I described the mitigation for alert storm in the one of my previous post. This mitigation is included out of the box with current deployment of OpsMgr 2007 R2 after system management packs were imported.

As I failed to remember this post (which talks about how to insert alerts from SDK), I also failed to realize that this alert suppression feature will not work unless a change to your custom management pack is made.

I was reminded by Markus, that I need to provide an update in order for this feature to work properly for SDK inserted data generating too much alerts within short period of the time.

History of SDK inserted alert requirements:

When we designed this SDK feature, we decided that it is best for MP (and connector) author to make a copy of condition detection module System.Connectors.GenericAlertMapper, publisher write action  System.Connectors.PublishAlert and final composite module type System.Connectors.GenerateAlertFromSdkEvent into their own management pack.

That was the reason why we did not include such definition(s) inside of Microsoft management packs (well some things had changed since then so it is possible we will make this available as public module from one of our system MP in the future).

Management pack with sample modules can be also downloaded directly by clicking this.

Unfortunately this decision has a negative impact on “alert storm mitigation” feature which was delivered as a part current OpsMgr release. This is because implementation of this feature included minor change in the configuration of the module converting input data type to alert (System.Connectors.GenericAlertMapper).

By seeing your current implementation still working, it is clear that such change was not breaking backward compatibility.

Unfortunately, if configuration is not changed for your modules generating alert for SDK inserted data as well, runtime will not initialize component responsible for alert storm recognition and suspension.

Customization needed:

It is required to change the version for all referenced system management packs to OpsMgr R2. This ensures that MP will not be imported to previous releases of OpsMgr where feature is not implemented and would cause alert generating workflow unload. (This is because of failure during configuration processing while loading a module responsible for alert generation.)

<Version>6.1.7221.0</Version>

It is also required to add ManagementGroupName tag into configuration of the module(s). Highlighted areas in XML representation of module types should be self descriptive both for alert generating module as well as final composite module type.

<ConditionDetectionModuleType ID="System.Connectors.GenericAlertMapper" Accessibility="Internal" Batching="false" Stateful="false" PassThrough="false">
  <Configuration>
    <IncludeSchemaTypes>
      <SchemaType>Health!System.Health.AlertSchema</SchemaType>
    </IncludeSchemaTypes>
    <xsd:element name="Priority">
      <xsd:simpleType>
        <xsd:restriction base="xsd:integer">
          <xsd:minInclusive value="0" />
          <xsd:maxInclusive value="2" />
        </xsd:restriction>
      </xsd:simpleType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="Severity">
      <xsd:simpleType>
        <xsd:restriction base="xsd:integer">
          <xsd:minInclusive value="0" />
          <xsd:maxInclusive value="2" />
        </xsd:restriction>
      </xsd:simpleType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="ManagedEntityId" type="xsd:string" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertName" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertDescription" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertOwner" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertMessageId" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertParameters" type="System.Health.AlertParameters" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Suppression" type="System.Health.Suppression" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="WorkflowId" type="xsd:string" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom1" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom2" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom3" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom4" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom5" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom6" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom7" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom8" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom9" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom10" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="ManagementGroupName" type="xsd:string" />
  </Configuration>
  <ModuleImplementation Isolation="Any">
    <Native>
      <ClassID>2325018e-eef4-41a3-8c17-db831b85c93b</ClassID>
    </Native>
  </ModuleImplementation>
  <OutputType>Health!System.Health.AlertUpdateData</OutputType>
  <InputTypes>
    <InputType>System!System.BaseData</InputType>
  </InputTypes>
</ConditionDetectionModuleType>
 
<WriteActionModuleType ID="System.Connectors.GenerateAlertFromSdkEvent" Accessibility="Public" Batching="false">
  <Configuration>
    <IncludeSchemaTypes>
      <SchemaType>Health!System.Health.AlertSchema</SchemaType>
    </IncludeSchemaTypes>
    <xsd:element name="Priority">
      <xsd:simpleType>
        <xsd:restriction base="xsd:integer">
          <xsd:minInclusive value="0" />
          <xsd:maxInclusive value="2" />
        </xsd:restriction>
      </xsd:simpleType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="Severity">
      <xsd:simpleType>
        <xsd:restriction base="xsd:integer">
          <xsd:minInclusive value="0" />
          <xsd:maxInclusive value="2" />
        </xsd:restriction>
      </xsd:simpleType>
    </xsd:element>
    <xsd:element name="AlertName" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertDescription" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertOwner" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertMessageId" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="AlertParameters" type="System.Health.AlertParameters" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Suppression" type="System.Health.Suppression" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom1" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom2" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom3" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom4" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom5" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom6" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom7" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom8" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom9" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
    <xsd:element name="Custom10" type="xsd:string" minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1" />
  </Configuration>
  <ModuleImplementation Isolation="Any">
    <Composite>
      <MemberModules>
        <ConditionDetection ID="Mapper" TypeID="System.Connectors.GenericAlertMapper">
          <Priority>$Config/Priority$</Priority>
          <Severity>$Config/Severity$</Severity>
          <ManagedEntityId>$Data/ManagedEntityId$</ManagedEntityId>
          <AlertName>$Config/AlertName$</AlertName>
          <AlertDescription>$Config/AlertDescription$</AlertDescription>
          <AlertOwner>$Config/AlertOwner$</AlertOwner>
          <AlertMessageId>$Config/AlertMessageId$</AlertMessageId>
          <AlertParameters>$Config/AlertParameters$</AlertParameters>
          <Suppression>$Config/Suppression$</Suppression>
          <WorkflowId>$MPElement$</WorkflowId>
          <Custom1>$Config/Custom1$</Custom1>
          <Custom2>$Config/Custom2$</Custom2>
          <Custom3>$Config/Custom3$</Custom3>
          <Custom4>$Config/Custom4$</Custom4>
          <Custom5>$Config/Custom5$</Custom5>
          <Custom6>$Config/Custom6$</Custom6>
          <Custom7>$Config/Custom7$</Custom7>
          <Custom8>$Config/Custom8$</Custom8>
          <Custom9>$Config/Custom9$</Custom9>
          <Custom10>$Config/Custom10$</Custom10>
          <ManagementGroupName>$Target/ManagementGroup/Name$</ManagementGroupName>
        </ConditionDetection>
        <WriteAction ID="WA" TypeID="System.Connectors.LibraryPublishAlert" />
      </MemberModules>
      <Composition>
        <Node ID="WA">
          <Node ID="Mapper" />
        </Node>
      </Composition>
    </Composite>
  </ModuleImplementation>
  <InputType>System!System.BaseData</InputType>
</WriteActionModuleType>

Enjoy alert storm mitigation (customization is possible as described in original post) after importing newly customized management pack!