Advanced Log File Monitoring on Microsoft SCOM & SCOM MI


Bob here. I have asked my friends at NiCE if they could write a piece about Log File monitoring for this blog. They have had a Log File monitoring management pack for SCOM since many years and it is a great solution. It is for free, and I know several customers who have used it. This piece is not going into specific steps to take and buttons to press for the solution. It is first getting the options clear to you, in order to make an informed decision and to get ideas of what you would want to do with this solution. The specifics are coming from the guide, or if you like, I can always write about the topic in an example step-by-step guide. Just let me know. The link to the management pack download page is included near the bottom of this post.

So, here is the content from NiCE:


  1. Best Practices for Advanced Log File Monitoring on Microsoft SCOM
  2. Why Log Monitoring is Crucial
  3. Introducing the NiCE Log File Management Pack – a Free SCOM Community Solution by NiCE         
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Best Practices for Advanced Log File Monitoring on Microsoft SCOM

As Log file monitoring is a crucial aspect of maintaining a healthy IT infrastructure, integrating it with Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), it becomes a powerful tool for ensuring the reliability and performance of your systems. This guide outlines best practices for advanced log file monitoring on Microsoft SCOM, emphasizing proactive approaches and addressing challenges such as missed log entries.

1. Define Clear Monitoring Objectives

Start by defining clear monitoring objectives. Understand the critical log entries, events, or patterns that indicate potential issues. Clearly define the scope of your monitoring, including specific applications, services, or servers that require close attention.

2. Leverage SCOM Management Packs

Take advantage of SCOM Management Packs designed for log file monitoring. Third-party solutions, like the NiCE Log File Management Pack, enhance SCOM’s native capabilities, providing specialized features for log file monitoring.

3. Implement Real-Time Monitoring

Configure your log file monitoring to operate in real-time. Real-time monitoring ensures immediate detection of critical events, enabling faster response times and minimizing the impact of issues on your system.

4. Set Customizable Alerts

Tailor alerts to specific log entries or patterns that are indicative of potential problems. Customizable alerts help focus attention on critical issues, preventing alert fatigue and ensuring that IT teams respond promptly to the most impactful events.

5. Integrate with SCOM Console

Integrate log file monitoring seamlessly into the SCOM console. This centralization allows IT administrators to view log file data alongside other system components, providing a holistic perspective of the system’s health.

6. Utilize SCOM Notification Channels

Configure SCOM notification channels to receive alerts through various means such as email, SMS, or other communication channels. Ensure that the relevant personnel are promptly notified when critical log events occur.

7. Implement Anomaly Detection

Explore anomaly detection techniques within log file monitoring. Machine learning algorithms can identify deviations from normal patterns, allowing you to proactively address issues before they escalate.

8. Address Missed Log Entries

8.1 Configure Monitoring for Reliability

Configure log file monitoring for reliability, ensuring that SCOM continues monitoring even in the event of service restarts or temporary disruptions.

8.2 Set Up Redundant Monitoring Instances

Consider setting up redundant monitoring instances to mitigate the risk of missed log entries. Redundancy ensures that log file monitoring remains robust even during temporary failures.

8.3 Utilize Log Forwarding

Implement log forwarding mechanisms to centralize logs from multiple servers. This approach minimizes the chance of missing log entries, providing a more comprehensive view of system activities.

9. Regularly Review and Refine Monitoring Strategy

Periodically review your log file monitoring strategy. Assess the effectiveness of your configured alerts, monitoring thresholds, and overall performance. Refine your approach based on evolving system requirements and changes in the IT landscape.

Implementing advanced log file monitoring on Microsoft SCOM requires a strategic and proactive approach. By defining clear objectives, leveraging specialized management packs, and addressing challenges like missed log entries, you can enhance the reliability and performance of your IT infrastructure. Stay vigilant, regularly review your monitoring strategy, and leverage the full potential of advanced log file monitoring to ensure the seamless operation of your systems.

Why Log File Monitoring is Crucial

In the progression of managing IT infrastructure, log files have become essential for capturing and documenting system events, errors, and activities. With the increasing complexity of systems, the capability to monitor and analyze log files has emerged as a crucial element in ensuring optimal system performance. Contemporary log file monitoring extends beyond reactive troubleshooting; it constitutes a proactive strategy for upholding a resilient IT environment.

The primary goals of advanced log file monitoring are to proactively detect, diagnose, and address issues before they escalate. By employing log files for predictive analysis, organizations can foresee potential problems, enabling IT teams to swiftly implement corrective measures. This proactive approach mitigates system downtime, diminishes the risk of critical failures, and elevates overall system reliability.

Introducing the NiCE Log File Management Pack

The NiCE Log File Management Pack serves as a robust program execution interface, executing scripts and programs to generate, extract, and modify logs from proprietary event and log file sources. Operating as a “Managed Module” for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA), this execution interface is entirely agent-based. Running as sub-processes of the MMA ensures the application of the Microsoft SCOM security concept, utilizing SCOM actions account and run-as configurations.

The Management Pack is provided free of charge and serves as a great tool for the Microsoft SCOM community.

Features of the NiCE Log File Management Pack

Advanced Log Analytics

Create, extract, modify, and analyze logs from proprietary event and log file sources

Advanced Log Analytics empowers organizations to monitor manufacturing and application systems with precision. This sophisticated solution allows users to seamlessly create, extract, modify, and analyze logs from proprietary event and log file sources. By harnessing the capabilities of Advanced Log Analytics, businesses can gain valuable insights into the performance and operational aspects of their systems, enabling proactive management and optimization for enhanced efficiency.

Absolute Log Path & Name

Facilitates wildcard searches, and specific name patterns for advanced filtering

Absolute Log Path & Name provides a robust solution for overcoming the challenges posed by complex log file names and intricate directory structures. This feature facilitates wildcard searches, enabling users to navigate through and identify log files with ease. Users can specify and save name patterns, allowing for the efficient filtration of specific files based on predefined criteria. This functionality streamlines log file management, ensuring a more effective and tailored approach to accessing and analyzing critical data within diverse file environments.

Log Correlation

Detect a specific counting rate and/or order of log files

Log Correlation is a powerful feature that enables the detection of specific counting rates and/or the order of log files. This functionality is particularly valuable in identifying patterns or anomalies within log data. Users can configure Log Correlation to recognize predefined sequences or rates of log file occurrences, facilitating the early detection of critical events and ensuring a proactive response to potential issues in the IT environment. This capability enhances the overall efficiency of log analysis, providing a more comprehensive understanding of system behavior and potential risks.

Missing Logs

Check if a log was updated in a specific timeframe or if a regular log entry, such as a health check, doesn’t appear in time

The Missing Logs feature is a crucial aspect of log file monitoring, allowing users to check for updates within a specific timeframe and identify instances where regular log entries, such as health checks, are absent. This capability ensures the timely detection of anomalies, helping organizations pinpoint potential issues or disruptions. By proactively identifying missing logs, users can address gaps in log data, maintain the integrity of monitoring processes, and swiftly respond to any deviations from expected system behavior. This feature enhances the overall reliability and effectiveness of log file analysis in maintaining system health.

Repeated Logs

Create an alert if a log entry appears a specific number of times in a given time window

The Repeated Logs feature is a valuable component of log file monitoring, allowing users to create alerts when a specific log entry appears a predefined number of times within a given time window. This capability is instrumental in identifying patterns or issues that may require immediate attention. By setting thresholds for repeated logs, users can proactively detect potential anomalies, enabling a swift and targeted response to emerging issues. This feature enhances the precision of log file analysis, providing organizations with a proactive mechanism for maintaining system stability and performance.

Event/Manual/Timer Reset

Reset monitor state back to healthy manually via the log entry or by using a timer

The Event/Manual/Timer Reset feature provides users with the flexibility to reset the monitor state back to a healthy status either manually via a log entry or through the use of a timer. This functionality empowers administrators to take corrective actions based on log data, ensuring that the system’s health is maintained. Whether triggered by specific log events or scheduled timers, this feature enables a proactive approach to managing and restoring the health of monitored systems, contributing to overall operational efficiency and reliability.

Expression Filtered

Monitors and rules compare the incoming data using XPATH with a static text, regex, value, and more

The Expression Filtered feature enhances log file monitoring by allowing monitors and rules to compare incoming data using XPATH with various parameters such as static text, regular expressions, values, and more. This capability enables a fine-grained analysis of log entries, facilitating the identification of specific patterns or conditions that require attention. By leveraging expression filtering, administrators can tailor monitoring criteria to match the unique requirements of their environment, ensuring a more nuanced and precise approach to log file analysis within the monitored systems.

