In my last blog, we discussed, how to configure a virtual environment, install, and begin to configure MOM 2005 to monitor SQL Server. This blog will continue where the last one left off. We will import MOM 2005 Management Packs and Reports and
begin monitoring SQL Server 2005.
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Lets start by opening the console by choosing Start | All
Programs | Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 | Administrator Console (Figure
Next, click the Import Management Packs link. You must have
a management pack in order for MOM to be able to monitor activity. Click Next
on the Welcome Screen as shown in Figure B. Continue by choosing the Import Managements Packs and/or
Reports radio button (Figure C.)
You are now ready to browse to the CD-ROM where the
Management Packs exist. Figure D. is an example of how to import your
Management Packs and Reports. On this window (Figure E.), you can select the following
Management Packs and Reports desired:
- Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer.akm
- Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server.akm
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2003.akm
- MOM 2005.akm
- SMS 2003.akm
- SQL Server 2000.akm
- Windows Active Directory.akm
- Windows Base Operating System.akm
- Server Clusters.akm
Once you choose the Management Packs, the Select Reports
window appears for you to choose the applicable reports as shown in Figure F. Click continue when you are presented with a Secure Socket
Layer (SSL) warning dialog box. You are now ready to review your selection and
begin the importing process. This should take some time if you chose to import
all of the management packs. Click Finish (Figure G.) and then review the
overall status as shown in Figure H.
The Administrator Console (Figure I.) is similar to a
tree-like structure. You have the following tree:
- Information Center
- Management Packs
We will begin by
opening the Operator Console from the Start menu (Figure J.) The Operator
Console allows you to perform the following:
- View Alerts
- View State
- View Events
- View Performance
- View Computers & Groups
- View Diagram
- My Views
- Public Views
the Operator Console, you can move on to the Reporting Console by choosing Go |
Open Reporting Console from the Operator Console menu bar. You must
first login to the reporting web page as shown in Figure K.
You are now
basically just reports that are installed to the SQL Server Reporting Services
feature embedded within SQL Server 2005.
At this point,
you are ready to play with your MOM 2005 w/ SP1 environment. Now that your
virtual lab is complete, I recommend that you take a snapshot of each server
and go wild trying to monitor SQL Server 2005 with MOM. If you break it, simply
revert to the previous snapshot and try again. I have found this to be the
best way to learn.
Multiple Snapshots are features available in the VMware Workstation product
line. If you are using Virtual PC, you can use this same method but Virtual PC
calls it differencing disks and it is a little more complicated to configure.
You could always just back up the virtual files and then overwrite them if you
break the configuration as well. Have Fun!