System Center Operations Manager is a comprehensive monitoring solution for the Enterprise and those that use it know what a welcome addition it is to the infrastructure. The product comes with specific agents for communicating with Windows servers and clients, but it can also be configured to work with many other platforms and networking devices through the installation of Management Packs. Operations Manager, in a way, is a framework that can be developed and customized to monitor and report on internally managed devices. The value of this type of functionality is for IT to provide near real time evidence of potential problems for proactive management.
Out of the box, Operations Manager provides valuable reports, giving IT the ability to generate a command-and-control dashboard that allows for an overview of the status of the environment. But, reporting for Operations Manager can be taken even further if you have the expertise. Operations Manager reports can be as comprehensive and as imaginative as you want.
Microsoft Press has now released a free eBook to help Operations Manager administrators get a good understanding of the reporting system. Sitting at 112 pages, the eBook covers extending the reporting capabilities for System Center Operations Manager. Using the eBook, learn how to create these custom reports and package them up in management packs for deployment.
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