Travelling back from a customer I remembered an old saying.
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day.
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.
I was thinking about that in relation to Ops Manager and I have come up with.
Installing OpsMgr keeps you busy for a day.
Tuning, tweaking and getting it to do exactly what you want keeps you busy for a lifetime.
This came about as a number of customers think that the installation is the main job of the project when in reality it is just the start. I can see why they might think that if they have done AD and Exchange projects. In those type of projects there is an awful lot of planning and preparation but in general once it is installed it can be handed over to operations to look after on a day to day basis as they will be doing business as usual – creating accounts and checking all is working. Ops Manager does not require anything like that much up front work but it does take a lot of work after it is installed to match it to the organisations requirements. Even after you have tuned it they then come up with all sorts of ideas for custom management packs and reports. Then new MPs are released which usually bring a whole new set of foibles with them.
(And more complex setups will take more than a day to install but that did not fit in with the fish saying)