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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