Why You Need to Upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 R2

March 25, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , ,

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM) provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications. By integrating System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM) into your IT environment, you will have a comprehensive and unified view of your datacenter, private and public clouds.

When you upgrade to System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM), Microsoft’s extended network monitoring is available for newer SNMP devices and basic monitoring for older devices. Network devices provide out-of-the-box discovery, monitoring and reporting on items like:

  • Memory utilization
  • Processor utilization
  • Port traffic volume
  • Port error analysis
  • Port packet analysis

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 (SCOM) can also show which downstream servers may be impacted by device outages based on dependency trees such as:

  • Bridges
  • Firewalls
  • Load balancers
  • Switches

HSRP groups and VLAN memberships are also tracked and visible in the Network Node Dashboard, which present Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

When Microsoft purchased AVIcode technologies several years ago, it began integrating these .NET application performance monitoring tools into Visual Studio IntelliTrace diagnostics and into System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). In Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 these can be found in the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) web portal. This same toolset has been extended to support Java Enterprise Edition (JEE) applications via MBeans JMEs, such as Apache Tomcat and Oracle.

Alerting and notifications can then be integrated with Microsoft System Center Service Manager for ticketing incident management and data trending analysis in the data warehouse, which can trigger auto-remediation via runbooks in Microsoft System Center Orchestrator, executing tasks based on events and patterns.

When integrated with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) enables Performance Resource Optimization (PRO) tips and can analyze common misconfigurations, such as automatically load balancing VMs between nodes of a cluster. In a similar fashion, integration with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager allows backups to be tracked and remediated from directly within the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) console. Or it can just publish the dashboards to Microsoft SharePoint via the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) web parts.

Cross-platform features include agents for Linux, UNIX and Mac. In addition, there are third party Management Packs (MPs) available from vendors such as Citrix, Dell, HP, Veeam and many others – all of which can extend System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and centralize complex sets of software and hardware details. And many of these are free, integrating cross-platforms via industry standard protocols, such as the Common Information Model (CIM) or Web Services Management (WSMAN), in addition to native Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).

Of course, traditional Windows MPs have all been upgraded to support the latest generations of Microsoft products, such as: DHCP, DNS, WDS, NPS, ADDS, ADSS, ADDT, ADCS and other related server technologies, including Microsoft Exchange, Lync and SharePoint.

If you’d like to find out how SWC can help you better monitor your environment using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, please join us for our next informative Microsoft System Center event.

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