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  1. Create role for application monitoring author that doesn't require SCOM admin

    Currently it requires SCOM admin access to run Authoring console templates like Web Transaction Monitoring. In large enterprise environment, dev team should be able to create and modify web transaction monitors in the SCOM authoring space themselves without needing SCOM admin.

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  2. 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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  3. 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.

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  4. 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.

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  5. 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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  6. Allow dynamic grouping of all objects that are associated with a given criteria

    For better alert Distribution it would be great to be able to create dynamic Groups that contain all objects based on a given criteria. I create a Group, provide a servername as criteria for example and all objects that have a relation to the Server become members of the Group (SQL DBs, IIS Websites, Hyper-V Host, HDDs, etc.). Right now it his very hard to accomplish this task. This feature would be awesome.

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  7. 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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  8. Release and maintain a 2019 version of the "System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Authoring Resource Kit"

    Release and maintain a 2019 version of the "System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Authoring Resource Kit".

    This tool is an absolute gem in training new people to SCOM, which also gives them a better understanding on how everything is pieced together and useful for design work...

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  9. Service Level Tracking - Add 'Business Hours'

    Please add the ability to define 'business hours' or schedules when authoring SLO objects. This would allow SLO tracking of objects only at given times or schedules to match business needs.

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  10. 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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  11. 5 votes
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  12. The VSAE template for alert rules should allow specification of alert suppression criteria.

    Right now I use the template to create the rule, then cut and past from the mpx to another mpx, add the suppression criteria and then delete the template.

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  13. 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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  14. Support monitoring/collection of 32-bit performance counters on 64-bit operating systems

    SCOM cannot monitor or collect data for 32-bit performance counters on 64-bit operating systems. A workaround is to use a PowerShell script which calls 32-bit PowerShell and makes use of the Get-Counter command, but this causes significant load on the system processor when collecting data for multiple counters. I feel that there should be native support for this scenario that avoids this need to launch 32-bit PowerShell separately.

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  15. 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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  16. Easy way to create an override ("buddy") pack, named CORRECTLY, from within the "Override Properties" screen.

    All too often I see sloppy unsealed/custom miscellaneous MPs named something like "contoso - Windows Server custom stuff" or "operations server team", and in that MP will be overrides for various workflows which are defined in various separate management packs thus creating numerous dependencies, which is the opposite of best/recommended practice for storing overrides. I suggest adding one or more of the following features:

    1) In the Override Properties window->Select destination management pack, upon clicking "New..." , auto-populate the Name: field with a properly spelled/titled MP name suggestion based upon the name of the base MP for the targeted workflow.…

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  17. Public module for SNMP tables discovery

    Now for SNMP custom discovery we have to develop our own solutions. Like this one: http://qndsnmp.codeplex.com/
    It would be very nice if PG can provide us with an out-of-box module for this. It could result in more community MPs for network devices. Obviously more network devices are covered by monitoring = more happy customers.

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  18. Enhance the web application transaction recorder to track mouse movements.

    Currently when you configure a web application monitor you cannot simply use the macro recorder to record a sequence of actions using your mouse. Everything has to be hard-coded via URL strings. SCOM web application monitoring should be on par with other web application monitoring tools on the market that allow you to use a recorder to track mouse movement and make things like monitoring a web site via SSO easier.

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  19. HTML authoring portal in Web Console

    Provide Operations Console authoring functionality as a HTML portal in Web Console.

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  20. 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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