Posts Tagged ‘SCOM’

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.


SCOM: Change alert owner fails from non AD joined machine

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 20th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

In System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (SCOM) alerts and warnings are generated and collected in the ‘Active Alerts’ view. A useful function is the ability to assign an alert to a user, this enables the IT department to delegate the alerts to specific administrators. This way a storage administrator can solve the storage problems, and the DBA’s can solve database alerts.

In the properties of an alert (or warning) a field Owner is present. Next to the field a button ‘Change’ which opens a search dialog for looking up users in Active Directory. Although the AD search is optional (you can type each value without verification) you do need a domain joined computer for this feature.

SCOM: (Un)sealing a Management Pack

Written by Ingmar Verheij on April 5th, 2011. Posted in Operations Manager

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) uses Management Packs to discover, monitor and collect data about product. Usually a Management Pack is used per product such as Exchange 2003, Exchange 2010, SQL 2008, etc. Commercial management packs are sealed, which means you can’t edit the content of the management pack

Unsealing a management pack

In some cases it might me necessary to change a sealed management pack to suit your needs. Before the sealed management pack can be changed it needs to be unsealed.

This can easily be done with a PowerShell script (run on a SCOM server):