The Windows Server Print Server role team is looking for your input

 

Do you use the Windows Server Print Server role in your environment?  Are you using the either of the print server management packs for OpsMgr 2007?  Do you use the print management console?  If you answered yes to any of these questions then we would greatly appreciate your input to help form the future manageability plans for the print server role.  Head over to the OpsMgr public Connect site and fill out the "Print Server Management Survey".

System Center Operations Manager : The Windows Server Print Server role team is looking for your input

Kevin Holman’s OpsMgr Blog : Understanding and modifying Data Warehouse retention and grooming

 

You will likely find that the default retention in the OpsMgr data warehouse will need to be adjusted for your environment.  I often find customers are reluctant to adjust these – because they don't know what they want to keep.  So – they assume the defaults are good – and they just keep EVERYTHING. 

This is a bad idea.

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog : Understanding and modifying Data Warehouse retention and grooming

System Center Experts : Optimizing your Collaboration and Communication infrastructure with System Center

 

There is a upward trend in today’s business environment that staff are working in new ways and in new places.  This shift, driven by new technology in both the datacenter and the client, is magnified by the new generation of workforce, often referred to as generation ‘Y’ getting their work done in coffee shops, airports, at home and on the road.  These trends place emphasis on the communication vectors that both the business and staff rely on to remain, and can increase productivity.  Communication and Collaboration infrastructure is being used to share data, communication formats, and presence.  Emails are no longer the only way people talk.  VOIP, Instant Messaging, email extensions to hardware like unified communication telephony systems, and social networking have become simply the way offices stay in touch.

System Center Experts : Optimizing your Collaboration and Communication infrastructure with System Center

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Kevin Holman’s OpsMgr Blog : Tuning tip: Do you have monitors constantly “flip flopping” ?

 

This is something I see in almost all clients when we perform a PFE Health Check.  The customer will have lots of data being inserted into the OpsDB from agents, about monitors that are constantly changing state.  This can have a very negative effect on overall performance of the database – because it can be a lot of data, and the RMS is busy handling the state calculation, and synching this data about the state and any alert changes to the warehouse.

Many times the OpsMgr admin has no idea this is happening, because the alerts appear, and then auto-resolve so fast, you never see them – or don’t see them long enough to detect there is a problem.  I have seen databases where the statechangeevent table was the largest in the database – caused by these issues.

Too many state changes are generally caused by one or both, of two issues:

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog : Tuning tip: Do you have monitors constantly “flip flopping” ?

Kevin Holman’s OpsMgr Blog : The new and improved guide on HealthService Restarts. Aka – agents bouncing their own HealthService

 

I have written many articles in the past on HealthService restarts.  A HealthService restart is when the agent breaches a pre-set threshold of Memory use, or handle count use, and OpsMgr bounces the agent HealthService to try and correct the condition.

Kevin Holman's OpsMgr Blog : The new and improved guide on HealthService Restarts. Aka – agents bouncing their own HealthService

How-To: List Live Maps group information using Powershell

 

With every view that is build using Live Maps an OpsMgr group is created containing all the objects that are on the Live Maps view. You can use these groups for different purposes, for example target the group for security, reporting, service level tracking or for setting maintenance mode.

In this article it will give a few code examples to extract information about Live Maps groups using Powershell.

How-To: List Live Maps group information using Powershell