Process monitoring (SCOM)
Microsoft's System Center Operations Manager is a powerful tool which can help you monitor the health of your environment. The tool analyzes everything from network components to the Operating System. It's a tool which from what I've seen, seems to be one of the most widely used tools in the System Center suite. I only got exposure to SCOM back when 2012 Release Candidate was released a few years ago, My first impression was “Ohhh this is kind of like Solar Winds only it reports on several different layers”. I'm not sure if that holds up to what everyone else thinks of this tool but I think that still holds water. I got a little exposure to SCOM 2012 after it's release with one of my previous employers, the company brought in a third party service provider to carry out the setup. It took a couple of months to get the setup complete… I decided it might be a good idea to stay away from SCOM! Well, I've come back to it. I made damn well sure that I documented everything so I figure I might as well share it.