Operations Manager is just one component in the Microsoft System Center suite of products, but it’s the one piece that pulls systems management together into a visualized overview for proactive monitoring and troubleshooting. Operations Manager is the part that provides you with infrastructure monitoring and application performance monitoring, enabling IT staff to minimize downtime and disruptions. Set up correctly, it's sort of a set-it-and-forget-it mechanism, delivering alerts when pieces of the infrastructure need attention. It can be used as command central during application and service rollouts or as an automated system that alerts to potential problems in the environment. Through add-on management packs, Operations Manager can work to monitor and report on just about every device and service installed in the organization.
At around 130 pages and just 5 chapters, Microsoft Press has released a new, free eBook for Operations Manager. The book assumes you already have working knowledge and experience with the product, so it digs directly into the meatier concepts for enhancing an existing Operations Manager implementation. It's not an installation guide, but rather companion content for those already working with the product.
Here's how it's laid out:
Chapter 1: The role of the Operations Manager
Chapter 2: Best practices for working with management packs
Chapter 3: Getting the most out of Operations Manager visualizations
Chapter 4: Troubleshooting your Operations Manager environment
Chapter 5: Using Operations Manager in cloud environments
Additionally, the eBook comes with companion files, providing scripts, commands, and queries covered as examples throughout the book.
Grab the book from the following links: