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SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) 2007 Monitoring Station

Posted on 2009-05-18
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Hi Experts,

I need some advise/design guides/guidance for implementing a central monitoring station for SCOM 2007. We will be implementing SCOM quite soon but I need some guidance on hardware required for a monitoring station to provide a global view of the environment by using SCOM 2007.

I had the following in mind:

1 or 2 27inch LCD's connected to a single PC which connects to the Web interface of SCOM.

My concern is that I might not be able to drill down to problem areas as needed. I know that by properly configuring alerts I might not need this but management want a global view so that they can get some nice pictures to look at.

Any advice?
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by:NaturaTek
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You wanting 2 monitors on one workstation? You need a video card with 2 ports, or addin another PCI video card to work with your coexisting one.

Once both monitors are connected to video card, right click on a empty spot on your desktop, go to properties, then settings. Click Identify. You'll see which one is 1 and 2. Lets say two is on the right, click two, then the option 'extend my windows desktop to this monitor'..apply and ok. Now you have dual display and you can drag move stuff between both lcds.
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by:HOPEWW
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Hi NaturaTek,

I think I expressed my requirements incorrectly.

I know exactly how to connect multiple monitors to a single machine. The whole idea is to use this as a heads up display in a call center / monitoring center environment. The actual hardware setup and configuration is not a concern.

What I'm looking for is some advise from anybody with previous experience on SCOM 2007 and creating a monitoring environment for it. Is this realy worth creating? SCOM 2007 has a number of alerting options of which the visual interface (according to me) is not that useful as receiving a detailed email in your mailbox.

I think that this will be great for setting up visual representations of the end-to-end services and to spread them accross multiple screens and then use that as an indicator only of which services might be affected by a specific outage. Then I might have three monitors with two displaying mayor services and one displaying mayor components in my environment which are supporting various services.

Any ideas?

Come on experts where are you?

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Anybody else?
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by:NaturaTek
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Im sure an expert has to be using system center operations here, probably out in hawaii kayaking for the weekend.

I'll take a attempt to help you with little I found
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/opsmgr/bb498237.aspx
Free videos configuring what you need

Don't hurt me!
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by:HOPEWW
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Thanks naturaTek,

Will review the info and let you know what I found. Thanks for the response.

Hey man, who is hurting who......;-)
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Try the Savison live(http://www.savision.com/) maps to create a great management understandable view on a wallboard.
On map is free and you can drill down into the map.
Just make the console available for a read only account and show that one on the wallboard.
If your upgrading to SCOM 2007 R2 there is a visio connector for live information integration with SCOM.
http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/archive/2009/04/24/visio-add-in-for-operations-manager-2007-r2-beta-released.aspx
Regards,
Walter
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