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From the Back Cover
This book is your most complete source for in-depth information about Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007!
System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed is a comprehensive guide to System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007. Like its MOM 2005 predecessor, OpsMgr 2007 helps you implement operations management, but with a far different and more holistic approach from MOM 2005’s focus on individual servers.
This book guides you through designing, deploying, and configuring OpsMgr 2007. You will find detailed information and hands-on experience on topics such as estimating database sizes and designing redundant OpsMgr configurations. You learn how to tackle challenges such as setting up ACS, establishing client monitoring, using and creating synthetic transactions and distributed applications, and developing management packs and reports.
- Size your OpsMgr databases
- Architect for redundancy and performance
- Install or migrate to OpsMgr 2007
- Secure OpsMgr
- Back up OpsMgr components
- Understand how monitors and rules work
- Manage different aspects, including ACS, client monitoring, synthetic transactions, and distributed applications
- Extend OpsMgr
- Develop management packs and reports
- Database sizing spreadsheet
- Utilities, management packs, and reports
- Microsoft’s best practices for rule and monitor targeting and PowerShell Cheat Sheet
- Live Links--more than 200 hypertext links and references to materials, connectors, sites, and newsgroups related to OpsMgr
Part I Operations Management Overview and Concepts
1 Operations Management Basics 11
2 What’s New 63
3 Looking Inside OpsMgr 97
Part II Planning and Installation
4 Planning Your Operations Manager Deployment 137
5 Planning Complex Configurations 203
6 Installing Operations Manager 2007 233
7 Migrating to Operations Manager 2007 277
Part III Moving Toward Application-Centered Management
8 Configuring and Using Operations Manager 2007 303
9 Installing and Configuring Agents 369
10 Complex Configurations 425
11 Securing Operations Manager 2007 471
Part IV Administering Operations Manager 2007
12 Backup and Recovery 539
13 Administering Management Packs 593
14 Monitoring with Operations Manager 647
Part V Service-Oriented Monitoring
15 Monitoring Audit Collection Services 739
16 Client Monitoring 797
17 Monitoring Network Devices 845
18 Using Synthetic Transactions 903
19 Managing a Distributed Environment 949
Part VI Beyond Operations Manager
20 Automatically Adapting Your Environment 1005
21 Reading for the Service Provider: Remote Operations Manager 1047
22 Interoperability 1095
23 Developing Management Packs and Reports 1141
Part VII Appendixes
A OpsMgr by Example: Configuring and Tuning Management Packs 1229
B Performance Counters 1261
C Registry Settings 1271
D Active Directory and Exchange 2003 Management Pack Parameters 1295
E Reference URLs 1305
F On the CD 1323
About the Author
Kerrie Meyler, MA, BA, MCT, MCSE, CNA, MOM MVP, is an independent consultant and trainer with more than 15 years of Information Technology experience. A previous Senior Technology Specialist at Microsoft, she focused on infrastructure and management solutions, presenting at numerous product launches. Kerrie was also a Management Insider, presented at internal Microsoft conferences, and received company recognition and awards, including a SPAR MGS award. Kerrie presented on Operations Manager 2007 and gave several podcasts at TechEd 2007. As an MCT, she worked with Microsoft Learning on Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) for several courses, and did the “beta teach” for course 2250, “Implementing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000.” More recently, Kerrie participated in the alpha walkthrough for Certification Exam 70-400, “Configuring Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007.” She also participated in defining the domain objectives for Certification Exam 70-402, “IT Operations and Service Management.” Kerrie is the lead author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, and was awarded the MOM MVP award just as this book was being completed.
Cameron Fuller, BS, MCSE, MOM MVP, is a Managing Consultant for Catapult Systems, an IT consulting company and Microsoft Gold Certified Partner with numerous competencies, including Advanced Infrastructure and Network Infrastructure Solutions. He focuses on management solutions, and serves as the Microsoft Operations Management Champion for Catapult. Cameron’s 15 years of infrastructure experience include work in the retail, education, healthcare, distribution, transportation, and energy industries. Cameron continually focuses on improving his existing business and technical skill sets through hands-on experience and leveraging certifications, including MCSE (since NT 3.51), MCSA, A+, Linux+, Server+, and CCSA. Cameron is also a public speaker, presenting on Operations Manager 2007 at TechEd 2007, co-presenting with Microsoft on MOM 2005 at TechEd 2005, and the MOM 2005 product launches in Dallas and Tulsa. He is the co-author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed.
