Installing OMS agent with PowerShell

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.

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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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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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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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Real time performance monitoring and visualization in OMS

So it´s that wonderful time again. The sun is shining, it´s almost spring here in (the southern parts of) Sweden and I´m getting into a new role in a new company, read the blog post about that here. Wouldn´t this be a great time to write a blog post? Yeah, I thought so to and here we are.

Near real time performance monitoring and visualization in Operations Management Suite
Earlier, in October last year to be precise I wrote a blog post on how to get started with the Near real time performance monitoring in OMS. I will not show how to set it up in this post, to find out more about that (easy) part check out the blog post about it here.

A new functionality has been released and is available now as I write this post. With this new functionality you will be able to put multiple instances like computers and disks etc. against each other to help you get an overview of your environment. To demonstrate this, I have put together some queries you can execute to get data about CPU, Memory and Disk on your servers. It´s really easy and all you have to do is to paste the query into the log search field.
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Use Run as accounts with hybrid worker groups in Azure Automation

In my earlier posts about what you can do with Azure Automation and OMS I have been using the Hybrid Worker Role for some, and for others I have run them directly in Azure. Now, what´s new since I wrote these posts is that you no longer need to delegate rights in your AD to the computer account running the agent connected to OMS. This has been changed as the team behind the Hybrid Worker Role have added the ability to run your scripts with a given run as account. In this post you will see how you can use Run as accounts with hybrid worker groups in Azure Automation.

If you want to read the historic posts, you´ll find them below:

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Reset AD user password using Azure Automation and OMS

So the time has come, holidays are over and we have stepped into another year. This time it says 2016 and I think we are looking into a great year with tons of possibilities, such as System Center 2016, Windows Server 2016 along with continuous updates to Operations Management Suite and a lot more. I ended last year with writing a series of five blog posts about how you can use Azure Automation and OMS to finish some of your repetitive tasks for you. Find them all below and take a look. Who knowns? This might be just what you´ve been looking for?

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Download my new whitepaper: The cloud and my on-prem investments, a perfect match?

As most people working in IT and who has done so for a while knows, there is a “new” thing called the cloud which have taken more place than earlier. When talking about “the cloud”, some questions show up almost every time like what is the difference between a public and a private cloud? Why should I use the cloud?

Another question that shows up more frequent is whether my on-prem investments in System Center are useless now that I have the cloud right “over my head”? What about my recent investments in new hardware which is being managed by System Center or simply in System Center itself? Yes, the cloud will deliver new servers within minutes but that doesn’t mean you investments are in vain. The unlimited resources of the cloud come real handy in different scenarios; one scenario can be when you are about to get new hardware and in this case you may just as well put your servers in the cloud while another scenario brings you to a hybrid solution where you extend your datacenter up into the cloud. This way, you can take advantage of the scalability of the cloud and only use those servers you put up there when needed.

Download your free copy of the whitepaper here.
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Summary of the year 2015

Now that my blog has been up and running for a complete year, the time has come for a summary of the year 2015. Of course this statistic should be shared with my readers as well to let you know what we have accomplished together.

During 2015 I wrote 41 different posts, starting with Using your onprem AD account with Azure Operational Insights and ending the year with a post about NiCE as a new sponsor and A first look at SCOM 2016 Technical Preview 4.
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Create Service accounts using Azure Automation and OMS

The last weeks I have blogged more about what you can do with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and Azure Automation. This have ended up in three posts on how to create both on-prem AD users but also Azure AD users. To make life even easier for you, I have now created a runbook which lets you create new on-prem service accounts. The best part of it? It´s completely automatic and the only thing you need to provide is the system name (SM for Service Manager for example) and the function (Workflows, to use for SCSM workflows etc.), the rest is handled for you.

You can find the three previous posts below.

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