Free PowerShell Monitoring MP

The following is a special guest blog from Squared Up

As part of our continuing commitment to the SCOM community we’re excited to announce a new PowerShell Monitoring Management Pack, freely available to the community, available to download from our site and open-sourced via GitHub.

Firstly, a big thanks to Microsoft Premier Field Engineer Wei H Lim for the inspiration behind the management pack and to the SCOM Product Team for encouraging this community effort.

We think this new management pack has incredible potential, are proud to make it openly available to the community and hope you’re as excited by this news as we are.

The PowerShell Monitoring MP adds support for PowerShell everywhere that you would expect to see it within the SCOM console’s authoring pane (ie. everywhere there is currently VBScript).

This means that custom two- and three-state monitors, custom performance and event collection rules and even custom agent tasks can all make use of PowerShell scripting, all through standard wizards in the SCOM console.

Because the MP isn’t just limited to custom monitors, you can get awesome results from the MP quickly and easily. For example, if you or your colleagues have useful PowerShell scripts that can pull back some handy troubleshooting data, or take a simple remediation action for a known problem, then, hey-presto, thanks to this MP you can quickly wrap that up as a SCOM agent task and push it out to your IT operations teams in just a few clicks.

To us, SCOM is and always has been a platform and, thanks to its management pack architecture, extensibility has always been at the heart of the power and potential of SCOM. But extending SCOM doesn’t need to be limited to simply what you can monitor, it includes how you monitor with SCOM.

So, we thought we’d harness the power of the community to help take SCOM to the next level. We’re delighted with the results and so are the many hundreds of users already well underway with the PowerShell Monitoring MP.

To help show you around the MP and what you can achieve with it, we ran a technical deep-dive webinar and the replay of that, together with access to the MP itself, is available via our website now.

We’re also pleased to say that this isn’t the last you’ll hear us in terms of harnessing the power of the community to help everyone do more with SCOM and to further extend its capabilities in line with the latest best-practices, techniques, and technologies; there’s lots more to come so why not join the community today and stay up to date with all the latest developments.