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OpsMgr Administration 101

Links from today’s presentation about OpsMgr Administration 101.

Hot Fixes for both Application and OS. Great blog article on this topic provided by Kevin Holman. Kevin does continue to update this page as new hot fixes are released. http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2009/01/27/which-hotfixes-should-i-apply.aspx

It is critical for a new SCOM Admin to understand that there are hot fixes needed for the SCOM Application as well as special OS level hot fixes that are needed after the agent has been deployed. It is best to deploy these hot fixes before deploying OpsMgr agents or infrastructure, b/c these hot fixes also apply to the SCOM infrastructure boxes.

OpsMgr Tools

Boris’s OpsMgr Tools – Updated (MP Viewer)

Stefan Stranger’s System Center Operations Manager 2012 Toolbox

MP Authoring Tools

SCC Health Check MP Version 2 (Create new data source before importing the MP in SQL SRS see readme file)

MP Wiki (MP Diagrams and downloads)


OpsMgr DBs

Use the OpsMgr planning excel file (see Stefan’s link above to download this file) to help calculate the OpsMgr DB sizes, and create the DBs to the Sizes’ requirements. The reason to do this is to avoid the SQL adding space to your database which will fragment your database as well as cause I/O overhead while the Database file is grown. Why would this be bad? OpsMgr is a very database I/O intensive application. Why add more overhead to SQL when you do not need to?

There should be at least 40% free space in the Operations Manager database.  Every night at 2 am a job runs to re-index certain tables. In order for this to run optimally and not fill up the database there should be at least 40%.

OpsMgr Reports from SCC Health Check Version 2!

I would suggest at a minimum having the following reports sent to your inbox on a daily basis and keep them in a folder to compare month to month changes in these metrics. Each of these reports can help trouble shoot possible issues in the future, i.e. after implementing a MP State Changes per day increases by 5000.

State – Noisiest Monitors (OM)
State – State Changes Per Day (OM)

Config Churn – Discoveries Last 24 Hours (DW)

Performance – Performance Inserts Per Day (OM)
Performance – Top 20 Performance Insertions By Perf (OM)

Events – All Events Count By Last 7 Days (OM)
Events – Top 20 Computers Generating the Most Events (OM)

Misc – Operational and Datawarehouse Usage Report (OM) – (DW)

Alerts – Number of Alerts per Day (OM)
Alerts – Top 20 Alerts By Alert Count (OM)


Alerts you can close

All alerts are not created equally. The only alerts that should be closed in the console are alerts generated by a Rule.

Alerts generated by a monitor should have the health of the monitor reset.


Configure System Center Advisor


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