SQL Server DB Mirroring Management Pack

My latest addition to the community MP catalog augments the SQL Server MP with database mirroring discovery and monitoring. The SQL Server DB Mirroring Management Pack helps you by:

  • discovering db mirror roles and objects on SQL 2008 DB engines
  • automatically creating service components per mirrored database (consider them mini DADs)
  • probe based monitoring of the mirrored DB state with alerting should the mirror no longer run synchronized or loose its witness
  • optionally checking the mirror mode and db roles against a Desired Configuration setting (alerts when the mirror roles are swapped etc.)
  • delivering mirror inventory and availability reports


DB Mirroring Relationships and Health Roll Up

The Management Pack comes with a comprehensive guide which is a must read. The pack will only work as expected if some prerequisites are met. The guide also discusses how to enable Desired Configuration monitoring for your DB mirrors.

 Get the SQL Server DB Mirroring MP from SystemCenterCentral.com (Version

The download also contains an override MP for the SQL Server Extension MP published on OpsMgr Jam. The extension MP already features useful event and performance collection rules that help monitoring an SQL DB mirror but as it does not contain any discoveries, they are targeting any SQL server. My override MP helps by adjusting their targeting so that those rules are only active on SQL Engines that host mirrored DBs.

2010 Management Pack Extension Contest

South Africa 2010 is about to take off and even on planet SCOM we currently have a great tournament:

The System Center Influencers program has sponsored the Management Pack Extension Contest. Entered Management Packs should extend one of the product’s pack with

  • reporting
  • diagram or service level
  • Visio or Dashboard
  • by tuning it

My own MP does certainly extend the SQL Server Management Pack and it does fit more or less into three of the contest categories. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2010. So why don’t you upload your own entries to compete with me?


Updates to Management Packs

It has been quiet on this blog for a long time. With the community efforts luckily having rapidly picked up grounds, there is much less newly discovered to write about. As I rather not repost knowledge found by other folks, I haven’t had much to place up here lately.

However; I do greatly appreciate feedback, especially on my published Management Packs. Knowing what needs and headaches other OpsMgr users have, gives me a chance to improve the packs. So there are updates for the following MPs:

Adobe Flash Media Server

Version works with FMS 3.5 and OpsMgr 2007 R2. Download from this blog.

PKI Certificate Validation

Version allows improved customization of monitoring frequencies and now contains an example MP that shows how additional certificate stores may be discovered. Download from SystemCenterCentral.com.

Untrusted Active Directory Domain Discovery

Version of that extension Management Pack is compatible with the current product MP 6.0.7065.0. Download from this blog.