OpsMgr 2007 Base Concepts and Helpful Links

OpsMgr is a beast, here are some tips for understanding what it is and does. I’ve included a few links to great resources as well.

General Info

As said in the blog post below, the workflow engine is the heart of Operations Manager. It has 4 basic parts or modules, think of them like OpsMgr Lego’s.

  1. Data Source – this is anything that provides data. There are a bunch of them built-in, like Syslog, Events, Performance, etc.
  2. Probe Action – this is a way to create data by checking on something, running a script, etc.
  3. Condition Detection – this can be used to map between data types, or decide whether or not to keep working on something.
  4. Write Action – this takes data and does something — changes a health state, writes an event or alert, etc.

These modules are used to build -rules-. Rules are essentially scripts that do things.

Some other concepts:

  • Classes – a class is a template for an object. For example, in my previous post about monitoring Syslogs we create a class called “Syslog Receiver”, with a few properties.
  • Discovery Rule – a special rule that ‘discovers’ objects. It can create an instance of a class and populate it’s properties.
  • Monitor – a special rule that watches something for problems.
  • Views – a way to look at OpsMgr data like Events, Health States, Performance Graphs, etc.
  • Reports – when a view isn’t good enough, you can generate Reports. Reports offer a lot more flexibility (and complexity) than views, and can be saved\exported\scheduled.

All of these elements are bundled up into a file called a Management Pack (MP).

For a working example, check out my previous post “Monitoring ESXi Syslogs with OpsMgr 2007 R2“.Working through the post to create a management pack is a great way to learn this stuff.







Working with MP’s

Reports and SQL

There are a few more links on my Chemistry Wiki page, but they’ll be fairly unorganized.

If you see something out of place, please leave a comment!



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