Today I would like to announce “Friday Rules”. Yes, of course Friday rules, but in my context I am going to publish short videos about the monitoring rules in SCOM always on a Friday. My goal is to show a short example (10-15 minutes) how you can create rules and what those can do for you. At the end of this series, I will have covered all rules in SCOM. It is sometimes very basic stuff, but I think it is still valuable for some of those who are new to SCOM and want to explore it.
If you are in the SCOM console and you choose a performance view, you are able to select “Rotate Chart”….
…this will give you a kind of 3D view of your chart. Well, yes it does something, and you can do something with it, but in my opinion it is useless. Because you can move your mouse and rotate / flip the chart around forever and you will not find a setting that will satisfy. The absolute great thing is, you won’t be able to return to normal view by deselecting this option again. You will be caught in this view…
How can you return?
System Center Universe is an community conference that is focused on systems management and virtualization topics such as Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows Server and Client Operating Systems and Windows Azure. Last year the event was called System Center Universe DACH and after great success it has been renamed to System Center Universe Europe. But the credo and focus is still the same “top quality from the community to the community” and besides that only few things have changed to take this conference to the next level. As you can imagine, a session is always as good as its speakers. Therefore it is obvious, that there participate some of the best speakers and community leaders from around the world, who will present high quality sessions at the conference.
Mark these dates in your calendar now:
September 17th-19th 2014, Congress Center Basel, Switzerland
If you never heard of System Center Universe Europe before, I urge you to check out the website immediately at http://www.systemcenteruniverse.ch/ where you are also able to register right away.
This time I needed to build a two-state script monitor to test several file shares for availability. The script works in multiple steps…
- Try to access the shared folder
- Create a file within the share
- Check if the file exists
- Delete the file
If one of the tests above would fail, we need to get an alert. Well, this is actually not that hard to create and don’t worry I am not going to publish another VBScript. What is more interesting is to create a meaningful alert. It makes sense to have the file share name in the alert name e.g. “Failed to access share \\server01\temp”. But how are we going to achieve this?
During a recent install of SCOM the health state of 4 management servers turned suddenly to critical and the 2 others stayed healthy. The setup consists of totally 6 management servers split up into 3 Resource Pools (Windows, Unix/Linux, Network/SNMP) and several gateway servers. It was somewhat suspicious, because for a long time the management group stayed healthy and didn’t have any issues. The alert I received looked like this…
The interesting part is here…
Run As Profile: Microsoft.SystemCenter.Omonline.OutsideIn.RunAsProfile.Configuration
Account SSID: 007EFD0C5AC560C1B24DF51301135E7F0C415DC48B0000000000000000
This alert tells us, that there must be a Run As Profile which contains a Run As Account that is not distributed to all Health Services, in this case the 4 unhealthy management servers. We get here a pretty go hint as we see the SSID of the account, but not how can find out which Run As account is hiding behind this long number?