Doing more with SCOM

Community Catalog MP

What is it?

SCOM is an amazingly powerful platform, but it’s the management packs that do all the heavy lifting. The Community MP Catalog extends the SCOM console to simplify the discovery and life-cycle management of community MPs.

 

Why is it cool?

There are tons of awesome free Management Packs available from the community, covering a huge range of scenarios, but how do you find every management pack that might be of interest to you and make sure they’re always up to date? Answer: The Community MP Catalog!

How do I get started?

Check out the release webinar (30 minute watch) below for an in-depth introduction and then then download the MP itself here.



For additional technical details on the project, check out the catalog overview, UI guide and how to docs and, if you’re interested in contributing to the project, we’ll even walk you through that too (30 minute watch).

PowerShell Monitoring MP

What is it?

One of the main frustrations with SCOM is the fact the console only supports VBScript - hardly cutting-edge technology, right? Well, the PowerShell Monitoring MP adds support for PowerShell everywhere that you’d expect to see it in the SCOM console’s authoring pane.


Why is it cool?

Do we really need to explain why this is cool?!

  1. No more VBScript. Bye bye 1998, hello 2018!
  2. Supports custom PS monitors, remediation tasks and data collection
  3. Completely free and open source


How do I get started?

Like the sound of it? Well, you can read more about the MP here (2 minute read) and download it here, but if you’re planning on getting truly stuck in, we’d highly  recommend watching the release webinar below too (1 hour watch). 



Security Monitoring MP

What is it?

With cyber-attacks on the rise, security is top of the agenda for most IT teams, but too many organizations are investing large sums of money in security tools and not necessarily seeing much return. The Security Monitoring MP for SCOM from Microsoft PFE Nathan Gau bundles together lots of different rules and monitors for general security monitoring, covering a host of scenarios.


Why is it cool?

A huge amount of knowledge, experience, thought and effort has gone into creating this MP, and it’s all been made freely-available to you. Thanks Nathan! This MP keeps in mind that attackers often lie undetected within an IT environment and so focusing on detecting the breadcrumb trail of evidence that an organization has security vulnerabilities, focusing on collecting and monitoring these points of evidence.


How do I get started?

Watch the Security Monitoring MP webinar below (25 minute watch), or take a quick read about the broad array of issues and evidence that the MP looks for here (2 minute read).



OMS Administration MPs

What is it?

With OMS users at the mercy of Microsoft in terms of solution and update deployments, it's easy to quickly burn through your budget and feel helpless that you have little control over crucial changes in your production environment. Nathan Foreman’s OMS Administration MPs gives control over OMS data and changes back to the users.


Why is it cool?

Someone else has done the hard work for you and wrapped it up in the form of two free MPs. The first controls which agents get which solution - extremely useful if you don't want a solution enabled across your entire estate - whilst the second MP acts as a gatekeeper for OMS updates, allowing you to control when an update is deployed into production.


How do I get started?

Check out the video introduction to the OMS Administration MPs below (5 minute watch) for a quick summary of how they work and their benefits, then download them here.



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