Exciting news! the Cookdown SCOM Connector for ServiceNow is fully ServiceNow certified and live on the ServiceNow app store, integrating the awesome power of Microsoft SCOM into ServiceNow
The SCOM connector allows SCOM alerts to auto-generate Incidents in ServiceNow, with or without Event Management, and when used with Cookdown Discovery will make sure your incidents are automatically raised against the correct CI from your CMDB
Good news! Nathan Gau (the author of the Security Monitoring MP) has released a Tuning Pack for Easy Tune (free and PRO) making it easy to setup his awesome MP in your SCOM deployment from the author of the MP itself.
Go get it from the Easy Tune Community Store today.
What is the Security Monitoring MP?
Security Monitoring was designed with the idea of being able to use SCOM to detect and alert on the breadcrumbs that attackers leave behind when they are actively compromising a system. It has also evolved into an auditing tool that a security team can use to get a view on what IT Operations is doing in an environment. It also can be used to detect certain security risks such as the use of legacy protocols like SMB1 or LANMAN.
In our view it is a vital tool for every SCOM administrator, and along with Easy Tune itself, it is completely free. Get the MP and read more about it on Nathan Gau’s blog
Self Maintenance MP? isnt that Tao Yang’s management pack? you are along the right lines..
As Tao moves onto Azure he has handed the Self Maintenance MP to us to ensure it gets the love and attention deserves, and what better way to do that than with a new release! – its an awesome pack
Self Maintenance MP 3.1 now avaliable
Good news for SCOM admins everywhere. Key features:
- SCOM 2016/1801/1807/2019 support – the most asked for feature of the last version
- New monitor to check whether the Management Group is running under a trial license and alerts on the run up to your trial expiring
- Many bug fixes
Where can I get it?
Visit the Self Maintenance page on our site to get a copy
For more info on the “why” of Tao’s decision to hand this pack over and for its history have a look at his blog article on it here.
We are honored to be able to bring this much loved MP into the Cookdown fold and help ensure SCOM remains the best of breed monitoring solution for Microsoft on prem IT.
Exciting times ahead for Cookdown (and so for SCOM) – we have just accepted an invitation from Squared Up to be a guest on the next Squared Up Coffee Break on 24-Sep @ 3pm BST along with the Tao Yang (of blog.tyang.org and author of the Self Maintenance MP) and it gets better…
We have a super exciting currently secret announcement to make on the webinar
Intrigued ? Register now on squaredup.com
See you on the webinar (24-Sep @3pm BST)
If you’ve ever spent days explaining to teams what’s monitored on their servers and hours implementing overrides only to be told that SCOM is still too noisy, you’ll know why we created Easy Tune.
The easy way to tune SCOM
SCOM is known for management packs that provide in-depth monitoring for Microsoft and other enterprise technologies, but often the management packs offer too much detail. To be successful with SCOM, you have to tune SCOM and keep it tuned.
We wanted to create a tuning solution that:
- Enables customers to apply best practices created by the community
- Removes the need for creating overrides one at a time
- Avoids the sprawl of overrides across multiple management packs
- Makes it easy to explain what level of monitoring is applied to any workload
Here’s how easy it is to tune SCOM using Easy Tune:
- Download the Easy Tune MP, which introduces a new tuning UI in the SCOM console
- For each of your monitored technologies (such as SQL Server 2016) choose the desired level of monitoring: discovery only, essential, balanced or full. You can set a global monitoring level, and levels for different groups if needed
- Click to apply the tuning level
- Easy Tune does the rest! No need to manually create management packs or overrides
Tuning Packs and the Community
Easy Tune works by using Tuning Packs, where each pack contains all the information needed to fully tune a particular management pack (or multiple management packs) according to best practices.
The best bit about Tuning Packs is that they come from the community. Easy Tune allows the SCOM community to share their recommendations and best practices for tuning. Instead of each SCOM administrator working in isolation and spending hours with each internal team to tune every MP, we can now leverage the community.
Tuning Packs are stored on a Community Store on GitHub. They can be submitted, edited and downloaded by anyone.
We’ve already seen the community in action with contributions from customers and from our management pack partner, NiCE, who have released a Tuning Pack for their Oracle Management Pack. We expect the range to Tuning Packs to quickly expand to cover almost all Management Packs.
Once you have a Tuning Pack, all you need to do is select the desired level:
- Discovery Only (no monitoring, just the discovery of the class instances)
- Essential (basic monitoring, typically up-down)
- Balanced (commonly used monitoring that offers important, actionable information without the noise)
- Full (comprehensive monitoring)
The tuning level will depend on the workload: is this a critical piece of infrastructure with a dedicated support team that want to know about every single issue, or is it perhaps a regular, non-critical workload where basic up-down monitoring is all that is needed?
Using Discovery Only can be very useful when you first install an MP. You’ll know that the performance impact of the MP will be minimized and you’ll get a chance to see what objects the MP discovers before you start enabling monitoring.
Getting Easy Tune
Easy Tune is provided as a free download. We want every SCOM deployment to work this way.
For more advanced scenarios we have created Easy Tune Pro, that enables:
- PowerShell automation
- Migration tools
- Time-of-day alerting (coming soon!)
In addition, Easy Tune Pro comes with full technical support.
Wait, what? A new vendor specializing in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)?
Yes! Today at Experts Live US we’re annoucing the launch of Cookdown.
In an era when all the buzz is about the cloud, we’re unapologetically passionate about SCOM.
We recognize that today large enterprises continue to rely on SCOM for infrastructure monitoring. Sure, the future of new application development may be serverless, but in the meantime enterprises will continue to manage hundreds or thousands of servers, and SCOM is quite simply the best enterprise infrastructure monitoring tool available.
Of course, we also know that SCOM needs to be improved and extended to maintain its position as the infrastructure monitoring tool of choice. SCOM also needs to be integrated with other enterprise tools such as ServiceNow to offer your business the modern monitoring experience demanded by today’s enterprise IT.
Taking years of experience with SCOM and enterprise software development, we’ve created innovative solutions that enable you to make the most of your investments in SCOM. Many of these solutions are made available for free, and we’re proud to be part of the dedicated community that exists around SCOM.
Cookdown was created by those creative folk over at Squared Up. If you need some awesome dashboards for your applications (and we’re sure you do) we recommend that you check them out 😊