SCOM 2007 DFS Backlog Monitoring – Distributing a RunAs account to only DFS replication members

The DFS monitoring tool in SCOM 2007 has some great features, which will replace many a custom VB script running in enterprises. As with a lot of Management Packs, to get the most out of it you need to have a dedicated RunAs account with local admin permissions on the servers you are monitoring (e.g. for the Backlogged Files reporting).

The easy (and wrong) option here is to go with the less secure option and distribute a RunAs account to ALL servers. There are lots of reasons why you wouldn’t want to distribute the credentials to every server in your SCOM installation – but just from a security standpoint, you shouldn’t do it! Selecting the “More Secure” option and distributing credentials only to servers which will require them is a much safer bet.

You can view the members of the DFS discovered inventory in the SCOM Console by going to the “Discovered Inventory” view and changing the target type to “Replication Member” – which is great: you can see all the Servers involved in the DFS replication topology. But there’s no easy way to add these to a RunAs credential to distribute.

To narrow it down to a short list, you can open a Operation Manager Shell prompt and  list any monitoring classes which have “DFS” in the name – there are about 6 or so:

Get-MonitoringClass | where {$_.Name –match “DFS”}

The one that matches my SCOM console view is “Microsoft.Windows.DfsReplication.ReplicationGroupMember” so I want to select all the monitoring-objects that match this discovery and export the “Path” (server name) to a csv file:

Get-MonitoringClass | where {$_.Name –match “Microsoft.Windows.DfsReplication.ReplicationGroupMember”} | get-monitoringobject | select-object Path | export-csv c:\DFS-Members.csv

I’ve not yet figured out how to add these to the RunAs account credential distribution via PowerShell, so I’m afraid it’s a manual process from here. To make it easier I opened the csv in Excel and filtered out duplicates (for servers with multiple DFS shares) before pasting the servers in individually to the distribution dialogue.

Once the RunAs account has been downloaded by the Agents, and if you’ve added it correctly to your “DFS Replication Monitoring Account” profile, you should start to see the Backlog Monitoring view beginning to populate.