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What is new in Monitor 7.1 part of Server Management Suite 7.1 Beta

Created: 28 Oct 2010 • Updated: 03 Nov 2010 | 12 comments
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Please find a demo video summary on What is New in Monitor 7.1 part of Server Management Suite 7.1 Beta. This will walk through some of the updated features and improvements made to Monitor Solution 7.1.  If you have any feedback, suggestions or requests please feel free to add them to this thread.

 

1. Monitoring and Alerting Portal Page enhancements

2. Event Console View Filters

3. Event Console Workflow Integration

4. Event Console purging enhancements

5. Multiple Remote Monitoring Servers (integrated into Site Services as Monitor Service)

6. Performance and scalability improvements

7. Usability Improvements

8. New Platform support (SLES 11, RHEL 5,4, Windows 2008 Core and Windows 2008 R2 Core)

9. Windows Server Health Policy

10. Linux Server Health Policy

11. Report Improvements

12. Command Line Metric delimiter

13. Real-Time Performance Viewer Reconnect

14. Historical Viewer improvements

15. Server Resource Manager Home improvements

16. IT Analytics now included in suite (includes Monitor and Event Console Dashboard, Pivots and out of box reports)

17. Bug Fixes

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ajdavis's picture

Joseph, I am pleased to see that you added the ability to have multiple remote monitoring servers.  Can the remote monitoring servers be configured to be highly available or redundant?

I couldn’t be more pleased that you added the CPU usage percentage for process data back to the Historical Performance Viewer.  We will use that field often to help us troubleshoot problems.

The ability to customize the Event Console view using filters is also hugely beneficial.

I also liked that you can now reconnect to a system within the Real-Time Performance Viewer.  That is a nice new feature.

Great stuff!  Thanks for sharing the video.

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Hi AJ,

Many thanks for the feedback and always great to get some feedback on the new features and fixes we are delivering.

In regards to your question on the RMS, by default it is integrated into Site Services so when you setup sites and subnets it will use that list of resources assigned to the site server.  For the highly available or redundant scenario it is also possible to manually configure and assign resources to the site server.  I have this setup scenario in my lab and always happy to show you how it works.

Also we have a few more additions not in the video which is when adding an existing task within the policy the list of available tasks will be all of the tasks and not just the monitor specific tasks so no need to duplicate tasks.

again many thanks for your feedback.

Joe,

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Thanks for the info on RMS. 

It is great that we will now be able to assign any task to a monitor policy.  With that change will we now also be able to use custom tokens referenced within tasks assigned to a monitor policy?

Monitor Solution has improved significantly since the 6.x days and it keeps getting better with every new release.

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No Problem.  I am checking up on the custom tokens but I do not believe we included the ability of custom tokens yet but that is on the roadmap.  Other customers have got around this using a VB tasks that creates and uses the custom tokens, trying to get a copy of it to share here to make it an easier step.

Many thanks for the feedback, always looking to improve more and more.

Best Regards,

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Hi AJ,

Please screenshot below on two RMS Polling Servers monitoring a single resource which is also being monitored using the Monitor Plug-in.

Here is where you can select which method to view the resource metrics, either choose the Agent or RMS 1(EndpointServer) or RMS 2(ITMS7).

Below is where you can see the endpoint be polled by both RMS Polling Servers.  Also you can see the Max, Min and Avg values along with a period of no connectivity due to configuration updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope this helps

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elfoxo's picture

Can you tell me if there is a way to image servers on the server management suite 7.1 I was told that i would be able to image my server as a imaging solution but now my acct rep told me you cant because besr 2010 is not a part of the Altiris 7.1 deployment is that true that besr 2010 not a part of this.

 

 

Help

John

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Joseph_Carson's picture

Hello John,

It is correct that BESR 2010 is not part of server management suite 7.1.  BESR 2010 is a backup product. You mentioned imaging which is different than backup.  Within Server Management Suite 7.1 it includes Deployment Solution 7.1 which has both rdeploy and ghost imaging engines that can be used to image and provision your servers.

Please let me know if this helps clarify your question.

Kind Regards, 

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Is there any rough date for when custom tokens might be supported? I know custom tokens are supported within SMP but any custom SMP tokens used from with a monitor task use the GUID of the task server on which they run, because the task is server based, which isn't helpful if you want to include other machine specific information in alerts. I can give a specific example if that is helpful but it seems like there would have to be custom monitor tokens as well as SMP tokens since they behave differently. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.

Ryan Poag
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Hello Ryan,

This is still on the roadmap, some ways around this is to use a vbscript tasks that pulls the tokens and data you need and then the output of the vbscript is an email.  several customers used this as a workaround for now and have been able to pull the data required into the email.

Joe,

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I too am looking for a way to do custom token's or at least use he MonitoredResourceGuid within the SMP tokens.

For instance, I have a primary and secondary ownerships assigned to all my servers. I want to use this info to notify the owner of the box if there is an issue. I created the following TOKEN below thinking it would do the trick. Unfortunatly, this token only returns the owner of the task server and not the owner of the machine with an issue.

Could you post an example of your work around?

PS Notice the fancy STUFF function just to concat the two emails because SMP tokens don't like +

 

Select
 CASE
  WHEN pu.Email IS NULL THEN 'ServerTeam@Domain.com'
  WHEN su.Email IS NULL THEN pu.Email
  ELSE STUFF(Replace(pu.email,'.com','.com; ;'), LEN(Replace(pu.email,'.com','.com; ;')),1,su.email)
 END AS EMAILS
From vComputer cmp
 LEFT OUTER JOIN dbo.Inv_ACAS_Role AS rl
  ON CMP.Guid = rl._ResourceGuid
 LEFT JOIN [dbo].[Inv_Naming_Convention_Details] AS NC
  ON rl.Symbol = NC.Symbol AND NC._ResourceGuid = 'A9F7D44E-0E40-4D0C-8077-E2F5569CD77D'
 LEFT JOIN vUser AS PU ON PU.Guid = NC.[Primary Owner]
 LEFT JOIN vUser AS SU ON SU.Guid = NC.[Secondary Owner]and SU.Email
Where cmp.Guid = '%COMPUTERID%'

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I created a TaskServer Script that uses CDO.Message to send the email however, I can't pick it as the task to run unde the policies action tab. What's the trick?

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