SCOM: Understanding Different Methods of SCOM Monitoring

Holla,

Microsoft SCOM is a very powerful piece of Cross-Platform monitoring software and is able to monitor just about anything!

From a simple out of the box monitoring capabilities to extending it to monitor applications with the existing 300 over Management Packs, or if you are a kickass administrator cum developer the possibilities is near limitless.

Out of the box:
The Vanilla flavour of SCOM provide great ways to monitor your applications by first discovering the objects via the following methods:

  1. Registry
  2. WMI
  3. Scripting
  4. OLE DB
  5. LDAP
  6. Custom Codes

Followed on with Different Monitors you can use such as below:

  1. Unit Monitors
    • SNMP
    • WMI Performance
    • Log Files
    • Windows Events
    • Windows Services
    • Windows Performance Counters,
    • Scripting
    • WMI Events
  2. Aggregate Rollup Monitor
    • Collections of several monitors and state can be monitored on either a best-case or worst-case basis
  3. Dependency Rollup Monitor
  1. Similar to item 2. but provides more granularity or flexibility.

Management Packs (MP):
Management Packs typically contain Monitoring Settings for applications or services which extends the basic out of the box functionality of SCOM.

You can opt for an easier way to monitor your applications through a range of Management Packs that is available free from Microsoft or Paid from 3rd Party Products.

You can find these MP here http://systemcenter.pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/applications/search/operations-manager-d11?q= 

Introducing too many MP can prove to be useless, therefore you should know what you need and enable them.

Management Packs at the very least should contain 1 or more from the following:

  1. Monitors, which directs an agent to track the state of the managed component
  2. Rules, which direct an agent to collect information such as performance, alerts, events and etc
  3. Tasks, defines activities that can be executed
  4. Knowledge, provides textual advise to help operators to diagnose and fix a problem
  5. Views, offer customized user interfaces for monitoring or managing the component
  6. Reports, defines specialized ways to report on the managed component
  7. Object Discoveries, identify objects to be monitored
  8. Run As Profiles, allows you to run different rules, tasks, monitors, or discoveries under different accounts on different computers.

For more information on each of the parts, please feel free to read it at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh212794.aspx

**Read Only if you are a Kickass Administrator cum Developer!:
Alternatively, if you are a kickass administrators and has a developer background, SCOM’s capabilities is near limitless.

Apart from the fact that you can monitor anything, you can also make additional $$$ by selling each Management Packs you created.

Following the guide below will teach you how to make your first million and also being able to maintain your IT Infrastructure.

Guide: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb437626.aspx
MP Element: http://mpdb.azurewebsites.net/

 

So, if today, someone walks up to you and ask you, what can SCOM monitor, you can just in short tell them… SCOM can monitor just about anything.

Signing Off
K

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