System Center Operations Manager by Jonathan Hambrook

September 11, 2007

Monitoring VMWare ESX using a SCOM

Filed under: Architecture, Microsoft, SCOM 2007, VMWare — opsmgr @ 1:53 pm

Monitoring VMWare ESX with SCOM isn’t a hard thing, however getting correct and relivent information in a clean and easy way can be. This guide I have compiled with VMWare should provide the mechanics of setting up monitoring between VMWare ESX and SCOM.

— UPDATE : If you have trouble with the link its due my limit being reached. I will add a secondary site ASAP. Wasn’t prepared for the responce —
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September 10, 2007

MS SCOM Management Pack Updates

Filed under: Microsoft, SCOM 2007 — opsmgr @ 2:03 pm

Microsoft have release 4 new Management Packs. All of them require the OpsMgr 2007 MOM 2005 Backward Compatibility MP Update) 6.0.5000.12 (or higher):

1. Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, and 2006

2. Windows Distributed Transaction Coordinator (MSDTC) 2000, 2003

3. Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS) 2000, 2003

4. Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) 2003

September 3, 2007

Options for adding more detials to SNMP Alerts

Filed under: Issues, Microsoft, SCOM 2007 — opsmgr @ 4:17 pm

As many of you who use SNMP may be finding that all the Alerts come in with the IP Address. In a large environment this can be an issue and as this is the mechanism in which they are added to the SCOM Database there is no way around this directly. However…

You have 2 options to make this a little easier.

1st you can enter the DeviceName in the Alert Description:

$Target/Property[Type=”MicrosoftSystemCenterNetworkDeviceLibrary6050000!Microsoft.SystemCenter.NetworkDevice”]/Name$

alertdescriptionfield.jpg

2nd you can use the custom fields if you have the option. Alert Generated Rule will allow for Custom Field editing.

Again add: $Target/Property[Type=”MicrosoftSystemCenterNetworkDeviceLibrary6050000!Microsoft.SystemCenter.NetworkDevice”]/Name$ to the particular Custom Field.

customalertfield.jpg

Of course this is provided you have setup the SNMP setting on the device with the correct name you refer to that device.

This is what you will see in your Alerts: (I have blanked out the detail due to confidentiality)

Alert View:
alert3.jpg

Alert Description:
alert1.jpg

 Custom Field:
alert2.jpg

Hope this makes your life a little easier 🙂

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