Maintenance Mode

Define how logs are handled during maintenance windows

The Maintenance Mode feature provides a mechanism to define how logs are handled during maintenance windows. This functionality ensures that log file monitoring can be temporarily adjusted to accommodate planned maintenance activities without triggering unnecessary alerts or disruptions. Administrators can configure specific rules and settings related to log handling during these maintenance windows, promoting a seamless and controlled approach to system maintenance. This feature enhances the adaptability of log file monitoring, allowing organizations to maintain a balance between proactive system management and planned maintenance activities.

File Age Monitoring

Monitor whether a file has been updated during a specific time frame or whether a file has been created

File Age Monitoring is a critical feature that enables users to monitor the status of files based on their age. This functionality allows administrators to track whether a file has been updated within a specific time frame or if a new file has been created. By setting time parameters for monitoring, organizations can effectively ensure that files are regularly updated or created as expected. File Age Monitoring is instrumental in maintaining the integrity of critical files and supporting proactive measures to address any deviations from anticipated file behavior. This feature enhances the overall reliability and effectiveness of file-based monitoring processes.

Multi-Line Monitoring

Monitor log entries spanning multiple lines by a regex pattern via the UI to ease reuse

Multi-Line Monitoring is a valuable feature that facilitates the monitoring of log entries spanning more than a single line. This capability is particularly useful for handling complex log entries or events that extend across multiple lines. By allowing users to define regular expression (regex) patterns through the user interface (UI), this feature eases the process of configuring and reusing monitoring settings. Multi-Line Monitoring enhances the flexibility and adaptability of log file monitoring, ensuring that organizations can effectively capture and analyze multi-line log entries for a more comprehensive understanding of system activities.

Triggered Monitoring

Trigger log file monitoring by executing a command prior to log file analysis

The Triggered Monitoring feature offers a dynamic approach to log file monitoring by allowing users to trigger the analysis of log files through the execution of a predefined command. This capability provides flexibility in initiating monitoring processes based on specific conditions or events. By executing commands prior to log file analysis, organizations can tailor their monitoring strategies to respond to unique scenarios or triggers, enhancing the overall adaptability and responsiveness of log file monitoring within their IT environments. This feature empowers administrators to take proactive actions based on external events, contributing to a more comprehensive and customized monitoring approach.

Scalability Algorithms

Health Cache size limitation is overcome by introducing local state files. Aggregate commands to reduce the number of program executions

Scalability Algorithms in log file monitoring address the Health Cache size limitation by introducing local state files. This innovative approach enables the efficient handling of large-scale log data without compromising system performance. By implementing aggregate commands, the number of program executions is reduced, optimizing resource utilization. These algorithms enhance the scalability of log file monitoring, ensuring that organizations can effectively manage and analyze extensive log data while maintaining responsiveness and system efficiency.

Workflow Scheduling

Fine-tuning alarm notifications

Efficiently schedule workflows by incorporating features such as “exclude days” This capability allows for fine-tuning alarm notifications, ensuring alerts are triggered only on specific weekdays.


The NiCE Log File Monitor Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM goes beyond monitoring external systems; it consistently assesses its own health and performance. This self-monitoring feature guarantees autonomous system observability, contributing to the overall reliability and effectiveness of log file monitoring.

Interactive Dashboards

User-friendly dashboards offer a comprehensive view of log file data, making it easier for IT professionals to analyze trends and patterns.


In conclusion, advanced log file monitoring, especially when integrated with Microsoft SCOM, is a game-changer for IT professionals seeking a proactive approach to system management. The NiCE Log File Management Pack takes this capability to the next level, offering a powerful solution that enhances the monitoring and management of log files in diverse IT environments.

By leveraging the features of the NiCE Log File Management Pack, organizations can streamline their log file monitoring processes, improve system reliability, and ensure the seamless operation of their IT infrastructure. Stay ahead of potential issues, optimize system performance, and embrace the power of advanced log file monitoring with NiCE and Microsoft SCOM.

Explore the NiCE Log File Management Pack, a free-of-charge SCOM Community solution by NiCE, available for download at

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