Microsoft

Creating a SCOM MP using the Authoring Console

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When setting up monitors, I have found that the toolset provided to me in the SCOM Admin console doesn’t provide me with all the necessary functions desired. Specifically, if I want to monitor a service, I have the option of using the service monitoring wizard – this doesn’t provide much flexibility for future configuration, doesn’t […]

SQL

Report Server log file growing nonstop

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Last friday I was alerted to the log drive filling up on a SQL 2005 server. I looked into it and found that my SQL Report Services log file (ReportServer_Log.LDF) was increasing in size and filling up the drive.My first thought was to simply shrink the file via SQL Server Management Studio – select the […]

Microsoft

Setting up DOS in a Windows VPC 2007

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Microsoft has “officially” discontinued support for MSDOS under virtual PC, which makes it difficult for us to enjoy our old DOS games (like MechWarrior). However, most of the support files for DOS are still included on the VPC additions ISO, and we just need a little tweaking to make it work. I reviewed the “Dos […]

SCOM

Looking forward to SCOM SP1

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In SCOM I created several groups to group our systems together logically: each VLAN, each application type, core infrastructure, etc… I then created master groups (VLANS, Applications, etc…) to house these logical groups as sub-groups. The idea was then to create a Diagram View targeted at the master groups and display the relation of the […]

SCOM

Creating a SCOM custom group based on an installed service

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As with most environments, I have some applications that require custom monitoring and tweaking. In this instance the application is our backup system (Tivoli Storage Manager to be specific), and due to the high I/O of the application SCOM is alerting on it daily. So here is the plan: Create a group based on the […]

Microsoft

Using NLB for redundant print servers

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Working at an ASP, limiting downtime is critical; not only could it cost us money it could also cost us hard earned customers. One of the critical services we provide is printing – i.e. printing paychecks, printing pick-tickets for warehouses, printing invoices, etc… It could be said that if printing goes down then the customer […]

SCOM

Migrating SQL servers

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In the process of our SCOM rollout we used a temporary server for our SQL databases. Finally the new hardware came in, but now we have to migrate the databases with minimal downtime. This is compounded by the fact that the new server is 64bit OS and SQL, where the original was 32bit. For posterity, […]

SCOM

Case sensitive regex in SCOM

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I went to create a new group in my SCOM environment based on computer name, the servers I want are named similar with the last character incremented. Into SCOM console I go, Authoring Groups Create a new group. For the dynamic members query, I enter “( Object is Windows Computer AND ( Principal Name Matches […]

Coding

SCOM Maintenance Mode

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One of the main goals for implmenting system management tools such as SMS (SCCM) and MOM (SCOM) is to automate routine tasks, unfortunatly these tools sometimes makes the task more difficult than it needs to be. For instance SCOM has a maintenance mode function which allows monitoring of a system to be suspended while planned […]

SCOM

SCOM 2007 SP1 – Parameters not working with custom tasks

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Scenario: I wanted to create a task to allow a remote console (cmd line) to target machines. I have seen this done several times in MOM2005 using PSExec (http://www.it-jedi.net/HOW-TO/HOW-TO-Remote_Interactive_CmdPrompt.doc) so it should be a simple matter of translating this to the new formats. I created a new Console Tasks Command line,– Name: Remote Console– Task […]