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  1. Build Task Scheduler monitoring into the Windows Management Packs

    Build in support for windows tasks scheduler as well as task level monitoring into the Windows Management packs. This should include standard tasks as well as clustered tasks. Monitoring on exit codes, runtime, events, etc

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  2. Allow to install the Operations Manager DB in a SQL cluster instance with mount point

    1. Installing a SQL cluster with mount points is supported https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/819546
    2. Operations Manager supports hosting the DB in a Failover Cluster configuration https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn249696.aspx

    You can use SQL Server failover clustering or SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn

    3. Mount Point configuration is considered a Failover Configuration Instance FCI
    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff929171(v=sql.110).aspx
    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sql_pfe_blog/2013/07/30/adding-mount-points-to-a-wsfc-sql-cluster-fci-instance/
    4. The installation of the Operations Manager database cannot be completed because it is unable to detect disk space available where the data files are located in the SQL instance FCI with mount points https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/2702933

    System Center 2012 Operations Manager setup cannot determine the free disk space for the operational database…

    16 votes
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  3. Ability to duplicate a subscription

    Today, there is no way to duplicate a subscription from within the SCOM console.

    This is a pain, because the wizard for creating a subscription in SCOM is very, very verbose with numerous pages. So when I have to create multiple subscriptions which only differ from each other slightly, I want to smash my face into the nearest blunt object.

    This would be one of those quick fix solutions which would reduce the pain involved in using SCOM.

    22 votes
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  4. Should be able to put monitors/Rules in maintenance mode.

    Would like to see the option to put monitors/Rules in maintenance mode for group of servers instead of having servers/objects in maintenance mode.

    For example, I just want to put " IIS availability monitor" in to maintenance mode for group of servers, so that I don't need to worry about keeping servers/object in to maintenance mode, as I want to monitor server but just on IIS.

    10 votes
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  5. Gateway Server should ping Agents

    Agents managed by a Gateway Server should be pinged by that instead of a Management Server.

    116 votes
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    7 comments  ·  General  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Update WFAnalyzer.exe (MP Simulator) in Visual Studio Authoring Extensions to support Unix/Linux Simulation

    We are currently developing very comprehensive monitoring solutions for Unix / Linux environments in our company. But we have no way to check monitoring workflows for Unix / Linux with the MP simulator. The idea behind this tool is very good, but it is unstable for Windows workflows and does not support authoring simulations for Unix / Linux. For this reason, we also often struggle with performance problems in our SCOM environment.

    9 votes
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  7. make SCOM Faster!!!

    SCOM can be extremely slow and is a constant issue for our users, like embarrassingly slow...Not sure what it will take to improve the console speed but here are some suggestions:
    Configure the views to be efficient out of the box.
    Disable by default whatever is taking so long to load.
    Re-design the database. More indexes.
    Cache the views on the SCOM Console servers.
    Make a better search function, so even if it is slow, users can quickly find what they are looking for.
    Load pieces of the views at a time, like server name, then health state, then MM.…

    536 votes
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    9 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Ability to use gMSA accounts in SCOM

    Do any of you have a requirement to use gMSA accounts in your SCOM environment? If you do, please upvote this suggestion and kindly add the scenario you hope to use it for and how it would help you.

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  9. Web Test created in VS should run internally as well

    Currently we could create web tests in Visual Studio and run them from agents in GSM, but it works only for public facing web sites. That would be awesome for internal use as well.

    Microsoft would offer a new great feature to SCOM and would have the opportunity to sell more VS Ultimate Editions ;-)

    Thanks,
    Patrick

    72 votes
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    1 comment  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Auditing changes in SCOM

    I have no way to know who made what changes in the SCOM environment. There are multiple admins and they change settings such as Install MPs/ Remove MPs/ Change Overrides/ Author new rules/ Change Admin settings/ Create new users/etc. There is never a way to know who did what.

    This is a feature request to Audit all major changes to the SCOM environment.

