Saturday, January 29, 2011

Console scoping:

What is scoping?

Allows you to view objects meeting specific criteria, such as just AD servers or SQL servers,

---- change the scope

Click on scope button
From the list of available items, choose the items on which you would like to focus.

The operations manager console:

GUI console navigation —

Ø      Monitoring : when you want to know the status of your infrastructure, use the monitoring view, which displays aggregate view of monitoring data collected from various sources. Namely management packs that have been imported.
Ø      Authoring: we you eventually modify management pack settings, a task accomplished from authoring view lets you view monitoring settings from any management pack currently in system
Ø      Reporting: If the SCOM reporting components have been deployed, you are able to access the functionality from this view. Reports are available that allow you to analyze data capture from any source.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The SDK and config service account:

The sdk provides data access layer between the agent, console and database. The config service distributes configuration to agents.

The management server uses the SDK account to log on to the SC database.

Define operations manager action account?

Action account gathers, operations data from provides..the provides can be servers, clients or run responses and to perform actions such as installing and uninstalling agents on managed computers.

How to install POWER SHELL ?

Go to CMD and type:

servermanagercmd –i powershell

Installing operations manager 2007

Pre installation steps:
Understand the management server action account:

Can be specific as a local system account or a domain user account, with domain user account preferred
This account is used to gather data and perform actions on your management servers.

Recommended: use a domain user account

----     appropriate permissions will be assigned during the setup process
--      this account should be installed before installing scom  

Create an AD operations manager administrator group

Place into this group the accounts the users that will be allowed to manage all aspects of operations manager 

Add the domain user you have created to local administrator group on scom and database server.

If you forget this step you will have many errors.

What are the roles of management packs?

  1. A management pack is an XML document that extends the monitoring capabilities of operations manager 2007.
  2. Management packs are authored to monitor specific hardware and software elements by indicating, in details, exactly what should be looked at and how it should be looked at.
  3. when you install the operations manager by default we will receive dozens of management packs
  4. Management packs are written by programmers with in-depth system and application knowledge. It’s sort of like expert watching your system.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

What is a management group?

Is a single instance of operations manager 2007 and its related services.

System Center Operations Manager 2007 additional components

Gateway server: lets you deploy agents and monitor devices that are located behind firewall and in other secure areas

Command shell: consists of more then 200 cmdlets that were created to automate operations manager 2007 tasks

System Center Operations Manager 2007 optional components

Management server: Operations manager uses management server to receive management packs from the root management server after which it distributes them to various agents that report information back to the management server

Web console server: Provides web browser based view into your operations manager infrastructure

Reporting server: The server on which reports are generated and prepared for viewing. This is an SQL server 2005 sp1

Reporting data warehouse server

--      Raw data stored for 14days
--     Summary –hourly & daily – data stored for 400 days.

Monday, January 24, 2011

System center operations manager components

Agents: are service or can call small piece of software that you deploy to computers to monitor with SCOM..

Operations console: is operations managers command center and is the tool by which you will view gathered data, management packs, reporting and much more

Management packs: basic building blocks for operations manager and includes information necessary to monitor specific kinds of hardware and software

What is new in SCOM 2007 R2?

Exchange 2007 client access server monitoring management pack template.
Import management packs wizard
Support for discovery and monitoring of unix and linux based computers.
Service level monitoring
Support for SQL server 2008
Native monitoring for IIS 7
Support for large scale monitoring of URL’s

What is new in SCOM 2007

Agentless exception monitoring.
Client monitoring management pack
Root management sever
Command line support via power shell
Authorized console with SP1
SNMPv2 support
Health explorer

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Name Changes in Citrix Products

Old Names New Names
Presentation server XenApp
Presentation server console XenApp Advanced Configuration Tool
Citrix management console Access management Console
Presentation server client Citrix xenapp plugin for hosted app
Program neighborhood agent Citrix xenapp
Web client Citrix xen app web plugin
Citrix streaming client Citrix xenapp plugin for streamed apps
Web interface site Xenapp web
PN agent site Xenapp service
WMI provider Citrix xenapp provider

XenApp Components

Farms: Group of xenapp servers, they can be combination of web interface servers, where the web site will allow the users to connect into the xen app, license servers and xen app servers itself. Farm has a single data store.

Data collector: Stores dynamic information, for each of the Zones in a farm we will have a data collector. Ex: how many users are on a server, what the users are doing, what applications are being run.

Data store: Stores static information, farm has a single data store, data store is connected by some data connection, like sql or Oracle.

With the use for both this data collector and data store we can manage a farm.

LHC : local host cache, available on each server. Its like a mini data base, for example if a XENAPP server losses its connectivity to data store then it will use the information it has in its local host cache

XenApp editions

Types of XenApp Editions:

Advanced : Basic edition, positioning applications, getting those application out to users etc
Enterprise : Adds some more functionality to xenapp.

Planitum : Adds password manager, edge site for monitoring citrix servers, password manager provides Single Sign-On solution. Provides access gateway, replacing secured gateway ..Access gateway being a hardware device, and secured gateway being a software device.

You can download the Citrix XenApp Comparative Feature Matrix from the link below: