System Center 2012 Operations Manager Support

We are glad to inform you about the new versions of our management packs that support Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager now!

Diagram View for Cisco Monitoring MP

Diagram View for Cisco Monitoring MP

As OM12 has undergone some major changes in architecture, the MPs will be developing  parallelly for both versions of Operations Manager. SCOM 2007 R2 versions are: 2.x (APC MP) and 1.x (Cisco and Generic UPS MPs); OM12 versions are: 3.x (APC MP) and 2.x (Cisco and Generic UPS MPs). Minor versions of builds are the same. For example, 3.0.0.16 version of APC MP for OM12 is the same as 2.0.0.16 version of this MP for SCOM 2007 R2.

APC Monitoring Reports

APC Monitoring Reports

The system requirements for our MPs were not changed (of course 2012 version of Operations Manager required) but you need OM management server with “RMS Emulator” role (this role is enabled by default).

The first demonstration of new OM12 MPs will happen on September, 27 at Microsoft RUPTS “System Center Operations Manager 2012: What’s new?” webcast. Follow the link and join us!

Metrex APC Monitoring MP was updated to version 2.0

We are glad to inform you that our MP for APC UPS monitoring was updated to the version 2.0. The updates are profound; Therefore only the most considerable general changes are worth mentioning in the list below. More »

System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 CU3

This October Microsoft has presented a new pack of updates for SCOM 2007 R2, CU3 (Cumulative Update). This CU is available at the following address: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=9f1e1154-52ae-42df-aeea-b3ee83247e6a&displaylang=en

Our management packs are successfully tested for compatibility with this CU so we can confirm that Metrex products also work with the latest version of SCOM 2007 R2.

Metrex APC Monitoring Management Pack

The Metrex APC Monitoring Management Pack extends the System Center Operations Manager 2007 to carry out both proactive and reactive monitoring for the following UPSs by American Power Conversion Corp.

The management pack enables the monitoring of UPS’s components like battery, environmental monitoring card etc. and allows controlling UPS’s parameters such as input voltage, current frequency, output load, battery temperature etc.

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Metrex Cisco Management Pack

The Metrex Cisco Management Pack extends the System Center Operations Manager 2007 to carry out both proactive and reactive monitoring for the following network equipment by Cisco Systems:

  • Switches
  • Routers
  • Firewalls
  • Wireless Access Points

The management pack enables the monitoring of both hardware  components such as RAM, CPUs, Power Supplies as well as logical components such as processes and IPSLA monitors.

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We have a good news for all the people who want to purchase our Management Packs. We offer 30% discount for our products until the 1st of January 2010. At this time our prices are:

Device Type Price, $.
Cisco Switch 70
Cisco Router 210
Cisco Firewall 175
APC UPS 105

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Customers that attempted to install the Metrex Cisco Management Pack or the Metrex APC Management Pack under Windows 2003 x64 faced a an unexpected requirement from the installer:

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FAQ on management packs for SCOM 2007 by Metrex.

A lot of questions are became quite frequent recently so I’ve decided to post answers to some:

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Virtual Private Networks monitoring

Why VPN monitoring? Let’s imagine a company that have a network of branch offices in most of the largest cities of the country. The offices are interconnected using both public networks (i.e. Internet) and dedicated operator networks (i.e. MPLS). In order to provide secure communications, on top of both types of links the company runs VPN tunnels, that are used for to carry the actual data. Also, in order to make the connectivity more reliabile, the company employs multiple VPNs from each site — one main (over MPLS) and two backup (over the Internet); in case of link failure the re-routing is handled using OSPF. As our experience shows, network  failures and service degradations may occur even in case of a very reliable network such as this one. In case of RDP and VoIP-based services (i.e. the remote office doesn’t have any servers and PBXes), the network failure will bring the office to a dead stop. More »

Monitoring CISCO equipment with Microsoft SCOM 2007

This publication is dedicated to CISCO monitoring management pack design by Metrex Engineering team.

I’d like to start from how did we get this way, i.e. why did we start writing our own Cisco management pack.

Some time ago we’ve been trying to use Zabbix, Nagios, OpManager and other systems for the monitoring issue however I’ll skip this part as far as we’re not using it anymore.

The issue is that it’s been a while since we installed SCOM and it had been working well for Windows – based servers. Then we’ve got a predictable idea to have a monitoring system for both servers, network equipment and UPSs. And we have started digging of how to monitor CISCOs with SCOM. In a catalogue on the Microsoft web site we found two third party packages (designed by MS partners and sold separately). I have installed both of them – Quest Software and Jalasoft and have shown to our company network dept… In any event we agreed that they are not suitable for our needs and rather than trying to adjust to the existing solution we’d try to write our own management pack.

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