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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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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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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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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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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