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SCOM2012: Full Features/Capabilities

Holla Guys,

I’m back with the second product in SC2012. SCOM puts large focus not only on the Datacenter Admin but Application Owner as well. Enabling monitoring from Datacenter – Network – Servers – Operating Systems – Applications – Code Level (.Net) as well as Client-Side Monitoring!

*Do note that the items in RED is SP1 Features

System Center Operations Manager 2012

SCOM puts large focus not only on the Datacenter Admin but Application Owner as well. Enabling monitoring from Datacenter – Network – Servers – Operating Systems – Applications – Code Level (.Net) as well as Client Monitoring!

Key Features

SCOM Monitoring
Transaction Monitoring
  • ASP.NET Web Application
  • ASP.NET Webpage
  • ASP.NET MVC Page
  • ASP.NET Web services
  • WCF Method
  • Function
  • ASP.NET Web Services
    • ASP.NET Webpage
    • ASP.NET MVC Page
    • ASP.NET Web services
    • WCF Method
    • Function
  • WCF Service
    • ASP.NET Webpage
    • ASP.NET MVC Page
    • ASP.NET Web services
    • WCF Method
    • Function
  • Windows Service
    • WCF Method
    • Function
    Health Service Watcher
    • Monitors the state of remote health service which includes 4 dependency monitors
      • Local Health Service Configuration
      • Local Health Service Performance
      • Local Health Service Security
      • Local Health Service Availability
    Microsoft Applications
    Unix & Linux Server Operating System
    • Monitors Health (See Below), Performance, Obtain Reports, Run Tasks, Implement Needed Customizations.
      • Services & Applications
      • File System, Disk Space, Swap Space & System Memory
      • Network Interfaces
      • Core Processes & Attributes
      • Key Configurations
    • Ability to elevate privileges using “sudo”
    • Supported Unix & Linux
    • Additional Supported Linux OS
    • CentOS 5 (x86/x64)
    • CentOS 6 (x86/x64)
    • Debian 5 (x86/x64)
    • Debian 6 (x86/x64)
    • Oracle Linux 5 (x86/x64)
    • Oracle Linux 6 (x86/x64)
    • Ubuntu Server 10.04 (x86/x64)
    • Ubuntu 12.04 (x86/x64)
    Oracle Database
    • Auto Discover key JEE application Server properties
    • Collect key JEE application Server Performance Counters
    • Auto discover application
    • Monitor Application State
    Audit Collection Services
    • ACS provides a means to collect records generated by an audit policy & store in a centralized Database.
    Cross Platform
    • IBM WebSphere (6.1 & 7.0)
      • Supported on RHEL, SLES, AIX & Windows
    • Oracle Weblogic (10gRel3, 11gRel1)
      • Supported on RHEL, SLES, Solaris & Windows
    • Redhat JBoss (4.2, 5.1, 6.0)
      • Supported on RHEL, SLES & Windows
    • Apache Tomcat (5.5, 6.0, 7.0)
      • Supported on RHEL, SLES & Windows
    Console & Dashboards
    • Various Console
      • Operations Manager 2012 Console
      • Web Console
      • SharePoint Console
    • Dashboard
      • Surface Information
        • Group Health Dashboard
        • Agent Health (Health State, Performance & Version)
        • Infrastructure Health:
          • Management Configuration Service
          • Management Data Access
          • Management Server
          • Gateway & Management Server State
          • Network Discovery
          • Notification
        • WebParts
      • Network Summary Dashboard View
        • Nodes with Slowest Response (ICMP ping)
        • Nodes with Highest CPU Usage
        • Interfaces with Highest Utilization
        • Interfaces with Most Send Errors
        • Interfaces with Most Receive Errors
        • Nodes with the Most Alerts
        • Interfaces with the Most Alerts
    Management Packs
    • Management Pack Templates
      • .Net Application Performance Monitoring Template
      • OLE DB Data Source Template
      • Windows Process Monitoring Template
      • TCP Port Template
      • Unix & Linux Log File
      • Unix & Linux Process
      • Web Application Availability Monitoring Template
      • Web Application Transaction Monitoring Template
      • Windows Service Template
      • Watcher Nodes (agent that runs monitors & rules that test an application or feature on another computer.)
    Application Performance Monitoring
    • Supports IIS7 hosted ASP.Net Application & WebServices
    • Provide Consistent Monitoring from Server to Client Perspectives
    • Bridge the gap between IT & Application Teams
  • Enabled APM for SharePoint 2010
  • 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards
    • Provides you different perspectives of application health in one place—360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards.
    • The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards display information to provide a summary of health and key metrics for 3-tier applications in a single view for
    • Global Service Monitor
    • .NET Application Performance Monitoring
    • Web Application Availability Monitoring.
  • The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards show where an application is unhealthy and provide a launch point for detail dashboards that highlight component-level issues.
  • The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards display data from powerful monitoring tools.
    • .NET Application Performance Monitoring looks deep into the application to get details that can help you pinpoint solutions from server- and client-side perspectives.
    • Web Application Availability monitoring in Operations Manager monitors internal synthetic transactions.
    • Global Service Monitor monitors the availability of applications from an outside location, measuring availability from where the user is.
  • The 360 .NET Application Monitoring Dashboards show the following:
  • Key application metric or action

    Type of monitoring used


    Web Application Availability Monitoring and Global Service Monitor


    .NET Application Performance Monitoring


    .NET Application Performance Monitoring and Global Service Monitor


    .NET Application Performance Monitoring


    The Team Foundation Server (TFS) Connector management pack takes an alert, assigns it to development in TFS with all appropriate detail.

