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Mobieus™ – Protecting Mission Critical Applications through Proactive Monitoring

There is nothing mystical or magical about traditional IT infrastructure and application monitoring. Data is collected, analyzed, interpreted and depending on the findings, action is taken. Generally speaking, every business monitors for three specific reasons:

  1. To ensure their mission critical applications are Available & Accessible.
  2. To ensure their mission critical applications are Fast & Responsive.
  3. To ensure their mission critical applications are not using Excessive Resources.

In today’s ultra-competitive environment, getting ahead of the performance curve is not good enough – you must be able to consistently remain there. This is accomplished through Proactive Monitoring.

The goal of proactive monitoring is to allow for changes to the IT infrastructure and its applications in anticipation of a service disrupting event, to prevent that event from occurring in the first place. For example, allocating more disk space now in anticipation of running out of disk space in 11 days. Simple enough except unfortunately not everything is about disk space. More importantly, the “anticipation” is not a hunch, guess or gut feeling. It’s based on solid analytics that are derived from a repeatable and consistent process. Mobieus Solutions’ monitoring engineers developed the Proactive Monitoring Protocol (Figure 1) while building Mobieus™ to ensure it delivered native proactive capabilities.

Figure 1:

Proactive Monitoring Protocol

The Proactive Monitoring Protocol essentially demonstrates how to “read the future” so you can make better decisions and achieve and maintain Operational Excellence.

  1. You must be able to accurately predict the behavior of all the underlying components – those responsible for your application’s health.
  2. Before you can accurately predict the behavior of all the underlying components, you must be able to properly measure them.
  3. In order to properly measure them, you need an extensible monitoring platform. When configured and operated correctly the monitoring platform will play a crucial role in identifying operational behavior patterns. These patterns are essential in determining what changes must be made in order to proactively manage your mission critical applications.

Important Note: Please note I said “play a crucial role”. The monitoring application cannot do this alone. It’s the monitoring engineers who ultimately determine whether the identified patterns are of value.

Proactive monitoring is not easy. It requires a tremendous amount of effort – which requires dedicated resources committed to figuring out the proper measurements and then sorting through the data and identifying the correct patterns and finally translating those patterns into effective monitoring logic. This is why most modern-day monitoring solutions are still mostly reactive.

Infinity Connected™, powered by Microsoft’s System Center Operations Manager, is architected from the ground up to deliver true proactive monitoring. Our professional monitoring engineers are hard at work continually improving and expanding our dynamic health models to ensure our customer’s mission critical applications remain Available, Fast and Efficient.

Reference: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Rules, Monitors and Thresholds

Now Includes:

  1. Microsoft Exchange 2010 (
  2. Microsoft Active Directory (6.0.8228.0)
  3. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (
  4. Windows Server Operating System (6.0.7061.0)

Download all Rules, Monitors & applicable Thresholds for the above management packs. Also included are the default thresholds for applicable Performance Monitors. Will be adding new management packs on a daily basis. Any special request?

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System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 – Automating Management Pack Backups

There are dozens of solutions for reliably backing up your management packs. I wanted to share this one because it has been a stable and reliable solution so I thought it was worth a quick post.

It is a Management Pack cleverly named Backup Unsealed Management Packs MP v4.0 and is available on System Center Central. Its been our standard at Mobieus™ since 2011 – without fail.


Credit and Authors: Neale Brown, Tommy Gunn, Derek Harkin, Peter Zerger

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System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 – Generating Notifications by Management Pack

Configuring Subscriptions to receive e-mail Notifications for Alerts generated by a specific Management Pack is one of those tasks that should be very easy. When authoring the subscription there should be a criteria called raised by a specific management pack‘ but there is not. Instead we will need to use the condition ‘raised by any instance in a specific group which is always defined in the management pack. Of course this raises the question of ‘what is the proper group name?’

  1. Start out by going to Monitoring and clicking on the view that has the Alerts you want to be notified on. For example, Microsoft SQL Server / Active Alerts
  2. Right-click Active Alerts and select Properties
  3. The correct group name is listed in the Show data related to: field. In this case it is ‘SQL Role’
  4. Create a new Subscription and under criteria, select raised by any instance in a specific group and enter ‘SQL Role’. Select additional criteria as needed. After finishing the Subscription wizard, all Alerts generated by the Microsoft SQL Management pack will be sent to the Subscriber of your choosing.

You can use this process for any Alert View in the Monitoring pane. You can also add multiple groups for the raised by any instance in a specific group criteria.

Figure 1 Lists Most Common Criteria:

Subscription   Criteria Delivers
.NET Application Component Group All alerts generated by the .NET Application Monitoring management pack
Web Application Availability   Monitoring All alerts generated by the Web Application Availability Monitoring   management pack
Dell Hardware All alerts generated by the Dell management pack
Microsoft Exchange 2010 All Entities   Group All alerts generated by the Microsoft Exchange 2010 management pack
LSDeployment All alerts generated by the Microsoft Lync Server 2013 management pack
SQL Role All alerts generated by the Microsoft SQL Server management pack
Active Directory Domain Controller   Computer Role All alerts generated by the Microsoft Active Directory management pack
Cluster Component All alerts generated by the Microsoft Cluster Services management pack
IIS Server Role All alerts generated by the Microsoft IIS Server management pack
Windows Server  Instances Group All alerts generated by the Microsoft Windows Server management pack
Windows DNS Server All alerts generated by the Microsoft Windows DNS management pack
All Network Monitoring Group All alerts generated by the All Network Alerts management pack


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Updated: Windows General Security Management Pack v1.0.0.8

Version Includes modified rules to exclude computer accounts. The Mobieus™ – Windows General Security Management Pack ( is a simple management pack designed to Alert on specific types of logon failures:

  1. Logon Failure – User Account Locked Out
  2. Logon Failure – Account Disabled
  3. Logon Failure – Expired Password
  4. Logon Failure – Bad Password
  5. Logon Failure – Logon Does Not Exist

The management pack targets the Windows Server Operating System. By default the Security log on any server monitored by System Center Operations Manager will be monitored for an Audit Failure for Event ID 4625 and with a specific Sub Status code.

1. Tested on SP1 and R2 management groups.
2. The management pack only Alerts on User Accounts.
3. The Alerts are configured to capture both the Target Username and Workstation Name for  easier viewing. Just be sure to Personalize your Alert view and enable Custom Field 1 and Custom Field 2.
4. Alert Suppression has also been enabled to reduce Alert storms – Target Username and Workstation Name are the default criteria.

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SCOM 2012 R2 Web Recorder Help: IE 10 & 11

If you want to record a web session using the latest versions of  IE, be sure to check out Anthony Bailey’s post:

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