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Management Pack vs. Connector RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    Have a question for all of you experts. Am evaluating vendors that integrate with SCOM - one provides a management pack, the other provides a connector. What is the difference between a management pack and a connector? is one better than the other? Any pointers much appreciated.

    Regards,

    Mike

    Friday, May 29, 2015 4:47 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

    A management pack monitors applications and services. A connector makes OpsMgr possible to communicate with other/external systems

    What Is in an Operations Manager Management Pack?

    https://technet.microsoft.com/da-dk/library/hh212794.aspx

    Using Operations Manager Connectors

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh328935.aspx


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    Friday, May 29, 2015 5:38 AM
  • Management packs is a container which contain monitor, rule, reporting and discovery for SCOM. However, SCOM connector is a custom service or program that makes it possible for Operations Manager to communicate with external systems. e.g. you can create a connector that sends Operations Manager alerts to an application that tracks the alerts. The application can also use the connector to send an update to Operations Manager, indicating that the alert has been resolved.
    For example, if we want to monitor machine CPU usage
    1) Management pack approach: we need to create monitor which require SCOM agent to check machine CPU usage
    2) connector: we need custom service or program, not scom agent, to collect CPU performance or generate alert and send it to SCOM through connector
    Roger
    Friday, May 29, 2015 6:26 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    A management pack monitors applications and services. A connector makes OpsMgr possible to communicate with other/external systems

    What Is in an Operations Manager Management Pack?

    https://technet.microsoft.com/da-dk/library/hh212794.aspx

    Using Operations Manager Connectors

    https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh328935.aspx


    Please remember to click “Mark as Answer” on the post that helps you, and to click “Unmark as Answer” if a marked post does not actually answer your question. This can be beneficial to other community members reading the thread.

    Friday, May 29, 2015 5:38 AM
  • Many thanks for the links. I am comparing two solutions with similar capabilities - one says it has a management pack and another has a connector, are there pros/cons of the two approaches?

    Thanks,

    Mike.

    Friday, May 29, 2015 6:24 AM
  • Management packs is a container which contain monitor, rule, reporting and discovery for SCOM. However, SCOM connector is a custom service or program that makes it possible for Operations Manager to communicate with external systems. e.g. you can create a connector that sends Operations Manager alerts to an application that tracks the alerts. The application can also use the connector to send an update to Operations Manager, indicating that the alert has been resolved.
    For example, if we want to monitor machine CPU usage
    1) Management pack approach: we need to create monitor which require SCOM agent to check machine CPU usage
    2) connector: we need custom service or program, not scom agent, to collect CPU performance or generate alert and send it to SCOM through connector
    Roger
    Friday, May 29, 2015 6:26 AM