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  • Question

  • My manager wants me to export the contents of each management pack and import that into XL. He then wants to distribute each XL file to each of the departments (AD admins, SQL DBAs, Network team, etc) and ask them to tune their respective pack via XL.

    He then wants me to collect each XL workbook and put in the changed values as overrides into SCOM 2012.

    My question is how do I export each MP for this purpose?

    I've found a script whic exports MPs to XML files here:

    http://wiki.slothx.net/index.php?title=System_Center_Operations_Manager_2007:_Powershell_Scripts#List_All_Management_Packs_Installed_.28Different_versions.29

    Namely the script titled "Export all management packs to XML". Is this the best way to do this?

    One thing I have found when doing it this way is that when I import the XML into XL, I always get the error "XML Import Error" with description "Error: Data has been truncated".

    Thanks.
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 3:11 AM

Answers

  • There are multiple ways.  I install the MP, have the team that owns the app apply load, try to cause issues, and we tune together.  You can document what you change and why.  Then we roll it into production and meet monthly to go over any changes they want to make.

    Regards, Blake Email: mengotto<at>hotmail.com Blog: http://discussitnow.wordpress.com/ If my response was helpful, please mark it as so, if it answered your question, then please also mark it accordingly. Thank you.

    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:22 AM
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:18 AM
  • Hi

    I'd actually suggest taking a look at the Silect software suite which will help with this - http://www.silect.com/products/mp-studio

    Would also agree with Blake that this is going to be a lot of manual work.

    "For me, I prefer to install the MP into production and treat each alert as it comes in, then once I'm happy, I can then move on to the next MP." - yep, this is the pragmatic approach. Have an alert management system in place so that you can organise the tuning - you'll find alerts you don't need that are turned off via overrides and alerts you do need but can't fix immediately (consider custom alert resolution states such as acknowledged \ escalated).

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc974486.aspx
    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032379752&CountryCode=US

    And just take it slow.

    Cheers

    Graham


    Regards Graham New System Center 2012 Blog! - http://www.systemcentersolutions.co.uk
    View OpsMgr tips and tricks at http://systemcentersolutions.wordpress.com/

    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:21 AM
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:55 AM

All replies

  • Good luck dude.  This is going to be a LOT of manual work and there is no easy way to do it.

    Regards, Blake Email: mengotto<at>hotmail.com Blog: http://discussitnow.wordpress.com/ If my response was helpful, please mark it as so, if it answered your question, then please also mark it accordingly. Thank you.

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 5:02 AM
  • So what's the process of setting up & tuning a management pack? Ideally, we should have all the monitors, counters, etc in an XL workbook so that we can go over each one and decide which we want to use, what values to set for limits, etc, then we install the MP and override everything we don't want.

    Using a test environment isn't really ideal because the servers are not being stressed as bad as production servers.

    For me, I prefer to install the MP into production and treat each alert as it comes in, then once I'm happy, I can then move on to the next MP.

    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 5:33 AM
  • There are multiple ways.  I install the MP, have the team that owns the app apply load, try to cause issues, and we tune together.  You can document what you change and why.  Then we roll it into production and meet monthly to go over any changes they want to make.

    Regards, Blake Email: mengotto<at>hotmail.com Blog: http://discussitnow.wordpress.com/ If my response was helpful, please mark it as so, if it answered your question, then please also mark it accordingly. Thank you.

    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:22 AM
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:18 AM
  • Hi

    I'd actually suggest taking a look at the Silect software suite which will help with this - http://www.silect.com/products/mp-studio

    Would also agree with Blake that this is going to be a lot of manual work.

    "For me, I prefer to install the MP into production and treat each alert as it comes in, then once I'm happy, I can then move on to the next MP." - yep, this is the pragmatic approach. Have an alert management system in place so that you can organise the tuning - you'll find alerts you don't need that are turned off via overrides and alerts you do need but can't fix immediately (consider custom alert resolution states such as acknowledged \ escalated).

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc974486.aspx
    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?culture=en-US&EventID=1032379752&CountryCode=US

    And just take it slow.

    Cheers

    Graham


    Regards Graham New System Center 2012 Blog! - http://www.systemcentersolutions.co.uk
    View OpsMgr tips and tricks at http://systemcentersolutions.wordpress.com/

    • Marked as answer by Yog Li Thursday, September 6, 2012 10:21 AM
    Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:55 AM