Tuning Alerts in SCOM – Part 1

Introduction Hi Everyone, One of the obstacles when deploying SCOM for the first time is getting a handle on the amount of alerts. One of the reasons in my opinion, why SCOM sometimes has a bad reputation. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to relieve you of some of the 'alert burden' … Continue reading Tuning Alerts in SCOM – Part 1

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Extending monitoring with Squared Up Web API – A Citrix Netscaler example.

Introduction Today I will talk about an interesting use case for Citrix Netscaler monitoring with the Squared Up Web API tile. Keep in mind that this is only used for visualization purposes, as the Web API tile will not alert on anything. I am using the Web API tile to supplement the Netscaler management pack … Continue reading Extending monitoring with Squared Up Web API – A Citrix Netscaler example.

Free MP to monitor Lenovo (IBM) Servers

Hello Everyone, If you've used the Lenovo or IBM hardware management pack, you'll notice that some features are quite lacking. The monitoring of the blade chassis work fine as it is standard SNMP, but the IMM monitoring (which is Lenovo's equivalent of HP's ILO or Dell's IDRAC) leaves much to be desired. In other words, … Continue reading Free MP to monitor Lenovo (IBM) Servers

Monitoring Windows Clusters in SCOM – Limitations

Hello everyone, Another quick post today. I was having issues at a customer with SQL cluster monitoring. The SQL server was quite beefy, an HP server with 1,5 TB of memory running Server 2012 with 25 SQL instances, of which 13 were failover cluster instances, the others were SQL availability groups. As SCOM has to … Continue reading Monitoring Windows Clusters in SCOM – Limitations

Quick Tip: SCOM Resource Pool failures due to backups.

Hello Everyone, Just a quick tip, I was having issues at a customer where every night during backup, the resource pools would become unavailable. When this occurs, your distributed applications and other agentless managed objects will become red/grey depending on the health rollup. This was very annoying, because it made the people in the control … Continue reading Quick Tip: SCOM Resource Pool failures due to backups.

Integrate external website monitoring with SCOM & UptimeRobot

Hello Everyone, Today I want to talk about a little management pack I made together with the help of Martin Erhnst, who helped redesign the MP to work with the new API. Uptimerobot is a website that allows you to create up to 50 web checks for free. This includes TCP, Ping, HTTP checks. It … Continue reading Integrate external website monitoring with SCOM & UptimeRobot