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System Center Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD)

The Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) monitors Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 domain controllers.

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Version: 6.0.7670.0 Date Published: 10/6/2011

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File Name Size
Active Directory Management Pack.msi 1.0 MB Download
System Center Monitoring Pack for Microsoft Active Directory.docx 229 KB Download


The Monitoring Pack for Active Directory (AD) provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your Active Directory deployment. It monitors events that various Active Directory components and subsystems place in the Application, System, and Service event logs. It also monitors the overall health of the Active Directory system and provides alerts for critical performance issues.

The monitoring that this monitoring pack provides includes monitoring of domain controllers and monitoring of health from the perspective of clients that use Active Directory resources. To monitor domain controllers, ADMP provides a predefined, ready-to-run set of processing rules, monitoring scripts, and reports that are designed specifically to monitor the performance and availability of domain controllers.

Because client computers in your Active Directory environment can experience connectivity and service issues even when domain controllers appear to be operating correctly, ADMP includes the Active Directory Client Management Pack, which can help you identify such issues. The Active Directory Client Management Pack monitors the services that domain controllers provide. It provides information—in addition to the information that is collected directly on the domain controllers—about whether domain controllers are available by running transactions, such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) binds and pings, against the directory service.

The September 2011 revision of the Monitoring Pack for Active Directory includes the following additions:

  • Fixes to problems reported by customers
  • Fixes to architectural issues to facilitate future SCOM releases.

Feature Summary
  • Replication
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • Domain Controller Locator (DCLocator)
  • Trusts
  • Net Logon service
  • File Replication Service (FRS)
  • Intersite Messaging service
  • Windows Time service
  • Key Distribution Center (KDC)
  • Service availability monitoring
  • Key performance data collection
  • Comprehensive reports, including reports about service availability and service health, plus reports that you can use for capacity planning

Known Issues for Localized Releases
  • For DEU language pack, data does not show in the following reports: "AD Domain Controllers", "AD Replication Site Links", and "AD Role Holders."
  • For FRA, RUS, DEU, ESN, and PTB language packs, some parameters for discoveries may not be displayed in override properties.

Release History
  • 3/23/2007 - Initial Release, version 6.0.5000.0
  • 1/15/2008 - Updated Guide - same version
  • 03/17/2008 - QFE, version 6.0.6278.3
  • 03/26/2008 - QFE, version 6.0.6278.10
  • 11/7/2008 - Initial release for 2000/2003/2008, version 6.0.6452.0
  • 11/3/2009 - Updated release, version 6.0.7065.0, with added Windows Server 2008 R2 support
  • 10/6/2011 - Updated release, version 6.0.7670.0, with fixes to bugs reported by customers and architectural issues to facilitate future Operations Manager's releases

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2 (32-Bit x86), Windows Server 2003 R2 x64 editions, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

  • Other Supported Systems:
    • Virtual environment
    • Clustered servers
    • Writeable domain controllers
    • Read-only domain controller (RODC)
    • Domain member computers (Client and Server)
    Note: Agentless monitoring and stand-alone or workgroup member computers are not supported. Important: Migration from Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 to Systems Center Operations Manager 2007 is not supported, but a side-by-side installation of these two products is supported. All support is subject to the Microsoft overall Help and Support life cycle and the Operations Manager 2007 R2 Supported Configurations document.


Download the monitoring pack, install the monitoring pack package, and follow the included User Guide. For more information, see How to Import a mornitoring Pack in Operations Manager 2007.

Note: Prior to install any new language packs, previous installed language packs have to be uninstalled first.

This is the first MP update for Active directory we have seen in two years. This MP update contains mostly fixes to the top reported customer issues in the MP’s.
As the ADMP is a very large and complex MP with a lot of moving parts, I recommend you consider giving sufficient time and attention in testing this MP in your lab, test, and dev environments before migration into production.

From the ADMP guide:
Fixes to problems reported by customers:
  • Active Directory databases larger than 4 GB reported incorrectly.
  • 20% of the alerts are not triggered due to wrong event ID mapping.
  • Performance data is not collected due to wrong event ID mapping.
  • Performance counter selected by default is wrong.
  • Time skew alert is not triggered due to script defect.
  • Operation master monitor is broken due to script defect.
  • Frequent operation master alert description misspelled.
Fixes to architectural issues to facilitate future System Center Operations Manager releases:
  • Discovery interval for client perspectives set to larger values.
  • Discovery scheduler class is used on several discoveries.
  • Views target a custom AD DS MP class instead of System.Entity.
  • Reports target a custom AD DS MP class instead of System.Entity.
  • Some discovery targets will not change Properties.
If you were running a custom override addendum MP, like the one posted at *** then you will not need this anymore, as the MP has been updated to resolve this key issue.

I ran a DIFF on the majority of the files – and I didn’t see anything sticking out that wasn’t covered above. There is a new or changed report for replication bandwidth, but that’s about all I noticed.

ADMP for Windows Server 2008 – Alerts not generated for some Rules
I recently found that many Event Log rules in the Active Directory Management Pack for Windows Server 2008 (version 6.0.7065.0) do not work correctly, resulting no alert being generated for these rules. This is happening because the MP uses the old event sources from Server 2003 in its event rules, rather than the new ones for Server 2008/R2.
The existing event monitoring rules filter on the PublisherName property rather than the EventSourceName property.
For example:
NTDS Replication

should read:

NTDS Replication

I’ve written an “Addendum” Management Pack that contains corrected versions of all of these rules. You’ll just need to import this MP into your environment and leave the original one in place.
This problem should be fixed with the next release of the ADMP.
Attached to this blog is an unsealed version of my “Addendum” MP.

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