Coffee Break

Everything you need to know about authoring SCOM Management Packs

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In this month’s Coffee Break, Silect's Development Lead, Mike Sargent, joins Cookdown's Director of Products, Bruce Cullen, to discuss Mike's illuminating session at Silect's MP University, ‘Everything you need to know about authoring SCOM Management Packs’.

Mike will show you tools and techniques for authoring awesome SCOM management packs using hard to get data - everything from XML to MP Author to VSAE and beyond! He’ll also teach you everything you need to know about fragments and how consistently using fragments results in better monitoring. Best of all, Mike will show how your users can get into the MP authoring fun!

In this webinar, you will learn how to:

  • Setup monitoring for data in difficult-to-ingest formats – using the example of the Skype for Business Network Assessment tool
  • Review script to extract values from the tool’s output
  • Use VSAE to create registry discovery, then build the MP
  • Use MP Author to create script monitor
  • Use MP Studio to add alert views via fragments
  • Deploy the new MP to SCOM
  • Delegate tuning and maintenance of the MP back to the group managing Teams
Meet the speakers

Webinar speakers

Mike Sargent


Mike has been with Silect for over 16 years and has been involved in every aspect of the development of MP Studio, MP Author and other products. He is a frequent presenter at MP University, as well as consulting with customers on process and building management packs. Mike enjoys sharing his knowledge and avoiding social media.

Bruce Cullen


Bruce is the Director of Products at Cookdown and a founding member, he was Program Manager at SquaredUp having run SquaredUp 4.0, 3.4 and multiple tech preview programs which where the seed for Cookdown being spun out of SquaredUp. He spent 10 years at Citrix, initially as a software tester but then he release managed XenApp and XenDesktop (aka CVAD) cloud and OnPrem, he also release managed the Citrix SCOM Management Packs through their journey from acquisition. Bruce started his career in IT support and is happy to be among IT Pros once more.