OpsMgr Agent Task to Configure OMS Network Performance Monitor Agents

OMS Network Performance Monitor (NPM) has made to public preview few weeks ago. Unlike other OMS solutions, for NPM, additional configuration is required on each agent that you wish to enrol to this solution. The detailed steps are documented in the solution documentation. The product team has provided a PowerShell script to configure the MMA agents locally (link included in the documentation). In order to make the configuration process easier for the OpsMgr users, I have created a management pack that contains several agent tasks: Enable OMS Network Performance Monitor Disable OMS Network Performance Monitor Get OMS Network Performance Monitor

OpsLogix VMware Management Pack Quick Overview

Recently, I have had chance to evaluate the OpsLogix VMware management pack. In this post, I will discuss my experience with this MP so far. Setup and Configuration Once the MP files are imported , you will be able to import the license from the licensing dashboard in the monitoring pane under the OpsLogix folder. Once the license is imported, you can manually add the VMware vCenter server from the “VMWare IMP COnfiguration dashboard” located under OpsLogix\VMware folder: I have create a service account in AD and give it admin rights in vCenter. I used this account to connect to

Small Bug Fix in OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0

Last night, someone left a comment on the my post for the OpsMgr Self Maintenance MP V2.5.0.0 and advised a configuration in the Data Warehouse staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the Exchange Correlation service – which is a part of the Exchange MP. This issue was previously identified for other MPs: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/f724545d-90a3-42e6-950e-72e14ac0bd9d/exchange-correlation-service-cannot-connect-to-rms?forum=operationsmanagermgmtpacks In a nutshell, looks like the Exchange Correlation service does not like rules that have category set to “None”. I would have never picked it up in my environment because I don’t have Exchange in my lab therefore no Exchange MP configured.

OpsMgr Self Maintenance Management Pack

26/10/2015 Update: It has been identified the unsealed override MP was not included in the download, and also there was a small error in “Known Issue” section (section 8) of the MP guide. Therefore I have just updated the download which now included the override MP and updated MP guide. However, if you have already downloaded the version, and only after the override MP, you can download it from HERE. 18/09/2015 Update: A bug has been identified in version, where the newly added Data Warehouse DB staging tables row count performance collection rules is causing issues with the

Updated MP Author’s System Center 2012 Orchestrator Management Pack

Background Over the last week or so, I’ve been busy creating Squared Up dashboards for various System Center 2012 components, which will be made publicly available through Squared Up’s new community site. While I was creating dashboards for some System Center components, I realised how little do the native MP from Microsoft offers (i.e. Orchestrator and Windows Azure Pack).  Luckily, some awesome MP developers have recognised this and released additional MPs to fill the gaps. i.e Brian Wren’s (aka MP Author) Orchestrator Runbook Sample MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Orchestrator-Runbook-90307b26 Oskar Landman’s Windows Azure Pack (WAP) MP: https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-Management-Pack-3855607d So in additional to creating Squared

OpsMgr Performance Collection Rules for OMS Near Real-Time Performance Data Collection

Update: 09/09/2015: I found a small error in the demo MP provided at the end of this post, where one of the perf collection rules had an extra condition detection module (which prevents the real-time perf data to be sent to OMS). I have just updated the MP and the download link. Introduction Yesterday, the OMS product team has announced the availability of the Near-Real Time (NRT) Performance Data Collection in OMS. My buddy and fellow SCCDM MVP Stanislav Zhelyazkov has already wrote an article on his blog: Operations Management Suite – Performance Monitoring. I won’t repeat what’s already been

OpsMgr Alert Console Task For Squared Up

I have just created 2 alert console tasks in OpsMgr for Squared Up: View Alert in Squared Up View Alert Source Object in Squared Up These 2 tasks will open the selected alert and alert source object in Squared Up  respectively using your default browser: Squared Up Alert View: Squared Up Monitoring Object view (Alert Source Object): the management pack containing these 2 tasks can be downloaded at the end of this article. In order to use this MP, you will need to modify 2 lines: You need to open the unsealed MP (xml) in a text editor (such as

OpsMgr Group Health Rollup Configuration Task Management Pack

Introduction In OpsMgr, groups are frequently used when designing service level monitoring and dashboards. The group members’ health rollup behaviours can be configured by creating various dependency monitors targeting against the group. When creating groups, only instance groups can be created within the OpsMgr console. Unlike computer groups, instance groups do not inherit any dependent monitors from their base class. Therefore when an instance group is created in the OpsMgr console, by default, the health state of the group is “Not monitored” (Uninitialized): In order to configure group members to rollup health state to the group object (so the group

Collecting ConfigMgr Logs To Microsoft Operation Management Suite – The NiCE way

Introduction I have been playing with Azure Operational Insights for a while now, and I am really excited about the capabilities and capacities it brings. I haven’t blogged anything about OpInsights until now, largely because all the wonderful articles that my MVP friends have already written. i.e. the OpInsights series from Stanislav Zheyazkov (at the moment, he’s written 18 parts so far!): https://cloudadministrator.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/microsoft-azure-operational-insights-preview-series-general-availability-part-18-2/ Back in my previous life, when I was working on ConfigMgr for living, THE one thing that I hate the most, is reading log files, not to mention all the log file names, locations, etc. that I

New MP: OpsMgr Health State Synchronization Library

Background As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I will continue blogging on the topic of managing multiple OpsMgr management groups – a topic keeps getting brought up in the private conversations between us SCCDM MVPs. Previously, I have written 2 posts demonstrated how to use Squared Up dashboard to access data from foreign management groups using their SQL and Iframe plugins. Now that I’ve covered the presentation layer (using Squared Up), I’d like to explore deeper in this subject. I wanted to be able to synchronise the health state from a monitoring object managed by a remote management group

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