull a lot of information into Service Manager but not everything necessary to manage clients, agents, and other settings. This…

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