Operations Manager (SCOM) Checking and installing updated Management Packs

Overview: Periodically Microsoft and other vendors release updates to the management packs in System Center Operations Manager (SCOM). It is important to update packs to current versions to ensure stability as well as the latest monitoring functionality. This procedure will outline how to check for updates and install the latest management packs.

Procedure:

  1. Open the SCOM Console and click the Administration tab.
  2. SCOM-CONSOLE-ADMIN
  3. Right Click on Administration, and click Import Management Packs.
  4. SCOM-ADMINISTRATION-IMPORTMGTPACKS

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Applocker: Using System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) for alerting and reporting

Overview:

Applocker is a very important tool that system administrators to protect against malware and unauthorized applications from running on systems. This is especially useful to protect against malware such as crytolocker. While Applocker is very easy to implement, it lacks some of the reporting and alerting that administrators need to successfully respond to false positives such as business critical applications. By itself applocker does not have the ability to produce the statistics that are critical to justify the extra security measures (showing the number of non-authorized exe’s blocked). SCOM fills in the gap by offering a very powerful tool that is designed to alert and report applocker blocks / warnings for systems.

Building out the monitoring:

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