New Exchange 2013 MP is out!

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You can find it here.

It finally seems that we will have a good management pack for Exchange 2013. I was able to put my hands on this one last week and tested as much as I could in my lab. I know of a good number of clients that will really welcome this release.

Previously, in the Exchange 2013 management pack, that’s what you had:

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Do you hear a cricket sound? Not even that.

Now, behold!

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It looks like a bit of improvement…Surprised smile

Lots of new reports as well:

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Health rollup:

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Let’s take a look at the step by step process:
First, installing the MP:

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I had a beta version installed, but as far a I recall, it is compatible with the original version.

Boom! Didn’t work!

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Hum…Let’s try baby steps. These two only:

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Ok. No go. Let’s start all over.

Since the older MP was not of much use, you might as well start over,from scratch. But for the sake of testing, I will remove my beta, install the original MP and try to upgrade it to the latest version.

Original MP:

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Now let’s leave it cooking (discovery for a while).

Ok, let’s try again:

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Close, but no cigar:

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Let’s try the visualization one separately.

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There you go. Looks like a glitch or hiccup.

Let’s take the time to read the MP guide a bit now. I recommend you  read it first, since it is a good 100+ pages reading.Smile

A few important things (quoting the guide):

Review the “Configuring the Management Pack for Microsoft Exchange Server 2013” section of this guide.

Grant required permissions as described in “Security Configuration” section of this guide.

Enable the Agent Proxy setting on all agents that are installed on servers which host Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 roles. For more information about enabling Agent Proxy setting see “How to enable Agent Proxy setting” section of this guide.

Import the Management Pack.

Associate Run As profiles with accounts that have appropriate permissions. For more information about configuring Run As profiles see “How to configure Run As profile” section of this guide.

 

More steps:

It seems now there is a Run As Profile and account that need to be set. So here we go:

1. First create a monitoring account for the Exchange MP: (Exchange2013SDKUser) in AD.

2. Grant Local Administrator permissions in your SCOM management Servers to Exchange2013SDKUser account;

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3.Make the Exchange2013SDKUser account a SCOM Operator:

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4.Create the run as Account (Windows):

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(remember to distribute the account to all Exchange servers).

Just noticed the error below:

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So, redistributed the account to the SCOM servers as well.

4.Assign account to the exchange Profile:

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Let it cook, but I have some things that I can see already:

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And I like it!

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Summary: after many discussions, Microsoft has made great improvements on his Exchange 2013 management pack.

Hope this helps!