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Welcome to contoso.se! My name is Anders Bengtsson and this is my blog about Azure infrastructure and system management. I am a senior engineer in the FastTrack for Azure team, part of Azure Engineering, at Microsoft.  Contoso.se has two main purposes, first as a platform to share information with the community and the second as a notebook for myself.

Everything you read here is my own personal opinion and any code is provided "AS-IS" with no warranties.

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Microsoft has recently launched a new space at Microsoft Technet Forums for Operations Manager 2007 R2. You will find it here. The old NNTP based news group will be closed down. See you at Technet Forums!

Operations Manager forums provides you an opportunity to join a community of Operations Manager customers, product team, MVPs and experts, where you can share  knowledge, get questions answered and learn from others. Start by posting Operations Manager related questions in the forum corresponding to your topic of interest and leverage the knowledge available in your new forum community.

Files created last X hours including Y in the filename

This is a script that checks if there is a new file, contains a keyword, and that the file has been created last X hours. For example if you have a couple of servers uploading files every hours, you can check with this script if all servers have uploaded a new file the last hour. Even if the filename is not always the same, for example many applications add a timestamp to the filename like server05_20081012.
Configuration.txt contains all keywords that should be included in a filename. Contoso_filecheck.hta is a GUI that you can use to add keyword, delete keywords and show current keywords. contoso_filechecker.vbs is the script that does the filecheck.

  1. The script counts number of files in the folder, that was created last X hours (default folder is C:\LogFiles and default time is 24 hours)
  2. The script creates an array of all the files that was created last X hours
  3. The script loops all selected files and checks if the keyword is in the filename. It then moves on to the next keyword and loops all selected filenames.
  4. If the keyword, for example a server1, is in Configuration.txt but there is no file including server1 created last 24 hours, a local event will be created including the time configuration and the keyword.
  5. You can configure MOM 2005 or Ops Mgr to pickup these events and generate an alert.

Download the script here.

Script: Shares Creation

Earlier I have post scripts to check network shares, if they are available over the network. This script is also working with shares, it verify if all shares on the machine is approved. Unfortunately we don´t have a central database with all configuration yet but in this example I have solved that with a file on the agent managed machine, including the names of all approved shares.

This script lists all shares, it compare them with share names in a local file. If the share is not in the local file a local event will be generated with the share name and the path to the shared folder. You can pick up that event with Ops Mgr or MOM and generate an alert.

Download there script here

Links during January

  • Tool: What’s in my management pack? Dump the contents of a management pack. Link
  • Download: Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 VHD, link
  • DOC: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 System Requirements, link
  • Video: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 Training Videos, link
  • Info: Support plans for OpsMgr 2007, SCE and MOM 2005 running on Windows Server 2008, link
  • KB: When you restart Root Management Server, the Health Service does not start in System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • KB: Event ID 2115 is logged, and a management server generates an “unable to write data to the Data Warehouse” alert in System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • KB: The System Center Operations Manager 2007 reporting feature and the System Center Essentials 2007 reporting feature do not work correctly when you configure SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services to run in SharePoint integrated mode, link
  • KB: Error message when you try to remove the System Center Operations Manager 2007 database role: “Error 1324. The folder path ‘Microsoft SQL Server’ contains an invalid character”, link
  • KB: The Root Management Server encryption key is unavailable after you replace or reinstall the Root Management Server server in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • KB: You do not see the additional alert criteria that you selected when you view the properties of a subscription in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • KB: Registry entry names that contain a backslash character (\) are considered as part of the registry path when you use Registry probe, link
  • KB: How to monitor disk performance on Windows 2000 Servers by using System Center Operations Manager, link
  • KB: When many alerts occur at the same time, Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator version 2.1 does not send notifications in MOM 2005, link
  • KB: When you select many items in any of the views, some action tasks that you typically expect may not be available in Operations Manager 2007, link
  • KB: The CPU percentage Utilization monitors do not work on a Windows 2003 server, link
  • KB: Exchange server cannot be detected as “back-end” server, link
  • KB: Gateway server is not working properly after installation, link
  • KB: Exchange MP Reports – “Top 100” Returns ‘Blank’, link
  • MP: Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Management Pack, link
  • MP: Information Worker Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Terminal Services Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 (2003) Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Operating System Management Pack, link
  • MP: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Update, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows Client 2000/XP Operating System Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Active Directory Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Internet Information Services Management Pack, link
  • MP: Intel Active Management Technology Management Pack, link
  • MP: Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, link
  • MP: System Center Operations Manager 2007 Configuration Pack for Configuration Manager 2007, link

