Tag Archives: #2016

SCOM: Updated MP for Talon FAST Storage v1.0.0.149

Talon have released an updated version of their FAST storage management pack for SCOM get it here.

In this version

  • Operational Management
    • Systems level inventory
    • Patch level inventory
  • Availability Management
    • Systems Health Status
    • Event Viewer
    • SCOM alerting
    • i.e. Key services not running
  • Systems Optimization
    • % Cache Utilized
    • Cache Purge alert via SCOM

SCOM 2016: Updated management pack for Amazon Web services AWS v2.6.0.2

A new version for the Amazon Web Services MP get version 2.6.0.2 here

New in this version:

  • Proxy support. The management pack can be configured to make all AWS calls to a proxy server.
  • Updated management pack objects to contain the region name.
  • Renamed ELB, Instance, Volume performance counter units.

SCOM / SCVMM 2016: Updated HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center

HP has updated HPE Oneview for Microsoft System Center to v8.3 and this of course includes their monitoring with SCOM. Learn more and get it here.

HPE OneView for Microsoft System Center (HPE Storage Integrations) provides a comprehensive integration of HPE Storage, HPE Servers, HPE Blade System and HPE Virtual Connect with Microsoft System Center.  It provides administrators to manage and monitor their HPE infrastructure running in Microsoft environments with a “single pane-of-glass” view for system health and alerting, driver and firmware updates, OS deployment, detailed inventory, storage and VM management, and HPE fabric visualization.  Administrators can gain greater control of their technology environments reducing the risk of downtime and enabling a faster response.

New in this version:

  • Support for Gen10 SNAP1 Hardware and SPP.
  • Support for HPE OneView 3.0 and 3.1.
  • HPE OneView Management Pack will include:
    • Support for Host name details.
    • Support for operating system name for Gen10 servers.
    • Support for SDX, XL and ML servers.
    • Remote support warranty information.
    • IPV6 support for system center operations manager to be included.
  • Storage Management Pack will include:
    • Support StoreVirtual OS 12.7 and 13.5.
    • Supports 3PAR StoreServ 9450.
    • Supports 3PAR StoreServ 20800 R2/20840 R2/20850 R2.
    • Supports MSA 2050.
    • Monitoring of File Persona components for HPE 3PAR StoreServ.
  • SCVMM Fabric Management Add-in will include:
    • Support for Gen10 servers.
    • Support for HPE OneView 3.0 and 3.1 features such as: multi logical interconnects per enclosure, logical enclosures, and FCoE networks.
    • Display of SCVMM Virtual Network Adapters and HPE OneView Logical Interconnects information in the Host Details view.
    • Supports backward compatibility for HPE OneView 3.0.
    • Support for having a Virtual Network Adapter (VNA) as a Management NIC.
    • VM creation wizard is modified, to replace HPE OneView resources with HPE 3PAR StoreServ and HPE StoreVirtual storage, for provisioning.
    • Support for HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450.
    • Support for HPE 3PAR StoreServ 20800 R2/20840 R2/20850 R2.
    • Support for HPE StoreVirtual OS 12.7 and 13.5.

SCOM 2016: Comtrade MP for Nutanix

Comtrade has released a new management pack for monitoring Nutanix solutions.

Comtrade has in the past released high quality management packs for monitoring systems such Citrix XEN amongst others. The Nutanix management pack offers the below features:

 

 

 

 

 

 

As well as:

  • Automatically detect VMs running business-critical workloads
  • Detect resource bottlenecks before they start affecting end-users
  • Correlate application’s performance with performance of the rest of the application-delivery infrastructure
  • Ensure application availability by maintaining successful protection domain replication
  • Forecast performance trends and properly size Nutanix so you don’t run out of resources
  • Use Nutanix-Citrix SuperPack to quickly identify, eliminate and fix issues that would impact Citrix end-users

 

For a trial or more information go here

OMS / SCOM: Service Map integration with SCOM now in public preview

Hot off the press integration between OMS Service Map and SCOM Distributed applications is now in public preview.

This is a feature that I for one have been looking forward to for quite some time and I hope this is only a glimpse into the possibilities of having OMS and SCOM leverage off each other in the future.

Documentation is available here

Get the MP here

Screenshots courtesy of the MS OMS Blog

OMS Service Map

Integrated SCOM Distributed Application

SCOM 2016: Error while connecting to management server: The client has been disconnected from the server

When trying to install a second management server in a SCOM 2016 management group, after entering the OpsDB details,  a few moments later the wizard would return to the SQL details screen.

A brief investigation revealed the following error in the installation log file (OpsMgrSetupWizard.txt this is your best friend for troubleshooting SCOM installations):

Info:Error while connecting to management server: The client has been disconnected from the server. Please call ManagementGroup.Reconnect() to reestablish the connection.
Error: :Couldn’t connect to mgt server stack: : Threw Exception.Type: Microsoft.EnterpriseManagement.Common.ServerDisconnectedException, Exception Error Code: 0x80131500, Exception.Message: The client has been disconnected from the server. Please call ManagementGroup.Reconnect() to reestablish the connection.

First confirming that the Data Access service was in fact running on the original management server and that a connection could be made to the SDK.

It turns out that the two servers times were out of sync by more than 5 minutes causing a Keberos time skew. After correcting the server time the second management server installed with no issues.

