Creating dynamic Distributed Applications in SCOM

For the past two years or so I have been talking a lot about how to monitor business services, and most of the time I have done this with Savision Live Maps as a great solution for this. But what about those that haven´t invested in Live Maps? Are they left out of this great way of monitoring? The short answer to this question is no.

When using Live Maps to monitor the services we´re using Distributed Applications which is a big part of SCOM and has been for a long time now. A while ago a colleague of mine, Mats Augustsson came up with a brilliant idea of how to make dynamic Distributed Applications (DA´s) a lot easier (and better). Often when creating DA´s you´re pointing out single objects to include in the service which of course is a great way of doing it, but it doesn´t make it easy to maintain.

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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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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.

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End user transaction monitoring using SCOM and Live Maps

When you have invested in Live Maps from Savision, you´ve opened up a whole new world with great opportunities of monitoring your business services. One of the first things many people associate Live Maps with is the service map where all the business services are displayed along with their status. This map displays not only the service name itself, but also three (hey, there are four you may think. The fourth is the “related services” section) different categories displayed. The three categories are End user components, Application components and Infrastructure components. In this blog post, I´ll show how we can use the Operations Manager web console to display it as an end user component in a previously created business service covering Operations Manager and its parts. To be able to set this up correctly, I need an account with read-only rights (minimum) to Operations Manager which I´ve already created and have had the rights assigned to it.
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Assigning user roles to separate Live Maps services

As you all (hopefully) know, Live Maps Unity is a way to extend the monitoring with Operations Manager into looking at the application level instead of just looking at different components. It´s a great way to visualize the services and the status of those and it gives us the opportunity to, in an easy way find out about SLA levels of both the services but also the underlying layers of the service.

One of the main things I´ve run into when working with Live Maps and business service management is the ability to show the services dashboard on a separate screen. When working with one of my customers, there were some main requirements to take care of.
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System Center 2016 Operations Manager – What´s new

So as i mentioned in my last post, I was one of the lucky 23.000 persons who got to attend Microsoft Ignite in Chicago where IT professionals, exhibitors and Microsoft came together in a large conference to share all the news and to meet new people. Since I´m a SCOM fanatic and have been for a long time, I want to share some of the news that came up during the week on what we can expect from System Center 2016 Operations Manager.
Below is just a summary of what´s to come, I will evaluate the news in upcoming posts to give you a hint on what to expect.
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Visualize services and SLAs using SCOM and Live Maps

Operations Manager is to some people just known as a monitoring tool which can help you monitor your servers and applications. The monitoring can go really deep into both OS and applications to give you a real overview of your environment and you will also be warned when something´s about to go wrong followed by a critical alert if not taken care of. When you run your services and applications, such as web shops or other business critical systems you would want to know the status and availability of these services to be sure that they are up and running as supposed. Continue reading