Links During December

  • SC Ops Mgr 2007 Resource Kit – AEM Management Pack, link
  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 MP for OpsMgr 2007, link
  • Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2008: Better Together, link
  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Management Pack Guide, link
  • Operations Manager 2007 Key Concepts, link
  • SharePoint Monitoring Toolkit, link
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, link
  • Server Virtualization Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2007, link
  • Protecting Your Data with System Centre Data Protection Manager, link
  • Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 R2 Management Pack Guide, link
  • Microsoft System Center Capacity Planner 2007 Datatsheet, link
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager MPSRPT Tool, link
  • Operations Manager 2007 Key Concepts, link
  • Ops Mgr 2007 docs have been updated, link
  • Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator, link
  • DPM 2007 Pre-release Upgrade Guide, link
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Getting Started Guide, link
  • Deploying System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, link
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 System Requirements, link
  • How to monitor disk performance on Windows 2000 Servers by using System Center Operations Manager, link
  • Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack for Microsoft® Operations Manager 2005, link
  • Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • Update Hosted Messaging and Collaboration 4.0 with System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides, link
  • Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Started with Hyper-V, link
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000/2005 Management Pack, link

Links During November

  • Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack Guide for Microsoft® Operations Manager 2005, link
  • Microsoft® System Center Data System Center Data Protection Manager 2007 Management Pack Guide for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • Remote Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide and RelNotes, link
  • Operations Manager 2007 Key Concepts, link
  • Microsoft Print Service Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 Scripting Guide, link
  • Remote Operations Manager 2007 Deployment Guide and RelNotes, link
  • Microsoft Print Service Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Operating System Management Pack, link
  • New KB, The MonitoringHost.exe process on the System Center Operations Manager 2007 root management server may consume more than 2 gigabytes of memory, link
  • Operations Manager 2007 Performance and Scalability Whitepaper, link
  • Disabling Time Synchronization under Virtual PC 2007, link
  • Forefront Security for Exchange Server 10.1 Management Pack for MOM 2005, link

Links During October

  • New MP, Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Office Communications Server 2007 Management Pack for MOM 2005, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 Operating System Management Pack, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 DHCP Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Forefront Client Security Health Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 SP1, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Server 2000/2003 DHCP Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Server Virtualization Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link

 

  • A new trial (120-days) version of Data Protection Manager, download here
  • New Tool, OpsMgr 2007 Database and Data Warehouse Size Calculator, download here

 

  • New KB, The installation of the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Reporting Server feature on a domain controller is now supported, link
  • New KB, How to use diagnostic tracing in System Center Operations Manager 2007 and in System Center Essentials 2007, link
  • New KB, Error message when you try to generate a report in System Center Operations Manager 2007: “Cannot initialize report”, link
  • New KB, A computer agent unexpectedly generates heartbeat alerts after you put it into Maintenance mode in System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New KB, How to collect and monitor UNIX Syslogs in System Center Operations Manager 2007 or in System Center Essentials 2007, link
  • New KB, Discovery information is missing after you delete and then reimport a management pack in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 , link
  • New KB, Error message when you try to download a file by using the Background Intelligent Transfer Service: “Content file download failed”, link
  • New KB, A management group that contains an Exchange Server computer may intermittently stop receiving new alerts in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New KB, You receive many error alerts after you import the Exchange Server Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, link
  • New KB, The Exchange 2003 Management Pack Configuration Wizard may crash when the “Message Tracking” option is turned on, link
  • New KB, Best practices to use when you configure overrides in System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New KB, SCOM Reporting installation fails when the DB name contains special characters, link
  • New KB, SCOM Installation fails on 64 bit Windows Server, link
  • New KB, Management servers that are running the release version of System Center Operations Manager 2007 do not process the agent event data from an agent of System Center Operations Manager 2007 Service Pack 1, link

