Most people use Microsoft System Center 2012/2016 Operations Manager (SCOM) for Infrastructure monitoring and have the belief that application monitoring is done with dedicated APM tools. Microsoft’s SCOM can be configured to monitor your application states in an in-depth way. This does not include full end-to-end transaction monitoring but it is a good first step for many people. In this blog, I will show how you can get started with Application Monitoring in SCOM 2012 & 2016.
Stage 1 – Authoring a SCOM Group
In the first stage, we will create a SCOM Group to scope member objects for the Application to be monitored.
Go to Authoring within your SCOM Console. Highlight and right-click Groups and click Create a New Group… Enter a group name and select the SCOM Management Pack to hold the SCOM group.
Click Next and Search for and Add the SCOM Objects to be included in your Application Monitoring group.
Optionally, you may create Dynamic Inclusion rules and Subgroups on your SCOM group. Additionally, you may Exclude objects from your SCOM group.
Stage 2 – Defining Views for Application Monitoring
Once you have created a SCOM group for the Application objects, go to Monitoring in your SCOM Console and highlight and right-click your SCOM group. You can create a number of different Views for your SCOM group.
In the example, a new Alert View was selected. Enter a Name, description and select the Object Types to be included in the Alert View.
Additionally, select your newly created SCOM group in “Show data contained in a specific group”.
Stage 3 – Configuring Conditions on a View
In the Alert View to create a View on Alert Types and Conditions on objects within your SCOM Group. This will define the conditions for Alerts to be displayed on the View for your SCOM group. In this example, we have selected the conditions for Alert Severity being critical for the selected object types for group members.
Click OK to save the Alert View.
Stage 4 – Configuring a Dashboard View
To view your monitoring SCOM group, go to Monitoring, highlight and right-click your SCOM group. Click Dashboard View and select the Dashboard Layout for your View and enter a name and description.
Click Add to select a Management Pack to specify the scope of your Dashboard View.
As you can see, It is very easy to configure Application Monitoring in Microsoft System Center 2012/2016 Operations Manager (SCOM). You can also achieve Application Monitoring for SCOM with Savision’s flagship solution: Live Maps. Live Maps provides service-oriented monitoring and advanced dashboards for SCOM & OMS. With Live Maps, business bervices are easily modeled in a Services Overview dashboard showing statuses on key components with multiple perspectives including Infrastructure, Application, SLAs and End-User.
If you would like to find out how to get started with End-User transactions in SCOM to give the full 360’ view of your business services, you can check out our resources:
Alternatively, you can find out how Live Maps can give you more control over your IT environment by:
By: Sean Redmond.