SCOM 2019 is now available!

New SCOM Specific features

  • With HTML5 dashboards and drill down experiences in the SCOM web console, you will now be able to use a simplified layout and extend the monitoring console using custom widget and SCOM REST API.
  • Taking modernization a step further, email notifications in SCOM have been modernized as well with support for HTML-email in SCOM 2019.
  • SCOM 2019 brings a new alerts experience for monitor-based alerts whereby alerts have to be attended to and cannot be simply closed by operators when the respective underlying monitors are in unhealthy state.
  • SCOM has enhanced your Linux monitoring by leveraging Fluentd; and now is resilient to management server failovers in your Linux environments.
  • All the SCOM management packs will now support Windows Server 2019 roles and features.
  • With Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), you can automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager (OM) that are based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map.
  • With Azure Management Pack, you can now view perf and alert metrics in SCOM, integrate with web application monitoring in Application Insights, and monitor more PaaS services, such as Azure Blob Storage, Azure Data Factory, etc.
System Center Operations Manager web console

Important changes to release cadence

Finally, we are making changes to System Center release cadence to optimize the way we are delivering new features. System Center has two release trains today – LTSC and SAC. There is also a release train called Update Rollups (URs).

Most of our customers use Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) like System Center 2016 to run their data center infrastructures. LTSC provides five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support – with Update Rollups (UR) providing the incremental fixes and updates. From talking to customers, we learned that LTSC works better for most System Center deployments as the update cycles are longer and more stable.

Based on the learnings, we will start to focus our resources on innovation plans for System Center in LTSC releases and stop SAC releases. System Center 2019 will support upgrades from two prior SAC releases so customers running System Center 1801 or System Center 1807 will be able to upgrade to System Center 2019; just as System Center 2016 can be upgraded to System Center 2019.

Management Pack Recap – February 2019 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in February 2019. Information and download location in the links provided:

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration Version 7.1here

DNS 2008 /R2 MP v10.0.9.3here

If you know of any other Management Packs that have been released recently that I may have missed leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add them

SCOM: Updated Dell EMC OpenManage Integration Version 7.1

The new version is available for download here

Product features
The Dell EMC Server Management Pack 7.1 for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager enables the user to:
-Discover and classify the following Dell EMC devices:
1.Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers-using license-free monitoring, and license-based monitoring using iSM.
2.Dell Remote Access Controllers (DRAC)
3.Supported Dell Precision Racks
4.Supported Dell EMC devices through OMSA or iSM based on your requirements.

The Dell EMC OpenManage Integration 7.1 for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager enables the user to:
-Discover and classify the following Dell EMC devices:
1.Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers-Using license-based monitoring using iDRAC WS-MAN
2.Dell EMC Chassis-PowerEdge FX2/ FX2s, PowerEdge VRTX, PowerEdge M1000e, PowerEdge MX7000 Chassis, and Dell OEM Ready Chassis
3.Dell EMC Network Switches-M-Series, Z-Series, N-Series, and S-Series switches
4.Supports OpenManage Enterprise-Modular
5.Supported Dell Precision Racks
6.Supported Dell EMC devices through iDRAC using WS-MAN
7.Dell EMC Chassis Modular Server Correlation feature

-View, analyze, and resolve alerts using Knowledge Base (KB) articles.
-Perform various tasks on the discovered Dell EMC devices.
-View reports for discovered Dell EMC devices.

Fixes & Enhancements

Fixes: N/A

Enhancements:
1.Dell EMC OMIMSSC version 7.1 is a ready to deploy virtual machine available as a .vhd file
2.Discovery of devices and overrides through Appliance.
3.Synchronize all Dell EMC devices discovered in the enrolled Operations Manager environment with OMIMSSC.
4.Supports Discovery, Health Monitoring and Alerts for Dell EMC Network Switches of S, M, N and Z Series.
5.Discover and Monitor OpenManage Enterprise – Modular.
6.Supports OpenManage Enterprise – Modular alerts.
7.Supports OpenManage Enterprise – Modular performance metrics.
8.Server and Chassis Performance monitoring graphs View.

Image result for dell logo

Management Pack Recap – January 2019 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in January 2019. Information and download location in the links provided:

SSRS2017+ MP now with Power BI Reporting v7.0.12.0here

Sharepoint 2019 MP v16.0.11308.30000here

If you know of any other Management Packs that have been released recently that I may have missed leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add them

SCOM: Updated Windows Server 2016 and 1709+ DNS Monitoring MP v10.0.9.2

A new version of the Windows server 2016 and DNS 1706+ Mp is available get it here

Fixed in this version

• Fixed bug: Problem with DNS Zones Discovery for large number of zones.
• Fixed bug: Problem with stub zones discovery.
• Fixed bug: False alerts for “DNS unused Zone Detected”.
• Introduced support for Windows Server 1709+ operating system.
• Rebranded the display strings and knowledge base articles according to the supported
versions of the operating systems: Microsoft Windows Server 2016 and 1709+.

SCOM: New management pack for Sharepoint 2019

A new management pack for SharePoint 2019 is now available get it here


This is a tricky management pack to configure so read the guide carefully

The highly collaborative environment provided by SharePoint 2019 offers rich support for working across organisational and geographical boundaries. The groups who perform this work have spurred its adoption, quickly recognising it as a solution for collaboration challenges. This management pack facilitates management of identified environments by monitoring the health of the components of these environments that affect performance and availability. The monitored components include:

  • SharePoint 2019 -related services (Timer, Tracing, and Search)
  • SharePoint 2019 -related events
  • Internet Information Services-related events (Only events emitted from SharePoint Application not from IIS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server™ database-related events (Only events emitted from SharePoint Application not from SQL Server)
  • SharePoint 2019 server performance.

Management Pack Recap – December 2018 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in December 2018. Information and download location in the links provided:

Lenovo Hardware Management Pack v7.5.0.6here
File Services Management Pack for Windows Server 2016 and 1709+here
Windows Server DHCP 2012 Management Pack v6.0.7309.0  – here
Cluster Services MPhere
Skype for Business Server 2019here

If you know of any other Management Packs that have been released recently that I may have missed leave me a note in the comments and I’ll add them

SCOM: SSRS2017+ MP now with Power BI Reporting v7.0.12.0

An update to SQL Server Reporting Services 2017+ Management Pack is released. This update introduces Power BI Report Server monitoring capabilities to the existing SSRS MP. It considers Power BI Report Server as a special kind of SSRS and provides the same monitoring for PBIRS instances as it does for SSRS instances.

It’s great to see new features like this, Power BI is a powerful tool.

Get it here