Understanding Providers

Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 (MOM) collects information from a variety of sources called providers. Processing rules define the provider of the information you want to collect. MOM can collect information from the following provider types:

Application log providers
Provide events from Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) log files, SQL Server trace log files, generic ASCII log files, and UNIX syslog files.
Timed event providers
Provide events generated by MOM at scheduled times.
WMI event providers
Provide events from Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), such as SNMP traps sent to the computer or service status changes.
WMI numeric data providers
Provide sampled WMI numeric values.
Generic providers
Provide events that MOM generates internally, such as when an agent heartbeat does not occur on time. Also provides events created by scripts. The Generic provider is available only in Management Pack processing rules.