Welcome to another Wednesday featured forum, today we will be looking at the SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) Forum.
What is SCOM. In a nutshell, here is a brief overview:
Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your data center and cloud, both private and public.
Before we dive into this system center application, let's go back a few years. You are an IT support person and you get a call that nobody can access outlook or your external staff cannot connect to your environment. You spend a few hours troubleshooting only to find your SSL certificate has expired!! If you had SCOM in your environment, it would have starting alerting you 3 months in advance that you need to renew your SSL certificate and you would have avoided a catastrophe 🙂
Think of SCOM being the eyes in your environment. Why do I say that? Well SCOM on one aspect can predict failure of hardware for example, it can let you know of performance issues on IIS before you users come and say the website is slow or it can advise you that you have database copy problems on your exchange servers before you run into a bigger problem.
How is all of this put together? SCOM uses Management packs for each technology, you even get MP (Management Packs) for Cisco, F5, HP, Dell etc. that can give you a certain amount of monitoring of your equipment in your environment.
SCOM installs agents on all your Windows and Linux machines and you can also go agent less.
SCOM also provides some nice reports that you can run and provide to management, this can tie in with SLA's within your environment on downtime, uptime, outages, etc.
SCOM has evolved over the years, starting with MOM 2000 and now on System Center Operations Manager 2016. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, you can integrate SCOM into OMS (Operations Management Suite).
Let's head over to the SCOM forum. You can click this link to see it. It has over 33000 pages of questions. If SCOM is something you specialize in, head over and add your value to the community.
Some sample questions asked:
- SCOM 2012 Installation does not show the SQL Server Instance for reporting services
- SCOM Agent deployment not working
- How SCOM2012 management pack works with Win2012 KMS server
If you are new to the System Center suite and want to learn more about SCOM, take a look at these resources:
That is all for now, good luck for those wanting to try out SCOM or introduce it into there environment.
All the Best!