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Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Cookbook

Book Description

Learn how to deploy, configure, and maintain System Center Operations Manager with 50 recipes designed to help you meet the challenges of managing a complex IT system

In Detail

As organizations become more and more dependent upon a powerful IT infrastructure, there is increased pressure on administrators to be able to monitor and troubleshoot quickly and effectively. Systems Center Operations Manager makes this possible, giving administrators a simple way to manage the performance of their infrastructure and allowing them to focus on steps to optimize and improve it.

Beginning with an introduction to the architecture of SCOM, you will then learn how to integrate and align it with the needs of your business. The book then covers how to configure System Center R2 Operations Manager, deploy monitoring agents, and use the admin console. You will learn about best practices for overrides and tuning, tips for effective maintenance, and learn to monitor applications across a wide-range of platforms within the environment, creating advanced customizations. You will finish by integrating Operations Manager with other R2 components and discovering the powerful data you can collect using this vital tool.

What You Will Learn

  • Learn how to architect an Operations Manager environment

  • Find out how to deploy a highly available environment

  • Discover tips on how to customize and configure Operations Manager

  • Learn how to tune and maintain your deployment

  • Successfully monitor key business applications

  • Author custom monitoring to extend your monitoring reach

  • Integrate Operations Manager with other System Center 2012 R2 components

  • Discover how to create notifications, reports, and dashboards

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    Table of Contents

    1. Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Cookbook
      1. Table of Contents
      2. Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Cookbook
      3. Credits
      4. About the Authors
      5. About the Reviewers
      6. www.PacktPub.com
        1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
          1. Why subscribe?
          2. Free access for Packt account holders
          3. Instant updates on new Packt books
      7. Preface
        1. What this book covers
        2. What you need for this book
        3. Who this book is for
        4. Sections
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works…
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        5. Conventions
        6. Reader feedback
        7. Customer support
          1. Downloading the example code
          2. Errata
          3. Piracy
          4. Questions
      8. 1. Architecting System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Introducing Operations Manager roles
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Management server
            2. Operational database
            3. Data warehouse database
            4. Reporting server
            5. Gateway server
            6. Web console server
            7. Audit Collection Services
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. RMS Emulator
          5. See also
        3. Understanding the business and its requirements
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Availability/percentage uptime required
            2. Cost of downtime
            3. Services within the monitoring scope
            4. Financial penalties
            5. Resource metering – showback/chargeback
            6. Capacity planning
          3. How it works...
        4. Designing for high availability
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Management servers
            2. Console connections
            3. Operational and Data Warehouse SQL databases
            4. Reporting server
            5. Audit Collection Services
            6. Web console server
            7. Agents
            8. Gateway servers
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        5. Sizing the environment
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Disk space requirements
            2. Why maintain free space?
            3. Multiple management groups
          5. See also
      9. 2. Deploying System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Implementing SQL high availability
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Configuring Operations Manager
            2. Additional Security and SQL Messages
            3. Multi-site AlwaysOn Availability Groups
          5. See also
        3. Scripting the deployment
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
            1. Gathering parameters
            2. Setting up and validating variables
            3. Preparing Operations Manager prerequisites
            4. Deploying Operations Manager
          4. There's more...
            1. Installing the reporting role
            2. Validation checking
            3. When to automate
          5. See also
        4. Deploying gateway servers
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating the PKI certificate template
            2. Requesting and applying the certificate
          5. See also
      10. 3. Configuring System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Configuring resource pools
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        3. Configuring active directory agent assignment
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Assigning the Run As account to the AD Profile
            2. Assigning managed computers to a primary and secondary management server
          3. How it works...
        4. Deploying agents for Windows operating systems
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        5. Deploying agents for Unix- or Linux-based operating systems
          1. Getting ready
            1. Management packs
            2. WinRM
            3. Run As accounts
            4. Run As profiles
          2. How to do it...
          3. There's more...
          4. See also
        6. Options for deploying the Admin console
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
      11. 4. Operating System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Implementing tuning and best-practice recommendations
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Creating an event view in SCOM
            2. Using the server approach for alert tuning
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Creating alert overrides
            2. Overriding an event in SCOM
          5. See also
        3. Understanding self-tuning thresholds and baselining
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Creating a self-tuning threshold monitor
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Configuring self-tuning thresholds
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Adjusting self-tuning threshold monitors for your environment
            2. To use or not to use self-tuning thresholds
          5. See also
        5. Using PowerShell for administration tasks
          1. Cmdlet
          2. Help system
          3. What's new in Operations Manager 2012 R2 PowerShell?
