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Tools for those who work with Operations Manager

June 21, 2014

As an Operations Manager specialist I use quite some tools for my daily tasks. In this post I would like to share some of those tools with a small motivation.

Tool

Description

Operations Manager versions

Operations Manager 2012 Sizing Helper Tool

The OpsMgr 2012 Sizing Helper is an interactive document designed to assist you with planning & sizing deployments of System Center 2012 Operations Manager. It helps you plan the correct amount of infrastructure needed for a new OpsMgr 2012 deployment, removing the uncertainties in making IT hardware purchases and optimizes cost. A typical recommendation will include minimum hardware specification for each server role, topology diagram and storage requirement.

2012/2012 R2

PowerShell ISE

With OpsMgr PowerShell is also a must. The Windows PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment (ISE) is a host application for Windows PowerShell. In Windows PowerShell ISE, you can run commands and write, test, and debug scripts in a single Windows-based graphic user interface with multiline editing, tab completion, syntax coloring, selective execution, context-sensitive help, and support for right-to-left languages. You can use menu items and keyboard shortcuts to perform many of the same tasks that you would perform in the Windows PowerShell console. For example, when you debug a script in the Windows PowerShell ISE, to set a line breakpoint in a script, right-click the line of code, and then click Toggle Breakpoint.

Not OpsMgr specific

Notepad++

XML editing is something that I do on a regular basis. This because XML is the language the management packs are built in. If I do some small adjustments I like to do this in a pleasant way. Notepad++ comes in very handy..

Not OpsMgr specific

MPViewer 2.2.3

This tool made by Boris Yanushpolsky is one I almost use every day. It gives a very good view on what’s is in a management pack. It support .MP,.MPS and XML files. A handy feature is that the MP content can be export into readable content.

2012/2012 R2   (The 2007/2007R2 version 1.7 can be downloaded here.)

OverrideExplorer 3.7

Also a tool made by Boris Yanushpolsky. This tool gives a quick overview on the configured overrides in the management group. You can see the target and destination management pack. You even have the option to move the overrides to another management pack. There has been some errors reported on the moving option so be carefull with this.

2012/2012 R2   (The 2007/2007R2 version can be downloaded here.)

Silect MP Authoring Tool

This is a free tool for building simple management packs.

2012/2012 R2

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Authoring Resource Kit

There are many tools available in this resource kit. Please visit the site for more information on this: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18222

2007/2007 R2

Visio 2010 Add-in for Operations Manager 2012

With this Visio add-in you can create simple but effective dashboards. Use existing Visio drawing and attach them to OpsMgr objects to display the health state. Unfortunately only for available for Visio 2010

2012/2012 R2

MPSeal & SN.exe

MP seal is a tool for sealing management packs. SN.exe is a tool for creating a key that is needed for sealing the management pack. Most authoring tools can seal mp’s too.   A good example on how to use these two tools is written by Jonathan Almquist.

2012/2012 R2

Dwdatarp.exe

Data Warehouse Data Retention Policy. With this tool you can change the retention time for the Data Warehouse data in an easy way. Just start the tool form a command line and make the required changes. More info on how to use the tool can be found on the Operations Manager Team Blog site.

2007/2007 R2/2012/2012 R2

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