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  1. A GUI based approach to create PowerShell rules and monitors

    Within the GUI there is no easy way to create PowerShell script monitors and rules. Please add a GUI driven wizard to create those.

    237 votes
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      8 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Logical Chain of Components (Alert Storm Prevention)

      We need an option to associate components to each other to prevent an alert storm created by a failure of a central component.
      For example if a central router on a remote location fails we get alerts from each component monitored at the location even though its still available locally.

      138 votes
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        4 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Update the 2007 Authoring Console tool

        The 2007 MP Authoring Console for SCOM 2008 R2 was a very easy to use GUI driven tool. I know I can use MP Author, Visual Studio, etc...but this tool was SO much more intuitive and easier for MP authoring and editing. We need a 2012/2016 version to work with the new MP schema of 2012 MPs.

        101 votes
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        • Easy way to fetch the list of rules and monitors applicable for a server in SCOM

          Way to fetch details of rules and monitors enabled for a scom agent.

          99 votes
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          • Web Test created in VS should run internally as well

            Currently we could create web tests in Visual Studio and run them from agents in GSM, but it works only for public facing web sites. That would be awesome for internal use as well.

            Microsoft would offer a new great feature to SCOM and would have the opportunity to sell more VS Ultimate Editions ;-)

            Thanks,
            Patrick

            53 votes
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            • Support for Powershell 3,4,5 script monitors

              Powershell agent only executes Powershell 2.0 commands and does not have support for any other Powershell versions/commands. Add a support to create Powershell script monitor that supports commands from PS 3,4,5.

              45 votes
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              • Add PowerShell cmdlets to create views, rules and monitors in SCOM

                Today, there is a measley three PowerShell cmdlets for making new items in SCOM. The only thing we can do with PowerShell is make a New ScomLocation (pretty useful, I will admit), and make a new Management Group connection, or a new resource pool.

                That's it. There is very little useful scripting support for SCOM. If you take a look at ConfigMgr, there are more than 100 cmdlets for making new items! This needs to change.

                My vote is to first create cmdlets to support making new rules, then new monitors, and finally new views.

                The syntax should be something…

                32 votes
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                • Bulk Overrides

                  Today there is no easy way to apply an override to enable/disable rules, or perhaps to change priority on alerts for all rules across all Management Packs given the current toolset. You have to purchase a 3rd party tool like MPStudio from SilectStudio to do so. Please provide enterprise ready authoring capabilities to override common parameters for rules/monitors across 1 to many Management Packs that are selected. Look at the way MPStudio allows you to manage bulk overrides for an example.

                  When deploying SCOM and tuning the environment, this is an absolute must.

                  It would be nice to have this…

                  24 votes
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                    0 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Simplify maintenance mode

                    It is hard to put a machine with dependicies in maintenance mode.
                    For example in cluster you have to put the machine in maintenance mode, the cluster, some services on the other machines in the cluster.
                    If that could be simplifyed it would be good.
                    Like: maintenance mode for machine and dependencies.

                    23 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • SQL Query monitor

                      Add a possibility to create SQL query monitor right from the Authoring Console.

                      13 votes
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                      • Fix work with csv in vsae

                        When import data to snippets data can be ruined randomly

                        For example, we have Columns:

                        Number
                        Interval
                        URL
                        ProcessDataMode
                        DayWindow
                        IS
                        XmlEnabled
                        Xpath
                        Operator
                        XmlValue
                        NumSamples
                        StatusCodeText
                        XMLText

                        And data for it

                        1,60,http://mss-mmvb4/,<Daily><Start>09:15</Start><End>22:00</End><DaysOfWeekMask>62</DaysOfWeekMask></Daily>,108MC,true,/Root/source/@connectionStatus,Equal,Connected,-,-

                        After importing to VSAE values will be in random columns. No difference if we have column names in csv in 1 line. Its a bug and it forces me to edit data in vsae, not in excel, for example

                        These is screen shot with error , as you can see all data above red line is wrong !

                        https://yadi.sk/i/jIHrtYOiq4LnJ

                        9 votes
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                        • Ability to create group of objects constrained by another group

                          For dashboard authoring it would be useful to have a authoring console method of defining dynamic groups which are constrained by membership of another group, for example "All logical disks associated with an Exchange server role". I know it is possible to do this by editing the XML within a management pack http://blogs.technet.com/b/kevinholman/archive/2010/09/09/how-to-create-a-group-of-objects-that-are-contained-by-some-other-group.aspx , but this can be quite time consuming

                          8 votes
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                          • select which MP should run on which Group

                            like a wizard to select which MP (monitors , discoveries, and rules ) to be run on which Group of servers.

                            so customer just want to monitor the base OS for a group of servers and not to discover or be alerted for other MPs
                            so that will scope the alerts and discovers more !

                            8 votes
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                            • Convert VBS in core MPs to PowerShell

                              There is no consistency regarding the scripting language used in MP's. Some use VBS, Jscript and a few use powershell. It would be nice if at least all the core MP's "Windows OS"; SQL, AD are changed to PowerShell.

                              8 votes
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                              • Agent Discovery Data: CreateDiscoveryData accepts on source and target directly a GUID

                                CreateDiscoveryData accepts on source and target directly a GUID not only a COM object. To create Containment or Reference Relationship It is not every time possible to get all Primary key of an object that is not hosted on the target machine. The Best thing whould be that the scom agent has nativly the ability to query the scom Server like with the sdk.

                                8 votes
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                                • Update MP Simulator in Visual Studio Authoring Extensions to support *NIX Management Pack bundles

                                  Please update VSAE to fully support *NIX Management Pack bundles. Current version seem to have issues with either MP Bundles or with *NIX MPs or both.

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Better Authoring Documentation

                                    Brian Wrens documents and MVA course are excellent, however they could be complimented by some examples (i.e. how to create a relationship based on a reg key etc). Information of this type currently needs to be gleamed from forums, Community MPs and at times just hours of experimentation. Which takes a long time and is extremely frustrating. Surely there is enough content in the standard Microsoft MPs to be able to quickly create a library of examples. I

                                    6 votes
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                                    • Extend Java Discovery and Monitoring beyond Java Enterprise

                                      Currently Java backed monitoring leverages the "beanSpy" application to expose the Java Management eXtension for the running application hosted on services including JBOSS, etc.

                                      However not all business applications are hosted on these platforms, but instead run natively on the JVM interpreter. These applications continue to expose their monitoring details via JMX and should also be monitored from SCOM. Attaching solutions like Jolokia to the runspace will expose JMX to HTTP/JSON which can be easily consumed, or beanspy could be updated to accomplish similar integrations.

                                      6 votes
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                                      • SCOM Authoring Allow the admin to input the Monitor/Rules ID

                                        SCOM Authoring Allow the admin to input the Monitor/Rules ID instate of the random one.

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                                        • Custom author role can't use MP Templates

                                          If you create a custom author role, users in that role can't use the MP Templates, only MP Objects.

                                          (In that case the users are advanced Operators as well)

                                          /patrick

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