Here we are, hopefully everyone would have seen the unveiling of this management pack on todays SCOMATHON 2022.
For those who have missed it not to worry as you will be able to watch it back, as well as being here where you will now be able to get to download this free community management pack specifically for Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
This will be version 1.0 of the management pack currently. Further releases and updates will be announced soon!
Motivation Behind the Management Pack
Being someone who specializes in both Endpoint Manager & SCOM you tend to build a repour with how you ideally want the monitoring to be and more importantly what you want to be notified on.
Endpoint Manager being a colossal too makes for a lot of areas in where troubleshooting or any kind of investigation is required to take place. And you would have seen various articles blogs even from myself as well as many others which provide great points on how and where to look.
Our motivation is to enable SCOM monitoring to have more of a centralized but more specifically a more granular approach on how we monitor Endpoint Manager
How this MP is different than what is currently out
Here are the areas in which we have achieved so far
- Current Branch Version Awareness – The management pack will tell you not just the build version but also what the friendly name of your Configuration Manager version is i.e. Configuration Manager 2111 as seen in Figure 1.1
If your current version is out of date then there is monitoring that will check to see the available updates which are available which it can be upgraded to.
- Best Practice Aware – One area which is interesting is just some checkpoint monitoring which covers categories such as Offline Devices detected, collections using “All Systems Collections” and many more.
- New Configuration Manager Roles Monitored – So new roles such as the Data Warehouse Point are now included within the monitoring structure now where we can not only discover these but also check the main service which runs this point as seen in Figure 1.2.
Another area is the Passive Site Server role where we can have a failover replica. We can now detect if this is in place and provide you with alerting to state that this is outstanding to be done.
- Granular Monitoring – Where we have the large count of logs when it comes to the servers whether that be the Primary Site Servers or standalone servers where logs can float to different locations and drives, we now have specific monitors which can locate and read these log files to provide more accurate health statuses with examples such as the Software Update Point sync errors, Management Points which are experiencing HTTP/HTTPS errors.
- Endpoint Manager Log Monitoring – This management pack has a mechanism which will create an Event Log file where we can perform our own workflows which check various areas of Configuration Manager and create event logs which then can be turned into alerts to provide more information as seen in Figure 1.3. One example is the Distribution Point monitors where it will check to see if any applications or packages have failed to distribute to any DPs.
Is this Management Pack in a position to take over the current one
As of right now this community management pack is on a first release to give an idea on how this management pack will work. Being a community management pack this is going to expand quite regularly which we will also welcome ideas and requests of areas which can be monitored.
This would be great to work alongside the current available management pack for Configuration Manager, it can also be used on its own as well but if wanting a more foundational coverage it maybe good to have both in the meantime.
Management Pack Configuration
Below is a table which contains what this management pack has and how it’s currently configured in regards to the monitors and rules setup.
Where to download
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