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Doesn't it feel great to defeat your small network difficulties before they grow into unruly problems? Take the frustration out of your day-to-day, problem-solving efforts by using the powerful monitoring tools in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).
Trainer Greg Shields leaves no loose ends as he shows you SCOM's full monitoring power. After watching this video series you'll become the proactive problem solver your system needs.
Greg's video instruction covers installing windows client and server operating systems, managing and monitoring core systems and understanding links to desktop business applications.
This is perfect training for systems administrators and engineers who want rich levels of monitoring in their infrastructure using the System Center platform.
The training is mapped to Microsoft exam 70-400 -- a test that Greg describes as "down and dirty," because all the questions relate directly to skills you need to configure, deploy and maintain your system.
Each of Greg's videos is tailored to Microsoft's exam weighting, and passing Microsoft exam 70-400 nets you MCTS certification.
By the time you're done you'll understand the following topics about Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring:
* "Collective & Business Critical Client Monitoring"
* "SCOM Backup & Restore"
Prior to attempting this certification: you will want to have at least one year of MS OPS Manager experience: maybe youve used MS Office Manager (MOM) in the past or you may be using SCOM 2007 now. And you will also need knowledge of Active Directory and Windows Client and server operating systems.
Here's what you'll learn in each video of the 70-400: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring:
Video 1 - "Introduction to SCOM & the 70-400 Exam" - The introduction to this series talks about our learning style, the development of the network we will use for demonstrations throughout this series, and introduces the learning objectives for the 70-400 exam.
Video 2 - "Operations Management & SCOM Components" - Before we can begin our discussion on SCOM, we must first understand how it relates to the overarching topics of operations management in general. Here, we talk about operations management and the need for proactive monitoring, achieved in SCOM through state-based monitors and roll-up health status. We also in this nugget go over the components that make up a SCOM infrastructure.
Video 3 - "Installing SCOM" - The first step in working with SCOM is getting it installed to a candidate server. This nugget discusses the prerequisites for that action and goes through all the steps necessary to install the Root Management Server component.
Video 4 - "Configuring Management Group Settings" - Once installed, the next step is to configure the organization-level settings required by SCOM. This nugget goes over those settings with an eye towards their proper setting based on the size and needs of your infrastructure.
Video 5 - "Discovering Resources & Installing Agents" - Resources are discovered and agents are typically installed by SCOM through its wizard-based interface. But there are some gotchas associated with managing assets in your organization. Well discuss each of those topics in this nugget.
Video 6 - "Understanding, Finding, & Importing Management Packs" - Management Packs are the life blood of any SCOM infrastructure. Once assets have been discovered and are ready to ingest data into SCOMs database, Management Packs provide the logic that assists administrators with knowing what events are useful and need to be alerted on. Management Packs also provide the knowledge that helps administrators understand what to troubleshoot when a server is no longer healthy.
Video 7 - "Configuring Alerting & Notifications" - Management Packs can provide the logic for alerting administrators, but SCOM itself has a rich capability for limiting how notifications and alerts actually make their way to pagers. In fact, setting up notifications correctly so that there arent too many nor too few can be one of the biggest success factors in any SCOM implementation.
Learn the best practices here.
Video 8 - "Day-to-Day SCOM Operations" - Now that weve got our basic configuration down, this nugget will talk about the daily operations of a SCOM infrastructure in production. Here youll learn about resolving alerts and tuning resolution states, youll understand how and why you should put servers in maintenance mode when working with them, and understand the views youll see and later create that display the right data for the right administrator.
Video 9 - "Customizing Monitors & Rules" - Management Packs downloaded from the Microsoft catalog or third parties are all sealed, which means their configuration cannot be changed. But sometimes the settings that dictate what behaviors are good and which are bad arent properly tuned for your particular IT environment. This nugget will discuss at length the sometimes complex process of tuning monitors and rules in your Management Packs to ensure they make sense for your needs.
Video 10 - "Customizing Attributes, Groups, & Views" - Following on from the previous nugget, we then look into the monitoring of individual attributes on a system as well as how to create groups of computers and customized views of data for the other administrators in your environment. It is here that youll learn how to best gather together the right amount of data for consumption by the various groups in your IT infrastructure.
Video 11 - "Customizing Tasks" - Tasks are yet another hot topic with SCOM, providing a way for you to automatically run a process or script right from within the SCOM console. This nugget will show you how to create a task as well as make it available for use by other administrators through their console views.
Video 12 - "Understanding & Creating Synthetic Transactions" - True operations management requires a look at IT services not only from the servers view but also from the perspective of the client. One way in which clients can verify that their needed services remain up and running is by sending synthetic transactions to the servers they work with. This nugget will explain the ideas behind synthetic transactions as well as how to set them up.
Video 13 - "Understanding & Creating Distributed Applications" - With the client perspective fully in-hand, we can now begin the creation of full distributed applications, which are the creation of comprehensive monitoring solutions across every element that makes up an IT service. These are custom creations, as they work across the servers and applications in your infrastructure. In this nugget youll learn how to use SCOMs designer to create your own distributed applications with the goal of creating a health roll-up across multiple elements at once.
Video 14 - "Converting Legacy Management Packs" - One element thats critical for the exam but also critical if you want to use older Management Packs in your SCOM 2007 environment is the converting of legacy MPs. This nugget will discuss the process as well as explain some of the gotchas associated with their use.
Video 15 - "Installing, Using, & Creating Reports" - SCOM leverages SQL Reporting Services for the generation of its reports. Yet the process to install it and ingest its needed models for the creation of good reports can be a complex undertaking. This nugget will explain everything you need to know to set up reporting and begin creating your own custom reports for management updates, historical tracking, and even planning.
Video 16 - "Managing Users & User Roles" - SCOM has the ability to present views, tasks, and reports to users based on who they are. It also has the ability to aggregate users by role, making user administration much easier. This nugget will explain the process of user management in SCOM as well as the creation of user roles.
Video 17 - "Configuring Audit Collection Services" - SCOM by default collects system and application data from the Windows event log. But if you want to get security data, youll need to install its add-on ACS component. ACS is no picnic to install and use, lacking even the most basic of GUI controls. In this nugget well discuss its installation and use and talk about how you might leverage ACS as a separate-but-controlled mechanism for storing audit data.
Video 18 - "Configuring Agentless Exception Monitoring" - Dr. Watson gets a bad rap and so does Microsofts Customer Experience Improvement Program for sending data to Microsoft. You can control that flow of data and even store it locally for the generation of global reports on system errors and behaviors with Agentless Exception Monitoring. Youll find that adding SCOM to Microsofts Corporate Error Reporting service makes the gathering of this bug check data much more valuable to you and your organization.
Video 19 - "Collective & Business Critical Client Monitoring" - SCOM isnt just for servers. Its also a great tool for monitoring the clients on your network as well. But you probably dont want to monitor all your clients, just the ones that are critical to the daily flow of your business. This nugget talks about the needs for client monitoring as well as how to set it up. Youll also learn more about how monitored clients can become the basis for the very client perspectives that we discussed earlier in creating distributed applications.
Video 20 - "SCOM Backup & Restore" - Every IT service has the need for some level of backup and restore. SCOM is no different. Yet SCOMs mechanisms for backing itself up are complex at best. This nugget will help you identify exactly what you need to back up and in what order you should consider restoring in the case of a failure.