SCOM Health Check

Are you wondering if your SCOM environment is performing correctly or if it has infrastructural problems? Do you need to have a report of the current status of your SCOM monitoring environment for internal reporting or compliance reasons? Are you getting too many or too few alerts or do you want to know if proper follow-up is given to alerts through SCOM itself and related ITIL products and processes? TopQore’s SCOM Health Check will help you gain insight in what’s going on, and what needs to be done.

Our health check comprises three different categories and is based on information that is taken from both your SCOM installation and through interviews with the people who are working with it.

Technical Health Check

An experienced TopQore consultant will examine your SCOM management group thoroughly to get a good overview of SCOM’s health. Some of the observations are made from the perspective of health state, connectivity, capacity, performance, configuration, security, redundancy, versioning, potential future threats and analysis of available logs, targeted at the following subjects;

  • Keeping your SCOM Management Servers, Gateways and Agents healthy
  • Getting the best results from your highly available SCOM Databases
  • Only monitor the useful – A deep dive into your monitoring solutions and their management packs
  • Collaborating with Azure Monitor and Log Analytics
  • Considering the benefits of potential updates

Monitoring process & documentation review

Although technology is an absolute requirement for proper monitoring, the monitoring processes and documentation are just as important. This review focuses on the following;

  • SCOM design, installation & usage
    • Review SCOM design decisions and documentation
    • Verifying design document with existing installation
    • Matching roles & responsibilities
    • Reporting for useful trend analysis
    • Managing stake holder access
    • Maintaining a secure environment
    • Using maintenance mode the right way
  • Management Pack tuning
    • Determining your need for overrides and how to set them
    • Applying overrides through change management
  • Life cycle management
    • Considering the benefits of a newer SCOM version
    • Choosing the right Management Packs and keeping them up to date
  • Release readiness
    • Guarantee monitoring for new applications and services upon the day of release
  • Informing and escalating
    • Aligning SCOM alerting with Incident Management
    • Notifying stakeholders through different channels
    • Raising incidents without manual intervention
  • Presentation and reporting of gathered data
    • Work with alert, state, event, and performance views in a structured way.

Knowledge assessment

In addition to the technical analysis, the interaction with your SCOM users, administrators and managers will give us some insight in the people aspect as well. Our Health Check summary will include a section on current knowledge and capabilities within your organization. Skills are measured in the following categories;

  • SCOM User Knowledge
    • Console or dashboard navigation
    • Working with alerts
    • Working with reports
    • Working with performance views
  • SCOM Technical Management
    • Installing & maintaining management groups
    • Tuning on database
  • SCOM Functional Management
    • Installing and maintaining management packs
    • Creating and overriding rules and monitors

 

Next steps

Our consultant, experienced with management groups of all sizes, will analyze the gathered data and transform this into usable information.

The result is our Health Check Summary – A list of conclusions and recommendations, which will give you insight in the required steps to bring your end-to-end business monitoring to a higher level. Either on-site or remote, we will take the time to present and discuss our Health Check Summary with you, as well as exploring the options of how we can help you out to follow up on the recommendations.

After the Health Check is performed and recommendations are fulfilled, TopQore has a complete picture of your environment, making your company eligible for our SCOM Maintenance as a Service plan, where a TopQore consultant visits monthly to do a quick re-check and perform period maintenance tasks to keep your environment in a healthy shape.

Please reach out for contact@topqore.com for bookings and additional information.