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:


2. Choose installation location:


3. Import the installed MP into SCOM:




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



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




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;

Exchange Connector 3.0 for SCSM is Here and it is Here to Stay

Exchange Connector 3.0 RTM is finally released and it is supported by MSFT. In order to deploy it you have to:

  • Install UR2 for SCSM 2012 SP1;
  • Remove Exchange Connector 3.0 RC if you have it installed.

You can find the full announcement here.

You can download the connector with a great guide for it here.

Additionally you can extend the connector with Service Manager SendEmail for Incidents

SendEmail for Service Requests

Patrik Sundqvist created a solution to write e-mail directly from SCSM 2012 to the requestor of Service Request. You can read more on the solution and find download link on Patrik’s blog.