How is it decided which community MPs are included in the catalog?
The catalog is supported by a panel of community moderators who have populated the catalog with many of the best community MPs currently available. Because this is an open source project, anyone can suggest a community MP for inclusion in the catalog. That submission will then be reviewed by the panel of moderators before being added to the catalog.
Will my existing community MPs show up in the Community Catalog pane in the SCOM console?
Yes, provided that the community MPs you’re currently running are in the catalog already, then they’ll appear in the pane in the SCOM console. If you’re using a community MP that isn’t included in the catalog, then it won’t be visible, but if it’s a great MP that other people could benefit from too, you can always recommend it for inclusion in the catalog (see above).
My SCOM Management Group isn’t connected to the internet; will I still be able to get visibility of these community MPs?
It’s actually the SCOM console which calls up to GitHub to pull down the catalog details, so as long as the device you’re using the SCOM console on has access to the internet, then this will work for you. However, the alerting of new MP updates does require your management server to be connected to the internet.
Does the Community Catalog MP provide instructions on how to install, configure or update the MPs?
No, the Community Catalog MP simply surface the MPs and their original location, the community MPs themselves are still accessed from their original source – for example, Tao Yang’s blog or Daniele Grandini’s GitHub account – and it’s there that you should expect to find any accompanying instructions.
How does this compare to the Microsoft MP catalog?
This catalog surfaces all MPs available to the SCOM community, not just vendor MPs, and is controlled and moderated by the community itself.
What versions of SCOM is this available for?
The MP has currently been tested and validated on SCOM 2012, 2012R2 & 2016.
I understand that I can configure the MP to alert me about updates to community MPs but can it also alert me if the Community MP Catalog itself is updated?
Yes, you sure can :-)