Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part I – The Workflow Analyzer

Have you ever been faced with troubleshooting OpsMgr and needed a way to trace the flow of a particular component – maybe a rule or monitor – or a discovery – to see what it was actually doing and what information was being submitted?  Have you gotten frustrated with the ETL logs and the native…


“Ccmsetup is being restarted due to an administrative action. Installation files will be reset and downloaded again”

Ever see this statement in the ccmsetup log?  Ever wonder what it means?  When you run CCMSetup again after a failed install there will be a registry entry in place to flag that the previous install was a failure.  It is located at HKLM/Software/Microsoft/  When this key is present we know the previous install was…


Creating Rules and Monitors with a Schedule/Understanding XML internals!

The ability to build rules and monitors that have an associated schedule for operation was part of MOM 2005 and easy to implement.  As several other blog posts have pointed out, it is also possible to introduce such a schedule for rules and monitors in OpsMgr 2007.  Rules – Monitors – The challenge…


SCCM: Forcing a Task Sequence to Rerun

There are well known methods to force an advertisement to rerun – including several add-on tools available for the SMS or SCCM console.  To date, however, there are not equivalent methods to force a task sequence to rerun.  Part of this may be because task sequences are typically thought of as focused on Operating System…


BING 411

Completely unrelated to anything SCCM or OpsMgr but still worth a post – do you find yourself avoiding dialing information to get phone numbers of information because it is too expensive?  Check out BING 411.  This service is completely free, will provide detailed information on whatever you are searching for and will also connect the…


Understanding Monitors in OpsMgr 2007 part III – Dependency Monitors

This is part 3 (and last) of my series of posts describing monitors.  The first post, found here, discussed unit monitors, which are the engine of monitoring. The second post, found here, discussed aggregate monitors, the ‘umbrella’ monitor sitting above unit monitors and reflecting their collective health forward – ultimately all the way to the…


Categories Filter Missing in OpsMgr R2 Notifications

In OpsMgr SP1, the option to filter notifications by category was available in the UI.  In R2, many changes were made to improve the flexibility of notification subscriptions but the category option was not included.  Does that mean you can no longer create notifications filtered by category?  In the UI, yes.  But it is possible…


SCCM R3 is announced!

R3 will be heavy on power management.  A good read on R3 is at


Understanding Monitors in Opsmgr 2007 part II Aggregate Monitors

This is part 2 of my a series of posts describing monitors.  The first post discussed unit monitors and can be found here.  This post discusses aggregate monitors.  As mentioned in the first post, unit monitors can be thought of as the workhorse of monitoring.  Unit monitors are just that – a unit of monitoring. …


SCCM AMT Provisioning Flowcharts

Support for AMT provisioning through SCCM was introduced in SCCM SP1.  Being able to manage systems through AMT is extremely useful and there is a good amount of documentation already about using SCCM and AMT.  Working through this technology I thought it would be helpful to have flowcharts that document how provisioning works both with…