          4. Getting ready
            1. Loading the operations manager PowerShell module
          5. How to do it...
            1. Using Get-Help and Get-Command
            2. Reviewing System Center 2012 R2 cmdlets
            3. Setting your PowerShell execution policy
            4. Connecting to the SCOM console
            5. Using SCOM management group connections
            6. Working with temporary connections
            7. Working with persistent connections
          6. How it works...
          7. There's more...
            1. Managing agents
            2. Installing SCOM agents with PowerShell
            3. Uninstalling SCOM agents
            4. Repairing SCOM agents
            5. Managing SCOM agent proxying
          8. See also
        6. Setting up recovery tasks
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Creating a Diagnostic or Recovery Task
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      12. 5. Maintaining System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Running daily, weekly, and monthly recommended tasks
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Backing up SCOM features
            2. Monitoring the management group health
            3. Backing up custom management packs
              1. Export custom management packs using the Operations console
            4. Export unsealed management packs using Windows PowerShell
            5. Update management packs
            6. Review Imported Management packs in SCOM
              1. Check for updates to management packs
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        3. Maintaining and grooming the SCOM databases
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Grooming the Operational database
              1. Manually Groom the Operational database
              2. Groom the SCOM Operational database using PowerShell
            2. Grooming and retention in the SCOM data warehouse
            3. Using DWDATARP.EXE
              1. To view current data retention settings
              2. To set data retention for a specific dataset
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Recovering Operations Manager
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. To restore a database backup
              1. To recover the RMS Emulator
              2. To recover a failed management server using the setup
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        5. Updating System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Manually download and install SCOM update files
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        6. Optimizing for scale and performance
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. To add new optimization subkeys to the SCOM registry
            2. To override data warehouse synchronization and deployment rules
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      13. 6. Monitoring Applications and IT Services with System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Creating a distributed application from a template
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        3. Creating a custom distributed application
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        4. Monitoring a .NET application
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        5. Enabling Global Service Monitor
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
            1. Enabling GSM
            2. Configuring web application availability tests
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      14. 7. Authoring Custom Monitoring Solutions with System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Storing customizations in management packs
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        3. Editing a management pack in Notepad
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        4. Creating a new attribute for all computers
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it…
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        5. Creating a custom view
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        6. Discovering a new application in MP Author
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        7. Creating a custom view in MP Author
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
        8. Deploying a management pack from MP Author
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        9. Creating service monitors in MP Author
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        10. Monitoring and capturing performance in MP Author
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      15. 8. Authoring Management Packs in Visual Studio
        1. Introduction
        2. Discovering a new application in Visual Studio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
        3. Creating a custom view in Visual Studio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
        4. Deploying a management pack from Visual Studio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
        5. Creating and extending service monitors in Visual Studio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more…
          5. See also
        6. Monitoring and capturing performance in Visual Studio
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. See also
      16. 9. Integrating System Center 2012 R2 with Other Components
        1. Introduction
        2. Discovering best-practice analysis with System Center Advisor
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Azure Operational Insights
          5. See also
        3. Designing alert and remediation actions with System Center 2012 R2 Orchestrator (SCORCH)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
            1. Exchange Corruption Start
            2. Exchange Corruption Loop
            3. Exchange Corruption Repair Complete
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Enabling Asset Discovery and Incident Management with System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
            1. Routing rules
            2. Alert sync subscriptions
          5. See also
        5. Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) Integration with System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      17. 10. Reporting in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager
        1. Introduction
        2. Building SQL queries
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        3. Creating SQL reports
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        4. Publishing SQL reports
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        5. Creating reports within the Operations console
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        6. Scheduling reports
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        7. Creating notifications and subscriptions
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
        8. Creating a SharePoint dashboard
          1. Getting ready
          2. How to do it...
          3. How it works...
          4. There's more...
          5. See also
      18. A. Resourceful Links
        1. Notable community blogs
        2. Notable community sites
        3. Third-party SCOM extensions
      19. Index