    • Servers/Systems
    • Storage
    • Virtualization Host
    • Connecting SCOM with other Management System
      • Connects with other Management System (SCOM as Primary or Secondary)
      • Connects to Trouble-Ticketing Systems
    • Active Directory Integration
    • Integrating SCOM with Development Processes (Team Foundation Server & Visual Studio)
      • Import Operational Issues
      • Configure Notification when Developers Reassign Work Items
      • Automatically Assign New Alerts to Engineering
      • Automatically Close Alerts when work items are resolved in TFS
      • Synchronize Alerts with TFS
      • Integration with IntelliTrace Historical Profiling
      • File Attachments
    • Setup Infrastructure
      • SMTP (Email)
      • SIP (IM)
      • SMS
      • Custom
    • Alert Aging (Help meet SLAs)
    • Create User Roles

    Let me know if I misses out on anything. The aim for this documentation is to showcase Out of The Box SCOM2012 with Free Management Packs.

    For a  full listing of SCCM 2012 & SCOM 2012, Please download it from here
    2013 – System Center 2012 Features


    Signing Off


    SCOM: Application Monitoring – Code Level Monitoring


    I’m so inspired with SCOM’s capability. SCOM can monitor your Datacenter from Temperature, Rack Doors, Humidity up to code-level monitoring.

    Imagine with me a traditional scenario where you have a Server Operator, Network Operator and Developer. When an application fails, traditionally the 3 stooges above will blame one another because no one actually knows the root cause of the failure.

    Now with SCOM, you will be able to pinpoint the exact root cause and remediate it without long downtime and countless blame assigning meetings.

    In 2010, Microsoft made a purchase on a product that does code-level monitoring on .Net Application (AVIcode). Today, AVIcode is integrated natively in SCOM 2012 and is able to provide you with code-level diagnostic with great reporting tools via Out of the Box App Advisor.

    App Advisor provides different reports from Client-Side Reporting to Server Analysis Reporting. You can view a short video of AppAdvisor in action here or you can download for a clearer view here http://sdrv.ms/U60rnc

    App Advisor

    So, it looks great with .Net through AVIcode. What about Java Application Servers?

    Well for that, we do have excellent MP as well. The table below summarizes what SCOM can monitor on which OS Layer. * The table below is extracted from http://blogs.technet.com/b/random_happy_dev_thoughts/archive/2012/04/18/system-center-operations-manager-scom-2012-released.aspx 








    IBM WebSphere

    6.1, 7.0






    Oracle WebLogic

    10gRel3, 11gRel1






    Redhat JBoss

    4.2, 5.1, 6.0





    Apache Tomcat

    5.5, 6.0, 7.0





    Here’s a video that explains Application Monitoring very well with demo as well http://aka.ms/qxnj12 In short, this video will share about how SCOM 2012 can monitor from network and deep line-of-business application such as .Net and Java

    Beside the video link above, I would like to share with you 2 other PowerPoint Slides for your consumption.

    1. Application Monitoring with AVIcode http://sdrv.ms/WJnDxJ
    2. OS & Application Monitoring http://sdrv.ms/WJnLxe

    If you would like to have further resources about JBOSS, Tomcat, WebLogic and WebSphere, please feel free to visit

    1. More ReadOuts & MP Downloads http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29270
    2. Managing Tomcat 7 http://blogs.technet.com/b/random_happy_dev_thoughts/archive/2012/02/10/managing-tomcat-7-by-extending-the-jee-application-server-mps-part-1-of-2.aspx

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    SCOM: Understanding Different Methods of SCOM Monitoring


    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.

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    SCOM Screen Shots!

    Holla SCOM Fans!

    I’ve got great stuff for you! Here’s some screen shots of SCOM:

    p.s. You can’t click on the pick, just right click and SaveAs.

    Server & Storage

    APC Sensors

    Cisco UCS Servers

    Dell PowerEdge

    HP Proliant



    Network Node Dashboard

    Vicinity Dashboard

    Ports Performance

    SQL Server

    DB State

    DB Free Space

    Transaction Log Free Space

    Top 5 Deadlocked DB

    User Connections

    SCOM Reports Database Free Space Detail

    SCOM Report SQL Server Lock Analysis

    Citrix XenDesktop


    WebFarm Response Time

    Alright, that’s it for now, hope it helps you!

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    SCOM 2012: Sizing Up!

    Holla Frenz,

    I’ve been away for the past week on a business trip and have met wonderful partners and customers in Bangladesh and Nepal! I am excited over what will happen next year as these emerging markets starts to bloom!

    Here, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you a SCOM 2012 Sizing Calculator!



    Have Fun!