At first glance – there really isn’t much to the current version of the management pack (6.0.5000.0). It does not even include views to see the health of WSUS (as discussed in this thread) . But if you are using this version of WSUS you need something to monitor it and this is what’s currently available. However there is more is going on behind the scenes than it may look like in this management pack. This blog post will discuss what is in this pack, how to add views and a customization to this management pack to make it more usable.

 

Let’s start with where to get the management pack for WSUS from? It is available on the catalog as shown below:

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There is one discovery included which is shown below.
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There are several items which are checked to determine the health of WSUS as shown below (a subset of the health explorer for the WSUS object):
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These items are provided by the following monitors within the management pack:

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There are also two rules which are included in the pack shown below:

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Three tasks are included in the pack as shown below:

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Enhancing the WSUS management pack:

The big problem with this pack is that it Includes no views, so there is no quick way to see the health of WSUS. To fix this we can add three views as shown below to display the state, performance and alerts and we can add them to a Operations Manager 2007 R2 style dashboard as shown below:

Create a management pack:

As the first step, create a “Windows Server Update Services” management pack. This will provide the folder name as “Windows Server Update Services” so it appears as shown in the list below.

Next we create each of the views using the configurations shown below.

The alert view configuration:

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The state view configuration:
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The performance view configuration:

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And the dashboard configuration:

In Operations Manager 2012 you can install this dashboard pack and copy one of the existing templates and then rename the view (note the state, alert, and performance information as well as the WSUS 3.0 server tasks in the task pane).

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Change the discovery frequency:

This pack uses registry based but default to 300 seconds which is too frequent of a discovery in my option considering it will be checking for this on all Windows Servers. To tune this, we create an override to set this to run once a day instead (86400 seconds) as shown below and store it in the Windows Server Update Services management pack.

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And now we have a much more usable version of the WSUS 3.0 management pack! I’ve gathered the views and the override created above as a “Windows Server Update Services” management pack which is available for download at: http://www.systemcentercentral.com/pack-catalog/wsus-3-0-management-pack-extension/

 

[NOTE: This management pack is designed for the current version of Operations Manager 2012, if someone really needs this in Operations Manager 2007 R2 please take the same steps above on an Operations Manager 2007 R2 environment and upload it to SystemCenterCentral!]