SCU 2016: Prepare to have your mind blown!

  I got the news that I have the privilege (that’s how I definitely see it) to speak once again at SystemCenterUniverse in Dallas on the 19th of January 2016. I consider this a huge privilege as I have a special relationship with this particular event. This is in fact where my wild journey through the System Center Universe as a speaker started. 2 years ago SCU held a fierce battle to determine who would be the new SCU_Jedi winning a session at this event… I was lucky enough to pull it off and suddenly I was presenting among the (what I consider) big shots in the System Center world… Most of them are still presenting today if you look at the list of speakers it is quite impressive: The first but not complete list: http://www.systemcenteruniverse.com/presenters.htm As you can see al the usual suspects are there! For the full agenda please...
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Use OMS to calculate SCCM patch window

This blog post is part of the Coretech Global Xmas blogging marathon. To find all cool content please take a look at http://blog.coretech.dk/ Recently I have been exploring OMS a lot and came across a cool user scenario which really showcases the benefits of having all data in one place. Using this big data to connect the dots between different systems and creating even more insights in your environment and the relationships between the different systems. One demo which really had some eyes popping was in fact the calculation of the SCCM patch window with OMS. A lot of people already know that there’s a specific System Update Assessment solution which points out which machines are missing which updates. But there’s more to this solution that meets the eye on first sight. You can use this solution, but also the data gathered by OMS for all your updates, to calculate very precisely how long it will...
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OMS: Manage your Linux servers with OMS (step1)

  Today the OMS agent installation bits for Linux came online in public preview giving OMS the possibility to pull in performance and event data into the OMS workspace from Linux machines. This is basically the next step to get OMS to monitor your entire environment. It is a clear example of the possibilities of OMS to monitor your entire datacenter not bound by OS or system. Where do I get it? Log on to your workspace and go to your overview => settings => connected sources and download the Agent for linux: How do I install it? Obviously you will need the access to your Linux machines. The install docs can be found on github on this url: https://github.com/MSFTOSSMgmt/OMS-Agent-for-Linux In general you just need to run these commands: $> wget https://github.com/MSFTOSSMgmt/OMS-Agent-for-Linux/releases/download/1.0.0-47/omsagent-1.0.0-47.universal.x64.sh $> md5sum omsagent-1.0.0-47.universal.x64.sh $> sudo sh ./omsagent-1.0.0-47 --install -w <YOUR OMS WORKSPACE ID> -s <YOUR OMS WORKSPACE PRIMARY...
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OMS phone app now available on all platforms: First look

  This is one thing I really like about the new strategy of Microsoft: All platforms (I know it’s not the official statement but still) The OMS app was already available on WindowsPhone platform (in preview) and quite frankly it makes sense to actually develop for your own native platform first. But today Microsoft has announced the availability of the OMS app across all the different platforms (Ios, android and winphone). The install is crystal clear as you are used to through the store. More info here: http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2015/10/21/log-analytics-on-the-move.aspx Direct link: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/operations-management-suite/mobile-apps.aspx NOTE: Fellow MVP Cameron Fuller has a blog post about the experience on an ipad here: http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2015/10/21/the-microsoft-oms-experience-on-an-ipad/ A first look: A couple of screenshots of the possibilities and look and feel on iPhone: First start of the app (really like the look and feel): Login screen looks very familiar: Auto switch between corporate or personal Signed in and detected that your workspaces, it’s indeed possible to switch between the different workspaces: You have 3 options: Dashboard: Is your personal dashboard which you can change by...
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Technet Belux Webinar: 16/10/2015: OMS, What’s it all about…

It has been a while since I actually did a webinar for Technet Belux but it’s an honor and a privlege to be back on this platform answering one of the biggest question I get almost everyday at clients and at conferences: “OMS, What’s it all about?” During this session I’m going over the basics of the new OMS platform so you can be armed to position it in your environment or just have a starting point to start exploring the vast possibilities of OMS. Expect the answers to the following questions during this session: What can it do for me? Do I need to take a look at it? What can it do to make my life as an ITPRO easier? Is this yet another tool that Microsoft is pushing us to use? Will it replace my good old on prem SCOM solution? …. All these questions are actual questions I got from the community and clients. “But hey… my question isn’t on there!” No worries use the Q&A and...
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SCOM: Add community power and keep the engine running…

