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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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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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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A first look at SCOM 2016 Technical Preview 4

And so that beautiful time has come again (I admit I´m a little late with this one as its been out for about three weeks now) when a new technical preview has been released of System Center 2016. This time, the term Technical Preview is followed by the number 4. In my last “technical preview post”, I went through the news of number 2. If you want to read that post, you will find it here.

So what´s new this time?

I have chosen not to show the installation process since there is no difference from the earlier preview other than it´s now installable on the Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016. The first thing you will notice when launching the installation or the Operations Console is that it now says System Center 2016 instead of 2012.

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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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