So over the last few months, there have been some exciting and welcome updates reported about SCOM that I wanted to pull together in this blog.

Firstly, here are some of the changes to what is, and what is not supported:

  • SQL Server 2012 SP3 – Microsoft have now confirmed that they support SQL Server 2012 SP3 with SCOM 2016.  This is great news for those wanting to migrate to SCOM 2016 from SCOM 2012 R2 as prior to this, an upgrade was required to SQL Server 2014 SP2 in order to support both SCOM 2012 and SCOM 2016.  Although typically, there were no issues using SQL Server 2012 SP3 when migrating to SCOM 2016, Microsoft didn’t support it…until now!Here are some articles explaining this in more detail:
  • Windows Server 2003 – The Microsoft Monitoring Agent is no longer supported on servers running Windows Server 2003.  Looking at the System Requirements page, this was updated on 5th January 2017 to reflect this.
  • Engyro Product Connector – The support for the Engyro Product Connector is ending this year for Operations Manager 2007.  See this TechNet page from Melanie Maynes for more information and what your options are for upgrading if you are using this connector.

There are also some updated Management Packs that have been released.  Captured here are a couple of these:

  • SQL Management Packs (Version – Thanks to Kevin Holman for putting together this blog which lists out all of the SQL Management Packs with links to the packs.
  • Active Directory – There is now a whole new Active Directory pack that no longer has a dependency on the previous ADMP.  There is also no requirement for OOMADS with this pack!  Be sure to check out the full details of this here.
  • Linux MP (for SCOM 2016 ONLY) – For more information of these Linux pack updates, see this blog post.
  • Windows Server 2016 Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System.  Check out this blog for details of the latest Management Pack for Windows Server Operating System.  Also, Kevin Holman is compiling this excellent table of links to help locate the various Windows Server 2016 Management Packs

That’s all for now folks!