Monitor VMware with OMS

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

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Savision Webinar – Tear down IT silos and improve your IT maturity

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

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SCOM reporting made easy and intuitive

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.
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New challenges ahead

So the time has come for me to move one more time, this time I´m leaving Lumagate where I´ve been for the past 8 months.

As of this Wednesday I´m a part of Approved Consulting instead, a company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. My role at Approved will be to keep working on the business service monitoring concept and all that comes along with it using Operations Manager, but I will also be responsible for Operations Management Suite, to drive that area forward in the company and with our customers.
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Savision Webinar: OMS or OMG? Demystifying Operations Management Suite

If you, like many organizations, are already using OMS or are planning to deploy it in your IT environment, you cannot miss Savision’s upcoming webinar. The webinar will be presented by Microsoft MVP Stanislav Zhelyaskov and will focus on:

  • Looking at OMS from a different angle
  • What is Log Analytics?
  • Tips and tricks from the field
  • Deep dives into analyzing and presenting data
  • How to harvest the power of OMS
  • Live demos, and much more!

Mark your calendar for:
Tuesday, October 25th at 10AM EST (US) | 4PM CEST (EU)
To register, click here.

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 has been released

Yesterday Microsoft Ignite started with a big bang and during the keynote several cool things were shown, some for the first time and some that we´ve seen before. Sadly, I´m not at Ignite this year but I was able to stream the keynote from home instead.

One thing that got a lot of attention was the (OMS) Log Analytics where the VMware solution was shown among others (to be continued…) and the strength of the product was shown to the 22 000 attendees along with all of us that were watching remote.
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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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