 

Links During September

  • New MP, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, and 2006 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Windows Internet Naming Service Management Pack 2000, 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Routing and Remote Access Service (RRAS) 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004, and 2006 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Distributed Transaction Coordinator Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Quest Management Pack for Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM), link
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 is RTM, link
  • How to Buy the System Center Server Management Suites, link
  • Technet Radio: Learn about System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, link
  • Technet Radio: Managing Virtualization with Virtual Machine Manager 2007, link
  • New forum for System Center Configuration Manager, link
  • New KB, When many alerts occur at the same time, Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator version 2.1 does not send notifications in MOM 2005, link
  • New MP Guide, System Center Operations Manager 2007 Active Directory Management Pack Guide, link
  • New KB, The Discovery Wizard may stop responding during the discovery process in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, link
  • A command line tool to place OpsMgr agents into Maintenance mode, by Clive Eastwood, link
  • New KB, When many alerts occur at the same time, Notification Workflow Solution Accelerator version 2.1 does not send notifications in MOM 2005, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Windows Domain Name System 2000, 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Distributed File Systems 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New KB, The Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 agent does not install on computers that are running Windows XP with Service Pack 2 (SP2) and Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), link
  • eXc Software Dynamic Map for Ops Mgr 2007, combine Microsoft Virtual Earth and Ops Mgr 2007, link

Links During August

  • New KB, The discovery process does not find computers that are present in your domain in Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New KB, The SQL Server 2000 database engine health is not monitored in System Center Operations Manager 2007, here
  • New KB, The appropriate tables and stored procedures are not created successfully when you install the Windows Key Management Service Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, here
  • New MP, Microsoft SMS 2003 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, here
  • New KB, “Loading Reporting Hierarchy Failed” error after the new Root Management Server Promotion, here
  • New KB, The Reporting DTS task does not run and reports do not work when Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 fails over to the secondary node of a server cluster, here
  • Microsoft Forefront and System Center Demonstration Toolkit, download here
  • New MP, Microsoft Forefront Server Security for Exchange 10.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Office Project Server 2007 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007, link
  • New MP, Microsoft Server Network Load Balancing Management Pack for Operations Manager 200, link
  • MOM 2005 Summary Reporting Pack Guide, download here
  • New KB, Error message when you try to access a Web page view in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Web Console: “Requested value ‘UrlViewType’ was not found”, here
  • New KB, The System Center Operations Manager 2007 agent is unable to restart the health service after its monitored thresholds are breached, here
  • Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 Documentation has been updated, download here
  • MP Update, System Center Operations Manager 2007 Management Pack Update, here
  • New MP, Operations Manager 2007 Data Warehouse Library Management Pack, here
  • New MP, Systems Management: Dell Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager, link
  • New KB, A notification subscription’s Alert Criteria options do not work as expected in System Center Operations Manager 2007, link

Look for a word on a webpage

I saw a question about looking at a website and verify that there where some words on it. If you follow my post, “How to Monitor a Web Site with Ops Mgr 2007“, then add the steps in this post, you will have a web application looking for a word on a website.

  1. After you have create your web application, click on it and choose “Edit web application settings” from the action menu
  2. Web Application Editor, in the Request Details part, check Content Match and choose Does not contain from the drop down menu, then input a word that you want to verify is on the webpage.
  3. Web Application Editor, click Verify
  4. Web Application Editor, click Apply
  5. Close the Web Application Editor

You can now add the web application to your computer state view, choose to personalize view. You will also see alerts in the Active Alert view if your content match settings is not fullfilled.