General Operations Manager Feedback

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  1. 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.

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  2. Moving views from My WorkSpace to the Monitoring Tree

    Creating test views in My workspace is much fast to PoC and see how it behaves, and it doesn’t slow down the server. When done, you could right click and move it to the main View Tree for final deployment.

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  3. 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.

    5 votes
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  4. Option for no email if alert auto-resolves within delay time frame

    Currently in SCOM I can set a delay on a notification subscription. Though, if I set a delay for 10 minutes, and the alert auto-resolves and closes within that time frame I still get a "closed". The purpose of the delay in most environments is because you might not want to see that quick IISReset or something like that.

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  5. Allow for consolidated distributed application views across multiple SCOM instances

    Allow for an hierarchal SCOM instance structure (e.g. servers in a region report to a regional instance, regional instances report to a global instance) - not just for alerts - but for distributed application model views as well. Allow for flexibility on what is passed up the chain of SCOM instances. I'm failry new to SCOM so not sure if this support is already there (beyond alerts only, and without having multi-homed agents)

    2 votes
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  6. Agent Remotely Manageable Flag

    There are actions I want to take on an agent such as "Change Primary Management Server","Repair","Uninstall" which are grayed out and not available in the console. They are greyed out because of a flag in the database that gets set when a agent is manually installed and not installed through the Console. These actions are disabled for such agents because when an agent is manually installed, SCOM assumes that it is for a reason and doesn't want to break it.

    However, there are situations when an agent is manually installed but there is no need to disable these actions. In…

    22 votes
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  7. 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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  8. 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.…

    4 votes
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  9. Filter alerts for resolution state and timeframe in the default Alerts view in the right side Task pane.

    I would suggest a way to filter alerts for resolution state and timeframe in the default Alerts view in the right side Task pane.
    This would ease up the troubleshooting and navigation in the console.

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  10. Add alert thresholds to performance views

    Add the warning and critical thresholds to performance views as lines across the charts.

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  11. Create a self service style interface for notifications

    Create an interface similar to the Distributed Application designer where users (Non SCOM admins) can search/drag and drop SCOM objects that they would like to be notified on.

    6 votes
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  12. Improved WMI query bulding functionality

    When creating WMI-based performance rules & unit monitors, provide the "triangle" button in order to be able to specify any of the workflow's target properties (or hosted) when building the WMI query. Queries running agents hosting multiple instances of a targeted class (ex.: Logical Disk) will require that we filter the WMI query using the "WHERE" clause. For example:

    WHERE DeviceID = '$Target/Property[Type="MicrosoftWindowsLibrary!Microsoft.Windows.LogicalDevice"]/DeviceID$'

    Note that the button is available when building Windows Performance-based workflows (Object & Instance fields).

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  13. Improved "Change Scope" functionality

    leave the "Clear All" button accessible at all times in the "Scope Management Pack Objects" dialog box.

    I (and my clients) constantly find myself checking a bogus class in the "Scope Management Pack Objects" dialog box, just to be able to access the "Clear All" button, and proceed with my new class filtering selections.

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  14. 6 votes
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  15. Maintenance Mode history

    A simple view, just to see the last 10 times a machine was put in maintenance mode, for how long (start- and endtime, or starttime and duration), and by who.

    8 votes
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  16. Web Application Transaction Monitoring record actions not working on IE 10

    As I understand this the Record action only works with an early version of IE. If you are running Server 2012, and IE 10, the Record dialog box won't appear.

    5 votes
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  17. Capacity Management Pack

    I 'm missing a default capacity management pack for monitoring and deep inspection for Hyper V and Cluster environments .
    One button overview for storage and server consumption in time

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  18. 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.

    5 votes
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  19. Extended properties for classes to add custom attributes.

    We would like to populate CMDB data in SCOM. There are ways to make this happen, but we would prefer to just have some blank values CF1-CF10 and a corresponding powershell cmdlet to do it.

    8 votes
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  20. Management Pack differential reporting.

    Many companies have change management policies that require that new monitoring rules or changes in updated MP's are documented and vetted. There should be a native way within SCOM to do a differential report to show all of the rules and monitors that have changed between versions of an MP.

    7 votes
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