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  1. HTML5 Portal

    This is a request for a web console that is based on HTML5 and not on silver light. I also need full admin functionality in the portal so I don't have to switch between windows and web console.

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    20 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Updated VSAE to support Visual Studio 2017

    Update VSAE to be fully supported in Visual Studio 2017, which is current.

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    27 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With SCOM 1801 we have updated VSAE to support Visual Studio 2017.

    More information on System Center 1801 release is available here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/first-system-center-semi-annual-channel-release-now-available/

    Blog on VSAE support for Visual Studio 2017: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2017/12/01/system-center-visual-studio-authoring-extensionvsae-support-for-visual-studio-2017/

  3. A way to reset monitors automatically when alert is closed

    A lot of customers close alerts generated by monitors. Although they got very good instructions, they don't reset the monitors. PowerShell and Greenmaschine, don't do a very good job in resetting monitors. there should be a way to automatically reset monitors when an alert is closed and/or an option to reset all monitors to a green state.

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    43 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This problem has been solved and will be shipped in SCOM 2019 (which will release in Q1 2019).

    Details on the solution for this problem:
    - An alert generated by monitor will not be allowed to close, if the corresponding monitor is still unhealthy. This will ensure that the health of the monitor and the corresponding alert are in sync.
    - A new dashboard (“Alert Closure Failure”) has been created in Web console, which displays the list of active alerts which have been tried to close but could not close as the corresponding monitors where still unhealthy. This dashboard also allows you to forcefully close any such alerts by resetting the health of the corresponding monitor.

    A monitor generated alert closure triggered from ticketing/incident management systems will receive an exception with the alert details, if the alert closure has failed because the corresponding monitor is still unhealthy.

  4. Import MIBs to monitor network devices

    A way to import MIB's into SCOM to monitor network devices. This would open a new way to monitor network capabilities from third parties who delivers MIB's.

    456 votes
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    15 comments  ·  Network Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With the release of System Center 2016 Operations Manager, you now have access to the new Network Monitoring Management Pack generator tool which provides you with extended monitoring for your SNMP-enabled devices by generating your own custom Management Pack. Till tool also has an inbuilt MIB browser which allows you to import MIBs.

    More information is available here: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2016/10/20/system-center-operations-manager-extensible-network-monitoring/

  5. Maintenance Mode from clientside by Agent

    Maintenance Mode can only be startet via console.

    We have a lot of server administrators and automatic scripts which initiate sometimes a reboot.

    It would be great when a machine can be switched to Maintenance Mode by the agent, for example with a Powershell CMDlet.

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    12 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have made several improvements in the schedule maintenance mode capability in SCOM 2016, may that be to do with surfacing this functionality for operators in the monitoring pane or the client side support. All of this is captured in the blog – https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2016/10/24/improvements-to-scheduling-of-maintenance-mode-client-side-via-agent-and-accessibility-to-operators-via-monitoring-pane/

  6. Better / flexible Notifications, Subscriptions

    The subscriptions are very limited in setting criterias. A more granular targeting and options would help deliver more accurate notifications. E.g. there is no way to exclude.

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    16 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We have done enhancements to Notifications and subscriptions area, these enhancements will be shipped with SCOM 2019 (which will be available in Q1 2019).

    Enhancements made in Notifications and Subscriptions area:
    - Powerful criteria builder: Administrators will be able to leverage the advanced/flexible criteria builder which enables you to perform “Exclusions”, “OR” operation, regular expressions and multi-level “AND”/“OR” grouping in criteria
    - Rich HTML email: Administrators will be able to leverage the default HTML email template or create their own HTML email content. Operators will be able to directly launch the “Alerts details page”, “Alert Source details page” or the “Rule/Monitor details page” directly from the email to get access to more relevant information.

  7. Allow SCOM to use TLS1.2

    This request is to update SCOM to be able to use TLS1.2 as a secure channel method. Currently SCOM 2012R2 and SCOM 2016 do not support TLS1.1, nor 1.2.

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    23 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    SCOM 2012 R2, SCOM 2016 and SCOM 1801 support TLS 1.2

    TLS 1.2 Protocol Support Deployment Guide for System Center 2012 R2: https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/help/4055768/tls-1-2-protocol-support-deployment-guide-for-system-center-2012-r2

    TLS 1.2 Protocol Support Deployment Guide for System Center 2016: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4051111/tls-1-2-protocol-support-deployment-guide-for-system-center-2016

  8. Keep NOAPM=1 as default setting for all MMA versions

    The APM component (regardless of APM being enabled) frequently breaks .NET applications. Re-installing agent with NOAPM=1 means we cannot leverage the SCOM console to deploy agents. Request

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    8 comments  ·  Setup and Deployment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This ask has been shipped with SCOM 1807, which enables you to disable the APM component when you deploy the Operations Manager agent from Discovery Wizard in the console, when performing a repair of the agent from the Operations console, and similarly controlling behavior when using the PowerShell cmdlets Install-SCOMAgent and Repair-SCOMAgent.

    This feature ask will also be shipped in SCOM 2019.

    Issues related to APM, crashing the IIS application pools has been fixed and shipped with SCOM 2016 UR6: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4459897/update-rollup-6-for-system-center-2016-operations-manager#enable

    Fix to these issues, will also be available in SCOM 2019.

