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25 Questions and Answers by William Swansen

Published March 28th, 2020 | William Swansen is an author, job search strategist and career advisor who assists individuals from all over the world.
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What are some common add-ons for SCOM which make it more effective in monitoring your IT environment?
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The interviewer is now extending their questions beyond SCOM. They are expressing interest and third-party applications and add-ons, which help to make SCOM more useful and applicable to their environment. This signals that you have been successful at convincing them to use the tool and that you have the capabilities to manage it. By answering this question, you are further demonstrating your expertise in this area.
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1.
What are some common add-ons for SCOM which make it more effective in monitoring your IT environment?
The interviewer is now extending their questions beyond SCOM. They are expressing interest and third-party applications and add-ons, which help to make SCOM more useful and applicable to their environment. This signals that you have been successful at convincing them to use the tool and that you have the capabilities to manage it. By answering this question, you are further demonstrating your expertise in this area.

William's Answer #1
"In its basic form, SCOM is essentially a data collection tool. While skilled operators can view and analyze the data, there are add-ons available, which makes this job easier. One such add-on is from a company called SquaredUp. They provide a console that visually displays the data in a format that provides operators a clear picture of exactly what is going on within the network. Operators can also build a dashboard customized to their specific needs using this tool."
William's Answer #2
"While SCOM is a data collection and monitoring tool, it is only as useful as the information it provides to the system operators. In order to make it more effective, companies often purchase add-ons to SCOM. One of these is available from a company called SquaredUp, which has created a console for the management server. The console displays the information that the server collects in a visual format, which is easily interpreted by the operators. Operators can also create dashboards customized for their specific needs."
2.
Since we already have SharePoint Health Analyzer, do we really need SCOM?
This is a legitimate question an interviewer may ask if they haven't yet committed to SCOM 19. They're looking to you for advice as to whether this makes sense for them. The best way to respond to this question is to point out the differences between these two products. If you're confident enough, you can make a recommendation at the end of your answer.

William's Answer #1
"Both SCOM and SharePoint Health Analyzer are capable of monitoring the health of a SharePoint farm. However, SCOM is more granular and will monitor things that can't be seen by SharePoint Health Analyzer. Moreover, the alerts that you get on SharePoint Health Analyzer contain information that may not be relevant to your situation. I'd recommend replacing Health Analyzer with SCOM 2019 and the appropriate management pack."
William's Answer #2
"While it's true that both SharePoint Health Analyzer and SCOM with the appropriate SharePoint management pack can both provide monitoring services for SharePoint, there are some distinct advantages to using SCOM. First and foremost is that the alerts are much more granular withSCOM and will give you the information you can use to fine-tune the application. The other advantage is that you can consolidate monitoring all of the services on your network under the SCOM console, whereas Health Advisor only monitors SharePoint services."
3.
Can you walk me through the configuration process for SCOM 2019?
By now, you should recognize this as an operational question. The interviewer is trying to determine how you go about doing this job. Your answer will also provide them information on your communication skills and your ability to describe a technical process to someone with little or no technical background.

William's Answer #1
"SCOM 2019 is relatively easy to configure. The first step is to install and set up SCOM on a windows server. Once this is complete, you install the appropriate management packs on the SCOM server. The management packs are specific to each type of component on the network. Next, you need to install SCOM agents on the application servers. The agents gather performance information and logs. This will complete the configuration process."
William's Answer #2
"Configuration of SCOM 2019 can be done quickly by following a prescribed process. The first step is to install SCOM on a Windows server. Once this is done, you need to identify the individual management packs for each of the services you will be monitoring. These are installed on the same server as SCOM. The final step is to install the agents on the individual application servers across the network. The agents are what generate the performance data and alerts which are displayed in the SCOM console."
4.
Do you believe OMS will fully replace SCOM at some point in the future?
Yet another question in which the interviewer is asking you to project what a third party company will do in the future. The better you can answer these questions, the more you will demonstrate your expertise in this area and differentiate yourself from other applicants. It may be wise to review the Microsoft help forums, and official pages for SCOM 2019 before the interview to better prepare yourself for these types of questions.

William's Answer #1
"It is well known that Microsoft has been gathering customer interest around this topic. There is a consensus that customers would like to leverage their current investment in OMS for alerting and reporting capabilities currently offered by SCOM. I do believe that this will occur in the future, but how long that will be is difficult to know."
William's Answer #2
"There are many customers who currently use both OMS and SCOM 2019 to monitor their IT infrastructure. While these two tools integrate well, it still requires multiple licenses and additional management overhead to use both of them, In my opinion, Microsoft will soon combine the functionality of these two tools into a single product."
5.
What do you know about App Insight integration with SCOM 2019?
This is another question the interviewer is asking to determine how closely you follow developments within the SCOM 2019 environment. You may or may not have the answer to this question. If you don't, you should say so and then provide the interviewer with a description of how you would go about finding this information.

William's Answer #1
"App Insight will be publishing a management pack which will enable you to visualize the application's monitoring experience within SCOM. It will provide data about alerts and metrics for the application. Since App Insights is already integrated into Azure, it's metrics and alerts can currently be viewed through the Azure management pack for SCOM 2019."
William's Answer #2
"That's a great question. However, I have never worked with App Insight, so I am not familiar with its management pack stats. If given some time, I can research this and get back to you with the answer. I'm sure the information is available in either the App Insight or Microsoft support forums."
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