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  • Copyright 2012
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Edition: 1st
  • eBook (Watermarked)
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-270114-6
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-270114-3

System Center Service Manager 2010 offers enterprises a complete, integrated platform for adopting and automating service management best practices, such as those found in ITIL and Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF). Now, there’s a comprehensive, independent reference and technical guide to this powerful product.

A team of expert authors offers step-by-step coverage of related topics in every feature area, organized to help IT professionals quickly plan, design, implement, and use Service Manager 2010. After introducing the product and its relationship with the rest of Microsoft’s System Center suite, the authors present authoritative coverage of Service Manager’s capabilities for incident and problem resolution, change control, configuration management, and compliance. Readers will also find expert guidance for integrating Service Manager with related Microsoft technologies.

This book is an indispensable resource for every IT professional planning, installing, deploying, and/or administering Service Manager, including ITIL, MOF, and other IT consultants; system administrators; and developers creating customized solutions.

• Understand Service Manager’s architecture and components

• Discover how Service Manager supports ITIL and MOF processes

• Accurately scope and specify your implementation to reflect organizational needs

• Plan to provide redundancy, ensure scalability, and support virtualization

• Design, deploy, and maintain Service Manager with security in mind

• Use Service Manager’s consoles and portals to provide the right resources to each user

• Create complete service maps with Service Manager’s business services

• Fully automate incident management and ticketing

• Implement best processes for identifying and addressing root causes of problems

• Systematically manage the life cycle of changes

• Use Service Manager to strengthen governance, risk management, and compliance

• Customize Service Manager’s data layer, workflows, and presentation layer

• Use management packs to simplify service desk customization

• Make the most of Service Manager’s reporting and dashboards

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Table of Contents

Foreword     xiv

Introduction     1


Chapter 1  Service Management Basics     5

Ten Reasons to Use Service Manager     6

The Problem with Today’s Systems     7

Service Management Defined     13

Evolution of the CMDB     14

Strategies for Service Management     15

Overview of Microsoft System Center     30

The Value Proposition of Service Manager 2010     35

Summary     36


Chapter 2  Service Manager 2010 Overview     37

The History of Service Manager     38

Introducing Service Manager 2010     39

Technology and Terminology     40

Tools and Utilities     47

Overview of SP 1     52

Summary     53

Chapter 3  MOF, ITIL, and Service Manager     55

Introduction to MOF and ITIL     56

Incident Management     67

Problem Management     72

Change Management     77

Configuration Management     83

Summary     87

Chapter 4  Looking Inside Service Manager     89

Architectural Overview     90

Management Group Defined     92

Server Components     93

Windows Services     99

Connectors     101

Modeling and Management Pack Schema     102

Workflow     106

Service Manager Console     108

PowerShell     110

Communications     118

Summary     120


Chapter 5  Designing Service Manager     123

Envisioning Service Manager     124

Planning Service Manager     131

Summary     158

Chapter 6  Planning Complex Configurations     159

Planning for High Availability     159

Service Manager and Virtualization     169

Performance and Capacity Planning     173

SQL Server Complex Planning     180

Summary     184

Chapter 7  Installing Service Manager     185

Planning Your Installation     185

Installation Prerequisites     186

Order of Installation     188

Single Service Manager Server Deployment     192

Multiple Service Manager Server Deployments     192

Installing Service Manager from the Command Prompt     222

Removing a Service Manager Installation     223

Troubleshooting Tips     224

Post-Deployment Steps     225

Summary     234


Chapter 8  Using Service Manager    237

The Service Manager Console     238

Managing Service Manager with the Service Manager Console     241

About the Service Manager PowerShell Console     271

Using the Self-Service Portal     271

About the Analyst Portal     275

About the Authoring Tool     276

Summary     276

Chapter 9  Business Services     277

Introducing Service Manager Business Services     278

Using Operations Manager with Business Services     282

Creating a Business Service     287

Non-Operations Manager Components     295

Updating a Business Service     298

Mapping Operations Manager Incidents to a Business Service Automatically     301

Summary     304

Chapter 10  Incident Management     305

Understanding the Incident Process     305

Incident Management in Service Manager     307

Incident Management Process Activities     311

Configuring Incident Management     319

Incident Management Automation     342

Summary     354

Chapter 11  Problem Management     355

Understanding the Problem Process     356

Problem Management in Service Manager     358

Problem Management Process Activities     361

Configuring Problem Management     371

Problem Management Automation     379

Summary     379

Chapter 12  Change Management     381

Understanding the Change Management Process     382

Change Management in Service Manager     384

Change Management Process Activities     388

Configuring Change Management     402

Change Management Automation     411

Summary     424

Chapter 13  IT Management: Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance     425

Understanding Governance, Risk, and the Compliance Process     425

MOF 4.0 and the GRC Process     428

Service Manager 2010 SP 1 and the GRC Process     429

Installing the IT GRC Process MP     432

Configuring the IT GRC Process MP     436

Using the IT GRC Process MP     443

Summary     446


Chapter 14  Notification     451

Notification Overview     451

Notification Setup     452

Workflows with Notification     465

Notification for Review Activities     470

Summary     473

Chapter 15  Service Manager Security     475

Role-Based Security     476

Data Warehouse and Reporting Security     504

Advanced User Role Scenarios     506

Run As Accounts     508

Security Best Practices     513

Summary     515


Chapter 16  Planning Your Customization     519

What You Can Customize     520

Management Packs     523

Data Modeling     525

Presenting Data     532

Workflows     541

Scoping     544

General Considerations     548

Summarizing Required Knowledge     548

Summary     550

Chapter 17  Management Packs     551

Purpose of Management Packs     551

Sealed and Unsealed MPs     553

Differences Between Management Pack Schema Version 1.0 and 1.1     555

Management Pack Schema     557

MP Bundles     563

MP Deployment     563

Summary     565

Chapter 18  Customizing Service Manager    567

Customizing the Console     567

Creating Data Models     580

Creating Workflows     596

Customizing Forms     604

Sealing Using the Service Manager Authoring Tool     611

Web Portals     612

Summary     612

Chapter 19  Advanced Customization Scenarios     613

Custom Data Models     613

Customizing Column Display Names     620

Custom Views     624

Console Tasks Using PowerShell     628

Automating an IT Process     631

Creating Console Forms Using Visual Studio     637

Other Scenarios     641

Summary     642

Chapter 20  Reports, Dashboards, and Data Analysis     643

Reporting     643

Dashboards     654

Business Intelligence     656

Customizing the Data Warehouse and Reporting     661

Summary     663


Appendix A  Reference URLs     667

Appendix B  Available Online     679

Index     681


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