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System Center Central: New Community Site Launches

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Just got a note about a new site launched by a few of the SCOM MVP’s.  You should probably visit it, register, and subscript to one or all of the RSS feeds that are available.

System Center Central

We are proud to announce SystemCenterCentral.com, the site to visit for “Everything System Center”.

SystemCenterCentral.com was founded by three System Center community members; Pete Zerger, Rory McCaw and Maarten Goet. SystemCenterCentral.com is a community initiative that will combine a number of existing Internet properties under a single community site and strive to become the leading community landing page for all System Center technologies.

As Microsoft continues to invest in its System Center brand, we feel that there is a need for a community site that focuses exclusively on the technologies included in this suite of products. Unlike other community sites, the motivation behind this site is to continue to give back to the community at large, one of the reasons why each of the founders have been awarded the Microsoft MVP title.

The official launch of SystemCenterCentral.com will be at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) in Las Vegas, NV, the week of April 27 to May 2, 2009. SystemCenterCentral.com has a dedicated community area where you can check out the site, get more information or become a member!

At this time you will find blogs, where well-known MVPs will start blogging in the coming days, a download area, a community “pack catalog” and forums. Later in May, we will be launching a wiki and a ‘community feedback’ platform and other exciting features.

SystemCenterCentral.com is a strong supporter of user groups. We have the commitment of the following user groups to user SystemCenterCentral.com as the main landing page to find their user group and some of these groups will transfer their internet presence to SystemCenterCentral.com in the following weeks:

Atlanta Systems Management User Group, Microsoft Enterprise Management User Group (Denver), System Center Professional’s User Group of Jax (Florida), New York System Center User Group, Portland EPG System Center User Group, Northwest System Center User Group (Seattle), Windows Management User Group (UK), System Center User Group (Netherlands), System Center User Group (Belgium), System Center User Group (Malaysia), System Center Virtual User Group and the Powershell Virtual User Group.

We would like to thank our sponsors for making this possible. Both Quest Software and Microsoft are supporting SystemCenterCentral.com as Gold Sponsors and will be active participant in this new online community. By having them as gold sponsors, we are confident this will become the go-to, online community for all things System Center..

Also, we would like to thank Bridgeways and SecureVantage, who are supporting SystemCenterCentral.com as Silver Sponsors.

Not going to MMS, but still want to check out this new System Center community site? Go to www.systemcentercentral.com now and join!

Best regards,

Peter Zerger, Rory McCaw and Maarten Goet

Categories: Operations Manager

MOM 2005: How can I monitor the number of files in a folder and collect the value as performance data?

April 21, 2009 Leave a comment

Are you still using MOM 2005?  Has anyone approached you with this request? 

If you did, then I had this same question from our team who manages CA Message Manager.  They wanted to be able to get a real count of files in message queue folders, set thresholds on the number of files, age of the files, and create performance data for trending.

In the past I was using a old MOM 2000 script from a NetIQ consultant (Ugo Corti) to do this.  However, as we progressed more and more towards using MOM 2005 as our one stop shop for monitoring, the CA Message Manager group needed something a bit better.  This older script wasn’t going to work as they liked.

Knowing that there are great resources on the net for MOM 2005 (and SCOM) scripts I decided to check them out and found a great script by Pete Zerger.  The script I am talking about is called “ App Dir and Queue Monitoring (MOM 2005) ”.

I imported this script into my MOM 2005 labs and started testing.  It worked as expected except for the performance collection portion.  Performance objects were being created and collected, but the value was always “0”.  I asked Pete about this and he was very helpful in troubleshooting the issues I was having (despite the ribbing I was giving him about this old script). 

He wanted me to have someone else test the script in there lab to see if the results were the same, so as to rule out my environment.  So that brings us to Scott Moss.  Scott, like me, still has MOM 2005.  Scott, unlike me, happens to actually know Visual Basic along with many other things (like top 10 famous midget wrestling matches, how many licks it takes to get to the center of a tootsie pop, etc).  So tonight he was kind enough to give me a hand with this issue and guess what?  He fixed it!  I could have said I fixed it, but I’d like to say I was his muse to get this script working.

Anyway, if you need this script and want the performance data to be processed and collected correctly by MOM 2005, then all you need to do is make a minor cut and paste:

Area of the Original Script that needs to be modified:

Origscript

Area of the Original Script after modification:

newscript

Once you do this, then the number of old files in the folder that you are monitoring will be logged correctly in your performance view.

Thanks again to Pete and Scott (as well as a few others) for all the help with this issue!  If you haven’t added their blogs to your RSS readers, then I highly recommend you do so!  Also, you can visit both of them in Las Vegas next week as they will both be attending MMS.  Give them a hug for me!

Categories: MOM

MOM 2005: MSFT Windows Server Base OS MP Issue

April 3, 2009 Leave a comment

This article applies to the MOM 2005 Server Base OS MP version: 05.0.3500.0010 (The latest version)

Tonight I was ensuring that specific counters were collected for CA Message Manager.  We monitor this application and the engineers for it wanted me to add any counters that MOM isn’t currently collecting.

After I installed agents I made some views for CA MM.  I looked at the performance data views and saw about nine counters.  I thought that was odd.  So I did some digging and found that in the MSFT Windows Servers Base OS>Windows 2003>Performance RG some of the counters I wanted to collect were there.  I scratched my head, because this was a W2K3 server.  So I checked the computer groups the RG was bound too.  It was bound to W2K3 Virtual Clusters!  Sweet!  Oh wait, not so sweet.  Why this computer group is even in there is beyond me.  I thought maybe I got drunk one night and decided to do some tweaking and broke it.  However, I checked all my environments and it was the same.  I downloaded the MP from the catalog, imported it with the option to OVER WRITE any changes to my MP and sure enough it was still there.

What does this mean?  That these performance measuring rules are not running against stand alone W2K3 servers.  It also means that someone didn’t QA the MP very well.  Now I have to go check all the other RG’s to see if there are MORE mistakes.

I know not a lot of people are still using MOM 2005, but just imagine if this happens in OM 2007?  Sealed MP targeting the wrong server class?  How fun would that be to fix.  My fix will be to remove the cluster computer group and add the Windows 2003 Server group.

Details:

Computer Group bound to the performance RG in W2K3 Servers RG:

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MSFT needs to pull this MP, fix it, and repost it.  Otherwise, you need to do the right thing and change it on your own.  It’s up to you if you want to leave the cluster computer group in there.  I doubt you have to since your nodes are W2K3 servers.

Categories: MOM