Friday, December 23, 2016

!!!NEW!!! !!!NEW!!! Active Directory Management Pack !!!NEW!!! !!!NEW!!!

Yikes! Seems like Microsoft has released a TOTAL NEW AD MP! Which is quite awesome since the previous MP had some serious issues. Most of them seem to be fixed in this MP.

The version of this MP is What has changed? A LOT!!! Taken directly from the guide:

Version of the Management Pack for ADDS is an initial release of a new Management Pack for Active Directory® (AD). It is based on the Active Directory Management Pack (AD MP) and includes many changes from the AD MP.

  • Removed Event Alert rules, all Error and Warning events from AD related event logs are now only collected in the Events collections. 
  • Informational events can be collected as well by turning on the Information Events rules.
  • Replication Monitoring replaced with the following monitors:
    • AD Replication Queue Monitor
    • AD Show Replication Check
    • Replication Partner Count Monitor
    • Replication Consistency Monitor
  • Removed Reliance on OOMADS.dll for Domain Controller monitoring removed oomads dependency from all MPs.
  • Removed dependency on down-level DC discovery MPs
  • Created well defined aggregate roll-ups for health monitors
  • New server health monitors
    • Strict replication
    • DNS service
    • Group Policy
    • Network adapters
    • Strict replication
  • New domain member monitors
    • Reliable time server
    • Secure channel
    • DC health
    • Group policy
  • Removed deprecated rules, alerts, and tools
  • Added additional information to alerts and monitors and updated knowledge base information
  • Added performance collection rules for DNS perf counters

As you can see, this is indeed a whole new MP. And on the outside it seems Microsoft has addressed many painpoints of the previous version.

This MP works on DCs running Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 and 2016. It runs on SCOM 2012 R2 or later.

Want to download this MP? Go here.

Kevin Holman has also written a posting about this new MP.

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