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AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center

AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center enables you to view and monitor your AWS resources directly in the Operations Manager console. This way, you can use a single, familiar console to monitor all your resources, whether they are on-premises or in the AWS cloud. You get a consolidated view of all your AWS resources across regions and Availability Zones. It also has built-in integration with Amazon CloudWatch so that the metrics and alarms defined in Amazon CloudWatch surface as performance counters and alerts in Operations Manager.

The AWS Management Pack enables you to gain a deep insight into the health and performance of your applications running within the Amazon EC2 instances. The diagram view generated by the management pack makes it easy to traverse between the application and the infrastructure hosting it, with just a few clicks. For example, you can go from AWS CloudFormation stack to Elastic Load Balancing to Auto Scaling to your Amazon EC2 instance, and then to your application as shown below.

NOTE: If you have a previous version of the AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center already installed in your environment please follow the Microsoft recommended steps for updating Management Packs. If you are installing the Management Pack for the first time please follow the instructions in the AWS MP Guide.

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What is the AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center?

The AWS Management Pack is an extension to Microsoft System Center Operations Manager that enables you to view and monitor your AWS resources directly in the Operations Manager console. This way, you get a single pane of glass to view and monitor your resources, whether they are on-premises or in the AWS cloud.


Which AWS resources can I monitor using the AWS Management Pack?

You can monitor following AWS resources using the AWS Management Pack:

● Amazon EC2 instances (Microsoft Windows and Linux)
● Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes
● Elastic Load Balancing
● AWS CloudFormation stacks
● AWS Beanstalk applications

All the default Amazon CloudWatch metrics for these resources—and any Amazon CloudWatch alarms associated with them—are surfaced as performance counters and alerts in Operations Manager.


Which versions of System Center Operations Manager can I use?

The AWS Management Pack is available for “System Center 2012 – Operations Manager” and “System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2”.


Can I monitor AWS resources that are in different AWS regions?

Yes. The management pack gives you a consolidated view of your resources across multiple regions and Availability Zones.


Can I monitor AWS resources that are in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)?

Yes. The management pack gives you a consolidated view of your resources running in Amazon VPC and Amazon EC2.


Can I monitor AWS resources from multiple AWS accounts?

Yes. You can configure the management pack to monitor AWS resources from multiple AWS accounts. Resources from multiple AWS accounts are monitored separately instead of being consolidated in a single view.


Can I monitor applications running within Amazon EC2 instances?

Yes, provided that (a) the Amazon EC2 instances are running Operations Manager Agent, and (b) the application-specific management packs are imported in Operations Manager. This applies to Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows as well as Linux.

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Can I use IAM credentials instead of AWS root account credentials to monitor AWS resources?

Yes. You can configure the AWS Management Pack to use the access key ID and secret access key of a locked-down IAM user instead of using the credentials of a fully-privileged AWS root account.


Can I use my on-premises Operations Manager for the AWS Management Pack?

Yes. You can choose to run Operations Manager either on-premises or in the AWS cloud.


Where can I find more information about the AWS Management Pack?

A comprehensive guide detailing deploying, using, customizing, and troubleshooting the AWS Management Pack is available here.


Can I use my existing System Center Licenses?

Yes, through Microsoft License Mobility.