Top 10 SCOM 2016 Questions

At Savision, we recently held an online session on SCOM 2016 with top industry experts. Hosted by Savision’s Support Manager, the session featured: Microsoft Product Manager – Mahesh Narayanan, Microsoft Program Manager – Aditya Goda, Microsoft MVP – Marnix Wolf, and Microsoft MVP- Damian Flynn. The experts focused on what’s new and what lies ahead in SCOM 2016.

During the session, we received over 40 questions, and compiled the top 10 in a blog post. You can see some of the questions below:

1. Is there an in-place upgrade plan to migrate to SCOM 2016 from SCOM 2012 R2 CU12?

Yes, you can upgrade from SCOM 2012 R2 UR 12 to SCOM 2016 as long as the underlying components (SQL, Server OS and so on) are on par with SCOM 2016 requirements. On TechNet there are multiple documents on how to upgrade from SCOM 2012 R2 to SCOM 2016:

Get started: Upgrade to System Center 2016 & Upgrading to System Center 2016.


2. Will Maintenance Mode Scheduling be brought to the Web Console?

At this point in time, the Microsoft team’s focus is on having the HTML5 dashboards as a replacement for the Silverlight dashboards. Posterior to that, the MSFT SCOM team will evaluate bridging any functionality that IT operators think is missing from the Web Console.


3. Are there going to be improvements to the Office 365 Management Pack?

Initially, with the Office 365 management pack, Microsoft offered very basic metrics of some of the trackers of the Office 365 service quality. All other core and auxiliary monitoring scenarios pertaining to a customer’s subscription and experience of the O365 service requires further evaluation.


4. Can you please provide some more details about App Insight integration with SCOM 2016? Are you referring to OMS integration with SCOM or are you saying that the Azure MP now gives us the possibility to tap into the APM capabilities in App Insight?

App Insight will be publishing an MP, by which you will be able to visualize the App Insight’s application monitoring experience out of SCOM (like alerts and metrics). And with its integration with Azure MP, you would be able to consolidate the data collection experience from the ARM interfaces exposed by Azure for App Insights, like is the case for other Azure services.


5. Can or will OMS fully replace SCOM alerting and report capabilities?

Microsoft is still gathering customer interest around this request, as there are certain customers who want to leverage OMS for alerting/reporting capabilities that complements with their SCOM. For further information, you can contact the SCOM team.

Would you like to access the following 5 questions, including the answer to whether SCOM is dead or not? Read our complete blogpost here. If you would like to see the on-demand version of the session, you can also access it here.

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