Management Pack Recap – April 2019 Wave

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

Windows Server 2016 and 1709+ v10.1.0.0here

SQL management packs v7.0.15.0here

IBM Storage MP v2.7.0here

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

SCOM 2016: UR7 is Live

Update rollup 7 for SCOM is now available as usual you can get it through windows update or here

How to guide – here note the known issues and slight change to getting started.

A decent update with quite a few fixes listed below:

Improvements and issues that are fixed


  • Fixed: Cannot use SQLOleDB.dll to probe databases like Oracle/MySQL.
  • Improved the performance of SCOM console in listing the groups.
  • Operations Manager grooms out the alert history only on an alert closure.
  • Agents by Health State report shows duplicate agent names.
  • Users of a scoped group are not able to use the Console.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented addition of a group in the Storage Spaces Direct 2016 management pack dashboard.
  • SCOM Network Device Re-Discovery now probes for SNMP V3 devices too.
  • Fixed re-registering for SNMP Traps in the Proxy Management Server.
  • Windows Computer Property “NetbiosDomainName” is not discovered properly.
  • SCOM console crashes while trying to connect to Azure Log Analytics and Azure Monitor.
  • Linux agent is not able to get the correct version and port details for JBoss EAP 7.1.
  • An issue that lead to creation of multiple empty temp files in the /tmp directory of Linux servers has been fixed.
  • Fixed the formatting issue with the output for the task ‘Top10 CPU Processes’ when using Windows Management Infrastructure (MI) APIs.
  • XPlat agent now supports monitoring of SUSE-11 SP4 platform with Security Module installed on it for TLS 1.2 compliance.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the corruption of /etc/login.cfg file on AIX 7 machines during install/upgrade of the agent.
  • AIX Agent is now transitioned to 64-bit package to accommodate more stack and heap space if needed to avoid any stack/heap overflow which occasionally leads to heartbeat failure.
  • Free memory calculation accommodated appropriately on RHEL-7 platform.

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.

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.

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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