MP Authoring Scenarios

MP University is coming May 29 and want your input! We get asked a lot to cover advanced SCOM Management Pack authoring topics but what would really help us is to understand specific authoring scenarios you would like to see covered. So please use the Comment section below to share an interesting and challenging MP authoring scenario. The more details you can provide the better!

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on May 29. In case you haven’t registered yet, please register here.


10 responses to “MP Authoring Scenarios

  1. I have a couple of suggestions:

    Creating a MP to minitor an application on Linux. Complete with Class, Discovery and Monitor. Would be really nice if it in it’s Discovery got the path to the logfile from the applications config file and used that propery to create a rule that looked for words/frases in the logfile.

    Create and MP for an application that has multiple things that needs monitoring:
    A couple of Windows services (NOT PRINT SPOOLER!!!!) , IIS sites and Application pools spread over multiple servers.
    Since IIS MP is already installed the new classes can use that to populate this MP:s IIS site /app pool classes.
    Of cource there is also a SQL DB and the SQL MP is installed.
    Maybe use the classes/monitors/rules from nr 2 and create a Distributed Application.

    Tried to make it detailed. If you have any questions please just contact me.

  2. I need a file monitoring MP where you can specify multiple conditions to monitor files eg a specific file extension within a path that monitors both (not either) the age and number of files. It also needs to be able to have different daily schedules. In our case we have a couple of days, which differ per file extension, where there is a 7-8 hour window the monitoring has to stop. Being able to schedule for either on or off states would be handy

  3. I would second the Linux one. There is not much data out there on creating an monitoring Linux. Certificate health in Linux is something that is very much needed. I am just starting to install the SCOM agent on Linux and know I will need to write some MP’s to go with it for monitoring applications.

  4. A MP capable of performing a query on all SQL Databases and storing that data as Performance counter. There are available community MPs to create a query and get the result but it needs to have the DB specified which in an environment with over 300 SQL Servers and thousands of DBs is impossible to use.

  5. A MP for creating script (perl script) monitoring for Unix/Linux. This script provided by users will output, for example, a list of NFS mounts, and each nfs mount accessibility status. So This MP should discover the objects based on the output of the script, for example, the list of nfs mounts, and keep track each objects, for example, nfs mount status updated by the script.

    The list of objects from each Unix/Linux is dynamic, and can be changed anytime.

  6. I would like to see a SCOM Mgt Pack guide for REST API providers. I have a specific case in mind for NetBackup. There is no current MP and with the latest versions they are providing a REST API so would like to leverage this and create a MP to discover and monitor backup jobs, state, hardware etc.

  7. More UNIX/Linux type MP or Fragments would be great. we’ve been adding more and more SCOM agents to our non-Windows environments lately and it’s not too easy with out proper MPs/Fragments to apply to our UNIX/Linux monitoring needs. One challenge is Log File monitoring and customizing the Alert to include more than one line from the log file and more description on the errors reported. Also I cannot seem to be able to report on errors found in the log independently. It seems to find one error and report on all others found during the same scan.

  8. UNIX/Linux related: we’re trying to find a better way to monitor and alert on Application filesystems (i.e. SAP and Oracle) on IBM AIX UNIX and SuSe 12 Linux servers. We found some way, although it is very granular and would like a better way to configure Application Filesystem monitoring and Alerting. I guess maybe some best practices for grouping and setting up UNIX/Linux Filesystem monitors so it is not too granular.

  9. Create a custom datasource based on powershell script running against exchange. Example: script runs in collection rule and gathers information on databasecopystatus (replayqueuelength). This information is shown in a performance view. How to make this data available for setting up monitors for alerting?

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