    389 votes
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    14 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Add PowerShell cmdlets to create views, rules and monitors in SCOM

    Today, there is a measley three PowerShell cmdlets for making new items in SCOM. The only thing we can do with PowerShell is make a New ScomLocation (pretty useful, I will admit), and make a new Management Group connection, or a new resource pool.

    That's it. There is very little useful scripting support for SCOM. If you take a look at ConfigMgr, there are more than 100 cmdlets for making new items! This needs to change.

    My vote is to first create cmdlets to support making new rules, then new monitors, and finally new views.

    The syntax should be something…

    64 votes
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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. A GUI based approach to create PowerShell rules and monitors

    Within the GUI there is no easy way to create PowerShell script monitors and rules. Please add a GUI driven wizard to create those.

    302 votes
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    under review  ·  9 comments  ·  Authoring  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Dynamic Application Discovery for creating Distributed Applications (Services)

    Implementation of dynamic application discovery like former BlueStripe software and building the corresponding distributed application with all it's dependencies.

    219 votes
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    20 comments  ·  Administration  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  SCOM PMs responded

    Thanks for your suggestion and up-votes. This request is under review and we will keep this thread updated on developments about the integration.

    Meanwhile, I have a question for everyone that requested this feature. Hypothetically speaking, “If” this feature will be available in SCOM console ONLY if you have the OMS addon, would you be willing to/able to use this feature? Do any of you have a limitation of not being able to use OMS along with your SCOM environment?

  14. ADFS - "MEX Endpoint Is Unreachable" Monitor update to support Secondary Servers

    The monitor goes unhealthy on ADFS Secondary servers because the script is only designed to run on the Primary server. Either make the script support secondary servers or the monitor's Condition Detection module detect that it is running on a seconday server (as the information is gathered in the discovery phase). Personally, the script should be doing the checking everytime and not rely on the discovery as the information from the discovery could be outdated (haven't checked as yet how often the discovery for this info).

    11 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Other Management Packs  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Support for SNMP v3 Traps

    Simple, says it on the tin, most network devices support SNMP v3 these days, it's more secure.

    40 votes
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  16. Fix Microsoft.Windows.Server.2012.R2.Computer.Discovery

    Fix Microsoft.Windows.Server.2012.R2.Computer.Discovery to only run on Windows 2012R2 servers. Every time this discovery runs on a non Windows 2012R2 server we get Event 10000 warning in or event logs.

    Log Name: Operations Manager
    Source: HealthService
    Date: 8/24/2016 7:14:30 PM
    Event ID: 10000
    Task Category: Health Service
    Level: Warning
    Keywords: Classic
    User: N/A
    Computer: xxx.xxx.xxxx.xxxx
    Description:
    A scheduled discovery task was not started because the previous task for that discovery was still executing.

    Discovery name: Microsoft.Windows.Server.2012.R2.Computer.Discovery
    Instance name: xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
    Management group name: XXXXX
    Event Xml:
    <Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
    <System>
    <Provider Name="HealthService" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="32768">10000</EventID>
    <Level>3</Level>
    <Task>1</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2016-08-25T00:14:30.000000000Z" /> …

    6 votes
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  17. Alert object should always contain source server FQDN

    The alert object does not always contain the source FQDN of the generating server. This property should be able to get by PowerShell. This would help building connectors using PowerShell / SMA etc.

    208 votes
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  18. Logical Chain of Components (Alert Storm Prevention)

    We need an option to associate components to each other to prevent an alert storm created by a failure of a central component.
    For example if a central router on a remote location fails we get alerts from each component monitored at the location even though its still available locally.

    203 votes
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  19. Event Storm suspension

    Just wanted to point out that there is no event collection storm suspension, i had 28million events collected from a server in a short period of time, which flooded the OPSDB, so it would be a good idea to have the ability to suspend the event collection if there is a storm

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  20. Configure monitor for specific time period

    It would be great if we can configure monitoring for certain time period. Example for Service Monitoring - We would like to generate an alert for service when it down in business hours between 8:00 AM to 6:00PM. Same thing with CPU, Memory, Event based and Performance counter monitors. I do not see we can create or stop monitoring for specific time period in SCOM 2012 R2.

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