New/Updated MP: Exchange 2013 MP Reborn

So far we’ve seen very bad implementations of Exchange Management Pack for SCOM. Even with Exchange 2013 I thought will be initial version and updates will be released regularly to improve it but that didn’t happen for a long time. Until now. Continue reading “New/Updated MP: Exchange 2013 MP Reborn”

System Center Service Manager Connector 3.0 for Exchange Re-released

The Exchange connector for SCSM is re-released offering some unknown bug fixes. If you have some bugs with your Exchange connector you might try to update and see if your issues are fixed if they are not you are not among the lucky ones.

Installing and Importing Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack 15.00.0620.030

After yesterday’s release of Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack I’ve managed to install it in a development environment. Here are the steps I’ve went trough:

1. Start installation and Accept License Agreement:

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2. Choose installation location:

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3. Import the installed MP into SCOM:

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4. After the successful import you will start see you exchange servers appear in the default views:

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5. After 5-10 minutes you will see all services appear as monitored:

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So these are the steps. Pretty easy and simple. There are no special requirements or configurations. The MP uses the default action account for the monitoring and discovery.

Here are some of the bad news about this MP:

  • I’ve received an error a couple of hours after the deployment. The error wasn’t very descriptive. It had only the error description and a link (to Technet Library) that you can visit to find more information. I couldn’t opened the link  as the page still does not exists. I guess Microsoft still hasn’t uploaded all information about the MP in TechNet.
  • The MP does not collect performance data for Exchange 2013.
  • The MP does not contain any reports.

Here is what I’ve used in the environment:

  • SCOM 2012 SP1 UR2;
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack 15.00.0620.030;
  • Windows Server 2012 with latest updates;
  • Exchange 2013 CU1 in multitenant mode;

New MP: Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 Management Pack

Exchange 2012 Management Pack was just released by Microsoft. It seems that this is completely new management pack so goodbye to the correlation engine Smile. I’ve never liked that this management pack was some kind of different from all other Microsoft Management Packs. I hope I can test it really soon. You can test it by yourself by downloading it from here. You will not be able to download the guide for this MP as it is located in TechNet Library so here are the links: