Introduction to monitoring with Operations Manager 2007


Applies to: Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint

Topic Last Modified: 2010-05-14

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 (Operations Manager 2007) provides a way for you to monitor important applications and to be notified when there are issues with those applications that could result in degraded performance or complete loss of functionality. You do this by installing a management pack that primarily consists of monitors for alerts and state based on events and performance counters generated by applications. It works within the Operations Manager 2007 framework to monitor your Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint (FPSP) systems.

The Microsoft Forefront Server Protection Management Pack is a collection of monitors, rules, and scripts that work within Operations Manager 2007. These monitors, rules, and scripts assist in the centralized management of systems that have FPSP installed. Remote servers are managed by means of Operations Manager 2007 "agents." Systems that have agents installed are referred to as "agent-managed systems."

You can build a service model and health model by defining targets and creating monitors, rules, and reports. These are all contained in a management pack for that application. When imported into Operations Manager 2007, the management pack describes the application and tells Operations Manager 2007 how to discover and monitor it. Operations Manager 2007 is not aware of an application until its management pack is imported.

The Microsoft Forefront Server Protection Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007

  • Provides:

    • Support for Operations Manager 2007 agent-managed systems running Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint.

    • Monitoring of the "health" of your agent-managed systems, informing you when they are running smoothly and when there are problems, both actual and potential. For example, you are notified if over half of your scan engines have failed to update or if it is determined that files are not being scanned.

  • Contains rules for:

    • Monitoring the state of FPSP and its key features.

    • Collecting statistical data about message and attachment scanning performance for each scan job (realtime and scheduled).

You can find the Forefront Protection 2010 for SharePoint Management Pack in the System Center Operations Manager 2007 Catalog (