Join David M. Franklyn for an in-depth discussion in this video Advanced monitoring, part of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Advanced monitoring is another important administrative task. You can configure alerts manually or they can run automatically. We have certain alerts which you can configure manually such as the endpoint protection events or for client status events or for deployment. We also have some which you can run automatically such as the database replication and the free database space alert. We also have even automatic alerts for side loading activations.
Alerts generate every 30 minutes by default if conditioned that the alert rules include evaluate true. You can view all alert rules in the configuration manager console in the monitoring workspace under the alerts node. Additionally, you can change the frequency with which the alerts generate. You can create subscriptions for any alert including the subscription name and email address to send them to and the alert rules that you want to get and the content of the email message.
Configuration manager generates status messages about actions that various configuration manager components perform and about site systems and client status. All configuration manager components generate status messages. The configuration manager database stores that as messages which you can view individually by using the configuration manager status message viewer. You can also aggregate status messages by using summarizers to determine the health of the configuration manager site system of component and to obtain statistics about application deployment.
There are four types of summarizers. We have the application deployment summarizer and this summarizes the status messages that pertain to any application deployment, the application statistics summarizer which summarizes information about the installed deployment process so that you can create statistics from it, the component status summarizer and this summarizes the status messages that pertain to configuration manager components to determine their health, and finally we have the site system status summarizer and this will summarize the status messages that pertain to configuration manager site systems to determine their health.
You can use the configuration manager console to view the aggregated health information for the site systems and components that summarizers calculate. This information is in the monitoring workspace under the system status node. At this location, you can view the aggregated health status under the site status and component status nodes. You can configure status filter rules to detect critical conditions based on specific status messages and perform automated actions based on the conditions that are detected.
The built-in status filter rules create events in the Windows event logs when it detects specific status messages. You can also create custom status filter rules to control the processing of these status messages. You can use, as we mentioned before, the System Center 2016 Operations Manager. This provides you with a very proactive server and applications monitoring package that can be used to identify the conditions that lead to potential issues before, not after or during, but before they affect your environment.
Additionally, it can provide troubleshooting information that is specific to a detected issue. Operations Manager like configuration manager uses agents that you install on servers that you want to monitor. So unlike a client agent in configuration manager that runs on user desktop and things like that, this will run on servers and these agents will then evaluate the health of applications and services and monitor performance on those servers. The management packs that are included with Operations Manager have rules that describe those components that agents are monitoring.
Now there's a variety of different management packs for different types of servers and different types of services. So the monitoring pack that we have for configuration manager is specific to the various components that configuration manager uses and it also has specific settings for configuration manager sites, for the servers themselves, the server roles, the service availability, for SQL Server configurations, backup and recovery, backup logs, and a host of other things.
In the demonstration that now follows, we'll look at configuring site maintenance tasks including deleting some aged data tasks as well as backing up the site.
- Planning and deploying a standalone primary site
- Ensuring domain and site server prerequisites
- Planning and expanding a standalone primary site
- Planning and deploying a multiple-site hierarchy
- Planning resource discovery and client deployment
- Managing content and replicating data in Configuration Manager
- Configuring Internet and cloud-based client management
- Advanced monitoring
- Upgrading to Configuration Manager current branch