What types of network devices can you monitor?
Using SNMP with SCOM, you can think outside the box a little where, aside from the typical devices you'd associate with network monitoring (switches, routers, firewalls etc.), you can also monitor things like UPS devices, air conditioning units, door scanners, wireless access points, cash registers and even CCTV cameras! It's these extra non-typical devices that people often forget about when deploying a monitoring solution and they can make all the difference when you need to get the full 360 degree view when mapping out IT services as distributed applications.
These types of SNMP devices will be discovered in SCOM as Generic devices and you'll get some basic monitoring capabilities back for them - similar to the Generic SNMP device we're monitoring in this image...
Taking it to the Next Level with Extended Network Monitoring
Extended network monitoring is available for any devices that implement the SNMP management information base (MIB) RFC 2863 and MIB-II RFC 1213 standards.
An extended network monitoring device will give you additional monitoring capabilities for things like Chassis, Processor and Memory components (as shown in the following screenshot):
If your devices support these standards, they will be discovered as Certified devices in SCOM and in the past few days, Microsoft has published an updated Excel spreadsheet containing a list of all network devices that are supported for this extended monitoring capability.
This spreadsheet is an update to one that was released a few years back for SCOM 2012 and it's the official list of network devices that are supported for extended monitoring in SCOM 2016. With nearly 850 different devices on the list, you get information about the Object ID (OID), device type, vendor, model name, and whether or not the processor and memory components get monitored as part of the extended monitoring function.
Here's a screenshot of some of the contents of the updated spreadsheet:
To download the updated SCOM 2016 Network Devices Supported for Monitoring spreadsheet, click the link here: