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  1. Have a contextual performance widgets out of the box available for dashboards

    We've seen wonderful new Management Packs as the new SQL MP & Exchange 2013 MP.
    Using their own Visualization Management Pack to show contextual performance widgets in their dashboards.

    It would be nice if we had more of this new visualization out of the box available, not only for performance but also in general for state views as Exchange 2013 uses.

    Some custom examples are already out there from Wei Out There (and they are so cool :)) :

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/wei_out_there_with_system_center/archive/2015/06/01/opsmgr-sample-os-summary-dashboard-with-blue-bar-columns.aspx

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/wei_out_there_with_system_center/archive/2014/09/17/opsmgr-updates-to-sample-dashboard-management-packs-using-the-performance-tile-component.aspx

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  2. 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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  3. Allow for management servers be excluded from All Management Servers resource pool without breaking automatic membership for new servers.

    For proxies that use Management Servers as their base (Veeam Collectors), removing them from the all management servers resource pool breaks automatic membership for new management servers. It would be nice to have a way to mark management servers somehow to NOT be included in the all management servers resource pool, perhaps by an attribute, so that new servers will still be included in that resource pool.

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  4. Keyboard shortcuts

    Sometimes there is a lot of alerts to manage : some of them to close, some to set resolution state, some to reset monitor health... I would like to use keyboard shortcut to go faster ! Something like Alt + R, Alt + C, Ctrl + W ...

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  5. Add a column for maintenance mode under the Agent Managed view in Administration

    Often when scanning through the agent-managed view in the Administration tab I will see agents that are grayed-out. I then have to go to the Monitoring Tab and look under "Windows Servers" in order to see if they are gray because they are in maintenance mode.

    It would be nice to be able to see this under Administration as well so that I can easily tell if there is something wrong with an agent.

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  6. Better agent failover configuration options.

    Better agent failover configuration options. Maybe leverage resource pools to build failover associations.

    i.e. An agents failover association would be automatically managed by a failover group. A failover group could be a resource pool just renamed with a prefix. The agent would point to a primary management server. That primary management server would exist in a failover group with all other management servers that service that failover group. The failover object can be built by looking up what failover group an agents primary management server is in and then using all servers in that group minus it's primary management server

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  7. 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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  8. Whether MP for server 2016, Nano and Azure been been released in SCOM TP3 release

    Whether MP for server 2016, Nano and Azure been been released in SCOM TP3 release

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  9. Enable the MySQL MP's to support Clusters

    The introduced functions for monitoring MySQL is a great step in the right direction, but to be of any real value in the business this functionality needs to be extended with support for Monitoring MySQL Clusters.

    The Pack should discover if the node is configured as a cluster member, identify the remaining partners, and adopt monitoring to expose cluster related health details.

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  10. Monitor Symantec Netbackup solution

    Monitoring servers as network devices in an attempt to monitor Netbackup solution.

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  11. MMA Agent as a Windows Feature, DSC for Agent

    Make the SCOM agent as part of the windows Server OS. DSC for agent to control MG/MS an agent reports to.

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  12. 10 votes
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  13. discover Linux mounted file systems

    Mounted disks are not discovered, you should have an option to do this

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  14. splunk vs scom 2012 r2

    i was working on domain controllers performance issue last week, i had booth spunk and scom side by side , splunk is a lot faster and can show real time data where as scom can time range from minutes,hours and days . it had been great if we can get real time performance data as splunk. SCOM webconsole is also very slow.

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  15. Discover Windows server as Network devices

    A way to discover windows server as Network devices for setting up snmp configuration in scom 2012 without editing .asl file. This requirement is required for windows server hardware monitoring where for some of the hardware vendor will not provide the respective hardware mp's

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  16. Improve Dashboard Widgets to have same functionality as standard views

    Whether I use a standard view (Alert, State, Perf, etc) or include the same type of view in a dashboard, I would like to see them have all of the same options especially for filtering. For instance you can filter alerts by object class in a standard Alert view, but you cannot in an Alert dashboard widget.

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  17. Easy way to report monitors/rules and override on a per server or group basis

    We are constantly being asked for what is being monitored on our servers (s). This is not an easy question to ask. A report for a server/group showing all monitored/rules and overrides across all management packs would be extremely usefull

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  18. Agent and Gateway Failover Management via the GUI

    currently Gateway/agent mapping primary and secondary are only available as SCOM CMDLETS. Make the view and change of these via the console. Also include this within the database so it can be reported upon. We manage 50+ gateways and 10+ MS with 5,000 agents. Managing failover is time consuming.

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  19. Subscription & alert integration + better formatted email support.

    1. Method to view a history of triggered subscriptions, email, command channel or otherwise.

    2. Include some data about a triggered subscription into the alert that triggered it.

    3. more options to create better formatted email based subscriptions, and include monitor product knowledge etc.

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  20. To integrate an option in Authoring pane to create custom classes

    There is no option to create classes in SCOM 2012 authoring pane. We have to use MP author or other third party tool or do a manual xml editing. It would be nice if we have a way to create custom classes in SCOM authoring pane it self.

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