James Harper

Creating a Group of Windows Computer and Health Service Watcher Objects

First published on TECHNET on Mar 20, 2012 There are a lot of great blogs out there that discuss creating various types of groups ( Kevin Holman and Jonathan Almquist have a number of them), and the stuff that I do in this post won’t be anything that hasn’t been written about before, but I […]

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Workflow Failure Queries

First published on TECHNET on Jul 29, 2011 I regularly see customers getting a lot of alerts indicating that workflows have failed to run a script of WMI query…the alert name is usually one of the following: Workflow Runtime: Failed to run a process or script Workflow Runtime: Failed to run a WMI query Workflow

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Powershell Commands to configure Gateway Server / Agent Failover

First published on TECHNET on Jul 23, 2010 UPDATE:  Some of these commands have been changed for OpsMgr 2012, so I’ve created updated scripts at the bottom of this post that should work in 2012. I’ve assisted a few customers with configuring Gateway Servers/Agents for failover lately, so I figured I’d post the commands that

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Sample Queries and Reports from my MMS Session

First published on TECHNET on Apr 22, 2010 Here are the reports and queries that I used in the demos of my “Writing Basic Custom Reports for Operations Manager” session at MMS 2010. **I’ve updated the Alert Dashboard report to correct a problem with the Alert Priority/Severity pie charts. Here are the descriptions of each

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Using Integers and other “non-string” data types in Rules and Monitors

First published on TECHNET on Oct 01, 2009 If you need to use any non-string data type in the criteria for custom Rules and Monitors, you’ll need to edit the XML in order for it to work properly.  By default, OpsMgr will treat everything as a String value and the Rule/Monitor will not work properly.

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SQL Server Full Text Search Service Monitor

First published on TECHNET on Jul 02, 2009 This issue is described in the SQL Server Management Pack Guide, but I wanted to blog it since I’ve seen a couple customers hit it. In the current version of the SQL Server Management Pack (version 6.0.6559.0), we have a monitor for the SQL Server Full Text

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SQL Agent Job Discovery not working?

First published on TECHNET on Jun 04, 2009 The SQL Server Management Pack includes an option to discover and monitor SQL Server Agent Jobs for SQL 2000/2005/2008.  The Discovery for this is disabled by default: I ran into an issue recently where all Agent Jobs for specific SQL Servers were not being discovered.  Examining the

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Monitoring a service for State and StartMode

First published on TECHNET on Aug 09, 2008 I recently had a customer that wants to get an alert when a specific service is not Disabled and/or not Stopped.  I used the following steps to accomplish this using a “Timed Script Three State Monitor”.  Even if you do not have this specific need, these steps

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