Installing OMS and Service Map Agents with PowerShell

Back in January this year I wrote a post about how you can install the OMS agent using PowerShell. Now the time has come to include the Service Map agent in the equation as well since this is a feature that recently got Generally Available. You can find the original post about installing the OMS agent here. What´s new in this script is that I have added a section for downloading and installing the Service Map agent as well. Enough talking, let´s get to it!

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Connect your on-prem servers to Azure

For a while now, my on-prem lab environment have been almost at its max capacity and since I have moved from an apartment to a house by the sea for the summer and now into “the final” house, finally I got my 100/100 fibre connection again and it was worth doing something about it. My lab environment is at its fullest capacity I said, so what to do? A few years back I would have just browsed into the first store and bought some more internal memory which is what I´m missing now. But since today isn´t “a few years back”, the obvious answer is to connect it to Azure.
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Send mail from SCOM

Have you ever wanted to send mail from SCOM just to notify someone of an alert and to easily provide them with all the information they need? Do you wish you could do this without adding notifications etc. inside SCOM? If you answered yes to those two questions, then you really should keep reading. The standard way in SCOM to send alerts via mail is to configure a SMTP server, add subscribers and then add subscriptions. That is great and provides you with the information you need but there might also come a time when you want to forward an alert to someone who´s not a subscriber in SCOM.
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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

Connecting Operations Manager to Service Manager

Some time ago, I wrote a post about why you should connect Operations Manager to Service Manager. The reason why you would want to do this is to make life easier for your helpdesk personnel and to only provide them with one console to work with instead of two. You can read my post on monitoring your environment using Service Manager here. Continue reading

Monitor your environment using Operations Manager and Service Manager

Sometimes, System Center Operations Manager can look like a very complex and difficult system to learn. There are a lot of rules and monitors to watch out and the reason for this is because most people do their monitoring directly in the Operations Console with all alerts visible.

Instead of using this method, System Center Service Manager should be used to  handle the monitoring of the environment while Operations Manager takes care of the surveillance.
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