Wednesday, 8 June 2016

System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 - Console Overview - Part 3

Hello Everyone,

This blog is to explain basic overview of SCOM console with it's capabilities. I will try to explain each tab in brief details with screenshots which will help You to understand it's functions and uses easily.

To see SCOM Prerequisites & Installation Process, Click Here!

To see SCOM Post configurations, Click Here!

Let's start with console overview....


SCOM Console Available Tabs:

When You open SCOM Console then You will see 5 different Tabs:

  • Monitoring
  • Authoring
  • Reporting
  • Administration
  • My Workplace
I will explain each tabs in details one by one. Let's start with Administration Tab...


Administration Tab:

This tab includes all administration tasks to manage different objects. You have to use this tab to configure certain objects for monitoring or other tasks like device management, network monitoring, notifications etc.

Below are the sub-categories which help in configuring certain objects for monitoring and other tasks:

Connected Management Group:


In this you can add additional Management groups which help you monitoring multiple Management group through single console. You can view alerts or other monitoring views through single console.


Click on Add Management group from Action pane and provide other management group details:



Device Management:


For monitoring devices, you have to install SCOM agent on devices. Communication must be in both direction between SCOM Server & device. SCOM Server FQDN must be reachable through monitored device with proper authentication. To install agent, You can deploy it through SCOM console itself through Device Management. You can view agent managed, agentless managed, management server status or any device in pending management for approval. You can also manage Unix/Linux machines which can be viewed in device management.



Management Packs:


As explained in previous post, these are responsible to configure and deploy monitoring rules. You can import, export, delete or modify (only unsealed MPs) as per requirements.





Network Management:


This helps in configuring monitoring for network devices using SNMP versions v1, v2 or v3. You need to configure discovery rules. You can then manage and check status for monitored network devices. In Network device pending management, You can retry or reject the discovery as well.



Notifications:


These are configured to get notification for any configured critical alerts on Your mail or mobile devices using messages. For this, you need to configure it using channels, subscriber and subscriptions. By default, this option is not configured. 



Product Connectors:


You can integrate SCOM with other products using available connectors. This might be any other monitoring management server or any ticketing tool etc.



Run as configurations:


To manage accounts & profile, this option is used. You can manage them with different security roles for each account. 





Security:


This is a good feature of SCOM to control on different tasks based on role defined for particular user or team. Role-based security helps to manage each task with required privileges to users.



Settings:


This options help to configure certain settings like alerts, privacy, reporting etc.





Monitoring Tab:


In this, you will see all monitoring results like alerts and status of monitored device or applications. There are many default views or view folder available which contain different objects status of your environment. Folders with lock key are default (or sealed) management pack monitors and folder without lock key are imported (customizable or unsealed) management pack monitors.




You can click on Active alerts to see all severity alerts with detailed information:




Discovered Inventory:



Authoring Tab:

This tab is used for creating new management packs or modifying existing Management Packs for creating new monitoring scenarios for objects.

Below are the sub-categories for configuring new monitoring rules:

Management Pack Template:

This help in configuring pre-defined template with certain rules, monitor or classes which can be used for monitoring different objects. This includes very less inputs and can be used multiple times for different object monitorings.


Distributed Application:


This helps in combining or grouping different components which are used for single application to calculate overall heath of particular application.

Groups:

These are set of managed objects which are used for certain monitoring scenarios like reports:


Management Pack Objects:


This includes certain elements which are reponsible to create new monitoring scenarios or modifying existing monitoring scenarios. Each elements has its own respective roles. These elements are shown in below screenshot:


Reporting Tab:


SCOM has capabilities to provide certain detailed reports based on certain monitored data. There are many reports available which You can configure and view as per requirements:




My Workplace Tab:


This helps you in creating a private space to configure certain required details for monitoring purpose like creating folder or shortcut for any particular monitoring:


This is the basic console overview in which I tried to cover mostly all tabs in brief detailed descriptions.

In my next blogs, I will explain about SCOM Agent installation process, PRO-Tips configuration between SCOM & SCVMM, Dashboard views, Reporting etc.

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