MSMQ 4 and MSMQ 5 MP for OpsMgr Released! (finally)

After a long wait (definitely more than 90 days) the management packs for MSMQ 4 (Windows 2008) and MSMQ 5 (Windows 2008 R2) are finally released. Both seem to be fully Cluster aware and pretty much holds the same monitoring as the the latest MSMQ 3 MP. Message Queuing 4.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007> **Quick Details** Version: 6.0.6700.83 Date Published: 4/5/2010 Language: English Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=cfc103b8-7185-4721-8098-110885fe9e9e&displaylang=en Message Queuing 5.0 Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 Quick Details Version: 6.0.6700.88 Date Published: 4/5/2010 Language: English Download here: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=28349b78-8329-44aa-8a1f-81f4e3f84d0c&displaylang=en

Updated MSMQ Management Pack v6.0.6615.0!

Microsoft has released an update to the MSMQ (version 3) management pack. System Center Pack for: Message Queuing 3.0Version: 6.0.6615.0Released on: 12/14/2009Message Queuing (also known as MSMQ) is a server application that enables applications to communicate across heterogeneous networks and systems that may be temporarily offline or otherwise inaccessible. Instead of an application communicating with a service on another computer, it sends its information to Message Queuing, which sends the information to a Message Queuing service on the target computer where it is made available to the other application. Message Queuing provides guaranteed delivery, efficient routing, security, and priority based messaging. Now, what’s really interesting is what you will find in the MP Guide under “Supported Configurations”. The Message Queuing Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 is designed to monitor Message Queuing version 3 only. The Message Queuing Management Pack supports the following platforms: Windows Server 2003 Windows XP The Message Queuing Management Pack also supports monitoring clustered MSMQ components Emphasis by me. Finally, MSMQ monitoring seems to be cluster aware, which might mean that the home-made pack i did to have those (numerous) queues covered could be passed on to the scrap-heap. This is also confirmed under “Changes in This Update”. The December 2009 update to this management pack includes the following change: Fixed a problem when working with an instance of MSMQ in a Cluster. The MP is now able to discover and monitor public and private queues in a cluster. Fixed a problem when discovering the local and cluster instance of MSMQ. The MP is now able to discover and monitor both instances. The confusing double RunAs profiles seems to have been cleaned up too (you only have to worry about one now) as well as fixing some sloppy mistakes in the previous scripts (no Option Explicit? C’mon Microsoft! You write the best practices, try to stick to them.) and generally improving display and documentation. Gonna import this to our staging environment today and let it roll during the holidays. Download and documentation:http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1D2B4398-8BC2-4A43-850C-852EBB0D983B&displaylang=en&displaylang=en

MSMQ Management Pack: Subscript Out of Range

UPDATE: This problem seems to be fixed in the latest update! The MSMQ Management Pack seems to have a few problems with it’s discovery script that can lead to the following error showing up in the logs: The process started at 13:34:40 failed to create System.Discovery.Data. Errors found in output:C:Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007Health Service StateMonitoring Host Temporary Files 499788DiscoverQueues.vbs(107, 4) Microsoft VBScript runtime error: Subscript out of range: '[number: 0]'Command executed: "C:WINDOWSsystem32cscript.exe" /nologo "DiscoverQueues.vbs" {615D37C9-477D-62E2-0833-6ECBF0E89A87} {A176AC83-CC31-01C3-5DE9-E2DFF64E7CC7} "MASKED.server.fqdn" "MSMQ" "true" "true" "False" "false"Working Directory: C:Program FilesSystem Center Operations Manager 2007Health Service StateMonitoring Host Temporary Files 499788One or more workflows were affected by this.Workflow name: Microsoft.MSMQ.2003.DiscoverQueuesInstance name: MASKED.server.fqdnInstance ID: {A176AC83-CC31-01C3-5DE9-E2DFF64E7CC7}Management group: MASKED This seems to be related to the discovery of public queues on some servers that has none. One quick fix, or rather work-around, is to override the discovery on these servers to set DiscoverPublic to False.

MSMQ 3 MP for OpsMgr v.6.0.6587.0 Released

Last friday, 24/4 -09, Microsoft released an updated Management Pack for MSMQ 3.0. Quick Details File Name: Message Queuing System Center Operations Manager 2007 MP.MSI Version: 6.0.6587.0 Date Published: 4/24/2009 Language: English Download Size: 502 KB Release History 6/3/2008 - Initial Release, version 6.0.6278.23. Refer to the MP guide for further details.* 4/24/2009 - Undated release, version 6.0.6587.0. Refer to the MP guide for further details. The MP Guide does not really say much about what’s updated and I don’t know how much more than the reporting they have fixed. I can just state the fact that support for clustered MSMQ 3 instances is still missing.