  9. Update Visual Studio Authoring Extensions to work with Visual Studio 2015

    When Installing the Visual Studio Authoring Extensions on VS 2015 it throws an error

    143 votes
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    2 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    completed  ·  SCOM PMs responded

    Thanks for your request to update Visual Studio Authoring extensions to work with Visual Studio 2015. An updated version of System Center Visual Studio Authoring Extensions tool with support for Visual Studio 2015 is now available. Both Community and Enterprise editions are supported. Older versions of Visual Studio (2012/2013) continue to be supported. There are no other new features.

    You can download the tool from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30169 .

    -Suraj Guptha

  10. Provide fast Web-based Dashboard-functionality

    For SLO's the most obvious usage is that management want to see that the services meet the SLO's. However, there is no good functionality to let them do so in SCOM today.
    Having them log in to a link on the web console takes way too long and providing them with the out-of-the-box reports is not good-looking.

    The web presentation layer for this must be more appealing and fast-loading (2-5 seconds) as it is to be viewed at executive meetings. Having this online and available would make SCOM invaluable and the no 1 source for this data from their perspective. …

    120 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Reporting  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Correct the fact that all UNIX/Linux-based monitor health states are reset when a Management Server (or Gateway) is rebooted.

    When a Management Server (or Gateway) is rebooted, all UNIX/Linux-based monitor health states are reset, resulting in the subsequent re-generation of a slew of alerts for all related x-plat agents

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    17 comments  ·  Unix/Linux Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Support for 2012 Agents for SCOM 2019

    We need support in SCOM 2019 for agents that are running Server 2012. And, really, for 2008R2 agents. I understand that 2008 is EOL in January, but it is now March (we also have plenty of 2008 in production) At this point we cannot upgrade to SCOM 2019 without at least 2012 support, and preferably 2008R2.

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    14 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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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    6 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Dashboards Templates and flexibility

    Provide more flexible/easy way to create fast dashboards. More Dashboard templates like the new one from SQL that provide new templates, new views and new shiny updated dashboards.

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    1 comment  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With SCOM 1801 we have shipped HTML5 dashboards removing Silverlight dependency and allowing access of Web Console from multiple browsers. With this release Web Console is completely HTML based. Authoring experience has been simplified with an open layout dashboard.

    More information on System Center 1801 release is available here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/first-system-center-semi-annual-channel-release-now-available/

    Documentation for HTML5 is available here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/manage-overview-html5-webconsole?view=sc-om-1801

    Blog series on HTML5 dashboards:
    Overview: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post1/
    The all new Dashboards: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post2-the-all-new-dashboards/
    The new HTML5 Widgets: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post3-the-new-html5-widgets/
    The all new Drilldown experience: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post4-the-all-new-drilldown-experience/
    Sample Custom Dashboard walkthrough: https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post5-sample-custom-dashboard-walkthrough/

  15. Fix maintenance Schedule replication on HA SQL for SCOM

    With SCOM Always On sql architecture. Whenever a maintenance schedule is created it is not replicated to secondary DB. This requires manual effort with DB permissions to replicate the SQL agent job. The schedule is not effective until its replicated which eliminates the self service feature for end users. Not every one has DB permissions.

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    6 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. Make company knowledge editable using a modern version of Office / Windows.

    Make company knowledge useful again. Either editable via modern version of Word / Windows or even better using a built in html editor so Office is not a requirement.

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    4 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    With SCOM 1801, company knowledge can now be edited in alert drill down page from the browser itself.

    More information on System Center 1801 release is available here: https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/first-system-center-semi-annual-channel-release-now-available/

    Also refer to the release notes of SCOM 1801 for more information on the new edit company knowledge capability through HTML5 dashboards: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/release-notes-1801?view=sc-om-1801

  17. Move Scheduled Maintenance Mode to the Monitoring Pane

    The Scheduled Maintenance Mode feature is only available to SCOM Administrators currently because it is added to the SCOM Administration Pane. What is needed is to have this available to the Service Desk (as stated by Vinayak) and Operators and Advanced Operators levels. Meaning it would have to be made available somehow in the Monitoring Pane in order to be used by a very large part of the maintenance mode setting target audience.
    Of course the PowerShell cmdlets are the other way of getting to the Scheduled Maintenance mode entries and to adjust them, but this is basically for use…

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  18. Linux OpenSSL out of Supported range

    I am trying to install SCOM agent 1.5.1-256.universal.1.x64.deb for an Ubuntu Server and when the wizard is completing the installation I received the message below .

    Unsupported OpenSSL version - must be either 0.9.8* or 1.0.*.

    I am using the version OpenSSL 1.1.0 out of supported range.

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    completed  ·  3 comments  ·  Unix/Linux Monitoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. Get finally rid of Silverlight - still inside SCOM 2016 ?!!

    Get finally rid of Silverlight - it is still inside SCOM 2016 ... ridiculous...

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  20. Alert history is not updated correctly from within widgets

    The alert history is not updated when the resolution state of an alert is modified from within an alert widget.
    In our case we have a dashboard with two alert views. Our ops guys use the context menu to set specific resolution states on the various alerts. That kind of action is not recorded in the history information of the alerts. However, it gets recorded when doing the exactly same steps from the default alerts view. Or by opening the alert and changing the status in there directly.

    We had opened a premier ticket and were told that this is…

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