But also I want my blog NOT to be the place for flaming nor bashing. So this posting isn’t about attacking any one in any kind of way. I just want to share my thoughts about a component which is key to any SCOM/OM12 environment: The Management Pack. It brings the intelligence to your SCOM/OM12 environment.
The Road and the CAR…
Since no matter how fancy SCOM/OM12 is, it’s the infrastructure for your Monitoring Solution. It monitors itself. But you didn’t install SCOM/OM12 for that. You want to know how your hardware is doing, What about the server OS? Virtual Infrastructure? DNS? AD? DHCP? WINS? Exchange? The print servers?
This is where the Management Packs (MPs) come into play. The MPs are the components which enable SCOM/OM12 to monitor your ICT environment down to the nitty gritty details. For every service/application/functionality you want to monitor, you need a MP. So the SCOM/OM12 infra is like the roads and the MPs are like the cars which are customized in order to serve special purposes.
Let’s stay a while longer at this comparison. No matter how good the roads are, when you drive an old car with a broken suspension, the ride will be bad. But when you drive a new car with good suspension, you’ll have a good ride. Even when the roads aren’t that well maintained.
Same goes for MPs. They can make or break the total experience of your SCOM environment. No matter how good the SCOM/OM12 infra is. So to my opinion, the MPs must be top notch. So whenever there is a glitch in the SCOM/OM12 environment, the MPs will take care of it.
How about the MPs?
There are good things to be told to downright bad things and everything in between. Some MPs are like really shiny cars with all the polishing and extra’s, some of them are not totally OK but will still fit the bill and a few of them are just rusty, obsolete cars which must be scrapped.
As far as I am concerned, this is my personal list of them, all coming out of the car factory Microsoft:
- Shiny Cars
Like: Wow! I want MORE of them. Like driving a Ferrari or Rolls Royce. Everything is just perfect. Nothing needs to be done.
- Core MP for SCOM R2
- Exchange 2007 MP
- Server OS MP
- Budget Cars
Like: I want to go from A to B for an economical price and reasonably safe and in comfort as well. Some polishing is needed. But the car itself feels right.
- Active Directory
- Questionable Cars
Like: Oops! Thought I bought a reasonable occasion but it doesn’t feel right. Should have spent a few more dollars. On the way back home I have to buy some tools and car parts…
- Exchange Server 2003
- OCS 2007 R2
- Rusty Obsolete Cars
Like: Now I know why I only paid 10 dollars for it! Oops! Was that my left front wheel falling of? The brakes don’t react at all. Hopefully my insurance will cover the expenses…
- Exchange 2010
- Print Server
Hopefully the cars coming out in the near future will become better and the last two categories (Rusty Obsolete Cars & Questionable Cars) will be gone for good. That way the total driving experience will only become better.
Wonder what you think about it. Happy driving all!