Tuesday, June 21, 2011

SCOM: Dynamic Group MaxDepth

This blog shows a trick to retrieve the right query depth when using contains/contained expressions in group membership rules.

If you don't know how these expressions work: Raphael Burri has an excellent blog about Dynamic Group Population: http://rburri.wordpress.com/2009/01/14/dynamic-group-membership-authoring-and-performance-impact-on-rms/

Whenever you use Contains or Contained (or their compliments NotContains or NotContained), you should use the attribute MaxDepth to save I/O on the RMS.

But how do you know what the MaxDepth is???

You could find this info in the Service Model from the Management Pack Guide. But not every MP Guide is equiped with a Service Model.
To overcome this, you can use the Group membership rule wizard (Query Builder) in the Operations Console.

In this example I want to group all IIS 7.0 Application Pools which are hosted on computers with a specific Computer Description. In most cases MaxDepth 1 will do, but not in this case.

For the Computer Description attribute I created an extended class based on Windows Computer. The attribute is filled with the value of a registry key found locally on the agent.

Let's see.....

Start the Create Group Wizard and go the the Dynamic Members tab:

Click Create/Edit rules and select IIS 7.0 Application Pool class and click Add:

Select the property drop down list and go to the last entry, which shows the host class. This shows that the IIS 7.0 Application Pool Class is hosted by the IIS 7.0 Web Server class.

In the next steps select the parent classes until you reach the host class Windows Computer. For every host step, maxDepth is incremented.

So now you know that you'll have to use maxDepth="3" in Contains/Contained expressions on the Windows Computer class (or in my case a class which derives from this class).
The membership rule would look like this:




Web Server LOB1

Of course you can create groups based on the host properties, but sadly this doesn't work on derived classes.
If you do can work with the host properties, the membership rule can look like this:



Web Servers

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

SCOM: Reserved Custom Attributes?

Today I came accross a post of Daniele Grandini in which he writes that the Exchange 2010 MP uses the Custom Attributes of alerts for it's internal Alert Correlation engine.

Why is this important to know? Custom Attributes can be used for notification purposes to send extra information.

I realised I know more Management Packs which also use these Custom Attributes. So here's a short list of the MP's:

  • Microsoft Biztalk Server MP 6.0.6703.0: Custom Field 1

  • Microsoft Group Policy 2003 MP (Converted): Custom Field 6

  • Microsoft SCCM MP 6.0.6000.2: Custom Field 1 and 6

  • nWorks VMware VEM MP Custom Field 1 to 6 and 9, 10

This is what I came accross. It's possible these MP's use more custom attributes. Let me know when you want to add something to this list.

You can check this quickly by creating an alert view (MyWorkspace also possible), and show all alerts with a filter on custom attribute 1 to 10 with text '%'.