Just a quick word on the scaling/sizing of the free Ping Management Pack.

From all the feedback we have received over the years on the sizing of the Ping Management Pack, the following can be used as a rule of thumb:

  • A physical Windows based machine (Windows 2003/2008/2012) with a SCOM agent (2007 R2 / 2012 SP1/R2) installed, will be able to handle a maximum of about 800 ping targets.
  • The Windows based machine should have 4 GB RAM and at least 1 CPU.
  • When running the Ping Management Pack from a Virtual Windows based machine, depending on its resource configuration, the maximum number of ping targets per Ping Host might far smaller than 800.

Finally, the Ping Management Pack demands resources from SCOM. When only a few Ping targets are configured, SCOM will probably be able to handle the additional workflows with ease. By default the Ping Management Pack only runs two workflows per Ping Target. If you are planning to configure hundreds or even thousands of Ping Targets, you will need to size your SCOM environment to cope with the workload accordingly.


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