Author Archives: Warren Kahn

SCOM 1801: Updated SQL Server Management Packs v7.0.4.0

New versions of the SQL server management packs are available at the following locations:

SQL Server 2008/1012 – here
SQL Server 2014  – here
SQL Server 2016 – here

New in 7.0.4.0

SQL Server 2008/2012/2014/2016

  • Updated the “Security Considerations” section in the
    operations guide
  • Updated the default value of SP Level in the “Service
    Pack Compliance” monitor for SQL Server 2012 (SP 4)
  • Added the actual value of free space (% and MB) in
    the alert description of the “Transaction Log Free
    Space (%)” monitor (SQL 2012 only)

SQL Server Dashboards

No changes introduced; increased the version number to 7.0.4.0 to
comply with the current version of SQL Server management packs

Management Pack Recap – March 2018 Wave

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

Windows Server 2016 and 1709+ MP v10.0.17.0here
Active Directory Certificate Services 2016 MP v10.0.0.0here

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

Management Pack Recap – February 2018 Wave

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

SQL Server Mps v7.0.2.0here
AudioCodes™ MP v1.0.5.65here
Veeam reporting MP v8.0.0.2372here

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

XPost SCOM 1801: Caveat when upgrading from 2012R2/2016

Just a quick cross post from my college Robert Bird original posting here.

Be aware that when upgrading to SCOM 1801 in order to upgrade reporting successfully you need to install the SCOM console onto the SSRS instance first otherwise the upgrade will fail.

System Center 1801 has been released

Just announced here the new System Center Semi-Annual Channel release now available!

Xpost of new features below:

What’s in System Center, version 1801?

System Center, version 1801 focuses on enhancements and features for System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager. Additionally, security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2, are available for all System Center components including Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager.

I am pleased to share the capabilities included in this release:

  • Support for additional Windows Server features in Virtual Machine Manager: Customers can now setup nested virtualizationsoftware load balancer configuration, and storage QoS configuration and policy, as well as migrate VMware UEFI VM to Hyper-V VM. In addition to supporting Windows Server, version 1709, we have added support for host monitoring, host management, fall back HGS, configuration of encrypted SDN virtual networkShielded Linux VMs on Hyper-V management, and backup capabilities.
  • Linux monitoring in Operations Manager: Linux monitoring has been significantly improved with the addition of a customizable FluentD-based Linux agent. Linux log file monitoring is now on par with that of Windows Server (Yes, we heard you! Kick the tires, it really works).
  • Improved web console experience in Operations Manager: The System Center Operations Manager web console is now built on HTML5 for a better experience and support across browsers.
  • Updates and recommendations for third-party Management Packs: System Center Operations Manager has been extended to support the discovery and update of third-party MPs.
  • Faster, cost-effective VMware backup: Using our Modern Backup Storage technology in Data Protection Manager, customers can backup VMware VMs faster and cut storage costs by up to 50%.
  • And much more including Linux Kerberos support and improved UI responsiveness when dealing with many management packs in Operations Manager. In Virtual Machine Manager, we have enabled SLB guest cluster floating IP support, added Storage QoS at VMM cloud, added Storage QoS extended to SAN storage, enabled Remote to VMs in Enhanced Session mode, added seamless update of non-domain host agent, and made host Refresher up to 10X faster.

As well as consistent evaluation and license experiences across components.

Customers should consider supplementing System Center with Azure security & management capabilities for enhanced on-premises management and for the management of Azure resources. We have included the following updates in System Center, version 1801:

  • Service Map integration with Operations Manager: Using the Distributed Application Diagram function in SCOM, you can automatically see application, server, and network dependencies deduced from Service Map. This deeper endpoint monitoring from SCOM is surfaced in the diagram view for better diagnostics workflows.
  • Manage Azure ARM VMs and special regions: Using a Virtual Machine Manager add-in, you can now manage Azure ARM VMs, Azure Active Directory, and more regions (China, US Government, and Germany).
  • Service Manager integration with Azure: Using the Azure ITSM integration with Azure Action Groups you can set up rules to create incidents automatically in System Center Service Manager for alerts fired on Azure and non-Azure resources.