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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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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