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Windows NLB Management Pack Readme

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007

The Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) Management Pack monitors the health of NLB on computers that are running Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003 to improve the availability, performance, and security of your Windows environment.

This readme describes how to install the NLB Management Pack in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007. For more information about the NLB Management Pack and how to use it, see the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Windows Network Load Balancing Management Pack Guide at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141981

This documentation is for version 6.0.6505.0 of the NLB Management Pack.

Changes in This Release

Version 6.0.6505.0 of the NLB Management Pack includes the following change:

  • The View folder name is changed from Microsoft Network Load Balancing to Microsoft Network Load Balancing (Converted).

Before You Import the Management Pack

Before you import the NLB Management Pack, you must install the updated Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Backward Compatibility Management Pack, 6.0.5000.16. You can download the Backward Compatibility Management Pack at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=89473.

noteNote
If you do not install the updated Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Backward Compatibility Management Pack before you install the NLB Management Pack, the installation will fail.

Supported Applications

The NLB Management Pack monitors computers that are running Windows 2000 and Windows Server 2003. For the NLB Management Pack to function optimally, each system running Network Load Balancing must be managed by System Center Operations Manager 2007.

noteNote
You can run only one localized version of a converted management pack. To use a version of the management pack for a different language, uninstall the management pack, and then install the version of the management pack for the desired language.

How to Import the Network Load Balancing Management Pack

Download the latest NLB Management Pack files from http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=82105. By default, the installer places the NLB Management Pack in its own folder in the following directory: C:\Program Files\System Center Management Packs.

The contents of the Network Load Balancing Management Pack are described in the following table.

 

File Name Description

Microsoft.Windows.Server.NetworkLoadBalancing.mp

Required for discovering and monitoring Windows Network Load Balancing servers.

After you download the NLB Management Pack, import it into System Center Operations Manager 2007.

To import the Network Load Balancing Management Pack

  1. In the Operations console, on the Go menu, click Administration.

  2. In the navigation pane, expand Administration.

  3. Right-click Management Packs, click Import Management Packs, select Microsoft.Windows.Server.NetworkLoadBalancing (Converted), and then click Open.

  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard.

For more information, see "How to Import Management Packs in Operations Manager 2007" in System Center Operations Manager 2007 Help.

Optional Configuration

After you import the NLB Management Pack, it begins to discover and monitor computers without additional configuration. However, you can configure the NLB Management Pack for your environment and your preferences. For example, some of the monitors or rules are disabled by default and can be enabled. Or, if the performance-measuring rules that are enabled by default degrade performance on your servers with slow WAN links, they can be disabled.

To enable a monitor

  1. In the Operations console, on the Go menu, click Authoring.

  2. In the navigation pane, expand Management Pack Objects, and then click Monitors.

  3. In the Monitors list, expand the target that you want until the monitor appears.

  4. Right-click the monitor that you want, point to Overrides, point to Override the Monitor, and then click For all objects of type: <type of object>.

  5. Under Override-controlled parameters, in the Override column, select the Enabled check box.

  6. In the Override Setting column, in the drop-down menu, click True, and then click OK.

To enable a rule

  1. In the Operations console, on the Go menu, click Authoring.

  2. In the navigation pane, expand Management Pack Objects, and then click Rules.

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    To show rules for the NLB Management Pack only, on the toolbar, click Scope, and then under Target, select the check boxes for the Network Load Balancing components.

  3. Under Rules, right-click the rule that you want to turn off, point to Overrides, point to Disable the Rule, and then click For all objects of type: <type of object>.

For more information about the optional configurations for different monitoring scenarios, see the Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Network Load Balancing Management Pack Guide at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=141981.

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