Squared Up OpsMgr Community MP Catalog

One of the big challenges when working with OpsMgr is finding all the good community management packs. Although Microsoft has provided a “Partner Solutions” section in the OpsMgr console to publish 3rd party management packs, it was designed to advertise commercial MPs developed by partner ISVs. From what I learned, the bar is too high to get your MP listed there, and for my community MPs, I don’t see myself spending time and effort to try get my MPs listed there since they are free and I don’t make any $$$ from these MPs. Squared Up has recently released a

Free PowerShell OpsMgr Management Pack from Squared Up

Squared Up is releasing a new free management pack that provides several PowerShell related templates that allows SCOM administrators to create the following workflows: Name Type Description Run a PowerShell Script Diagnostic Runs a script as a diagnostic, returning text PowerShell Script Three State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy, Warning, or Critical based on the script output PowerShell Script Two State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy or Warning/Critical based on the script output Run a PowerShell Script Recovery Runs a script as a recovery, returning text PowerShell Script Alert Generating Rule Rule Raises Alerts

OpsMgr Agent Task to Configure OMS Network Performance Monitor Agents

OMS Network Performance Monitor (NPM) has made to public preview few weeks ago. Unlike other OMS solutions, for NPM, additional configuration is required on each agent that you wish to enrol to this solution. The detailed steps are documented in the solution documentation. The product team has provided a PowerShell script to configure the MMA agents locally (link included in the documentation). In order to make the configuration process easier for the OpsMgr users, I have created a management pack that contains several agent tasks: Enable OMS Network Performance Monitor Disable OMS Network Performance Monitor Get OMS Network Performance Monitor

OpsLogix VMware Management Pack Quick Overview

Recently, I have had chance to evaluate the OpsLogix VMware management pack. In this post, I will discuss my experience with this MP so far. Setup and Configuration Once the MP files are imported , you will be able to import the license from the licensing dashboard in the monitoring pane under the OpsLogix folder. Once the license is imported, you can manually add the VMware vCenter server from the “VMWare IMP COnfiguration dashboard” located under OpsLogix\VMware folder: I have create a service account in AD and give it admin rights in vCenter. I used this account to connect to

Small Bug Fix in OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0

Last night, someone left a comment on the my post for the OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0 and advised a configuration in the Data Warehouse staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the Exchange Correlation service – which is a part of the Exchange MP. This issue was previously identified for other MPs: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/f724545d-90a3-42e6-950e-72e14ac0bd9d/exchange-correlation-service-cannot-connect-to-rms?forum=operationsmanagermgmtpacks In a nutshell, looks like the Exchange Correlation service does not like rules that have category set to “None”. I would have never picked it up in my environment because I don’t have Exchange in my lab therefore no Exchange MP configured.

OpsMgr Self Maintenance Management Pack

26/10/2015 Update: It has been identified the unsealed override MP was not included in the download, and also there was a small error in “Known Issue” section (section 8) of the MP guide. Therefore I have just updated the download which now included the override MP and updated MP guide. However, if you have already downloaded the version, and only after the override MP, you can download it from HERE. 18/09/2015 Update: A bug has been identified in version, where the newly added Data Warehouse DB staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the

Updated MP Author’s System Center 2012 Orchestrator Management Pack

Background Over the last week or so, I’ve been busy creating Squared Up dashboards for various System Center 2012 components, which will be made publicly available through Squared Up’s new community site. While I was creating dashboards for some System Center components, I realised how little do the native MP from Microsoft offers (i.e. Orchestrator and Windows Azure Pack).  Luckily, some awesome MP developers have recognised this and released additional MPs to fill the gaps. i.e Brian Wren’s (aka MP Author) Orchestrator Runbook Sample MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Orchestrator-Runbook-90307b26 Oskar Landman’s Windows Azure Pack (WAP) MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-3855607d So in additional to creating Squared

OpsMgr Performance Collection Rules for OMS Near Real-Time Performance Data Collection

Update: 09/09/2015: I found a small error in the demo MP provided at the end of this post, where one of the perf collection rules had an extra condition detection module (which prevents the real-time perf data to be sent to OMS). I have just updated the MP and the download link. Introduction Yesterday, the OMS product team has announced the availability of the Near-Real Time (NRT) Performance Data Collection in OMS. My buddy and fellow SCCDM MVP Stanislav Zhelyazkov has already wrote an article on his blog: Operations Management Suite – Performance Monitoring. I won’t repeat what’s already been

OpsMgr Alert Console Task For Squared Up

I have just created 2 alert console tasks in OpsMgr for Squared Up: View Alert in Squared Up View Alert Source Object in Squared Up These 2 tasks will open the selected alert and alert source object in Squared Up  respectively using your default browser: Squared Up Alert View: Squared Up Monitoring Object view (Alert Source Object): the management pack containing these 2 tasks can be downloaded at the end of this article. In order to use this MP, you will need to modify 2 lines: You need to open the unsealed MP (xml) in a text editor (such as

OpsMgr Group Health Rollup Configuration Task Management Pack

Introduction In OpsMgr, groups are frequently used when designing service level monitoring and dashboards. The group members’ health rollup behaviours can be configured by creating various dependency monitors targeting against the group. When creating groups, only instance groups can be created within the OpsMgr console. Unlike computer groups, instance groups do not inherit any dependent monitors from their base class. Therefore when an instance group is created in the OpsMgr console, by default, the health state of the group is “Not monitored” (Uninitialized): In order to configure group members to rollup health state to the group object (so the group

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