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System Center 2016 Operations Manager New Responsive UI, Tune Management Packs

Data Driven Alert Management, a new feature of System Center 2016 Operations Manager, can come in handy while breaking through the clutter.

With this feature, one can get a single view to gather quick insights on data pertaining to alerts that are being generated at different levels, explains Microsoft including: “management packs, individual monitors and rules, or sources.”

It also empowers the user by providing the ability to take requisite actions from the same pane: “Tuning the thresholds, Disabling a monitor/rule, and Overriding parameters of a monitor/rule.”

Additionally, the tuning feature also lets users identify the sources of an individual alert, and associated counts per source.

Alerts can be tuned per source as well as at different levels “for all objects of the target class, for a group, for a specific object of a class, and for all objects of another class.”

Microsoft writes, this feature enables allocation of a status relevant to the state a workload is in, from the perspective of MP Lifecycle Management, explains Microsoft. Based on the same following scenarios are enabled from a single end point/ screen:

  • Discovering: Recognizes supported workloads (whether new or old) that aren’t being monitored but are a part of the respective management group
  • Resolving partial installations: Recognizes which MP files are missing to enable complete monitoring of a Workload
  • Updating: Recognizes and indicates availability of updates to various MPs that have been installed
  • Finding: The above mentioned scenarios are empowered by the ability of the feature to leverage Microsoft Management Pack Catalog Web Service and pin-point the updates and missing MPs, so that users can resolve inconsistencies within a few clicks

This feature, along with the management pack Updates and Recommendations feature completes the full Management Pack Lifecycle process.

System Center 2016 Operations Manager – Data Driven Alert Management (Tune Management Packs)

Performance improvements have also been made to State views and Diagram views in the System Center 2016 Operations Manager console to increase responsiveness. These improvements “will be more visible in an environment where the load on the Operations Manager database is high.”

Improvements include: “State view is optimized to load efficiently, and Diagram view is optimized to load efficiently.”

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