SystemCenterCentral Management Pack Contest & the Scheduled Resolution Update Management Pack

As part of the SystemCenterCentral management pack contest (details available here), there are now 10 different management packs which have already been submitted which perform a variety of functions. Currently these include:
 

Maintenance Mode History Report Management pack 

HP EVA Management Pack V2

Top Processes Identifier Management Pack for Operations Manager 2007 and Essentials 2010

System Up Time Monitoring

Event Rules with Flooding Prevention

SQL Server DB Mirroring Management Pack

Windows Admin Tasks Management Pack

Windows 2008 Active Directory Change Audit Beta 1 (for SCE 2010 and OpsMgr 2007 R2)

SQL Admin Extensions Sample Management Pack for OpsMgr 2007 and Essentials 2010

The latest entry is a joint effort between myself and Andreas Zuckerhut called the “Scheduled Resolution Update Management Pack”. This MP provides an automated method to close (or change resolution state) for alerts on a hourly, daily or weekly basis. This MP includes embedded Power Shell scripts (very cool stuff Andreas showed me how to do) and is easy to activate through overrides for the various rules. The MP summary on the site is:
 

“Are you looking for a way to automate the process of closing out or changing the resolution state of various alerts? Do you have lots of SQL Job Failure alerts, or Script or Executable failed alerts which are not recurring but you want to avoid manually closing them every day (or hour?) The Scheduled Resolution Update Management Pack provides scheduled rules to auto-close or to change the resolution state based upon a periodic basis. These rules are designed to run daily, hourly, or weekly and to auto-close all alerts which have not been updated in the last hour, day, or all alerts which match the name specified. This management pack also can auto-change the resolution states of alert names which are specified on a daily, hourly or weekly basis.”

It is so cool to see the community digging in there and writing their own management packs to extend Operations Manager! I am already seeing one way that one of the other management packs (the SCC Health Check Management Pack) will provide extensions to the SRU management pack which I had not considered when I was writing it (I will follow up on a blog entry about that topic after I test it).

The deadline for the contest is tomorrow, so if you have a management pack to submit time is almost out for this contest!

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