Category Archives: Technical Preview

SCOM: SQL Server MP Community Technical Preview 1

A Community Technical Preview has been released for all of the SQL server versions and components they are available for download here. This MP is accompanied by a refresh of the SQL MPs released earlier this month v6.6.7.6, could this be an attempt to improve QA and testing on management pack releases, especially considering the issues with the SQL MP over the past year.

The new features and fixes introduced in CTP1 management packs are as follows:

    New Analysis Services 2016 MP Features and Fixes

    • Updated references and removed deprecated elements to support 6.6.4.0+ visualization library
    • Fixed bug when SSAS Monitoring Pack could not collect OS performance counters with localized names
    • Updated discoveries to throw errors in case of some problems detected during the discovery
    • Fixed module error collection on cluster instances to reduce the noise
    • Changed defaults for CPU Usage monitor, added sampling to Memory Usage on the server monitor
    • Reduced inner complexity of modules
    • Fixed the discoveries; now the last items can be undiscovered
    • Simplified the dashboard to make it quicker and more informative
    • Reviewed and updated the Knowledge Bases
    • Added timeout support for every non-native workflow
    • Fixed Blocking Session Monitor – in some situations it could calculate blocking sessions incorrectly
    • Win10 support: fixed OS version detection issue
    • Fixed CPU usage alert description
    • “Known Issues and Troubleshooting” section of the guide is updated

    New Reporting Services 2016 MP Features and Fixes

    • Fixed issue: Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Reporting Services doesn’t discover SSRS instance when the instance name starts from some certain symbols (0-9, A-F)
    • Instance configuration monitor is introduced
    • Implemented a better logging system
    • Improved the Report Manager availability monitor: now it parses human readable message to get the real status of the Report Manager
    • Improved the Report Manager and Web Service availability monitors: now the user can treat some status codes as healthy via the override.
    • Fixed the discoveries, now the last items can be undiscovered
    • Added timeout support for every non-native workflow
    • Simplified the dashboard to make it quicker and more informative
    • Reviewed and updated the Knowledge Base articles
    • Improved Run As mappings
    • Updated the discoveries to throw errors in case of some problems detected during the discovery
    • Updated the references and removed deprecated elements to support 6.6.4.0+ visualization library
    • Changed the performance rules write actions accounts to “Default Action account”
    • “Known Issues and Release Notes” section of the guide is updated
    • Fixed “Memory consumed by other processes (%)” rule having no Run As profile for DS; added SQL MP default Run As to the data source
    • Fixed “Failing replacement: $Data/Context/Property[@Name='<MonitorName>’]$” issue in OM log

    New SQL Server 2005-2012 MP Features and Fixes

    • Fixed intermittent “Cannot login to database” alert with some rules
    • Added support for SQL Express Instances
    • Updated Knowledge Base articles
    • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 x86 on Windows 2008 R2: fixed the issue when DB file groups cannot be discovered
    • Win10 support: fixed “Cannot bind argument to parameter ‘Path’ because it is an empty string.” issue
    • Fixed issue when SQL Configuration Manager starts snap-in of wrong version
    • Fixed invalid Always On non-readable replica detection

    New SQL Server 2014-2016 MP Features and Fixes

    • Fixed intermittent “Cannot login to database” alert with some rules
    • Fixed display string for AgentsGroup.Discovery
    • Added support of SQL Server Express Instances
    • Always On issue: Events “967” are no longer fired for File Group and Files discoveries when server has a non-readable DB
    • DB Discovery issue fixed: masterDB is to be used if the target is inaccessible
    • DBSize issue: filter < 0 values in provider, return data for fileSize
    • Win10 support: fixed “Cannot bind argument to parameter ‘Path’ because it is an empty string.” issue
    • Agent Job Discovery is now disabled by default
    • Fixed issue when SQL Configuration Manager starts snap-in of wrong version
    • Fixed invalid Always On non-readable replica detection
    • Updated summary dashboards

SCOM 2016: Management Packs for Windows Server Technical Preview

Updated management packs for the forthcoming Windows server technical preview have been released they include support for the following technologies:

  • Windows Server OS (Updated Jan 2016)
  • Branch Cache
  • Print Server (Updated Jan 2016)
  • IIS (Updated Jan 2016)
  • File and iSCSI Services
  • DHCP (Updated Jan 2016)
  • Active Directory Domain Service (Updated Jan 2016)
  • Active Directory Federation Service
  • Active Directory Right Management Service
  • Failover Cluster (Updated Jan 2016)
  • Network Load Balancing (NLB) (Updated Jan 2016)
  • Windows Defender (New)
  • Windows Server Essentials (New)
  • DNS (New)
  • DTC (New)

Available here

SCOM: Management Pack for Microsoft Azure (Technical Preview)

Microsoft released a technical preview of a management pack for Microsoft Azure:

The Management Pack for Microsoft Azure enables you to monitor the availability and performance of Azure resources that are running on Microsoft Azure. The management pack runs on a specified server pool, and then uses Microsoft Azure REST APIs to remotely discover and collect performance information about the specified Microsoft Azure resources.

Version 1.3.10.0 is available for download here

SCOM 2016: Management Packs for Windows Server Technical Preview

Available for download here

This is a preview release for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview Management Packs.
The following components of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview can be monitoring:

  • Windows Server OS
  • Branch Cache
  • Print Server
  • IIS
  • File and iSCSI Services
  • DHCP
  • Active Directory Domain Service
  • Active Directory Federation Service
  • Active Directory Right Management Service
  • Failover Cluster
  • Network Load Balancing (NLB)

SCOM 2016: Management Packs for Open Source Software

Another addition addition with Technical Preview 2 for SCOM 2016 is the inclusion of a management pack for Open Source Software.

is is available for download here

Currently the following products are supported:

  • Apache HTTP Server 2.2 – 2.4
  • MySQL Server 5.0 , 5.1, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7 / MariaDB 5.5, 10.0

Guides are available detailing the current capabilities of the management packs.

The future of SCOM, learnings from the technical preview.

A question I’ve often posed regarding SCOM is, “Why do should we be using 3rd party utilities to perform certain functions?” and the one that comes up most frequently is scheduling maintenance mode.

Well it’s finally here and i’m not surprised to see it as the first feature cropping up in the community blogs, as it is exciting, we’re finally getting the ability to create maintenance mode schedules from inside the product.

You can find this feature under the administrators node in the console.

I for one am certainly looking forward to see what other surprises are in the System Center goodie bag, more to follow.

SCOM “2016”: Technical Preview 2

Microsoft has announced Technical Preview 2 for the upcoming System Center 2016.

The VHD for SCOM is available for download here a link to the other System Centers products is under the details section.

New features in System Center 2016 technical preview 2 include:

  • Improved Linux management, including Desired State Configuration (DSC) support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
  • Software Defined Datacenter management, including mixed mode cluster upgrades, enhanced Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) management, and deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) at scale.
  • New monitoring capabilities for Azure, Office365, SQL Server and Exchange.