System Center Operations Manager – Extensible Network Monitoring

Until System Center 2012 Operations Manager R2, you could get only basic monitoring for your network devices, such as “Availability Monitoring” and “Port/Interface Monitoring”. To get Extended Monitoring for your network devices, you had to work with Microsoft to get your devices supported in Operations Manager. This extended monitoring capability was limited to only processor and memory components, in addition to the basic monitoring.

With the release of System Center 2016 Operations Manager, you now have access to the new Network Monitoring Management Pack generator tool which provides you with extended monitoring for your SNMP-enabled devices by generating your own custom Management Pack.

Tool Description

Network Monitoring Management Pack generation tool includes an SNMP_MPGenerator UI tool and a NetMonMPGenerator.exe command line tool.

  1. SNMP_MPGenerator UI tool has an inbuilt MIB browser. Users can load MIB files, search through the Object Identifiers (OIDs) of the component they wish to add workflows for and create rules and monitors.
  2. Users can add workflows (monitors and rules) for device components such as processor, memory, fan, temperature sensor, power supply, voltage sensor and custom device components.
  3. This tool can also support custom devices in addition to already supported devices like Switch, Router, Firewall and Load Balancer.
  4. Users can define monitors and rules for multiple devices in the project file and generate a single Management Pack for all of their devices.
  5. This tool includes the command line equivalent NetMonMPGenerator.exe for users who wish to generate MP through command line interface. Users need to define device information and workflows in an input XML file and use the commandline tool to generate custom management pack.

The tool and the user guide can be downloaded here. The management pack generated by this tool is currently supported by System Center 2016 Operations Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.