Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a very powerful agent-based monitoring tool. Pretty much anything can be monitored in SCOM, with an average deployment in an Enterprise covering thousands of individual discovered objects. One important feature of SCOM is Distributed Applications (DA), which according to TechNet, are defined as:
“A Distributed Application in Operations Manager is an application that is comprised of multiple objects. These objects may be defined by different management packs and may be managed on the same agent or on different agents. The purpose of the distributed application is to provide an overall health for an application that is comprised of different objects.”
There are some drawbacks of using Microsoft’s own “Distributed Application Designer” notably:
• “The component groups can only have explicit members, which means that you cannot populate them dynamically. For example, you may have a distributed application with a set of websites. You install an additional web server with a site that should be included. You would have to edit the distributed application and manually add the new site.
• You cannot create multiple levels of health rollup. The health of the application will be the worst health of any of the component groups, regardless of the relationships that have been created for them.”
There are workarounds for the issue of creating dynamic DA’s in SCOM. They can be built, but you need to be a scripting expert to write code; which costs time and money that most organizations do not have.
Services Membership Rules
One of the most powerful features of Savision’s Live Maps Unity is that we allow easily-created membership rules, which make the creation of Distributed Applications easier and then DYNAMICALLY maintains them.
This means that once you have defined the rules correctly within Live Maps Unity, you don’t need to worry if new objects are added or removed (e.g. a new server is added to a cluster, or a new website is added to a group). The membership rules will automatically update the relationships and Distributed Applications with SCOM. There is zero maintenance required–absolutely zero, zip, nada.
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