Monthly Archives: October 2016

SCOM: Extensible Network Monitoring Management Pack Generator tool

A new tool has been released to assist in creating management packs for network monitoring get it here

I know from experience that having to walk a MIB file manually in order to determine which OIDs to use can be a tedious process. Tools like this one should make the whole experience much more manageable.

Tool Details

      Network Monitoring Management Pack Generator tool package includes a UI tool – SNMP_MPGenerator.exe and a command line tool – NetMonMPGenerator.exe.
    • SNMP_MPGenerator tool has an inbuilt MIB browser. Users can load MIB files, search through the Object Identifiers (OIDs) related to devices and components they wish to monitor.
    • This tool would support custom network devices in addition to already supported device type such as Switch, Router, Firewall and Load Balancer. Users can define monitors and rules targeted to the network devices.
    • Users can also discover and monitor discrete components of network devices. They can create monitors and rules for device components such as Processor, Memory, Fan, Temperature Sensor, Power Supply, Voltage Sensor and Custom device components.
    • Users can define monitors and rules for multiple devices in a single project file and generate a single Management Pack for all those devices.
    • NetMonMPGenerator.exe is a command line tool for users who wish to generate MP through command line. Users would need to provide an input XML to the command line tool to generate custom MP. The input XML would have all the device information and workflows (monitors and rules) defined on the device.


Warning! October Windows updates causing SCOM console crash on all Windows versions

There is an issue with the October cumulative updates (KB3194798, KB3192392, KB3185330 & KB3185331)  for all windows versions which is causing the SCOM console to crash.

Thank you to Dirk Brinkman for blogging about this issue.

The Product Group is aware of this issue and is working on a fix. Unfortunately I do not have an ETA for it. You will find an announcement on the SCOM Team blog ( once the fix for this issue is availabe.
All credits and thank’s to my colleague Mihai Sarbulescu for finding this issue!

Update from Dirk Brinkman The product group released a hotfix for this issue:


SCOM 2016: New Management packs

With the release of System Center 2016 there have been several management packs to allow SCOM 2016 to monitor the various components:

System Center 2016 MPs

Data Protection Manager v2016- here
Service Manager v7.5.7487.0 – here
Orchestrator v7.3.65.0 – here
Orchestrator Service Management Automation v7.3.81.0 – here

Other released MPs for SCOM 2016

MP for Open Source Software v7.6.1065.0 – here
Windows Server 2016 Essentials v1.0 – here



SCOM: Updated SQL Server Management Packs v6.7.7.0

New versions of the SQL Server management packs are out! They are available from the below links:

Note: Be aware that there have been some serious issues with previous versions of the SQL management packs this year. I cannot stress enough the need for testing before using these in a live environment.

SQL Server 2016: here
SQL Server 2014: here
SQL Server 2008 / 2012: here
SQL Dashboards: here

New in this version

SQL Server 2008 / 2012

  • Fixed issue: SQL Server 2012 Always On discoveries fail after stopping WSFC service
  • Fixed issue: “Set DB offline” task does not work when the database is in Availability Group
  • Fixed issue: user policy discovery script fails with “Invalid namespace “ROOT\Microsoft\SqlServer\ComputerManagement12″‘ error
  • Fixed issue: Always On console task does not work
  • Updated the visualization library

SQL Server 2014 / 2016

  • Fixed issue: “Set DB offline” task does not work when the database is in Availability Group
  • Fixed issue: Always On console task does not work
  • Updated the visualization library


  • Fixed issue: expanding “arrow” has low-contrast color when a health group is collapsed in Instance view (High-Contrast #2 color scheme)
  • Fixed issue: in Web console, Dashboards continuously send requests to the database
  • Fixed issue: not the first object gets selected in the object list after drill-down
  • Fixed issue: horizontal scroll position resets after refreshing the Instance view
  • Fixed issue: “No Data” message is displayed on some tiles after upgrading Dashboards management pack from version to or later version
  • Fixed issue: on Web console, Dashboards crash when drilling down from Datacenter view to Instance view
  • Restored the correct group order in SQL Server Summary dashboard views


Management Pack Recap – September 2016 Wave

This is a summary of the wave of Management Packs that were released in September 2016. Information and download location in the links provided:

SQL (Community Technical Preview 2) MP v6.7.5.0here
Windows Server 2012 DHCP MP v6.0.7301.0here
.NET Application Performance Monitoring with Visual Studio Application Insights MP (Preview)here
NiCE DB2 MP 4.10 – here

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