Thursday, June 4, 2015

SCOM - URL Genie Management Pack

If you're working with SCOM and have a requirement to monitor a large number of URL's, you'll understand the pain of how long it takes to get them under monitoring using the built-in Web Application Transaction Monitoring Wizard.

Well, Microsoft's Tyson Paul (Premier Field Engineer), has come up with an awesome management pack to speed up this process and after him spending the best part of 2 years on and off developing it, you know you're going to get a quality end-result.

He's created the URL Genie Management Pack and here's an overview of what it does (taken from his original post):

The URL Genie Management Pack provides a fast and easy way to implement monitoring for a large numbers of URL instances from only a few instances up to many thousands! In addition there are some special features which allow monitoring sites which require client certificates in addition to pages that use forms-based authentication. With URLGenie you can easily configure monitoring for thousands of standard URL instances in less than a minute.

For a full description and walkthrough of this awesome MP, check out his blog post at the following link:

You can download it directly from the TechNet Gallery here.

Even if you don't have a requirement to manage large numbers of URL's, this MP is definitely worth taking a look at and I'll be putting it to good use in the coming months as I come across the need to use it.

Thanks for the effot in putting out this great free contribution to the SCOM community Tyson!


  1. Great work on the URLGenie MP.

    I do have one question for you, is it possible to monitor a website which uses single sing on? But I would like to use another account, since Local system does NOT have access to logon.

    I get prompted from Windows Security to enter my credentials