SCOM Performance View vs. Performance Widget – What’s the Difference?

System Center Operations Manager has many talents. And the one I like most of all is its ability to bring surprises every day. Today’s surprise is how it delivers performance data to the user. If you know a lot about SCOM architecture, it will not take long to understand and absorb SCOM’s specialties. If not […]
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SCOM Standard Dataset maintenance workflow

As I’m going through my preparations for TechEd, I’m refreshing my knowledge about System Center Operations Manager. A while ago I went through all DW SPs involved into standard dataset maintenance and made some short notes about the implementation of this workflow. Here they are. What’s a dataset? Dataset is a set of tables, stored […]
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What’s wrong with optimized performance collection rules in SCOM?

I came across an interesting support case last week. The customer was asking why the optimization had been removed  from performance collection rules. Though I knew the answer, I spent some time on building the lab to showcase the impact of optimization. So, what does “optimization” means in terms of SCOM performance collection? Here is an […]
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#WorstPractice – A call for SCOM MP Developers: One Rule – One Counter!

This is yet another call for SCOM Management Pack developers: never ever try to implement dynamic object and counter names for performance collection rules! The reason for not implementing dynamic object and counter names for performance collection rules is simple and straightforward: this kind of implementation is not supported by OpsMgr data warehouse […]
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Designing the perfect SCOM report – my workflow (Part 3/3)

In previous parts we discussed how to get ready for SCOM reports development and how to plan the perfect report. Now we’re ready to rock.
If you have done your homework, the implementation will be pretty much straightforward process , the speed will depend on your technical skills only. My implementation workflow usually includes: SQL Server stored procedure(s) for data retrieval; report definition (RDL); report parameter block (RPDL); Injection of stored procedures, report definition and parameter block into management pack […]
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Designing the perfect SCOM report – my workflow (Part 2/3)

Plan.
There are so many things that can be described in this part. There is no straightforward approach in software design. It’s all about finding the right balance between many factors. However, if you’re writing SCOM report for yourself or for your fellow IT Pro sitting at the desk next to you, don’t worry – skip this part, get your vision and do it. If this is not the case, you’ll need to invest lot of time (sometimes even more than implementation takes) into planning […]
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Designing the perfect SCOM report – my workflow (Part 1/3)

It was more than four years ago when I created my first SCOM report. I have authored several dozens since that. Some of them were great, most were just good. Many people asked me how do I do that and assumed that report authoring for SCOM is something really complex. In fact, it is not. At least it is not more difficult than writing non-SCOM report or your own resume. The only thing one need to author good SCOM report is to understand the process and follow it […]
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OpsMgr data warehouse: some things to consider

If you plan to use data from OpsMgr DW, you should be aware that there is a number of some specific points you should consider when developing your data retrieval strategy. Here are some of them: Aggregation. Applies to: State and Performance data. OpsMgr DW doesn’t store raw data for a long period of time. […]
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How many performance collection rules are there in MP? (#scom #sysctr #opsmgr)

It was a hot day here in Veeam Management Pack R&D Teeam, we’re getting closer and closer to feature complete deadline and code freeze. I’ve spent few days on reviewing performance reports MP and ended with rebuilding it from the scratch  – 36 reports, 175 performance collection rules, 853 report-rule links. When I was done, […]
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Hacking the Data Warehouse at #MMS2013

#MMS2013 Session Catalog went live yesterday. So now, when sponsor sessions are listed, I can announce that I’m going to be there to deliver Veeam’s sponsor session and to speak about OpsMgr reporting. That’s a great chance to share all the things I have learned about SCOM Data Warehouse during last 4 years (including 1.5 […]
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