What’s new in System Center Operation Manager 2012R2

System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager has new capabilities and changes. In this Post, I will highlight some of these features:

Fabric Monitoring

It was recommended to integrate SCOM and Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) for monitoring of virtualization hosts and VMs. This integration is now deepened with the Management Pack for SC 2012 R2 VMM Dashboard which is imported automatically as part of the process of linking SCOM and VMM. This gives you a Fabric Health Dashboard which shows the state of your hosts, storage (file shares and LUNs that are under management by VMM) and network devices (if network monitoring is enabled in SCOM). This can also be scoped to either physical or virtual resources and even to a particular tenant of your clouds. There’s also a diagram view that can show your entire environment.

Integrating Operations Manager with Development Processes (DevOps)

SCOM 2012 was the ability for IT Pros to use APM to track down issues in application code and then forward these problems to developers and have it show up in Team Foundation Server (TFS). R2 takes this further with synchronization of SCOM alerts and TFS work items. Any alert assigned by IT to a developer show up as a new work item in TFS, there are two new alert fields (TFS Work Item ID and TFS Work Item Owner) which might require some rework if you created alert views in SCOM 2012 that uses the old Ticket ID and Owner fields.

Microsoft Monitoring Agent

The Operations Manager Agent is replaced with a new agent that adds APM monitoring including the functionality of Visual Studio IntelliTrace Collector

Support for IPv6

IPv6 addresses can now be used as input for Network discovery and be displayed in the network-related views

Java Application Performance Monitoring

The System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring lets you monitor Java application performance and exception events by using Operations Manager Application Advisor. You can set method and resource timing for performance events, stack traces for exception events, and set Java specific counters (such as Average Request Time and Requests Per Second) for events. Additionally, you get Operations Manager level alerting on Java application server counters.

System Center Advisor

SCA is a product which is based on the same architecture as SCOM/OM12. Only the functionality is different.

Where as SCOM/OM12 are real time monitoring products, SCA is more like an advances Best Practices Analyzer tool. It scans the monitored systems and uploads once per 24 hours the collected results to a cloud based solution running in Azure.There the uploaded results are compared to the best practices AND the findings of Microsoft Customer Support Services (CSS). When any differences are found, you can check them out in a sharp looking web based dashboard which is also hosted in Azure.

Management Packs

  • There are new Management pack as Windows Azure , BranchCache and so on.
  • Microsoft promises to improve the management pack quality and has an ongoing process for rewriting the MP’s.
  • Synchronized timeline with the R2 releases. At the time the SCOM 2012 R2 will be released also the management pack for Windows Server 2012 R2 will be available.
  • Improved dashboard performance

UNIX and Linux Monitoring

UNIX and Linux agents for Operations Manager are now based on the Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) open-source CIM Object Manager.

Debian GNU/Linux 7 is now supported by the Universal Linux agents and Management Packs.

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