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How to Synchronize Alerts with TFS in System Center 2012 SP1

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager

The information in this topic applies only to System Center 2012 SP1.

In System Center 2012 SP1, you can synchronize Operations Manager alerts and Team Foundation Server (TFS) work items. When synchronization is enabled, IT operations can then assign alerts to the engineering team. Assigning an alert to engineering creates a new work item in TFS. The workflow will track and synchronize any changes that are made to TFS work items and any associated Operations Manager alerts. In order to synchronize alerts with TFS, you must first configure alert synchronization. For more information, see How to Configure Integration with TFS in System Center 2012 SP1.

To assign alerts to engineering

  1. In the Operations Manager console, you can view all application problems that have been collected. To view alerts in Operations Manager, in the navigation pane, click Monitoring, and then click Active Alerts.

  2. To assign an alert to engineering, right-click the alert, select Set Resolution State, and select Assigned to Engineering. This action creates a TFS work item and adds the TFS work item ID to the alert.

  3. The system synchronizes all changes to the alert inside Operations Manager and all changes to the work item in TFS.

    TipTip
    Any comments that you add to an Operations Manager alert on the alert History tab are automatically added to the corresponding TFS work items. You can use this function to provide additional information to engineering.

To review alerts that are awaiting evidence from engineering

  1. In the Operations Manager console, you can view all application problems that have been collected. To view alerts in Operations Manager, in the navigation pane, click Monitoring, expand Team Foundation Server Synchronization, expand Alerts, and then click Awaiting Evidence.

To review and close alerts that have been resolved by engineering

  1. In the Operations Manager console, you can view all application problems that have been collected. To view alerts in Operations Manager, in the navigation pane, click Monitoring, expand Team Foundation Server Synchronization, expand Alerts, and then click Resolved.

  2. When you want to close the resolved alerts, you can right-click an alert, select Set Resolution State, and then set the resolution state to Closed.

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For additional resources, see Information and Support for System Center 2012.

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