Extending a Class in the Authoring Console

Sometimes as an OpsMgr administrator you may need to extend a class to include an additional attribute or two.  This action is very easy in the Operations Console but results in management packs that are potentially confusing when opened in the authoring console or directly in an XML reader.  The confusion is due to the…

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Populating groups from a text file – step by step

Kevin recently posted a blog entry on how to use a SQL database to determine and populate group membership – his post is available here.   But what if you have your data in some other location – such as a text file?  How can you use that text file to do the same thing?  It’s…

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Extending a class attributes from a flat file.

Sometimes you may need to extend a class with additional attributes.  If those attributes are accessible via the registry or by WMI extending a class to add them is easy.  But what if those attributes are not accessible via registry or WMI?  The solution there is actually quite easy as well.  Let’s walk through how…

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Three Cheers for the Authoring Resource Kit Tools! Part III – The Cookdown Analyzer

For the third and final post in the Authoring Resource Kit Tools series we introduce the Cookdown Analyzer.  Before a discussion of the analyzer makes sense a brief discussion of the cookdown process itself is in order. In my previous to posts I discussed the Workflow Analyzer – available here – and the Workflow Simulator…

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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 – http://blogs.msdn.com/boris_yanushpolsky/archive/2008/09/19/configuring-rules-to-run-during-business-hours-only.aspx Monitors – http://nocentdocent.wordpress.com/2009/01/20/running-a-monitor-during-business-hours/ The challenge…

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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…

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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. …

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Understanding Monitors in OpsMgr 2007 Part I – Unit Monitors

At MMS 2009 I presented a topic on understanding monitors in OpsMgr 2007.  According to the feedback, that session was well received so I thought I would convert some of it to a series of blog entries. There are two key ways of delivering monitoring in opsMgr 2007 – rules and monitors.  At first glance,…

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Monitoring File Size with Custom WMI Performance Counter

Have you ever needed to monitor the size of a file to ensure you were alerted when it’s size changed beyond certain values?  I had to help address this recently and at first glance, this may seem to be a good job for a script – and a script definitely could be used.  Scripts are…

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Understanding the R2 Process Monitoring Management Pack Templates

Management pack templates have been around since RTM of OpsMgr 2007 and R2 introduced a new one specifically for process monitoring.  This is a cool template and allows the ability to setup some useful process monitoring, but what is the wizard actually building behind the scenes, and is this what you want?  Let’s walk through…

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