In the last two weeks we’ve been pretty busy in evaluating RC of SCOM 2007 R2. btw this is one of the reasons we didn’t post anything. The evaluation is going great and I encourage anyone that’s serious about OpsMgr to evaluate R2. We joined the RPD program and validated the upgrade process of our entire deployment in our mock test lab, everything went smoothly and at this stage I see R2 as what OpsMgr should have been from the start but wasn’t. We tested the new Console (it moves at warp speed compared to SP1) and observed the full interoperability with sp1 agents, now we can’t help moving into production. And indeed we’re comfy we will move in a week or two, obviously with the full protection of the RDP program. To be clear I’m not saying you should move into production with RC Code. Only when we’ll move into production we can confirm our first impressions, I’ll keep you posted with any development.
- Overrides management. The long due integration of overrides in the Console will cut tuning time, it’s so usable that we plan to adjust overrides *after* the upgrade to R2. Initially we though to review our overrides (hundreds btw) before the actual deployment.
- Cook down now works for On Demand Detections, we will review our MP to add On Demand Detections and hopefully the new MPs will start to include this function. For more info on this kind of construct see my previous post “The downside of on demand detections”.
- Ability to scope the Object selection in report parameters. Now object selection can be scoped by class.
- On the down side perf counter selection is still cumbersome and still we miss the ability to search on any field of the dialog instead of just on object name, but scoping is a step in the right direction (imo)
- Service Level Tracking is another addition we’re going to leverage, it’ still miss some whistles and bells but it’s usable and used with SLD (currently in beta) it will add that presentation layer that currently is missing. I’m expecting that the OpsMgr team will work further on this idea in future versions.
- On the MPs side, in the snmp probe provider has been added a WalkReturnMultipleItems that should make easier to monitor multiple instances in the same snmp tree (i.e. enumerating and returning data for multiple disk, int, etc.) Not yet tested. The whole system MPs have been revised with very interesting adds, I still haven’t had the time to test any of them (they’re not documented you need to dig inside the MPs), but they promise well.
So stay tuned as we move towards production prime time and we review our MPs, I guess we’ll find tons of useful and undocumented stuff.
btw Fabrizio and I will join MMS, maybe we’ll have a chance to get in touch in Vegas.
I wish everybody a Holy Easter
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