For the past two years or so I have been talking a lot about how to monitor business services, and most of the time I have done this with Savision Live Maps as a great solution for this. But what about those that haven´t invested in Live Maps? Are they left out of this great way of monitoring? The short answer to this question is no.
When using Live Maps to monitor the services we´re using Distributed Applications which is a big part of SCOM and has been for a long time now. A while ago a colleague of mine, Mats Augustsson came up with a brilliant idea of how to make dynamic Distributed Applications (DA´s) a lot easier (and better). Often when creating DA´s you´re pointing out single objects to include in the service which of course is a great way of doing it, but it doesn´t make it easy to maintain.
Do you have questions about SCOM 2016? So does every other SCOM user. Luckily, Savision will be hosting a session featuring great experts that are prepared to answer all the questions you have about SCOM 2016. You can’t miss Savision’s upcoming session entitled: ‘Passport to SCOM 2016’.
A couple of months back, Microsoft made Service Map available as a part of OMS. It all began about 18 months ago when Microsoft acquired Bluestripe and their product FactFinder. FactFinder helped SCOM users to visualize connections and let them see what relationships there were between different components in their environment.
Soon it became clear that this was about to be rebuilt and launched as a part of OMS. About a month or so ago, Service Map were made available as a public preview in the Azure region West Europe as well. This meant that I could add this solution to my Log Analytics workspace, and now here we are! 🙂
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Are you having issues getting a handle on your IT Operations? Savision will be hosting a webinar that will show you how to tame your IT Operations tools and improve your organization’s IT Maturity.
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Operations Management Suite (OMS) is a great thing and easy (and fast) to getting started with just installing an agent on a server. However, installing OMS agent would be nice to get automated and instead of doing it with the command line it could be done with PowerShell, compared to doing it manually which would take s significant amount of time. Keep reading to find out how to install OMS agent with PowerShell.
I have checked the command line installation option and that isn´t as good and fancy as doing it with PowerShell, hence this post. I have put together a PowerShell Script that will download the agent, install it and remove the installation files. All you need is the Workspace ID and Workspace Primary Key.
So, the year has changed one more time and 2016 has now switched over to 2017. For me 2016 was a good year, I switched positions twice and have now landed in my new role at Approved Consulting. As I usually do around this time of the year (along with most bloggers I suppose) I´ll summarize the blog year below.
Views and visitors
I saw early in the year that I would break 2015 years’ numbers pretty fast. Looking back at 2016, that’s exactly what happened and the numbers for 2016 ended at a total of 36 079 views and 24 237 unique visitors.
The numbers of 2015 were 24 863 views and 15 353 unique visitors so a lot better thanks to all of you reading my blog posts. The most popular day was January 14th with a total of 362 views.
One of the better releases in a while has been the ability to monitor VMware with OMS. Earlier this year a new solution was released for OMS Log Analytics for monitoring VMware for you from your environment. This is something that we have done for years now with SCOM but now the time and capabilities have come to OMS as well. The first problem I ran into with this blog post was the fact that all my VM´s are running on Hyper-V and therefore, I had no VMware host to run the test on.
Okay, that’s a pretty small problem since all I had to do was to fire up a computer that I had lying around at home and install VMware ESXi to it. I did run into some problems during the installation with the network drivers, but nothing that my Google skills couldn´t handle.
While working with this solution, I have run into pretty much every known error there is getting this solution to work properly. That´s why I have made such a massive post out of this to give you a smoother on-boarding process
Savision is hosting a free webinar with Microsoft MVP´s Kerrie Meyler and John Joyner, entitled: ‘Tearing down IT Silos – Addressing the human side of IT Operations’.
During the webinar, you will find out how to avoid issues that are detrimental to the health of your organization’s IT maturity, and how to get your IT team to row in the same direction towards a common goal. Some of the highlights of the webinar will include:
- Defining Infrastructure and Operational Maturity
- How the People, Process, and Technology Triangle relate to Business Value and Business Management
- The Six levels of Infrastructure and Operational Maturity
A couple of weeks ago I started working for a new company which I wrote about here and I am now the product manager for OMS with a focus on Log Analytics and Azure Automation.
However, this does´nt mean I have given up on SCOM just to focus on OMS.
I am just as passionate about SCOM as I´ve been before and you will see some of that in this post. Since I started working for Approved Consulting I have had the opportunity to start digging into the analytic tool they have been developing during the last year.
Some of you may have seen some of it before in a copuple of postings made at ITServiceAnalytics (ITSA), but I will now start digging into the different parts of it to show what you can do with it.
In this first posting, I will do some performance reporting using SCOM reporting but I will also show how it´s done using ITSA to show the different ways to generate reports. For all of this to be nice and easy, we are using a Distributed Application for a sales platform with all of its components.
It´s been created using Savision Live Maps but still, a regular Distributed Application that we can use to generate reports. You don´t have to use a DA for this to work, but it sure makes it a lot easier as you can filter your data in a complete different way.