This book is divided into three parts.
Chapter 1, Introduction to MOM 2005, introduces the core components of MOM 2005, describes how an alert is generated, and explains how to use the information in an alert to troubleshoot an issue. The chapter introduces the Operator console and some of the tools and views that are used during the troubleshooting process. It also provides an overview of all the components in a MOM management group and what they do.
Chapter 2, Designing, Planning, and Implementing MOM 2005, addresses the critical design and implementation decisions that must be made when starting a MOM 2005 rollout. Like Chapter 1, which introduces the components of MOM via the processing of an alert, this chapter takes the reader through the business decision points of a rollout via the design and implementation efforts of a fictitious company—Leaky Faucet.
Chapter 3, Managing Agents, provides detailed information on how agents work, agent components, and types of agents. It covers how to target computers for agent installation, and the installation and uninstallation process. Basic troubleshooting tips and tools are discussed as well.
Chapter 4, Administering Management Packs, lays out a framework for controlling the management pack life cycle. It covers importation into preproduction, tuning, importation into production, and evolution and synchronization of preproduction and production. It introduces rule types, overrides, notifications, and responses, as well as backup and restore of management packs. Chapter 4 closes by showing you how to create a rudimentary management pack using the management pack creation wizard.
Chapter 5, Administering Global Settings, explains the configurations made in the global settings node of the Administrator console, plus their purpose and effect on the behavior of the whole management group.
Chapter 6, Operator Console, provides practical instruction on how to navigate the Operator console, what its components are, and how and when to use them. It also covers how to create new views and console scopes.
Chapter 7, MOM 2005 Database Fundamentals, describes the operations and reporting databases and their inter-relationship. The basic use of the SQL Enterprise Manager and SQL Query Analyzer tools is covered, paying particular attention to database grooming, backup, and restore.
Chapter 8, MOM 2005 Reporting, takes you through the setup of MOM 2005 Reporting, including the installation of SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services. It explains what a Data Transformation Service (DTS) package is and how the operational data is extracted from the production database and moved to the reporting database. It provides details on how to administer Reporting, such as creating custom reports and configuring subscriptions and backup procedures.
Chapter 9, Connecting MOM 2005, focuses on those situations when it is necessary to implement multiple management groups and explains how to configure inter-management group communication (MOM-to-MOM Product Connector) so that operational information from multiple management groups is made available for viewing and resolution in a single Operator console.
Chapter 10, Extending Monitoring, shows how you can use MOM and the Windows OS to collect and analyze data from non-Windows platforms such as Unix machines (via syslogs) and network switches and routers (via SNMP).