Increase Operations Console refresh rate

You can set the refresh rate for the Operations Console by setting the following registry key:

HKCUSoftwareMicrosoftMicrosoft Operations Manager3.0consoleCacheParametersPollingInterval
Values 0 – 10. 0 turns off automatic refresh and requires manual refresh via F5. The value 1 through 10 increments the refresh interval every 15 seconds. The maximum value of 10 is a refresh interval of 2 min 30 seconds. As you can see the root hive is the HKCU so this is a per user setting.

Reference: http://www.bictt.com/blogs/bictt.php/2011/06/01/scom-trick-20-increase-console

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How to move SCOM databases

I found a really good article that describes how to move SCOM databases, it also describes the difference between a database that has been upgraded from 2007 R2 and one that was created during the installation of SCOM 2012:
http://systemcentertipps.wordpress.com/2013/05/15/scom-2012-how-to-move-databases-specially-when-you-did-an-upgrade-from-scom-2007-r2-before/

Check Database Size

There is a standard SQL report that shows how much space a database is using. In SQL Server Management Studio for SQL Server 2008 R2 and newer, right-click on the database you are interested in and select Reports->Standard Reports->Disk Usage.

There is a good description of this report, including information about how to resize a Operations Manager database in the SCOMfaq.ch blog: http://blog.scomfaq.ch/2012/06/26/scom-check-size-of-databases-sql-standard-reports/