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Management Pack Authoring Series

Management Pack Authoring Series

Part 1 – Background Part 2 – Visualisations with Squared Up Part 3 – Application Monitoring Overview Part 4 – Monitoring Overview Part 5 – Create the Management Pack Solution and Project Part 6 – Create the Management Pack components Part 7 – Create the Squared Up Dashboard

Background

Background

I never imagined as a young engineer at NetIQ that I would, some 20 years later, have built a career on SCOM and the System Center suite. I’ve been fortunate to ride the System Center dream (and occasional nightmare) at Microsoft partners, as a Senior Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft […]

Create a Windows Service and SCOM Service Monitor

Create a Windows Service and SCOM Service Monitor

This is a quick digression from the main set of articles to create a windows service and then a SCOM service monitor to monitor that service. The solution for this C# windows service is here. The article “behind” this is here. And how to install the service is here. To […]

Application Server and Groups

Application Server and Groups

Microsoft doesn’t have a management pack for your in-house applications or even most 3rd party applications. So there are no classes, no discoveries, no relationships and no monitoring. That is where we, as SCOM specialists \ Subject Matter Experts, earn our keep. So let’s get going. First; when I have […]

Create a Management Pack Solution and Project

Create a Management Pack Solution and Project

Lets get started. I’d definitely recommend using a set of naming standards and I’ll go through mine as we build the management pack. Fire up Visual Studio and choose to create a new project. The application we will monitor is called Batura – you might notice a theme to the […]

Authoring the Management Pack – classes, discoveries and relationships

Authoring the Management Pack – classes, discoveries and relationships

This is a summary of what we will walk through: Create a Management Pack Solution and Project Create a class for application server based on application component –> so health doesn’t roll up Create a relationship that the application component is hosted by windows computer. The monitoring will be done […]

Application Monitoring – setting the scene

Application Monitoring – setting the scene

Sometimes working with SCOM seems to be Mission Impossible so today (should you accept the challenge) we’ll look at how to create application-based monitoring for your support and service management teams. Our application is called Batura and to summarise it runs on Windows and the following needs monitoring: There is […]

Squared Up – get a better picture of your SCOM monitoring

Squared Up – get a better picture of your SCOM monitoring

Even after all these years; System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is still going strong as an on-premises performance and application monitoring solution. It has its quirks and anyone who believed the marketing hype of “quick to deploy” and “best of breed management packs” soon realises that the reality is somewhat […]