ARM Templates: Working with naming conventions

In my last post which you can find here, I wrote about how to get started writing ARM templates for you Azure deployments. In the end I provided an ARM template built solely for that blog post. But the template was really basic and didn’t have much logic built into it, except for addressing a parameter to name the automation account and a variable to set the location where to create the automation account.

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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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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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Microsoft Operations Management Suite in your pocket

Until today, I haven’t been able to run Microsoft Operations Management Suite on my phone since I´m still an Android user (I know, shame on me). There has been an app available for Windows Phone for quite a while which were fun for my Windows Phone colleagues but not so much fun for me. But as mentioned, today is the day when it´s released for “my” platform as well. As of right now, it doesn’t seem like it´s been released for iOS but I´ll update this post once I lay my hands on the URL for that one too.
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Analyzing Linux Syslogs in OMS

In my earlier posts regarding Operations Management Suite (OMS) I have covered how to get the information from the servers both directly from the agent but also by connecting OMS and SCOM. But, what if you want to receive logs from a server without the need to install an agent?

In this post I will cover how it´s done when collecting logs from a VM running SUSE 13.1 created in Azure from the gallery.
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Onboarding Operations Management Suite: Part 2

In my last post which you can find here, I showed how you can connect your on-prem SCOM management group to Operations Management Suite. The procedure is the same as when you connected to Azure Operational Insights (before it was renamed yet again to OMS), but this time it was done from within the technical preview 2 of SCOM 2016.

Now that we´ve covered the SCOM connection part, let´s move over to the stand-alone connection part instead. OMS is a great solution both for small, medium and large companies with a varying amount of servers. If you don´t have SCOM implemented but still want to benefit from OMS, then keep on reading to find out how it´s done.
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Onboarding Operations Management Suite: Part 1

During the keynote at Microsoft Ignite on May 4th in Chicago, Satya Nadella announced the availability of Microsoft Operations Management Suite. To those of you who are familiar to Operational Insights, this will be even more familiar. Azure Operational Insights has now moved into the Operations Management Suite (OMS) where you will find all of what you´ve seen in Operational Insights but this will also be the place where you manage Azure Site Recovery, Azure Backup and Azure Automation (and more to come).
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Meet the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

This monday during the keynote of Microsoft Ignite in Chicago, Satya Nadella announced the new “Operations Management Suite” which is the new name for Azure Operational Insights. What´s new with this cloud solution other than the name is the fact that this no longer just contains log analytics and the things we´ve seen before. It is now also the place where you will manage your Azure backup jobs, Azure Site Recovery and Automation. When it comes to onboarding, it´s the exact same process as there was to onboard Azure Operational Insights (and System Center Advisor before that) and there are still two ways to connect the servers to the solution.
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Sessions to attend at Ignite

It is now only 30 days until I fly out from Copenhagen to New York and then Chicago to attend Microsoft Ignite. Ignite is a new event which merges several different conferences like TechEd , Office 365 Summit and the Sharepoint conference(s) as well. The event takes place between May 4th and May 8th at McCormick Place in Chicago and there´s now 615 available sessions to attend (think you can attend them all?).

Yesterday, the opportunity to build your schedule was released and you can now browse all these sessions and add them to your schedule. Below I have listed the sessions to attend at Ignite that I´ve found so far concerning Operations Manager and Azure Operational Insights. You can check the schedule out at MyIgnite where you need to login with the account you used when you registered for Ignite.
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Capacity planning in Azure Operational Insights

When i moved my blog around new years eve i mentioned that I´m going to look more into Azure in this blog and one thing that I´ve written about earlier is Azure Operational Insights. If you´ve been around for a while, it might not come as a chock that I like working with OpInsights and to combine it with our on-prem SCOM. When working with OpInsights, we use Intelligence Packs to gather data and most of the Intelligence Packs available on this date don´t need any additional configuration on-prem to function. However, if you want to use the “Capacity Planning” intelligence pack there are some requirements to fulfill before being able to gather data from your on-prem environment. What´s needed is Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager and a connection between those two and that´s the first part I will go through how to do.
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