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Creating and using Health Sets

14  Oct  

Creating and Using Health Sets

DynamicPacks Health Profiler supports creating Health Sets. DynamicPacks Health Profiler can compare Dynamic Pack data with Health Set data. This article explains the use of Health Set in DynamicPacks Health Profiler.

When you execute a Health Profile, DynamicPacks Health Profiler executes all Dynamic Packs that are part of the Health Profile. As part of the execution, DynamicPacks Health Profiler collects the data for each Dynamic Pack and then compares Dynamic Pack data with the Health Set data. For example, you can create a Health Set by name "FSMO Health Set" and then compare Health Set data with the Dynamic Pack: “Get Active Directory Domain FSMO” data. Let's create and use a Health Set in DynamicPacks Health Profiler.

To create a Health Set, you need to make sure that you have executed the Dynamic Pack once. It is because when you create a Health Set, DynamicPacks Health Profiler copies the Dynamic Pack data to the Health Set.

Before you can create a Health Set, make sure to follow the steps outlined below:

  • Create a Health Profile.
  • Add Dynamic Packs to Health Profile. Add “Get Active Directory Domain FSMO” Dynamic Pack for this example.
  • Execute the Health Profile or individual Dynamic Pack to collect the required data for “Get Active Directory Domain FSMO” Dynamic Pack.

To create a Health Set, Right click on Dynamic Pack and then click on Generate Data action as shown in the screenshot below:

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When you click on the “Generate Data” action, the data for Dynamic Pack will be generated and shown in the Data grid as shown in the screenshot below. Next, you need to click on “Health Set” menu and then click “Create New Health Set” as shown in the screenshot below.

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Clicking on “Create New Health Set” will bring “Create New Health Set” window as shown below.

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Give Health Set a name and then click on “Create” button to create the Health Set in DynamicPacks Health Profiler.

Note: when you create the Health Set, DynamicPacks Health Profiler will copy the current grid data (data generated by executing Dynamic Pack: Get Active Directory Domain FSMO) to the Health Set.

Once Health Set is created, you can verify Health Set data by navigating to “Health Set Configuration” in the configuration pane as shown in the screenshot below.

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As shown in the screenshot above, Health Set “FSMO Check Health Set” contains data generated from Dynamic Pack: Get Active Directory Domain FSMO. You can also see that this Health Set applies to “Dynamic Pack: Get Active Directory Domain FSMO” which is part of “Health Profile 1” Health Profile. In case you need to modify Health Set data, you can do so by modifying the text in the data grid shown above.

Once you have created Health Set, it is time to execute the Health Profile. When you generate the Health Profile report, DynamicPacks Health Profiler will check to see if any Health Set is defined for any Dynamic Pack. If yes, it compares the Dynamic Pack data with the Health Set data and then display the result as shown in the screenshot below:

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As you can see in the screenshot above, DynamicPacks Health Profiler shows “Status: Ok” for Dynamic Pack: Get Active Directory Domain FSMO. It compared the Dynamic Pack data with Health Set data and found no problem. So the status reported is “Ok”.

If Dynamic Pack data does not match with Health Set data, DynamicPacks Health Profiler will report “Attention Required” as shown in the screenshot below:

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You can create as many as Health Sets you want and then have DynamicPacks Health Profiler compare the Dynamic Pack Data with Health Set data. I created another Health Set called “Domain Controller Configuration Check” and this Health Set applies to “Get Active Directory Forest Domain Controller Info” Dynamic Pack.

When I executed the Health Profile, DynamicPacks Health Profiler compared the Dynamic Pack data (Get Active Directory Forest Domain Controller Info) with Health Set data (Domain Controller Configuration Check). It reported status as “Attention Required”. It is because “IsGlobalCatalog” column data does not match with Health Set data as shown in the screenshot below:

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Final Notes:

  1. You need to generate Dynamic Pack data before you can create a Health Set. It is imperative to understand that you cannot create empty Health Set in this version of DynamicPacks Health Profiler.
  2. You can modify Health Set data in the Configuration pane.
  3. Dynamic Pack data will be compared with Health Set data when you generate the Health Profile report.

If you have any questions with regards to Health Set, please feel free to start a discussion here.

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