Recommended Tools

The tools described in the following table are recommended for maintaining your MOM 2005 environment.

Table 8.1 Recommended Tools

Name

Description

Smi2smir.exe

Use this tool to compile third-party management information bases (MIBs) into WMI format so that MOM can read them. For example, if you have a router MIB, and you want MOM to receive Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) traps from that router, you would need to compile the Cisco MIB into WMI format.

This tool is included in the Wbemsnmp.exe setup program ,included on the Windows 2000 Server installation CD. To run the Wbemsnmp.exe installation program on your computer, run the following command:

expand <cd drive>:\i386\wbemsnmp.ex_ <targetdir>\wbemsnmp.exe

Where <cd drive> is the letter of your CD drive and <targetdir> is the directory where you want the Wbemsnmp.exe file to be extracted.

To install the Smi2smir.exe tool, run Wbemsnmp.exe. The Smi2smir.exe tool is installed to the following location: winnt\system32\wbem\SNMP.

For more information about this tool, open a command-line window and type:

smi2smir /?

MOM Event Messages Spreadsheet (MOMEventMessages.xls)

This Microsoft Excel spreadsheet extracts events from the MOM Database that are related to agent installation. The spreadsheet is located in MOM  2005 Resource Kit Documents folder.

MOM 2005 Software Development Kit (SDK)

The MOM 2005 SDK is available for download at the Microsoft Operations Manager Web site.

OSQL.exe

The OSQL utility is a Microsoft Win32 command-line program for immediate, interactive running of Transact-SQL statements and scripts.

Server information tool (Srvinfo.exe)

Use this command-line tool to remotely gather information from a server, including:

  • Service status.

  • System uptime.

  • Domain membership.

  • CPU information.

  • Drive size and space availability.

  • Installed Hotfixes.

For example, you can use this tool to check the status of the MOM service, and to find out when the last restart occurred.

You can find the Server information tool in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit . For more information about how to use this tool, see the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit Tools Help.

Server Controller tool (SC.exe)

Use this command-line tool to communicate with, test, and debug services. You can use this tool to manage agent services remotely.

You can find the Service Controller tool in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. For more information about how to use this tool, see the Windows  2000 Server Resource Kit Tools Help.

SNMP Browser tool (SnmpUtil.exe)

Use this tool to verify that the central computer is receiving SNMP traps. You can find the SNMP Browser tool in the Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit. For more information about how to use this tool, see the Windows  2000 Server Resource Kit Tools Help.

SQL Query Analyzer

Use this tool to run queries against the OnePoint database. It is recommended that you do not directly access the MOM SQL Server database. You can use this tool to create and run scripts, stored procedures, triggers and queries against the SQL Server database.

You can install this tool from the SQL Server 2000 product CD by selecting the option to install tools.

Unlodctr.exe and Lodctr.exe

Use these tools to unload, and then reload, an existing performance counter DLL. For example, you can use these tools to troubleshoot event 1008 on agent computers. For more information about troubleshooting event 1008, see Chapter 8, "MOM Agent Management". These tools are included with Windows 2000. For more information about using these tools, open a command-prompt window and use the following commands:

Unlodctr /?

Lodctr /?

WMI SDK

Use the WMI SDK to develop applications to monitor and manage services in the enterprise. The WMI SDK is available on the MSDN site.

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