  Let’s face it: a good program is like a car. You need to maintain it properly to keep it in running condition. Well this is also the case with SCOM. I visit a lot of clients and one of the main questions I get is in fact how to make sure SCOM stays healthy and running. Well there are some indicators in SCOM itself suggesting that there are issues with the install but unfortunately they are easily missed or looked over. So this is where the awesome SCOMunity steps in! This post should become your one stop location to find some of the leading community management packs you’ll need to keep your SCOM environment going or at least very easily pinpoint where there are (potential) issues. These are management packs I actually install at almost every client I visit: TAO Yang’s Self Maintenance management pack Tao has been...
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Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Remove workspace

  This blog post is part of the Microsoft Operations management Suite Quick start guide which can be found here: http://scug.be/dieter/2015/05/08/microsoft-operations-management-suite-quickstart-guide/   One of the things I’ve noticed right away when I fist opened the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) was the fact that I had different workspaces. They were all created in opinsights because the fact I added 3 different management groups in their respective SCOM console. No sweat of course. I now build 1 management group in my lab environment where I configured everything so I wanted to get rid of the other workspaces. Turns out there are 2 ways you can delete a workspace and in fact this was not clear in the beginning. How to get to the “close workspace” option The remove option is well hidden in the menu’s to probably avoid deletion by accident which is actually a good thing but it’s a little bit too...
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Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Connect Datasources

  This blog post is part of the “Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Quickstart guide” which can be found here: http://scug.be/dieter/2015/05/08/microsoft-operations-management-suite-quickstart-guide/   After we have successfully created our workspace and have installed our Solutions it’s now time to bring in our data to start the magic and witness the insight in our data that OMS can bring Here you have 3 options: Attach Servers directly (limited to 64 bit): This is used if you want to attach a server which is not monitored by SCOM. A certificate will be generated and inserted into a package that downloads and installs the Microsoft monitoring agent service onto the desired server and connects the server to your OMS. Attach System Center operations manager: You can attach various management groups in OMS. If you click connect you will be guided to the on boarding process for connecting a SCOM environment to OMS. More on this later Attach Azure Storage account: you can add a Azure storage account to facilitate the availability options regarding...
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Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Configure Workspaces

This blog post is part of the Microsoft Operations management Suite Quick start guide which can be found here: http://scug.be/dieter/2015/05/08/microsoft-operations-management-suite-quickstart-guide/   A wokspace is basically the same as your management group in SCOM. It contains all the differernt Solutions, connected datasource and azure account to start working. You can have several workspaces based with one account but interaction between different workspaces is not possible. Create a workspace In this scenario we are going to build a new workspace. Just choose the name / email and the region and click create Next up we need to link the Azure subscription we have associated to our Microsoft or corporate account. Note that having an Azure subscription is not a prerequisite for this step (you can just click not now) but it is highly recommended. To make sure you are the proper owner of the email (note that it doesn’t have to be an email that is by default the email address associated to your account) Microsoft is sending you...
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Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Quickstart guide

  So Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) was launched during Ignite 2015 and is awaiting your data to show its power to give you the insights in your environment and actually manage your environment not limited to the boundaries of your own environment or your azure environment. But before we can play with the goodies we need to configure everything correctly. This guide will grow in time to be your one stop to get you going, configuring and using Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) . Bookmark this post to get regular updates on my journey through OMS to help you save some time while exploring the possibilities of OMS. Below is a list of topics that can be used to already start your journey: Microsoft Operations Manager Suite: A first glance Microsoft Operations Manager Suite: Configure Workspaces Microsoft Operations Manager Suite: Connect Datasources Microsoft Operations Manager Suite: Remove a workspace ...
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