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  1. Dynamically create Knowledge

    I have had multiple customers ask if we can dynamically compile product knowledge.

    By this I mean an alert is raised within Operations Manager, the knowledge associated with the alert could be tailored for a specific Rule or Monitor AND Discovered Instance.

    This would then allow such knowledge as internal escalation procedures to be concise and contextual.

    A suggested example of this could be applying some sort of condition detection using the Full Path Name as a string and if it matches, display certain text for that specific instance.

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    • Improve VSAE and it's MP developing tools

      visual studio tools such as mp simulator are not usable now. Improving these developing tools and the extension itself, will make authoring new management packs a more easier job.

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      • Allow update of MP version in VSAE when using Auto-increment version

        If you open a VSAE project on a new machine, the version number for the MP (if using Auto-increment) will reset to the default 1.0.0.1. However this Mp could be on version 1.0.41 and won't install unless you rebuild the soltion 40+ times or turn off Auto-Increment.

        It would be nice if we could set the value in the deployment tab of the MP properties and VSAE increment from that number on the next build

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        • Allow Powershell script in Agent task

          Currently only vbs is supported, when creating Agent based task. For now, PS is mostly installed on all recent OS please implement support for adding Powershell scripts here.
          You can mark it somehow- to distinguish VBS/PS based tasks, so users are not running ( or know and accepts) it on systems which do not support PS.

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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

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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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              • 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

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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 !

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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…

                    36 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

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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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                        • Do not show all the folders for Authors

                          If you use a customized author role with no selected views and folders the user in this role (and only in this role) still sees all folders (empty) in the monitoring pane.

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                          • VSAE cvs export, not only import

                            VSAE now can only import csv files. I think it should export to. It will be very great

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                            • Provide the ability to add variables to the subject line of an alert

                              I created rules to alert when users were added to Domain Admins, Schema admins etc. The company wanted separate subject lines per group. A simple Subject: [USER] added to [GROUP] would have prevented me creating loads of individual rules.

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                              • 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.

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                                • Powershell commandlet to create rules.

                                  You can "get-scomrule" but not "set-scomrule". I had to create a lot of rules recently and it took ages. (This would have been mitigated by being able to add variables to the subject line of an alert)

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                                  • 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.

                                    144 votes
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                                    • 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.

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                                      • When importing a mpb the console keeps a lock on the file, making it read only, which

                                        When importing a mpb the console keeps a lock on the file, making it read only, which means I can't recompile via VSAE. The only way to currently remove the lock is to close the console.

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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.

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