John Joyner, LCDR USN-R, BS, MCSE, MOM MVP, is a presenter and inventor in the systems management space. A senior architect at ClearPointe--a leader and pioneer in the Managed Services Provider (MSP) industry--he has been using Microsoft systems management technologies to deliver SLA-based guarantees of application performance in multi-tenant environments since 2001. John received his B.S. in Business Administration on a U.S. Navy scholarship. As a Navy computer scientist, he deployed Microsoft Mail to the battlefield for NATO in the former Yugoslavia in 1995, and then took Exchange 4.0 afloat in 1996 for the first Internet-connected aircraft carrier battle group deployment in history. John retired a Lieutenant Commander from the Navy in 1998 and has worked for ClearPointe since then. He has provided consulting services on behalf of Microsoft to design some of the world’s largest Operations Manager deployments. John speaks Italian and Dutch, and visits his daughter in Amsterdam as often as possible. John is a contributing author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, and was recently selected as a MOM MVP.
Andy Dominey, MCSE, MOM MVP, has been in the IT industry for 8 years. He started out as a field service and support engineer and worked his way up to systems administrator, responsible for MOM, Active Directory, Exchange, web hosting, SAN technology, and clustering for an Exchange hosting provider based in the United Kingdom. He is currently working as a Senior Consultant for 1E, a Windows-management firm based in the United Kingdom. Andy has a number of large-scale MOM and OpsMgr deployments to his credit and is an avid evangelist for the product. He was also awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for MOM for the past 3 years. Andy authored Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Field Guide (Expert’s Voice).
Top Customer Reviews
From the moment you pick it up, you'll be impressed. The first thing you'll notice is its size: like the book's title, this is a big, weighty tome. But that's okay, because as anyone who has used it will know, Operations Manager 2007 is a big, complicated product.
Unlike many other IT books, Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed does a lot more than step you through how to perform particular tasks, although it does this as well. Take, for instance, the architectural overview, which covers a range of implementation scenarios large and small, lists all the ports that each component uses, and unravels mysteries such as objects, entities, monitors and rules.
When it comes to stepping through tasks that you will need to perform, Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed provides lots of detail. If like me, you've struggled with how to create rules and monitors, this book will quickly become your bible. Examples are detailed, well explained, and packed with useful hints and tips.
The level of detail is staggering and, most appealingly of all, there is plenty of real world help and advice. Want recommendations on what components can be virtualised? You'll find it in here. Wondering what sort of load a certain number of clients will put on your network? Covered. Wondering how best to target your rules or monitors at a particular group of computers? Check.
Having spent several months wading through oceans of Microsoft documents and having been desperately disappointed by other titles on Operations Manager 2007, this book is everything I hoped for. If you're looking for a lightweight guide to quickly get you up to speed with Operations Manager, this isn't for you. But for anyone who is working seriously with Operations Manager, this book is an absolute must.
Almost too big for a beginners guide although you would get a good overview of functionality if used in a test lab. But if you use OpsMgr regularly then experience, the Microsoft newsgroups and google are a far better solution than this book.
The referencing and indexing in the book make it difficult to find the sections you are are after. Examples are often ill-fitted to the text and the writers seem more fond of long words and convoluted sentences than actually explaining things.
If you are already an expert in OpsMger 2007, this may be a book for you. If you aren't, or you just want a reference, leave this one alone.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
I can't say this is a must own for anyone using SCOM, but if you've been floundering a bit, as I have, or you're just getting started, this is a fantastic resource to get you on your feet and get your SCOM system up and running.
Unleashed is infrastructure focused, and delivers great process-related info for not only design, planning and implementation, but more common administrative scenarios than one can count - moving databases, changing accounts, tuning your environment - it's all in there. And while I wouldn't expect many to read this book cover to cover, I think you could reference it regularly in your daily life as an Opsgmr admin for a long time and never look at the same page twice.
From a planning perspective, I think the team did a good job overall providing providing some insight into the decision process when mapping out your Opsmgr infrastructure plan. The ACS chapter in particular had excellent guidance for getting ACS running, and then tweaking the ACS reports to your liking.
As a testament to the size of Operations Manager as a product, the authors make copius references to community sources for scripts and information (kudos to the team for recognizing the community effort). But you'll also find quite a bit of that community data on the very handy CD accompanying the book.
And already in the book, I can see many SP1 changes that didn't make this 1st version due to lead time in editing cycles at the publisher, which is totally necessary. To that end, a 2nd edition is probably in the works, which will likely include many new tricks from recent months and some yet to be discovered.
I think there is something for everybody in Operations Manager Unleashed, and I encourage all Operations Manager administrators to keep one on the shelf for a rainy day.
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For example, of the 15 pages on using XML with SCOM, 10 are spent on explaining XML tags, and how to open an xml file in notepad or ie. Most of the remainder are filled with an xml file dump with a brief section providing a paragraph explaining each of the major sections.
That's it. No review of how to import the xml; nothing on how to alter an existing xml file; no discussion of the schema.
Other sections of the text are at a similarly low level of technical detail.
It is a good book, well written and contains very good references on the basic and advanced capabilities of the solution.
The only downside is (as it can be expected) that it has no information on the latest updates on SCOM, including R2 that has many new capabililities including cross platform monitoring capabilities and others.
Still a good book...