Response Point Status Monitor for SBS

January 21, 2008 – 5:46 pm

So Microsoft released a new Status Monitor for Response Point today.  Me being the good Kool-Aid drunk guinea pig that I am decided to be one of the first to install on my production SBS 2003.

Instructions per the download site:  “Download this utility to the Windows Small Business Server machine. Launch setup.exe.”

I can do that.  Run, OK, Next, Accept, Next, Finish.  Sound typical?  Sound simple?  Well maybe a little too simple.  So decided to read the instructions first.  Uhhh, ahem.  What instructions?  So I go looking for the Icon for the app I just installed.   Hidden on the top of my Programs list was the icon.

Run the Status Monitor app and you get this:
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Put in my password and check Enable.  You get a prompt to confirm the Base Unit ID and that’s it.  The Status Monitor is now enabled.  That’s it?

I have to admit I’m a little disappointed.  I’m not sure exactly what I enabled, how to modify the setting or even what settings there are to modify.  I searched my Alert Notification settings in the SBS Monitoring and Reporting console but found nothing related to RP.  I looked for any documentation at all in the RP programs file but found nothing.  Lastly I launched my RP Administrator console but even there I found nothing new.  Hmmm, now what?

  1. 8 Responses to “Response Point Status Monitor for SBS”

  2. Try restarting the monitoring service or server. I restarted my server, and clicked into Monitoring. Lo and behold, an entry with an RP error was at the bottom of the server status report.

    By Larry Doyle on Jan 21, 2008

  3. Um - Microsoft - how about one for non SBS Servers?

    By RobertSeattle on Jan 23, 2008

  4. Good thought Robert but standard servers don’t have the prefabed monitoring and alerts services that SBS has. They are simply leveraging what SBS already has.

    A better suggestion is that they open up the WMI for RP or allow the RP to be a domain member where I can allow RPC from GPOs and thus enable monitoring from any RMM solution or SCE.

    By Mark on Jan 23, 2008

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