Not all management packs are written by Microsoft or partners. Some of them are actually designed to address a specific monitoring challenge in SCOM. While I was wandering in SCOM land I came across this great but tiny tool.
Microsoft Platform Ready Test Tool for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager lets MP authors to validate their MPs and examine they are up to the SCOM standard with few clicks. This tool is a life saver and helps one to achieve Application Logo Certification for System Center.
Let’s take a first look on this tool.
The Interface is quite simple. You need to supply a MP deployment guide if you want to certify your MP for GOLD competency.
On the next screen you will have to provide either .mp or .xml file as the MP to be validated. Note that the test will be unsuccessful if you do not provide the correct reference MPs along with your MP.
Microsoft has released a brand new collection of MPs for DPM 2012 R2 with more feature enhancements. For those who were frustrated with the DPM MP that was shipped with DPM 2012 R2 RTM media this provides a new monitoring MP, Deduplication Reporter MP, Library MP and a Reporting MP.
Please note that there are few prerequisites that needs to be met prior deploying this MP.
DPM 2012 R2 UR5 is a mandatory requirement.
DPM RTM version MPs should be installed first. This is available in DPM 2012 R2 RTM media. If you are getting any error while importing the new MPs, first try deleting the two RTM Library & Discovery MPs and then try to import the new MPs.
DPM Central console should be installed in SCOM.
Following .mp files are available with this download.
Two weeks ago, Microsoft has released UR3 for System Center 2012 R2. This was a much awaited update as it fixed number of issues with related to system center products. Update Rollups are set of cumulative fixes targeted at specific product which fix the bugs and add new features/functionality to the products. Lets see what are the new features that came up with UR3.
Brand new Office 365 Management Pack
This is a life saver. Previously admins had to log in to Office 365 management portal to view the tenant health, any ongoing issues or service outages. With the release of Office 365 Management pack they can leverage SCOM to do the monitoring on behalf of the Office 365 tenant. Individual services like Exchange Online, Lync Online, SharePoint Online can be thoroughly monitored with any active incidents occurred on same. Also you can view details related to service health, service interruption corresponding to the Office 365 services along with important service messages from Microsoft. In simple words, your Office 365 dashboard can now reside in SCOM. We are going to discuss how we can import and configure this MP in a later post.
Resource Visualization dashboards for VMM
We have two new dashboards that can display resource utilization of your Virtualization Hosts & VMs . You can view the health of the list of Hosts and their performance counters. This can also provide overall health status of a VM (Red, Green, Amber colour code). We will discuss how to install and configure the Resource Visualization Pack for VMM in a later post.