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System Center for the SQL Server DBA Part I: SCOM

this is a great post for SCOM newbies like me. thank you!

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I’ll start part 1 of the Microsoft System Center series, focused on what a SQL Server DBA should know about System Center, with System Center Operations Manager, or SCOM, with the SQL Server Management Pack. When you have licensed the System Center suite of products, you can use these different pieces or put them together in your data centers for what we are now calling a SQL Server “private cloud” that has elastic scale, maximum server consolidation capabilities, charge back capabilities, self-service provisioning, the greatest data center economies of scale and (my favorite) load-balanced SQL Server with zero downtime configurations. The SQL Server Monitoring Pack for SCOM is downloadable here and adds a very distinctive monitoring capability to your SQL Server infrastructure. Out of the box, the SCOM SQL monitoring pack can monitor all areas of your SQL Server instances and databases by using the SCOM agent on that server…

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System Center for the SQL Server DBA, cont’d SCOM Pack for SQL

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My original posting on System Center Operations Manager for SQL Server DBAs start in part 1 of the series here. Today, I want to take just a minute to give you some pointers in getting started using the System Center Monitoring Pack for SQL Server. Notice in that download link, that the pack has been updated to allow you to monitor up to SQL Server 2012, which now also includes monitoring your Always On Availability Groups from SCOM, a very important new feature.

One thing that I always mention to DBAs or other IT professionals who are new to using the SCOM SQL monitoring pack is to start by downloading and taking a look at the online guide for the MP: http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/7/7/07714012-3B7C-4691-9F2B-7ADE4188E552/SQLServerMPGuide.doc.

There is a LOT in there. This is good. As a DBA and someone responsible for SQL Server database health, you want a lot of monitoring…

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