System Center operations Manager logo http://www.Oostdam.infoSystem Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 is a great product. It has some difficulties, but doesn't have any products have a problem here and there? Now this article has been made here, for several reasons. First of all, I collected all these errors and warnings for my own personal reference. But, it is always better to share knowledge, so I decided to publish these articles, with a little extra explanation on this site, through these articles. So, I hope this article will help you with your problem as well. Now, this article is not about a specific error or warning, but wants to give you a clue on how to set up a few screens with nice views for your servicedesk or controlroom. It is always nice when you see that customers or others visitors, are actually making the longest stop near by the largest screens on the department. Your boss can impress the potential customers, and,.... depending on the views your showing, I can assure you, they will be impressed.

So enjoy! (if you did not allready knew this...)


Setting up multiple screens/views from the OpsMgr console:

The concept of the System Center Console is that you dive deeper and deeper into the problem, by clicking the problem or server, which opens up a pop-up screen and provides your with more information. Now you can ofcourse open up serveral screens, but that sound like something stupid to do every day. We invented the personal computer for that! All you need is a very strong personal computer (not a laptop) with as many videocards on board as you want to set views on. This is directly the reason you should not use a laptop as it cannot contain, nor handle, multiple videocards most of the times. Thats the most difficult part,.... make decisions about the videocards, buying them and put them into your hardware. Now you want to show the views like "Alerts", "Computers" or one you created yourself into the separate screens....


First, go to the server your running System Center Operations Manager on. You will have to start somewhere...
System Center MOM UI Help display - www.Oostdam.InfoOpen a command prompt and type: Microsoft.Mom.Ui.Console.exe /? followed by an Enter afcourse.
Please see the screen as I'm showing on the right side her as well. Let my explain the several options, allthough it is rather self-explaining.

  • /? - displays the help file
  • /ClearCache - Clears up the cache items from the interface and is reading all views etc. again.
  • /Server:<servername> - Starts up the default console view, directly connecting to a remote server. Now your DNS should work fine, no FQDn needed, just the shortname, but instead of the servername, you are able to use the (internal) ip-address as well. I mostly do that as I know them thoroughly from my head.
  • /viewname:<viewname> - this displays the view you want to open.
  • /Taskname:<taskname> - Run a task, you can use them for scheduled tasks as well if your too lazy to build it in OpsMgr.
  • /Tasktarget:<objectID> - You can use this option in combination with the previous option.
  • /ManagementPack:<mp name> - You can use this option in conjuction with the taskname end viewname option. Do I need to explain more?

Need to use a script through the commandline? Open up the Help files of Operations Manager and find a lot of good and working examples to use commandlines, which can be used in scripts, to roll out agents, ajust things etc. etc.


SCOM Console possible view error using the parameter www.Oostdam.InfoNo for the purpose of this article. You can connect to a normal or custom-made view by using the view parameter. If you use the given UI name behind this parameter, nothing will happen. Only an error like this on here on the left will appaer.  (The view could not be found, Your user role may not have permission to access the view.) Normally, this cannot happen. You cannot see views you do not have rights for, as you probally knew. This is more a message type that says that the view you requested can not be found like this. So do not worry, there will be no event logged to any diagnostic file, so no one will notice your little mistake. ;-) Now, to find out the right view names,.... go to the server where your OpsMgr or DataWarehouse SQL database resides. Open up SQL Server Management Studio and choose the database ofter opening the right instance. Select the database and go to the View section!! Not the table section! Now go to the dbo.ViewsView, right click it and choose "open view". Look for the columm named "Displayname" and find the viewname you want to display. Found it? Go with your left arrow to the colum named "Name". Here is the the actuel name for this view. For instance, if you want to display the State view of you monitored items,...... try using the commandline:
"C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\Microsoft.MOM.UI.Console.exe"
     
/ViewName:Microsoft.Windows.Server.OperatingSystem.State.View  
If you want to use a additional ManagementPack for this view, you can, by setting the additional second parameter.


Now most of the times you will have created a special view for your own users and purposes. Invalid option format use  /option[:value] Invalid option format www.Oostdam.Info
That is worth an article on itself by the way. This custom made view gets its own internal number from System center Operations Manager and is not formatted in a way you would expect. Using the display name or an invalid name wil give back an error like in the picture here on the right stating something like: Invalid option format. Use '/option[:value]'. You can see an example here on the right. See the alinea above how to detect the correct name for a view.

The Name of your custom 
made view will be something like: View_2a06af32faea4818bd159641b7841ffe. This is the internal number for the view, and also the reason why commands using the displayname do not work!
The command then will be:
"C:\Program Files\System Center Operations Manager 2007\Microsoft.MOM.UI.Console.exe"
      /ViewName:View_2a06af32faea4818bd159641b7841ffe

Please try it!!  Imagine this in a (delayed)scheduled task on 1 or to computers on your Servicedesk or something like that. Alle the screens you want pop up automatically when the power is switched on! Isn't that great ?
 

There are a few "known" bugs, opening multiple console screens in SCOM 2007 R2. It depends on the initial set up well and are hard to simulete, otherwise I would have done it for this article. These bugs are fixed  after Cumulative Upadte 2 ( CU2).

Hope that this article will help you a bit further............
Have fun, using System Center Operation Manager!




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Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Support Engineer for a large company in the Netherlands.

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