Operations Manager has always been a fairly powerful tool. Even in it’s MOM2000 and MOM2005 variations it has a lot to offer. Sadly, in all the organizations I’ve been to, it’s never been utilized to it’s fullest.
I want to help change that.
Do you have a ‘batch’ server at your organization? You should. A batch server is a general all purpose scripting machine. It’s one you use to automate a lot of tasks that you don’t want to have a dedicated machine for, but are more important then you’d want to trust to run on your regular workstation. It doesn’t need to be anything particularly powerful – my batch server is a small Dell pizza box with now outdated hardware: Pentium 4 3.4Ghz CPU, maxed out at 2GB of ram, with an 80GB hard drive. Up until recently it ran Windows 2000 – it now runs Server 2008 standard.
A lot of the stuff I’ll be writing about will have a batch server in mind. I run these scripts there, and use OpsMgr to interact with the data. You’d be amazed at how much more you can accomplish and automate things with a simple ‘throw away’ desktop.
To start out, let’s get OpsMgr to record some stock prices. This will be a powershell script, that I’ll be running on our batch server. Read on to see how I do it.