Part 8: Use VSAE fragments to create a Windows Performance Monitor with Consecutive Samples


 

This is Part 8 in a series of posts described here:   https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/kevinholman/2016/06/04/authoring-management-packs-the-fast-and-easy-way-using-visual-studio/

In our next example fragment – we will create Monitor for Windows Performance for our MP.

 

 

Step 1:  Download and extract the sample MP fragments.  These are available here:  https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-VSAE-2c506737

I will update these often as I enhance and add new ones, so check back often for new versions.

 

Step 2:  Open your newly created MP solution, and open Solution Explorer.  This solution was created in Part 1, and the class was created in Part 2.

 

Step 3:  Create a folder and add the fragment to it.

Create a folder called “Monitors” in your MP, if you don’t already have this folder.

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Right click Monitors, and Add > Existing item.

Find the fragment named “Monitor.Performance.ConsecSamples.TwoState.mpx” and add it.

Select Monitor.Performance.ConsecSamples.TwoState.mpx in solution explorer to display the XML.

 

Step 4:  Find and Replace

Replace ##CompanyID## with our company ID which is “Fab

Replace ##AppName## with our App ID, which is “DemoApp

Replace ##ClassID## with the custom class we created in Part 2 of the series.  This was “Fab.DemoApp.Class” from our previous class fragment.

Replace ##ObjectName## with a valid perfmon object.  I will use “Print Queue

Replace ##InstanceName## with a valid perfmon instance.  I will use “_Total

Replace ##CounterName## with a valid perfmon counter.  I will use “Total Jobs Printed

Replace ##CounterNameSanitizeForUseInElementID## with your counter, but remove any spaces or special characters.  I will use “TotalJobsPrinted

Replace ##FrequencySeconds## with a valid interval for performance monitoring, typically 60 seconds for a monitor.

Replace ##Threshold## with a valid threshold for the monitor.  I will use “5

 

That took all of 2 minutes.  Take another few minutes to review the XML we have in this fragment.  It is a simple monitor definition, it checks every minute, and when 5 consecutive samples are over a threshold value of “5”, it will change state and alert.  

 

 

Step 5:  Build the MP.   BUILD > Build Solution.

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Step 6:  Import or Deploy the management pack.

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Step 7:  Test the MP.

Open the Monitoring pane of the console – and find your folder you created in Part 6.

Open the state view.

Open Health Explorer for an instance of your class.

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To test this perf counter, you can print dummy jobs from Notepad to the Microsoft XPS document writer, to get the value over the threshold.

After 5 consecutive samples, based on our interval (every 60 seconds) I should see a statechange after 5 minutes.

 

Boom:

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Comments (5)

  1. Arthur says:

    Kevin,

    Could you create more one fragment for network device class? and a rule to get snmp traps?

    1. Kevin Holman says:

      I am working on both of those right now!

  2. George says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks for the awesome fragments.
    I do have 1 question fro you: How can I include more than 1 Language pack in a Visual Studio snippets?
    Thanks

  3. Excellent Article and well explained Kelvin , Good Job.

  4. Thanks Kevin. Really made it easy for beginners like me to create their First Management pack

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