The good news for those thinking of making the switch to SCOM 2016 is that there's quite a few exciting updates to run through - here's a quick look at some of the key items:
No More Silverlight Dependency
Well...almost. That is apart from Dashboard views, the Operations Manager Web console can now be accessed from multiple web platforms, including Edge, Chrome and Firefox. Of course, if you want blazing-fast HTML5 dashboards and web console for your SCOM deployment, there's still only one place to look 😉
Scheduled Maintenance Mode
This feature provides ability to choose different types of entities to put into maintenance and allows you to schedule maintenance at a future time. System Centre administrators can also now set the agent-managed computer to maintenance mode directly from the computer itself, instead of having to do this from the Operations console. Some might say that this feature has been a looong time coming, but let's move swiftly on. For those that want to take things a step further, there's always SCOM 2016 Maintenance Mode Scheduler from the ever-excellent Tim McFadden.
New Feature: Updates & Recommendations
As the title suggests, this feature enables you to easily identify new technologies or components that are not currently being monitored by Operations Manager.
Alert Data Management
It's now possible for Operations Manager administrators to identify the number and source of alerts, and then filter these alerts by relevancy. Of course, getting on top of alerts is a major headache for every SCOM admin and so, if you're looking for a little help in that area, you may enjoy our technical webinar on SCOM alert management or this popular free resource which allows you to set up HTML email notifications from SCOM
Extensible Network Monitoring
SCOM 2016 allows you to create custom management packs to monitor generic network devices. In addition to this, SCOM 2016 has the ability to monitor additional device components, such as temperature senors, voltage sensors and power supplies. The new Network Monitoring Management Pack generation tool includes an SNMP_MPGenerator UI tool and a NetMonMPGenerator.exe command line tool, which you can reads more about here.
We think this area has a lot of untapped potential and are hearing some very interesting stories and use cases from our customers, so stay tuned for more news from the community on this one. That's right Andre, we're thinking of you 😉.
Nano Server Monitoring
These Nano Agents are still being worked on, but custom management packs are being added to monitor specific workloads on this new flavour of Windows Server. Let's face it, given the way Nano Server has gone, we're not expecting too many people to be interested in this.
We stumbled across some awesome content during our research on SCOM 2016, so we thought we'd it would be rude no to give them a quick mention. For those that want to do further reading on the subject, you need to look no further than the resources we've listed below.
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