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Monitoring Configuration Manager 2012 via alerts

As mentioned in my blog about the Replication Link Analyzer I would like to point out the Monitoring features in Configuration Manager 2012 since most of  those features are much better than in earlier versions of Configuration Manager. Let’s today have a look at the alerting mechanism in Configuration Manager.

Alerting in Configuration Manager 2012

Alerting can be found in the Monitoring Workspace of the Configuration Manager 2012 console. The you find some standard alerts that probably never have been triggered before. For every site you will find the following alerts:

  • Critical low free space alert for database on site: <site>
  • Warning low free space alert for database on site: <site>
  • Database Replication component failed to run on site <site> (if more sites are available)

Alerting Node in the Configuration Manager 2012 console

In the General Information part of the screen you are able to find a description of the alert, the following information can be found: Severity, Condition, Type, Alert State, Postpone Alter, Date Created, Closed By, Date Modified, Occurrence count.

As you see in the figure some alerts have a “Never triggered” state. Each alert can have the following states:

  • Never triggered
    A never triggered alert is processed by Configuration Manager, but the condition of the alert is not met. The default alerts like described above have a Never triggered state.
  • Active
    When the condition of an alert is met, the alert becomes active and the alert will be shown in the Recent Alert list in the Configuration Manager console.
  • Disabled
    An alert can be disabled by the Configuration Manager administrator, or someone with delegated access. Disabling an alert will result in the fact that updates of the alert are not processed and the status of the alert will not be changed.
  • Postponed
    Postponing an alert can be done when you want postpone the evaluation of the state of an alert until a specified date.
  • Canceled
    An alert is canceled when the conditions of an alert are no longer met. The alert is auto resolved when the issue is fixed.

In RC2 and also in RTM there will be no reporting to email addresses for common alerts generated by Configuration Manager 2012. Hopefully there will be the ability to report alerts to emails in Service Pack 1 of Configuration Manager 2012. For alerts regarding Endpoint Protection are reported via email to definable subscribers, like explained in an earlier blog about Endpoint Protection.

Change the severity of the alert and change the thresholds

Alerts can be set on different objects in Configuration Manager, the following list will give you some objects where you can configure alerting:

  • Compliance Setting Baseline Deployment
    Generate an alert when compliance is below XX% before a date and time
  • Application Deployment
    Generate an alert when threshold  is below XX% before a date and time and when a threshold for failed deployments is higher than XX%
  • Software Update Group Deployment
    Generate an alert when compliance is below XX% before a date and time
  • Task Sequence Deployment
    Generate an alert when threshold  is below XX% before a date and time and when a threshold for failed deployments is higher than XX%
  • Database replication link
    Generate an alert when the replication link is not working for XX minutes. Standard 30 minutes.
  • Site Object
    Generate a warning when the free disk space falls below the following value in XX GB and Generate a error when the free disk space falls below the following value in XX GB.
  • Management Point object
    Generate an alert when the management point is not healthy

Configure alrting for a Management Point

For several objects or processes you are not able to configure alerts, but will be reported in the active reports list in the reports node when something happens. For instance:

  • Migration job failure
  • Migration data gathering process complete / failure
  • Migration initial data gathering process complete / failure
  • Distribution points lack FQDN
  • If migration source site contains AMT-based computers

For every alert you are able to edit or add your own comments for a selected alert. Till next blog, it may have some monitoring content, depending of the latest Configuration Manager news. ;)

The features of Configuration Manager 2012 overview – part 4

One of the major investments in Configuration Manager 2012 is the ability to monitor lots of processes in Configuration Manager 2012. In this blog, part four in the series of the features in Configuration Manager 2012, I would like to point out where the monitoring feature is available in the Configuration Manager Console. Of course you still can use System Center Operations Manager to monitor your Configuration Manager 2012 hierarchy.

First of all let’s have a look at the theory of the Monitoring feature in Configuration Manager 2012. In the Configuration Manager 2012 Console you will find a Monitoring workspace. When you browse to the monitoring workspace you will find different sections. Each section provides information about features within Configuration Manager.

The sections in the Monitoring workspace

Alerts
Alerts are sent when a job or process is failed or has information. Per alert you are able to write down comments or you can configure the level of the alert before closing the alert after solving the issue. Per collection you can define thresholds when Alerts need to be sent if for instance the client health falls below a percentage. Per deployment you are able to configure when to create an alert.

Alerts in the Configuration Manager Console

You are able to enable the alerting for instance the compliancy when creating a deployment or when you are changing the properties of a deployment.

Configure the alerts per deployment

Queries
Using queries will give you real time information from the Configuration Manager Database. You are able to define your own queries to gather information from the Configuration Manager database.

Reporting
Run standard Configuration Manager reports or create your own reports. With Configuration Manager 2012 you are able to subscribe to reports from the Configuration Manager Console. Configuration Manager 2012 comes with 441 out of the box reports that can be report information about your Configuration Manager 2012 environment. The reports are divided into the following sections.

Site Hierarchy
Based on a hierarchy diagram or Geographical View you are able to view the real-time status of your Site Hierarchy. With a right mouse click you are able to jump to the error messages if they are there.

Monitoring the Hierarchy

System Status
Site Status will supply information about your site and component status, conflicting records and status message queries. The system state is based on the state messages that are reported to the management point of the Configuration Manager 2012 site. A site or site component can have the following states:

  • Healthy
  • Warning
  • Error

Deployments
Monitor all your application, software update or Operating System deployments from the Configuration Manager Console. You are able to see very quickly if a deployment of an application or software update is being deployed and in what phase the deployment is in.

You are able to browse through the following tabs:

  • Unknown
  • Error
  • In progress
  • Compliant

Monitor the deployments. (screenshot from CEP session)

Client Status
Monitor your client health and client activity. See how your clients are doing by looking at the pie charts :)

See the client activity and client health

Database replication
Site to Site replication is in Configuration Manager 2012 based on Database replication. Monitor the state of the links between the parent and child sites.

Look at the link state and the of the parent and child site configuration, like shown in the picture below.

 

Monitor database replication

 

Distribution Status
Monitor the status of the distribution of the content to the distribution points and distribution point groups and the configuration status of the distribution points.

If you select an application, software package, a software update package or Boot Image, you are able to see the completion statistics for that application like shown below

Monitor the content status

Software Update Deployment Point Synchronization status
Monitor the synchronization of the Software Update Points within your Configuration Manager 2012 hierarchy. Check the catalog version and if the synchronization status is completed.

Monitor the Software Update Point Synchronization Status

Monitoring throughout the Configuration Manager console

Besides the Monitoring Workspace there are lots of places where you can monitor your Configuration Manager hierarchy. When browsing to Applications or Software Updates you are also able to monitor or view the deployment status in the summary of the object.

Viewing the status at the application object




Viewing the status of a Software Update

 

To read earlier blogs in this series see the following blogs: