Monitoring Physical Disks and Disk Partitions

Applies To: Operations Manager 2007, System Center 2012 - Operations Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Operations Manager, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2

By default, Windows Server operating system management packs do not discover physical disk partitions, only logical disk partitions. If you want to monitor physical disk drives, you can do so by enabling the Object Discoveries feature for the Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 physical disk objects. After the object discovery has been enabled, physical disks will be discovered within 24 hours, after which they will become monitored. The following procedure for enabling Object Discoveries for Windows Server 2008 is for use with the Windows Server 2008 Management Pack.


You can use these steps for the Windows Server 2003 management packs by substituting Windows Server 2003 in place of Windows Server 2008. The same applies for Windows Server 2012.

To enable Object Discoveries for Windows Server 2008 physical disk

  1. Log on to the computer with an account that is a member of the Operations Manager Administrators role for the Operations Manager 2007 management group.

  2. In the Operations Console, click the Authoring button.


    When you run the Operations Console on a computer that is not a management server, the Connect To Server dialog box is displayed. In the Server name box, type the name of the Operations Manager 2007 management server that you want the Operations Console to connect to.

  3. In the Administration pane, expand Authoring, expand Management Pack Objects, and then click Object Discoveries.

  4. On the Operations Manager 2007 toolbar, click Scope.

  5. In the Scope Management Pack Objects by target(s) dialog box, click Clear All.

  6. In the Look for box, type Windows Server 2008 Physical Disk, select the Windows Server 2008 Physical Disk check box, and then click OK.

  7. In the Object Discoveries pane, expand Discovered Type: Windows Server 2008 Physical Disk.

  8. Right-click Discover Windows Physical Disks, point to Overrides, point to Override the Object Discovery, and click For a specific object of type: Windows Server 2008 Operating System.


    By selecting For a specific object of type: Windows Server 2008 Operating System, you decide which objects are affected by this change. If you select For all objects of type: Windows Server 2008 Operating System, every object of this type will be affected by this change.

  9. In the Select Object dialog box, click the object on which you want to monitor the physical disk, and then click OK.

  10. In the Override Properties dialog box, locate the row with the ParameterName of Enabled, click Override, click the OverrideSetting menu, click True, and then click OK.