SCOM - The Value in MonitoringOver the last 6 years I have some limited exposure to SCOM until the last 12 months where I've had a more dedicated role and focus on the product. I always found SCOM a complex beast to configure, maintain and extend it's capabilities beyond the console and for the most part had a relatively average knowledge of the product.
Generally over the last 6 years I've found that monitoring is quite a misunderstood and undervalued concept for most companies. I've seen many companies deploy the product with very little planning or actually understanding of what their monitoring requirements are before they actually implement the product then spend long periods trying to fill the gaps or just hope they don't get caught with their pants down!
There are also a lot of companies out there that also do not look at the tools that compliment SCOM such as Squared Up and MP Studio or Visual Studio. Great tools that allow you to extend the capability of SCOM.
I recently had the privilege of working with a consultant who worked as a Premier Field Engineer at Microsoft who re-invigorated my enthusiasm, passion and interest in this product and actually made it exciting to work with.
The reasons for this were straight forward...............
Working with people who are passionate about what they do and understand the value of monitoring not just seeing it as a tick in the box exercise.
Making complex things look simple.
Nailing the basic disciplines of the product.
Being put on the right path on how to approach certain types of monitoring scenarios.
I'm hoping to make this part of my blog a one stop area where I will publish articles and useful information that may help others. There's some incredibly useful information out there on the internet where some extremely talented people have contributed massively with information about SCOM.
I'm looking to compile some of that information and reference that information in the hope others can benefit from it.