Quick reference to Operations Manager tasks

The following table gives a quick reference for where to perform common tasks and links to relevant information.

To perform this task Do this
Check for problems in a management group - Check the Management Group Health view in the Operations Manager folder in the Monitoring workspace
- See the State and Alerts summary on the Monitoring Overview page
- Check Active Alerts in the Monitoring workspace
- Check Task Status in the Monitoring workspace
Start monitoring a computer On the Administration Overview page, click Configure computers and devices to manage. For more information, see Operations Manager agents.
Start monitoring a network device On the Administration overview page, click Configure computers and devices to manage. For more information, see Monitor network devices.
Create or modify a resource pool In the Administration workspace, click Resource Pools. For more information, see How to Create a Resource Pool and Managing Resource Pools for UNIX and Linux Computers.
- Create a group
- View available groups
- View group members
- View state of a group
- View diagram of a group
- Modify a group
Click Groups in the Authoring workspace

For instructions, see Creating and Managing Groups
Create a view In the Monitoring workspace or My Workspace, at the bottom of the navigation pane, click New View. For more information, see Using Views in Operations Manager.
Customize the settings of a view for your own use In the Monitoring workspace, right-click a view in the navigation pane, and then click Personalize view. For more information, see How to Personalize a View in Operations Manager.
Change the interval for heartbeats. In the Administration workspace, click Settings, and then under Agent, click Heartbeat. For more information, see How Heartbeats Work in Operations Manager.
Change the number of missed heartbeats allowed In the Administration workspace, click Settings, and then under Server, click Heartbeat. For more information, see How Heartbeats Work in Operations Manager.
Change a setting for a rule, monitor, or alert. Make changes to rules, monitors, or alerts by creating an override. Select a rule, monitor, or alert, and then access the overrides options by right-clicking, or clicking Overrides on the toolbar, or clicking Overrides in the Tasks pane. For more information, see How to Override a Rule or Monitor and Creating a Management Pack for Overrides.
Change how frequently records are removed from the operational database. In the Administration workspace, click Settings, right-click Database Grooming, and then click Properties. For more information, see How to Configure Grooming Settings for the Operations Manager Database.
Give a user permissions to view Operations Manager information or perform tasks. In the Administration workspace, click User Roles, and then right-click a specific role and click Properties. For more information, see Implementing User Roles
Display a dashboard view on a SharePoint site. You must deploy the Operations Manager Web Part to a SharePoint site, configure the Web Part to connect to a web console, and add the Web Part to a SharePoint page. For more information, see Using SharePoint to View Operations Manager Data.
Receive notifications of an alert in email, instant message, or text message. Right-click an alert, point to Notification subscription, and then click Create. For more information, see Subscribing to Alert Notifications.
Investigate a gray agent. In the Monitoring workspace, in the Operations Manager\Agent Details\Agent Health State view, in the Agent State from Health Service Watcher section, click the gray agent, and then in the Tasks pane, click Show Gray Agent Connectivity Data. For more information, see Not Monitored and Gray Agents.
Stop monitoring a computer temporarily. In the Monitoring workspace, click Windows Computers, right-click the computer you want to stop monitoring, and click Maintenance Mode. For more information, see How to Suspend Monitoring Temporarily by Using Maintenance Mode.
Monitor health of management group In the Monitoring workspace, navigate to Operations Manager\Management Group Health to see important health status information for components and agents in the management group. For more information, see Monitor health of the management group.
Migrate the Operations Manager databases If you need to upgrade your SQL Server or move to a server on new hardware, perform the steps described in the following articles to move the operational or data warehouse database
- How to move the Operational database
- How to move the Reporting DW database.
Configure data retention of Operations Manager databases To maintain data for a set period of time and maintain optimal performance, you can configure data retention in the Operations Manager and data warehouse database. Perform the steps described in the following articles
- How to configure grooming for the Operational database
- How to configure grooming for the Reporting DW database.

Next steps

To learn more about what to manage, how to manage, or how to support an Operations Manager management group, see the Operations Guide for System Center - Operations Manager