Savision e-book: Improve your IT Monitoring with SCOM in 3 Steps

If you are looking to improve your IT Monitoring with SCOM, then Savision has released a free E-Book that can help you. If you are getting overwhelmed with tons of alerts, if you are not getting the visibility you need from your IT environment or are finding it hard to get crucial information to the right teams, then you will should read this e-book.

Savision’s E-Book will show you how in 3 Simple Steps you can get the most out of your SCOM investment.

You can download the e-book here.

Altaro VM Backup review

This time I´m going to leave the box a little for what I use to write about in my blog. This time I´m going to talk about a product which lets us back up VM´s in an easy, fast and effective way. I came in contact with Altaro a few weeks back and that´s when I started looking into their solution ”VM Backup”. With VM backup you can back your Hyper-V servers but also your VMware servers. In this blog I will go through how to set it up, how to take backups of your Hyper-V servers, restoring a server and some other good stuff.
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Savision Webinar: Migrate to SCOM 2016

If you are planning to migrate to SCOM 2016, then you can’t miss out on Savision’s upcoming live session featuring 3 industry experts:

  • Microsoft Product Manager – Mahesh Narayanan
  • MVP John Joyner
  • MVP Bob Cornelissen

During the session, the experts will cover what’s new in SCOM 2016 and best practices on how to migrate to SCOM 2016. It will feature live demos and a Q&A session where you can ask the experts anything you need to know about SCOM 2016.

To register for the session, click here.

Create your own solutions in OMS

My last big blog post about monitoring Nano server is dated May 17th which makes it approximately 6 weeks since then. Out of that 6 weeks, 3 weeks have been vacation but now it’s time to get this blog going again.

So what are we talking about today? The long-awaited for possibility to create your own solutions in OMS have arrived! It´s still in preview and I saw it a couple of days ago for the first time so this is where I will show you how to get started with the “View Designer”.
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Savision webinars: How-to aggregate and analyze data from monitoring & ITSM systems

You cannot miss the upcoming live online sessions that Savision will be hosting which will walk you through the process of improving your IT operations within your organization. They will show you how to obtain a holistic view of your IT environment by connecting your already in place ITSM & Monitoring systems. They will show you how to aggregate and analyze dispersed data from systems like SCOM, Azure, SolarWinds, Nagios, ServiceNow, with more to come.

If you want to unify your teams, then don’t miss out on these sessions where you:
– Will be introduced to Savision’s newest Business Service Intelligence solution, Unity iQ which allows you aggregate and analyze dispersed data from systems like SCOM, Azure, SolarWinds, Nagios, ServiceNow, with more to come.
– Learn how to connect your IT, the helpdesk and the business departments
– Learn how to define your organization’s IT Maturity level, improve it and benchmark it against competitors
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Set up and monitor Nano server

It´s been a while since I wrote anything now (5 weeks approximately, which is not okay) and it´s time to monitor Nano Server again. Due to some really annoying issues with my lab environment I have had major problems installing the latest technical preview of Windows Server and SCOM. But I decided to have the last laugh and now both Windows Server 2016 and SCOM 2016 are running on TP5 level.

So what´s new in SCOM 2016 TP5?

  • Monitor a broad range of network devices without requiring Operations Manager certification
  • Monitor Nano Server deployments, including DNS and IIS roles
  • Realize more than 2X scale improvement in monitoring UNIX/Linux servers
  • Experience a more responsive application console, including the ability to navigate across different views and pivots without having to wait for the data to load
  • Seamlessly discover, install and update required management packs right from the administration console
  • Tune management packs, and alter the monitors and alerting rules – either at source level or group level – to reduce alert noise
  • Plan and schedule maintenance windows for workloads without generating spurious alerts in Operations Manager console
  • Utilize the Preferred Partner program to discover third-party management packs, authoring tools, dashboard utilities, etc., right from the Operations Manager console

The feature I´m going to dig into in this post is the “Monitor Nano Server deployments” part, which have been improved in TP5 and you´re now able to install the agent on to a Nano server through the discovery process in the SCOM console. If you have been reading my blog for a while you might know that I wrote a post some weeks ago about how to monitor Nano server using SCOM, but that was using SCOM 2016 TP4 so I will show the new and improved way here instead. Find that post here.
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Savision whitepaper: Give business context to your data from Azure or multiple SCOM management groups

If you are using Azure and SCOM or multiple SCOM management groups, then you spend a lot of time trying to make sense of all the complex and technical data that they generate difficult. In addition, you must be getting storms of alerts. If you are getting dispersed data from these different monitoring systems but are unable to connect it, then you need to get the big picture of what’s happening in your IT landscape. If you are using SCOM and Azure and multiple monitoring systems and can’t put all this data in a business context, it’s time for you to take your IT to the next level and take your monitoring to another level.
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Visualizing OMS data in Power BI

If you just like me have been using OMS now for a while and collected a serious amount of data, collecting everything from a ton of events to the update status of my servers, you might now have a lot of information to work with. You can always use the search syntax in OMS to check out on your data in a nice way and it´s very simple. But what if you want to create reports out of the data? It´s possible to export data from OMS to watch in Excel for example, but what if you want to do some fancier reports using the data? Visualizing OMS data in Power BI is your answer and will help you create those fancy reports that you´ve been dreaming about!
A while back I wrote a blog post for the OMS team blog where I went deep on how to integrate OMS with Power BI and to export data from OMS to Power BI. If you haven´t read that post yet, you really should. Not only because it´s really nice to see how easy it is to get started, but also because I won´t show the integration part in this post. Instead, I will just show you some examples of what you can do with the information that you sent from OMS to Power BI in a couple of reports. You can find the blog post here on the OMS team blog.
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NiCE Log File MP Webinar with MVP-Kevin Greene

NiCE IT Management Solutions invites you to a unique Webinar with MVP –  Kevin Greene titled “Log File Monitoring in System Center OpsMgr made easy”.This live demo session will be focused on illustrating how you can use the NiCE Log File Management Pack to effectively monitor your log files in SCOM. You will leave the session with a clear understanding of how the solution can help you in your own environment and pick up a few tips & tricks that you may not already know if you are already using the solution.Kevin Greene will run through some real-life scenarios in the session to illustrate how to work with the solution to solve problems, and the NiCE Product Director –  Christian Heitkamp will give you a sneak preview on a future product release.
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Monitoring Nano Server using SCOM

This post is covering Windows Server 2016 and SCOM 2016 TP4. A new post covering Windows Server 2016 and SCOM 2016 TP5 can be found here.

So its time for some blogging again. With all that we have in front of us with a new generation of System Center but also Windows Server 2016, there´s plenty of fun stuff to write about. In my last post I showed how to get started with the Nano server which is a part of Windows Server 2016. If you havent already, find it below.

The topic for this post is to show you how to monitor your Nano server that you created in the previous blog post using System Center 2016 Operations Manager TP4. For this post I have created a brand new Nano server according to the steps of the previous post meaning I will set up a new IIS server once again. I did run into some trouble while preparing this post so thanks to the Nano server product team for helping me out with some issues.
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