SCOM 2016: Updated SQL Server Management Packs v6.7.31.0

New versions of the SQL management packs were released a short while ago links for all of the versions 6.7.31.0 MPs can be found below:

SQL Server

SQL Server 2008/2012 – here
SQL Server 2014 – here
SQL Server 2016 – here

SQL Server Dashboards

SQL Server Dashboards – here

SQL Server Replication

SQL Server 2008 Replication – here
SQL Server 2012 Replication – here
SQL Server 2014 Replication – here
SQL Server 2014 Replication – here

SQL Server Analysis Services

SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services – here
SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services – here
SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services – here
SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services – here

SQL Server Reporting Services (Native Mode)

SQL Server 2008 Replication(Native Mode) – here
SQL Server 2012 Replication(Native Mode) – here
SQL Server 2014 Replication(Native Mode) – here
SQL Server 2014 Replication(Native Mode) – here

 

New in this version:

Important Notes About This Release

  • Please note that we implemented a new alerting rule for SQL Server event #18456 “Login failed” in this release. However, this rule may become rather noisy due to the fact that the target events appear quite frequently in some environments. The rule is enabled by default; thus, if it creates too many alerts in your environment, consider disabling it via the override. The ideal would be to resolve the underlying issues causing the alert but we understand this is not always a priority.
  • We are introducing a new monitor in this release (see the first bullet below) based on customer feedback. You have now a better solution for monitoring backups of AG databases.

SQL Server 2008-2016

  • Added new “Availability Database Backup Status” monitor in Availability Group to check the existence and age of the availability database backups (this monitor is disabled by default)
  • “Database Backup Status” monitor has been changed to return only “Healthy” state for the databases that are Always On replicas, since availability database backups are now watched by the dedicated monitor
  • Improved performance of DB Space monitoring workflows
  • Added new “Login failed” alerting rule for SQL Server event #18456
  • Fixed issue: “Active Alerts” view does not show all alerts
  • Fixed issue: DB space monitoring scripts fail with “Cannot connect to database” error.
  • Fixed issue: PowerShell scripts fail with “Cannot process argument because the value of argument ‘obj’ is null” error
  • Fixed issue: Alert description of “Disk Ready Latency” and “Disk Write Latency” monitors displays the sample count instead of the performance value that was measured
  • Fixed issue: Different file location info from “sys.master_files” and “sysfiles” causes error when Availability Group secondary database files are in different path
  • Fixed issue: “DB Transaction Log Free Space Total” rules return wrong data
  • Introduced minor updates to the display strings
  • Deprecated “Garbage Collection” monitor and the appropriate performance rule
  • Resource Pool Discovery is disabled by default for pools not containing databases with Memory-Optimized Tables
  • “XTP Configuration” monitor now supports different file path types (not only those starting with C:, D:, etc.)
  • Fixed issue: “Resource Pool State” view shows incorrect set of objects
  • Fixed issue: Invalid group discovery in SQL Server 2016 Always On
  • Updated the visualization library

SQL Server Dashboards

  • Increased the version number to comply with the current version of SQL Server MPs

SQL Server 2008-2016 Replication

  • Added Distributor name caching to Subscription discovery
  • Restricted the length of some string class properties
  • Improved the internal structure of SQL scripts storage
  • Fixed variable types in SQL scripts
  • Fixed connectivity issues in SmartConnect module
  • Introduced minor updates to the display strings
  • Updated the visualization library

SQL Server 2008-2016 Reporting Services

  • Reimplemented Instance seed discovery: replaced the managed module with a PowerShell script
  • Reimplemented Deployment seed discovery: added a retry policy and improved error handling
  • Updated the visualization library

SQL Server 2008-2016 Analysis Services

  • Restricted length of some string class properties
  • Updated the visualization library

SCOM 2016: Updated MP for Microsoft Azure Stack v1.0.1.0

An updated management pack has been released for Microsoft Azure Stack, version 1.0.1.0 is available here.

Azure Stack is an extension of Azure, bringing the agility and fast-paced innovation of cloud computing to on-premises environments. Only Azure Stack lets you deliver Azure services from your organization’s datacenter, while balancing the right amount of flexibility and control—for truly-consistent hybrid cloud deployments.

New in this version:

  • Implemented “Edit Deployment” wizard.
  • Improved the authentication by means of Azure Active Directory (UPN authentication) and Active Directory Federation Services (UPN and AD FS SPN authentication).
  • Implemented UI improvements in “Add Deployment” wizard.
  • Implemented the Capacity Dashboard.
  • Implemented Auto Maintenance Mode Monitoring Rule that checks if any updates are run on Azure Stack regions and switches regions that are being updated to maintenance mode in Operations Manager. Implemented Turn Off Auto Maintenance Mode and Turn On Auto Maintenance Mode tasks to manually disable and enable the Auto Maintenance Mode.
  • Implemented improvements to reflect changes in the API.
  • Updated the display strings.
  • Added a workaround to support Alert names and descriptions to be displayed in the Operations Manager Reports as a plain text.

SCOM 2016: Don’t forget those Antivirus Exclusions!

Something that I find is often missed with a SCOM deployment is putting in place the recommended AV exclusions. Not having these in place can cause issues in your environment.

Note: Paths are examples, amend drive letter as required for your environment.

Processes
Monitoringhost.exe

Directories
The following directory-specific exclusions for Operations Manager include real-time scans, scheduled scans and local scans. The directories that are listed here are default application directories so you may have to modify these paths based on your specific environment. Only the following Operations Manager related directories should be excluded.

Important When a directory that is to be excluded has a directory name greater than 8 characters long, add both the short and long directory names of the directory to the exclusion list. These names are required by some AV programs to traverse the subdirectories.

SCOM Management Servers
C:\Program Files\Microsoft System Center 2016\Operations Manager\Server\Health Service State

 Agent machines
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Monitoring Agent\Agent\Health Service State

SCOM SQL Servers
These will include the locations for your SCOM databases and log files as well as you SQL master and tempdb
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Data
C:\MSSQL\DATA
C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Log

File Extensions 
SCOM Management Servers / Agent machines
EDB
CHK
Log

SCOM SQL Servers
MDF
LDF