In environments with multiple management groups it’s really helpful to be able to quickly identify what management packs are different. I originally blogged on this utility at: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2012/08/30/tool-to-quickly-compare-opsmgr-and-service-manager-management-packs-versus-what-is-in-the-catalog-scom-scsm.aspx but I didn’t cover the details of how to use the tool and it took me a few minutes to remember how this worked!
As a quick summary – the “Management Pack Compare Util” is available at: http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Management-Pack-Compare-45acdccd/view/Discussions
This is a great tool for a quick management pack comparison between various Operations Manager and Service Manager environments.
To use the tool, download it and extract it to a folder. Next open it and configure the options with the name of the Operations Manager and/or Service Manager environments using file, options.
For my example I had both a Live and a pre-production environment so I specified them here.
Once these are saved, go to the load tab. And for this example I loaded Operations Manager.
Once these are loaded use the Compare tab and compare the versions. My example was comparing the live environment to the pre-production environment.
The results are shown below. Grey MP’s indicates that they do not existing in one management group and yellow MP’s indicates a version difference.
Summary: The management pack compare utility provides a quick way to assess variations in management packs and versions between Operations Manager and Service Manager environments. What would also be useful would be a report which compares these and/or a PowerShell script which could be run to list these differences. Anyone have a solution like that that they can recommend as well? If so post information on it here!