Operations Manager MP Authoring Resource Kit

Microsoft has just released the Operations Manager Resource Kit, and my first impressions are very positive.   I haven’t had a chance to test drive all of the tools, but the MP Best Practices Analyzer and Workflow Analyzer show great potential.

The MP Best Practices Analyzer shows up under the Tools menu of the Authoring console and will scan a management pack for best practices compliance in great detail.  In my first use of this tool, I found it to be of great value. 

I’m looking forward to spending some time with the Workflow Analyzer, which provides a great interface for drilling into troubleshooting the more abstract elements of MP performance.  The Workflow Analyzer displays all loaded workflows for a management server, with the option to drill into a workflow to a specific instance, and then launch graphical debug tracing of that specific workflow.   Great stuff indeed.

There are a number of other tools in the RK, not the least of which includes a spell checker.

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About Kristopher Bash
Kris is a Senior Program Manager at Microsoft, working on UNIX and Linux management features in Microsoft System Center. Prior to joining Microsoft, Kris worked in systems management, server administration, and IT operations for nearly 15 years.

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