Attending MVP summit 2019

For those who don’t know the MVP summit. This is the annual gathering of all MVP’s at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. For those who KNOW the MVP summit they know that you are under strict NDA not to tell anyone outside of the MVP program where we are heading with different aspects of Microsoft products. What I can show though how awesome it is to connect with so many people around the globe and meet them here at Microsoft to discuss different topics regarding the technologies we work with every day. ...
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How to query custom logs data in Log analytics

This post is a follow-up on how to SCCM custom data into your log analytics environment. As soon as you have your SCCM custom logs, or any other logs, in log analytics they get indexed under the type you have specified. In this particular case I used SCCMLOG_CL (note that the CL is mandatory). So lets jump into the log analytics query window to find out what’s in the logs at this time: Browse to Log analytics => Logs The log analytics query window will open and will give you the opportunity to start your query journey: Remember our custom type: SCCMLOGS_CL. Note the autosuggest feature which will help you to create your own queries If you run this query you will get all the results within the type. This is a great way to check whether data is flying in. So now we’ll start finding more in detail patterns. If you type where in the next line you’ll get all the fields in your data: Let’s select...
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How to upload SCCM logs in Log Analytics

One of the great powers and conveniences of having all logs in 1 place is in fact that they are getting indexed and you can query them for different scenarios. Just recently I was working on a project together with SCCM engineers and they basically told me a couple of times “it’s in this or that logfile”, they fire up SCCMtrace and start looking for the specific entry and start troubleshooting from there. “OK” I thought, maybe just maybe there’s a better solution. Because of my monitoring background I don’t like to think reactive as in “it already happened” but love to think proactive. That’s why I proposed to dump all the logs in Azure log analytics to get them indexed and have alerting / reports on them. It took some convincing to get the SCCM engineers to believe this is possible but it is actually quite simple to set it up using log analytics and custom logs. So first up the requirements: You need to...
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Speaking at MMS 2018

Speaking at MMS I’m pleased to announce that again I’m able to speak at one of my favorite events => MMSMOA. MMS really is giving you the possibility to connect with the speakers by making the speakers accessible to the audience. This gives the audience the opportunity to really ask that one burning question which is bugging them for a while and gives the speakers the opportunity to connect even outside the session with attendees to see what really is important in the session and give feedback. This event I again may speak with many of my close friends: Together with Robert Hedblom I’m speaking about whether you need to use SCOM and or log analytics and we’ll discuss how to choose the perfect fit for your scenario Together with Florent Appointaire I’ll speak about one of the most mysterious 4 letter acronyms out there at the moment: GDPR. How to become GDPR compliant and avoid the massive fines that are enforced Another awesome session with Bob...
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How to get OMS alerts in SCOM

  During recent events and customer contacts I got a lot of question regarding integrating SCOM with OMS. Also recently with my webinar with Savision it popped up several times. This question actually makes sense because SCOM has already a lot investments in it + is mostly the start of your ITIL process… But how do you actually get alerts in SCOM from OMS? Well by using OMS and Azure Automation of course! Step 1 Define what you want to forward to SCOM by defining a scenario and a search query The scenario is key in this stage of the process. You need to define what you are looking for. Alerting in OMS is quite different than SCOM for example. In OMS you need to ask yourself “How many time did X happen in Y time” instead of “If this then that” kind of monitoring in SCOM. This is very important to...
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SCOM 2016: Import management packs install button grayed out

  During one of my installations of SCOM 2016 I came across “a first” for me which I would love to share. Apparently the default behavior has changed when importing Management packs in SCOM 2016 which are already in the management group. In SCOM 2012R2 it was possible to just import the management pack over the existing management pack which makes sense as these are sealed management packs. As long as the version is equal or higher there’s not an issue. In SCOM 2016 however this behavior somewhat changed causing the install button when you import MP’s from disk staying grey not able to continue. In my case I was importing the SQL management packs. Apart from the error that the catalog was not up to date I came across the situation below:   After trying to delete the already installed mp’s the other mp’s were actually complaining that they are missing their dependent...
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OMS: Getting the most out of OMS security features

  Yesterday I hosted a workshop at Microsoft Belux about OMS security and compliancy features built-in in the OMS suite. It’s always nice to talk people through the different things which are included + give tips and tricks based on their questions. As a lot of questions are returning I decided to bundle them in an overview blog post how you could effectively tune your environment. This is not a “how to” to setup OMS but just a summary of the small tips and tricks. If you need a full “how to” setup OMS security check here: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/operations-management-suite/oms-security-getting-started 1. Add your IIS logs to the mix A significant portion of the insights on how you are doing regarding security comes from you IIS logs. Assuming that you have an OMS agent installed and added to your workspace it is invaluable to send these logs to your workspace as well for...
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Speaking @ ITPROCEED 14/06/2016 in Mechelen

  It’s that time of the year again! Everyone is waiting for the summer to hit Belgium (I heard it will happen on a Wednesday this year!). Have some time and relax… BUT… Not before we go out with a bang at ITPROceed! This is THE not to miss event in Belgium focusing on ITPRO’s. This event will be packed with sessions of both national and international speakers who use their expertise and gathered knowledge to prepare you for the next steps in your ITPRO career. ITPROceed is organized by the different Belgian user groups and backed up by Microsoft. All the new technologies which will revolutionize your ITPRO world will be showcased giving you a real look and feel what the next steps will be to move your environment forward. I myself will give you insights in the world of OMS. My session is scheduled on the “Transform the datacenter” track. During...
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OMS Webinar: Get insights in your big data 07/03/2016

  On 07/03/2016 I’ll be hosting another webinar on the excellent Microsoft Belux platform. This webinar about OMS will focus on getting the insights you need from the big data which resides in your workspace. It’s basically a next step in your journey into a new way of creating your insights in your environment. This session will be filled with tips and tricks to select the correct solutions and create your first search queries to create something no one else can: your insights. This session assumes you already have a basic knowledge of OMS and have already set up a workspace with data flowing into it. If not you can always check my get started fast series here: http://scug.be/dieter/2015/05/08/microsoft-operations-management-suite-quickstart-guide/ Hurry up as seats are unlimited and selling fast! Register here and hopefully see you 7th of march at 10AM! https://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032737604&Culture=en-BE&community=0...
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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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