Let these SCOM Management Packs do some of the heavy lifting for you!
SCOM is an amazingly powerful platform, but there's no doubt it’s the Management Packs that do all the heavy lifting.
Thanks to SCOM's extensibility, maturity, and a huge install base, there’s a plethora of freely available community MPs out there - but knowing they exist is one thing, finding them is often another!
We've hand-picked ten of the best free SCOM Management Packs out there to help get you started on your journey to SCOM stardom.
What Management Packs are included?
There's a lot to get through, but here are the 10 awesome MPs you'll find on this web-page:
- OpsMgr Self Maintenance Management Pack
- SCOM Health Check Reports Management Pack
- URL Genie: Bulk Website Monitoring Management Pack
- PowerShell Monitoring Management Pack
- SCOM Task Collection Management Pack
- PKI Certificate Verification Management Pack
- Pending Reboot Management Pack
- Log File Monitoring Management Pack
- Logical Disk Auto Defragmentation
- Agent Management Pack
OPSMGR Maintenance Management Pack
Let’s start with something that should be part of every SCOM administrator’s toolkit!
Authored by Microsoft MVP and community legend Tao Yang, this MP automates many of the routine tasks carried out by SCOM administrators, as well as providing additional rules / monitors to monitor the OpsMgr management group itself.
Tao’s Twitter followers will also know he’s a great source of tasty Chinese recipes. We definitely recommend the braised red pork - delicious!
SCOM Health Check Reports Management Pack
Following nicely on from the Self Maintenance MP is the latest version of the SCOM Health Check Reports MP.
Originally created by Microsoft MVP Pete Zerger, and most recently updated by Oskar Landman, this is another essential MP for helping you keep your SCOM deployment in what we Brits like to call “ship-shape and Bristol fashion” - which is basically a fancy old way of saying ‘in good working order’.
URLGenie: Bulk Website Monitoring Management Pack
Web availability monitoring is a powerful but often overlooked feature in SCOM, allowing you to easily create user-centric, outside-in monitoring and visibility of application performance and availability.
To help you get underway with monitoring lots of sites quickly and easily, Microsoft PFE Tyson Paul has created the awesome Bulk Website Monitoring MP, meaning you can create all your monitors en-masse rather than having to manually grind through creating them one-by-one.
If you’re not already underway with web availability monitoring, now there’s no excuse!
PowerShell Monitoring Management Pack
The PowerShell Monitoring Management Pack is one of our own entries and we're pretty sure you're going to love it.
We’re massive advocates of the power of the SCOM platform but the fact the console only supports VBScript hardly screams ‘cutting-edge’, so we thought we’d fix that little issue with the PowerShell Monitoring MP - adding support for PowerShell everywhere that you’d expect to see it in the SCOM console’s authoring pane.
Now you can use PowerShell to create custom monitors, remediation tasks and data collection.
Bye-bye VBScript, hello PowerShell!
SCOM Task Collection Management Pack
Be warned, in the words of this MP’s author, Stefan Roth MVP, “with great power comes great responsibility”.
Stefan’s MP pulls together a whole bunch of powerful tasks that should prove extremely useful to every SCOM admin, like getting Computer Uptime, turning Windows Firewall On & Off and checking for any logged on users.
PKI Certificate Verification Management Pack
Everyone knows what a nightmare managing SSL certificates across a vast datacentre estate can be. Wouldn’t it be cool if you had visibility of when a certificate was expired or, even better, about to expire? Well, thanks to Raphael Burri and friends, that power is now at your fingertips.
Pending Reboot Management
On a similar theme to the PKI Certificate Verification MP, wouldn’t it be great to be able to surface servers in need of a reboot? MVP David Allen thought so and was kind enough to share his work with the rest of the Community.
If you quickly scroll through the comments you'll see there's a lot of love for David's MP!
Log File Monitoring Management Pack
It’s not just MVPs writing awesome MPs, SCOM vendors are doing their bit to help too - and not many write better Management Packs than Christian and the rest of the lovely folks over at NiCE in Germany. Filling in the blanks that SCOM misses out, this MP provides more than 100 custom wizards for the SCOM Authoring console, allowing you to create rules and monitors in order to pull entries from your log files and map them to SCOM performance counters.
Local Disk Auto Defragmentation
Next up, it's that man again...Tao Yang!
This time Tao builds on work done by community legend Cameron Fuller. Designed to help automate logical disk defragmentation, this MP also allows you to be alerted when drives are highly fragmented, collect drive fragmentation level as performance data, report on auto defragmentation events and lots more.
Agent Management Pack
We end with Microsoft PFE, Kevin Holman - someone we could dedicate an entire webpage to on his own. This particular MP is designed to make “a SCOM Admin’s life a little easier” - something we can all get onboard with – containing a number of powerful administration tasks as well as allowing you to easily surface vital information about the current state of your SCOM Agent(s).
PS - If you're not already following Kevin's blog, you need to do so right now, it's a SCOM admin's best friend.
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