SCOM : Configure notification for distributed applications

Written by Ingmar Verheij on May 24th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

Events generated by System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), like alerts and warnings, usually indicate (upcoming) problems. Notifiying you’re system administrators enables you to troubleshoot te problem as quickly as possible.

For a customer I’ve configured multiple distributed applications. Each distributed application defines a critical application that needs to be monitored. All distributed applications are displayed on a monitor showing the state of the distributed application.


When an event is triggered, for instance because the service is down, a notification needs to be sent. Not only to the system adminstrators, who administer the infrastructure, but also to the technical and functional application operator.

Active Directory groups are used to make the membership of the managable, since role based access control (RBAC) is used.


Maintenance mode report in SCOM (fixed)

Written by Ingmar Verheij on May 18th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

Object, like computers, in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) can be placed in a maintenance mode. While the object is in maintenance mode no alerts will be generated, as expected.

I wanted to see which objects have been placed in maintenance mode, unfortunately there is no default report supplied by Microsoft.

Fortunately Alain Côte wrote a report, along with a stored procedure, which enables me the insights requested. The management pack, containing the report and stored procedure, can be downloaded here: Maintenance Mode History Report Management Pack

There is one instruction missing in the documentation, additional permissions are required to run the stored procedure required by the report. Without the permissions the following error is displayed:

Query execution failed for data set 'OperationsManagerDW'

HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) Management Pack – Capacity

Written by Ingmar Verheij on May 9th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

HP provides management packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) for monitoring a HP Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA). These management packs can be found here.

The management packs supplied by HP use the WEBES component to forward events about the EVA (warnings or errors) to SCOM, but it won’t collect performance data or capacity information.

Alain Côte has create a management pack for collecting performance data and placing it in SCOM, which can be found here.

Unfortunately there was no management pack for collecting capacity information about storage systems or diskgroups.

Since I needed to collect information about the capacity, usage and available storage space, for trending analysis I’ve created the management pack.

Exchange 2003 Management Pack Storage Add-On

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 27th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

During an implementation of System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) a customer asked me how he can retrieve information about Exchange mailbox stores for trend analysis. Unfortunately the managemeng pack supplied by Microsoft does not collect the size of Mailbox Stores in the datawarehouse.

So I’ve created an add-on for the Microsoft Exchange 2003 Management Pack which adds a rule for collecting the size of Mailbox Stores.


SCOM: Define rule in performance view when authoring management pack

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 22nd, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

When creating a management pack in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) you might want to create a performance view that only shows data of a specific rule.

Although this is very easy in the Operations Console there is a catch when you redistribute the management pack. The rule is saved as a GUID (which is generated when the management pack is imported) instead of the internal name. Since the GUID is different on other systems, the view won’t work.

The easiest way to create a performance view (or any other) is by creating the view in the Operations Console. As a criteria you’ll check “collected by specific rules”, click on “specific” to open the dialog and specify the rule you want to filter on.