Hat tip to Jonathan Almquist for this one – it’s something I’ll be installing ASAP!

For those of you who have rolled out, or are planning to roll out, a combination of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2, and System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, this free Management Pack could be of use to you.  The management pack monitors the health status of System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 and its components. It alerts the admin on critical health state and it provides certain break fix tasks to take corrective actions. The management pack is targeted to provide central monitoring solution for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 customers.

Feature Summary

  • The DPM 2010 Management Pack enables the user to reduce unnecessary alerts appearing on your console by using service level agreement (SLA)-based alerting and duplicate–error suppression.
    • Through SLA-based alerting, alerts appear only if a particular job has failed for a certain period.
    • Through duplicate-error suppression, the management pack suppresses alerts raised as a reaction to a root-cause event. For example, if a DPM protection agent service is unreachable, or a protected computer is not working, and the backup jobs of all data sources are failing, the management pack updates the state of each affected data source without raising a data source-specific alert.
    • If you are using a ticketing system and are using Operations Manager, DPM 2010 Management Pack enables you to use rules instead of the monitors. By default, DPM Management Pack enables monitors. If you want to use rules, you must enable them.

It’s currently available in English only at this time, but will be localised in a few weeks.  You can read more about the Management Pack, and download it, here.