By: Bekah Suttner, Blue Medora, Microsoft SCOM expert
Let’s face it, your company is probably juggling a few monitoring platforms. With so many balls in the air, it can be tough to agree about what’s going wrong when the clock is ticking on a troubleshoot. Blue Medora, a leader in VMware integrations, has released the new VMware vRealize Operations Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM, which unifies the platforms. With their powers combined, you can reduce the mean time to recovery (MTTR) for SCOM systems in VMware vRealize Operations. This Management Pack monitors the health of SCOM systems by offering insight into resources like Hyper-V, Exchange, and SQL Server.
Figure 1 – The SCOM MS SQL dashboard from the Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM
The Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM enables monitoring through VMware vRealize Operations (vROps) by connecting to the SCOM database, allowing admins to monitor the health of SCOM resources through the vROps console.
The Management Pack takes full advantage of native vROps features, such as relationship mapping and alerting. Relationship mapping automatically connects SCOM resources like Hyper-V, Exchange, and SQL Server to metrics of virtual resources like CPU usage and memory.
The alerting capabilities of vROps provide administrators with an efficient system for identifying and resolving issues before they affect end users. For example, if a SQL Server database used in the SCOM system is reaching full capacity, an alert will warn the administrator that they should expand their database soon. These alerts can be customized so that the administrator is warned early enough to make changes to the system before the database reaches capacity.
Figure 2 – The SCOM MS SQL Alerts dashboard from the Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM
The Blue Medora Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM can also be used to determine where problems in a SCOM system originate. If an admin receives complaints that their SCOM system is working slowly, they can investigate whether this latency is caused by excess throughput, connectivity issues with the database, or improper settings, for example.
For more information on the Blue Medora Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM, please contact Blue Medora or visit their website. To learn more about System Center Operation Manager, visit the product page.