Thursday, October 22, 2009

Updated Cluster MP

Yesterday an updated Cluster MP has been released by Microsoft. Changes in this update are (taken from the guide):

· Added support for discovery and monitoring of Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters.

· Disabled discovery and monitoring of resources by default.

· Discovers and monitors cluster shared volume resources only on Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters.

· Limited discovery of resource groups to a maximum of 300 resource groups per cluster.

· Disabled discovery of clustered objects on an Operations Manager root management server (RMS) cluster running Operations Manager 2007 R2.

· Fixed an issue where the DiscoverClustering.vbs script would fail to submit discovery data when there were WMI provider issues on the cluster node.

· Updated display strings and knowledge in the management pack.

· Updated discoveries to run every 4 hours.

· Updated the MAC Address property for the network adapter to use hyphens instead of colons.

· Disabled the Windows Time Service monitor for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters because the cluster service has no dependency on the Time service.

· Disabled the WMI service monitor for all operating system versions of the management pack because the cluster service has no dependency on the WMI service.

· Added a Sync Time parameter to the discoveries and monitors for resources and resource groups to ensure that these do not run simultaneously or immediately after an agent is restarted.

· Disabled the following rules on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters, which would cause discovery to instantly run when cluster properties changed:

· Cluster object property changed

· Cluster object added

· Cluster object removed

· Cluster object changed property value

· Cluster object space changed due some addition

· Cluster object space changed due some deletion

. Cluster changes are now discovered on a schedule (by default, every 4 hours).

Cluster MP can be downloaded here. The guide, which I have extracted, can be downloaded from here.

4 comments:

john said...

Hi Marnix,

I have a questions to ask. Microsoft Windows Server Cluster Ver: 6.0.6720.0 can Discovers and monitors cluster shared volume resources only on Windows Server 2008 R2 clusters. Do you know of any MP that can discover "Windows Server 2003 cluster shared volume resources"?

Marnix Wolf said...

Hi John.

As far as I know there are no other serious MPs out there for monitoring Microsoft Clusters.

john said...

Marnix,
Hope you can help me out with this problem. My business user require file count monitoring. There’s already a “File System Management Pack” that can do this. It works only on Folder Share created local (c:\) on any Operating System. The issue is my business user system is on a Cluster File Server running Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x32. The File System Management Pack will not see any shares created on “Cluster Volume”. After reading the guild for Microsoft Windows Server Cluster Ver: 6.0.6720.0 MP, I setup File Cluster running Windows Server 2008 R2 and share the folder on the “Cluster Volume”, it works. The guild specify it will only discover Cluster Share Volume on Windows Server 2008 R2. I also override the “Discover Cluster Share Volume on Windows Server 2003”, but this feature is not working. Is there any way to getting Folder Share discover on Cluster Volume on Windows Server 2003? Do you have any suggestion to making this work?

Marnix Wolf said...

Hi John.

Now you are entering the realm of MP authoring. I myself am vice-president of 'Crappy MP Inc.' if you know what I mean. Since I am not a programmer myself all I can tell you is what direction to look in order to get it done.

What you should do is to create a new discovery and class, targeted at 'Cluster Share Volume on Windows Server 2003'.

Once that is in place the other steps are not that hard. But as stated again, I am not a MP author myself.

A good place to start your 'quest' is the OpsMgr Forum for MP authoring: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/operationsmanagerauthoring/threads and post your issue there.

Some of my fellow MVPs are really good MP authors and they will help you further.

Cheers,
Marnix