Category Archives: SCOM 2019

SCOM 2019: Updated Azure Management Pack v1.8.0.1

A new version of the Azure management pack has been released you can get it it here

What’s new

  • Enabled Resource Group filtering for subscription
  • Modified Alert description for all Alert types
  • Enabled multi-resource metric alerts support

What’s Fixed:

  • Fixed health state issue to be in sync with Azure portal
  • Fixed ‘unknown’ state issue for metric alert

Note: Upgrade is supported from v1.6.0.7 and v1.7.0.0. Existing template will be honored.

SCOM: News from Ignite

This year at Ignite SCOM had it’s own dedicated session which is great to see. Here is a summary of the new upcoming features in UR1.

Version Agnostic Management Packs
Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) MP
RHEL 8 Support
One click patching experience
Support for gMSA
Relability and Performance Improvemennts for Linux Agent
Common Management Pack for Linux
Resource Group monitoring in Azure MP
Azure MP Web Console Dashboards

The ones I’m most looking forward to are of course the support for gMSA, with security being so critical in today’s IT real-estate this features adds an additional layer of peace of mind to your SCOM monitoring.

The one click patching experience is also a nice quality of life improvement, I had the privilege to see this in action and I like the direction this is going.

More agnostic management packs are also on the way which will simplify administration of products the same way we’ve seen them improve the SQL monitoring experience.

What do you think of this update? Leave a comment or if you have an idea head over to the SCOM Uservoice https://systemcenterom.uservoice.com/forums/293064-general-operations-manager-feedback and let the product group know.

SCOM: Updated Management packs for HP Storage

HP has released updated MPs to go with the new version of HP Oneview

It’s a solid update with useful new features such as integration with the new HTML 5 console.

What’s new in HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center 9.4?

The new version is available for download the HPE OneView Partner integration page and the HPE Storage Integration with Microsoft System Center page. It includes the following improvements:

  • HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center v.9.4 the latest HPE Storage array software. For more information, see Integration Matrix
  • HPE Storage Management Pack for System Center v.5.0 supports monitoring of HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage systems with IPv4 and IPV6 connectivity
  • HPE OneView SCVMM Integration Kit v.5.0 supports HPE 3PAR StoreServ Storage systems with IPv4 and IPV6 connectivity
  • Support for HPE OneView 5.0
  • The System Center Operations Manager 2016 web console integration is now fully HTML5 compliant. The dependency on legacy frameworks has been removed to enable a predictable, consistent user experience for the web console users

SCOM: Updated SSRS and SSAS management pack v7.0.17.0

Updates to SQL Server Reporting Services and Analysis Services Management Packs have been released you can get them at the below links:

SSRS
SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (Native Mode)
SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (Native Mode)
SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services (Native Mode)
SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (Native Mode)
SSAS
SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services
SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services
SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services
SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services


Fixes and changes for SSRS

  • SSRS 2016: Updated monitoring of Memory Consumption and CPU Usage in order to collect performance data for all subprocesses in addition to the main SSRS service process.
  • SSRS 2016: Updated monitors “Report manager accessible” and “Web service accessible” to consider specifics in how appropriate SSRS 2016 web services work
  • Added support for cases when connection string to SSRS Database is set up the way different from “MachineName\InstanceName” (e.g., <IPAddress,Port>) and SSRS Database is in Availability Group or hosted either by named instance or SQL Cluster instance
  • Improved descriptions of events thrown by management pack to make it easier to figure out error reason
  • Improved error handling and error descriptions for cases when workflows can’t get responses from WMI
  • Improved error handling in workflows that watch for memory consumption
  • Fixed Start/Stop tasks
  • Fixed issue that caused some workflows to throw error events when SQL Server instance hosting SSRS Databases happened to stop operating or refuse connections
  • Fixed issue which caused Reporting Service instance to get undiscovered when WMI didn’t respond to calls
  • Updated display strings

Fixes and changes for SSAS

  • Added performance collections for MDX Query performance counters
  • Added retry logic to some workflows in order to reduce “Category does not exist” errors thrown when WMI fail to respond
  • Improved error handling in workflows that watch for memory consumption
  • Improved descriptions of events thrown by management pack to make it easier to figure out error reason
  • Fixed Start/Stop tasks
  • Fixed issue when “SQLServerInstalled” property was set to “False” if SQL Server DB Engine was of higher version than SSAS instance
  • Updated Dashboards configuration to show tiles for new MDX performance collections
  • Updated display strings

SCOM: Updated Lenovo Hardware Management Pack v7.6.0.8

A new version of the Lenovo Hardware management pack is available get it here

What’s New

  • View and monitor XClarity Integrator Service in the Operations Manager console.
  • Disable BMC node auto-discovery and authentication by default.
  • Support to only manage the BMC of servers already managed by Operations Manager.
  • Monitor the BMC authentication state.
  • Support to remove BMC nodes in batch.
  • Support Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2019.

SCOM: Updated IBM Storage MP v2.7.0

It’s been a little while since we’ve talked about the IBM Storage MP and there have been some improvements, as always you can get it here but remember you will need the serial number of your IBM device in order to download.

So what’s new?

Version 2.7.0 adds support for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2016 and the following storage system releases:

  • IBM FlashSystem® A9000 versions 12.0.x, 12.1.x, and 12.2.x
  • IBM FlashSystem A9000R versions 12.0.x, 12.1.x, and 12.2.x
  • IBM® Storwize® V3500 versions 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM Storwize V3700 version 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM Storwize V5000 version 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM Storwize V7000 version 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller version 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM FlashSystem V9000 7.8 and 8.1.x
  • IBM DS8880 8.2 and 8.3

This version also includes the following enhancement:

The following properties have been added to the IBM Storage Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager user interface for the IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ Family management pack to make it easier to distinguish between different IBM Spectrum Virtualize Family storage systems being managed:

  • code_level: The software release version on the storage system being managed.
  • product_name: The IBM product name of the storage system being managed.

SCOM: Updated MP For Windows Server 2016 and 1709+ v10.1.0.0

The updated version of Windows Server Operating System 2016 and 1709 Plus can be found here

New in this version

  • Added Microsoft.Windows.Server.Html5.Dashboard.mp
  • Updated WMI query exceptions scenarios for OS discovery
  • Fixed  “Process and Port Monitoring” ProcessCmdDim table grooming bugs
  • Added support Logical Disk Volume Information task for Windows Server 2019
  • Added support Display Server Statistics for Windows Server 2019
  • Fixed incorrect frequency and threshold values for CPU Percentage Utilization, CPU DPC Time Percentage, CPU Percentage Interrupt Time monitors

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.