SCOM CEP meeting on cross plat and JEE monitoring

About 2 weeks ago there was a very nice SCOM 2012 CEP meeting about cross platform monitoring and about JEE monitoring. Presentation was done by my friend Kristopher Bash and Peirong Liu.
First off, the cross platform monitoring.

Version support is following the expected path from the 2007 R2 version. So AIX 5.3 and 6.1 and 7.1, HP-UX 11iv2 and 11iv3, Red Hat 4 and 5 and 6, Solaris 9 and 10, SuSe 9 and 10 sp1 and 11. With new versions of these operating systems to be supported within 180 days after release.

The Unix/Linux Architecture was shown.

So what’s in there? CPU, Disk, Memory, Swap, Log file, Network adapter, process monitoring. New things added are File System Inodes Monitoring and Three state file system free space monitors. A great addition.

A great new thing is of course the use of resource pools in Operations Manager and the good news is that cross platform monitoring can make use of this as well. SO that means we finally have a good failover possibility if one of the management servers is not available.

Another change is that we now have three run as profiles. The previous two accounts (action account + privileged account) are now accompanied by an Agent Maintenance Account. This one is used for upgrading uninstalling and restarting an agent.

There is now the added Sudo possibilities which have been requested a lot. It can be used for agent administration and privileged monitoring. And the admin can control access with the sudoers file. SSH key can be used in place of a password for agent maintenance.

The discovery wizard to do agent maintenance (mostly installing of course, but don’t forget upgrading agents) has had a make-over as well. I am sure you will like what they did with that.
There are new PowerShell cmdlets for crossplat agent administration.

The monitoring templates meant for cross plat monitoring have also been updated and added to. We have the process monitoring and log file monitoring and Shell command monitoring. The addition of the shell command monitoring will be a real added value for sure.

In the next post we will move on to the JEE monitoring part of this CEP meeting. Click here to go to part 2.

Bob Cornelissen

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