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Moving the blog March 7, 2010

Posted by Björn Axéll in Uncategorized.
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As of today I’m moving my blog to my own WordPress installation. The blog address will still be http://blog.advisec.com but if you have an RSS reader you need to update it to http://blog.advisec.se/?feed=rss2.


Thanks for reading

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 1 is now released January 16, 2010

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Yesterday Microsoft released the Cumulative Update 1 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2. This update included allot of fixes and is also a requirement if you plan to use the Exchange 2010 MP (Note that if you are using System Center Operations Manager 2007 SP1, you should download and install the 971541 update)

Issues that is fixed in Cumulative Update 1:

  • The Product Knowledge tab is displayed as the Company Knowledge tab after you import a language pack for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2.
  • An agent cannot be removed successfully from a Windows Cluster service node.
  • The Heathservice.exe process on a Windows Cluster service passive node may have excessive CPU utilization.
  • The Healthservice.exe process may crash when it uses the OLE DB module.
  • The workflows that use the OLE DB data source may unload themselves if the underlying provider returns a null string or an empty string.
  • An instance of the MonitoringHost.exe process may cause a memory leak in nonpaged pool memory.
  • The notification subscriptions do not work if they are configured to parse a CustomField field or an AlertOwner field.
  • The Operations console loses the status as the current object that is in focus when a search filter is applied.
  • The SRSUpdateTool.exe process returns an error that states “Failed while updating registry entry for reporting code MSI component” when you try to upgrade SQL Reporting Services 2005 to SQL Reporting Services 2008.
  • The Operations Manager UI may crash when the Connector column and the Forwarding Status column are added to an Alert view.
  • The agents may re-process old Windows event log entries and then incorrectly generate alerts for these events that are not new.
  • Health state reliability fixes and improvements.
  • The Operations Manager Audit Collection Service (ADTServer.exe) does not start on an ACS Collector if the operating system is upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2.
  • In a performance report that is exported, the list of object instances is not displayed

    NOTE! This update need to be applied to all roles (RMS, MS, Gateway, Web, ACS and agents). Please read the technote for recommended installation order

    NOTE! There is two steps that require manual configuration after you installed the update. Please read the technote for details


    Download the Cumulative Update 1 update from Microsoft

    System Center Operations Manager 2007 Tools and Utilities September 30, 2007

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    Microsoft has now released a couple of tools that are included in the Resource Kit for Opsmgr 2007 (you can use most of them if you are using SCE)

    Sample Vista Gadget

    A Vista Gadget that enables you to view the active alerts and health states for a specified set of objects from a computer running Windows Vista.

    1. Allows selection of object types.
    2. Displays alert counts for each severity level.
    3. Color-coded alert levels.
    4. Color-coded summary of health states.

    Operations Manager Inventory

    A command-line utility that captures the configuration of your Operations Manager 2007 Management Servers and stores it in a .cab file that can be sent to Microsoft support to assist in problem analysis.

    Feature Bullet Summary
    1. Collects Windows Installer data for Ops Mgr installation.
    2. Collects file information for Ops Mgr files.
    3. Collects registry settings information for Ops Mgr installation.
    4. Collects Ops Mgr server configuration data.
    5. Collects data regarding running processes on Ops Mgr servers.
    6. Collects Ops Mgr install logs.
    7. Collects Windows event logs.

    Operations Manager Cleanup Tool

    A command-line utility that enables you to remove any or all of the components of Operations Manager from a local computer in cases where the normal method of uninstallation has failed.

    1. Fast command line removal of agents.
    2. Fast command line removal of server roles.
    3. Removal of services associated with Ops Mgr.
    4. Removal of registry keys.
    5. Removal of Ops Mgr install directories and files.

    AEM Validation

    A command line utility that will allow you to perform end-to-end validation of Agent-less Exception Monitoring to verify that AEM is properly configured and operational.

    Feature Bullet Summary
    1. Generates a test exception.
    2. Allows end-to-end validation of AEM functionality.

    AEM Management Pack

    A Management Pack that enables you to identify generic errors sent by Windows Error Reporting (WER) clients to Management Servers that are AEM-enabled. Without this mapping function these errors appear in Operations Manager as “unknown application” and “unknown version”.

    1. Identifies application associated with generic exceptions.
    2. Provides application version information for generic application exceptions.
    3. Facilitates more precise application exception reporting.

    Active Directory Integration Sample Script

    A sample script that enables you to extract a list of computer names from your custom SQL Server database and add them to an Active Directory security group. The security group can then be referenced in the Agent Assignment and Failover Wizard to automate agent assignments to Management Servers.

    1. Queries customer SQL asset database.
    2. Populates custom security group with computer accounts of computers returned by the SQL query.

    Effective Configuration Viewer

    A tool that displays the set of rules and monitors that are running on a computer, distributed application, or any other managed entity after any configured overrides have been applied.

    Feature Bullet Summary
    1. View effective monitoring of a managed object after overrides are applied.
    2. View monitors and current state

    Action Account Tool

    A PowerShell script that allows you to set the action account on groups of computers.

    Feature Bullet Summary
    Modify action account settings for groups of computers with a single command.


    To read more, visit the Resource Kit site