A while ago I was working on a monitoring project. A major part of the project was to focus on the ability to relate individual component failure to the impact on the business. Different levels of success were defined and monitoring objects are plotted to these different levels. Now the ICT-Architect published a paper on the subject (in Dutch). The article is available here: http://intelligence.agconnect.nl/content/een-nieuwe-kijk-op-ketenmonitoring.
I am a big fan of nice looking monitoring dashboards, specifically the ones that are clean and show information that is of real value to the target audience. Many times I see huge (and expensive) wall mounted displays just showing lists of alerts, red and yellow icons and seemingly random performance graphs nobody is really interested in. Most of the time nobody pays attention to the screens since there is ... READ MORE
A while back a customer approached me if perhaps I knew a way to remove an agent entry from SCOM when the underlying server doesn’t exist anymore. Of course they could simply delete the agent entry from within the SCOM console manually, but the customer really wanted to include it in their automated decommissioning procedure which includes things like removing the server record from SCCM, removing the DHCP reservation and DNS records. ... READ MORE