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  1. Change the default value of an alias in VSAE

    It would be great to be able to configure the default value of a reference Alias in VSAE. The function within the Authoring Extensions always chooses the first letter of each node in the XML Name.I'd like to change it to use my default..
    For example, If I add Unix.Authoring.Library, the default value of the alias will be UAL, in each new project....

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  2. 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.

    9 votes
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  3. 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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  4. Eliminate Web Application Monitor from being a roll-up

    Over the past years we've had numerous false or erroneous alerts using the Web Application Availability Monitoring template due to the fact that the Web Application Monitor is a roll-up.

    In a majority of our use cases we only care when the status code is not equal to 200, however because this monitor is a roll-up it will trigger from anything to certificate, to random probe errors, or any of the other situations the URL probe is watching due to it being a roll-up.

    Today we send all alerts from SCOM to IBM Netcool/Omnibus where we've added custom logic to…

    3 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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…

    36 votes
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  7. 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 !

    9 votes
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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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.

    4 votes
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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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.

    5 votes
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  15. 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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  16. Be able to change icons in Diagram view of Distributed applications.

    Be able to change icons in Diagram view of Distributed applications.

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  17. Improve authoring experience and delegation for end-users

    Currently all authoring has to be done by SCOM Admins. Even if you try to give users access through the Author role, basic templates are not available for those users.
    Only SCOM admins can use the MP templates. I think you'd better create a more intuitive and improved standalone Authoring Console and add more MP templates there for creating MP's from scratch. This way more users can benefit from the possibilities in SCOM, rather than having the whole organization depend on the time and capacity of the SCOM guys.

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  18. 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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  19. 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.

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  20. SQL Query monitor

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

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