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Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager

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An essential guide on the latest version of Microsoft's server management tool

Microsoft's powerful Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager introduces many exciting new and enhanced feature sets that allow for large-scale management of mission-critical servers. This comprehensive guide provides invaluable coverage to help organizations monitor their environments across computers, network, and storage infrastructures while maintaining efficient and effective service levels across their applications.

  • Provides intermediate and advanced coverage of all aspects of Systems Center 2012 Operations Manager, including designing, planning, deploying, managing, maintaining, and scripting Operations Manager

  • Offers a hands-on approach by providing many real-world scenarios to show you how to use the tool in various contexts

  • Anchors conceptual explanations in practical application

  • Mastering System Center 2012 Operations Manager clearly shows you how this powerful server management tool can best be used to serve your organization's needs.

    Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Contents
    3. Title
    4. Copyright
    5. Acknowledgments
    6. About the Authors
    7. Introduction
    8. Part 1: Implementation and Administration
      1. Chapter 1: Overview of Operations Management
        1. Understanding IT Service Management
        2. Defining Operations Management
        3. The Bottom Line
      2. Chapter 2: Installing Operations Manager 2012
        1. Planning the Operations Manager Environment
        2. Operations Manager Building Blocks
        3. Installing
        4. Installation Example Network
        5. Upgrading to System Center Operations Manager 2012
        6. Active Directory Integration
        7. Bottom Line
      3. Chapter 3: Management Group Settings
        1. Configuring Management Group Global Settings
        2. Configuring Global Server Settings
        3. Exploring Global Agent Settings
        4. Understanding Individual Server Options
        5. The Bottom Line
      4. Chapter 4: Installing and Configuring Agents
        1. Prerequisites
        2. Installing the Agent from the Console
        3. Installing Manually
        4. Patching Manually Installed Agents
        5. Adjusting Individual Agent Settings
        6. Deploying the Agent to a Unix/Linux Computer
        7. Deploying an Agent to an Untrusted Client
        8. A Closer Look at the Agent Files and Queues
        9. The Bottom Line
      5. Chapter 5: Managing Management Packs
        1. Understanding Monitoring Capabilities
        2. Identifying Management Pack Requirements
        3. Exploring Management Packs
        4. The Bottom Line
      6. Chapter 6: Understanding Management Packs
        1. What Does Operations Manager Monitor?
        2. What Is a Management Pack?
        3. Implementing a Management Pack
        4. Tuning a Management Pack
        5. Advanced Authoring Topics
        6. The Bottom Line
      7. Chapter 7: Working with Consoles
        1. The Consoles
        2. Console Overview
        3. Customizing the Console
        4. Maintenance Mode
        5. Notifications
        6. The Bottom Line
      8. Chapter 8: Network Monitoring
        1. Exploring Operations Manager Network Monitoring
        2. Understanding Network Device Discovery
        3. Configuring Network Device Discovery
        4. Managing Network Monitoring
        5. Network Monitoring Dashboards
        6. Troubleshooting Network Monitoring
        7. Bottom Line
      9. Chapter 9: Application Performance Monitoring
        1. APM Overview
        2. APM Architecture
        3. Enabling Server-Side Monitoring
        4. Enabling Client-Side Monitoring
        5. Working with the Consoles
        6. Security in APM
        7. APM Dashboards
        8. Introduction to Java-Based Application Monitoring
        9. Troubleshooting APM
        10. Bottom Line
      10. Chapter 10: Working with Complex Configurations
        1. Multiple Management Groups
        2. Connected Management Groups
        3. Working with Multihomed Agents
        4. Working with Third-Party Management Solutions
        5. The Bottom Line
    9. Part 2: Maintenance and Troubleshooting
      1. Chapter 11: Optimizing Your Environment
        1. Optimizing Management Packs
        2. Optimizing Rules
        3. The Bottom Line
      2. Chapter 12: Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery
        1. Operations Manager Architecture
        2. Common Backup and Restore Scenarios
        3. Basics
        4. Advanced
        5. The Bottom Line
      3. Chapter 13: Troubleshooting
        1. System Center 2012 Operations Manager Troubleshooting Tools
        2. Installation Troubleshooting
        3. Troubleshooting Agents
        4. Troubleshooting Management Packs
        5. Performance Troubleshooting
        6. Troubleshooting Security Issues
        7. Troubleshooting Reports
        8. Online Resources for Troubleshooting
        9. The Bottom Line
      4. Chapter 14: Scripting Operations Manager 2012
        1. Introducing PowerShell
        2. PowerShell and Operations Manager
        3. Operations Manager Cmdlets
        4. The Bottom Line
    10. Appendix A
      1. Chapter 1: Overview of Operations Management
      2. Chapter 2: Installing Operations Manager 2012
      3. Chapter 3: Management Group Settings
      4. Chapter 4: Installing and Configuring Agents
      5. Chapter 5: Managing Management Packs
      6. Chapter 6: Understanding Management Packs
      7. Chapter 7: Working with Consoles
      8. Chapter 8: Network Monitoriing
      9. Chapter 9: Application Performance Monitoring
      10. Chapter 10: Working with Complex Configurations
      11. Chapter 11: Optimizing Your Environment
      12. Chapter 12: Backup, Restore, and Disaster Recovery
      13. Chapter 13: Troubleshooting
      14. Chapter 14: Scripting Operations Manager 2012
    11. Index