Cameron Fuller
Cameron is a principal consultant for Catapult Systems. A Microsoft MVP (SCOM), Cameron blogs about infrastructure topics including SCOM, virtualization, Exchange and Active Directory. Cameron is a MCTS for SCOM and SCCM.

So, I installed OpsMgr. What’s next?   

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I have had a recent experience of working with a recently built Operations Manager environment and taking it through the next logical steps after installation. What has been interesting is that it has ended up being a series of discussions, questions and responses which resulted in a blog link detailing the answer. As I reviewed this list I came to realize that this could provide a solid basis for any client and what to think about after installing Operations Manager. So with no further delays, what are the questions and blog links (and other technical articles) to the answers.

 

Where to start:

OpsMgr 101: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/09/02/operations-manager-101-download.aspx

Building a lab environment for OpsMgr:  http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2010/02/12/opsmgr-by-example-building-and-tuning-in-an-all-in-one-environment-for-operations-manager-in-windows-7.aspx

Community MP’s to add:

ReSearch This management pack: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/PackCatalog/PackCatalogDetails/tabid/145/IndexID/21716/Default.aspx

Alert Forwarding management pack: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/tabid/145/indexId/11518/Default.aspx

Additional useful reports in OpsMgr: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/73350/Default.aspx

Computer Groups:

OpsMgr Computer Groups & regular expressions: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2009/11/11/creating-dynamic-computer-goups-using-regular-expressions-in-opsmgr.aspx

Creating computer groups in OpsMgr for VMware: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2010/03/24/how-to-create-a-computer-group-for-vmware-servers-or-hyper-v-servers.aspx

Creating and using custom groups in OpsMgr:  http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/28146/Default.aspx

Tuning:

Tuning the % Interrupt monitor: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/79973/Default.aspx

Priority and Severity in OpsMgr: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2008/06/26/using-opsmgr-notifications-in-the-real-world-part-1.aspx

What parameters are available in rules and monitors: http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2007/12/12/adding-custom-information-to-alert-descriptions-and-notifications.aspx 

Logical disk fragmentation and Operations Manager: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2010/05/19/opsmgr-research-this-kb-%E2%80%93-logical-disk-fragmentation-level-is-high.aspx 

Changing service and process monitors in OpsMgr: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/73979/Default.aspx 

Web Console:

Web console installation requirements on 2008:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2008/12/17/installing-web-console-on-windows-server-2008.aspx

Web console installation on non-RMS:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2008/09/24/installing-the-web-console-on-a-2008-management-server-using-windows-authentication.aspx 

Web console failure ‘/’:  http://blogs.technet.com/b/operationsmgr/archive/2010/07/06/new-kb-article-the-system-center-operations-manager-2007-web-console-fails-to-open-with-quot-error-could-not-load-file-or-assembly-microsoft-reportviewer-webforms-version-9-0-0-0-quot.aspx  and  http://scug.be/blogs/scom/archive/2009/12/02/opsmgr-webconsole-runtime-error-server-error-in-application.aspx

Maintenance Mode:

Scheduling Maintenance Mode in a GUI: http://www.scom2k7.com/scom-remote-maintenance-mode-scheduler-20/ 

Using the Operations Manager environment:

Installing a local SMTP on the RMS for redundancy on channels:  http://thoughtsonopsmgr.blogspot.com/2009/09/how-to-configure-smtp-for-opsmgr-in.html 

Editing company knowledge in OpsMgr:  http://cameronfuller.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!A231E4EB0417CB76!925.entry

User Roles in Operations Manager: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb735424.aspx

Maintenance:

Monitoring the Operations Manager event log: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/BlogDetails/tabid/143/IndexID/81305/Default.aspx

 
Posted by  Cameron Fuller  on  11/8/2010
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