SCOM Webinar for Office 365 Monitoring and Dashboards

Savision and NiCE are getting together and delivering a webinar on Office 365 monitoring and dashboard next week. The webinar is taking place on Wednesday 13th December on 16:00 Central European Time / 10:00 Eastern Standard Time. You can find the details registration form here: https://www.savision.com/webinars/online-session-office365-monitoring-scom

Squared Up OpsMgr Community MP Catalog

One of the big challenges when working with OpsMgr is finding all the good community management packs. Although Microsoft has provided a “Partner Solutions” section in the OpsMgr console to publish 3rd party management packs, it was designed to advertise commercial MPs developed by partner ISVs. From what I learned, the bar is too high to get your MP listed there, and for my community MPs, I don’t see myself spending time and effort to try get my MPs listed there since they are free and I don’t make any $$$ from these MPs. Squared Up has recently released a

Searching OMS Using the New Search Language (Kusto) REST API in PowerShell

Currently Microsoft is in the process of upgrading all OMS Log Analytics workspaces to the new query language (named Kusto). Once your workspace has been upgraded, you will no longer able to invoke search queries using the Get-AzureRmOperationalInsightsSearchResults cmdlet from the AzureRM.OperationalInsights PowerShell module. Kusto comes with a new set of REST APIs, you can find the documentation site here: https://dev.int.loganalytics.io. According to the documentation, this REST API has the following limitations: Queries cannot return more than 500,000 rows Queries cannot return more than 64,000,000 bytes (~61 MiB total data) Quries cannot run longer than 10 minutes by default. From

Azure Resource Policy to Restrict ALL ASM Resources

I needed to find a way to restrict ALL Azure Service Manager (ASM, aka Classic) resources on the subscription level. Azure Resource Policy seems to be a logical choice. So I quickly developed a very simple Policy Definition: View the code on Gist. Once I have deployed the definition and assigned it to the subscription level (using PowerShell commands listed below), I could no longer deploy ASM resources:

i.e. when I tried to create a classic VNet, I could not pass the validation:

New PowerShell Module For Azure Automation: AzureServicePrincipalAccount

I’m currently working on a project where there has been a lot of discussion on how to use Azure AD Service Principals in Azure Automation and other solutions that involves any automated processes (i.e. VSTS pipelines). When signing in to Azure using a Service Principal, you can use either a key (password) or a certificate associated to the Service Principal. When using the Add-AzureRMAccount cmdlet, you can use one of the following parameter set: Key (password) based: Azure AD Tenant ID Azure Subscription Name or ID PS Credential object User name: Azure AD Application ID Password: Service Principal key Certificate

AzureTableEntity PowerShell Module Updated

I have updated the AzureTableEntity PowerShell module few days ago. The latest version is 1.0.3.0 and it is published at: PowerShell Gallery: https://www.powershellgallery.com/packages/AzureTableEntity/1.0.3.0 GitHub: https://github.com/tyconsulting/AzureTableEntity-PowerShell-Module/releases What’s changed? New function Merge-AzureTableEntity Merge one or more entities in a Azure table. Please make sure you understand the difference between Azure table merge and update operations: Update: replace entity fields with the the fields specified in the update operation Merge: update the value of existing fields specified in the merge operation If you want to update the value of an existing field and having the rest of the fields unchanged, make sure you

Deploying PowerShell Module from GitHub to a MyGet Feed using VSTS CI/CD Pipeline

Introduction Lately I have been playing with VSTS and its CI/CD capabilities. Since I have been writing a lot of PowerShell modules and I’m using GitHub and MyGet in this kind of projects, I thought a good scenario to build is to use VSTS CI/CD pipeline to automatically deploy the module from GitHub to my MyGet feed whenever I commit to the master branch for the particular PS module. In summary, this is the process: I commit code changes to master branch VSTS starts the build process (CI) fetch the artefact run pester test making sure the module can be

Inside OMS Book V2 Released

Few days ago, the Inside OMS Book version 2 has been released as a free ebook to the TechNet Gallery: http://bit.ly/InsideOMS A lot has changed since the first release of the book and even when we were writing the version 2, I constantly feel that we are shooting a moving target. Now looking back, we have been working very very hard over the last 10 months. Comparing with version 1, the size of the book increased from ~450 pages and 12 chapters to ~750 pages and 17 chapters.  This time, other than the authors, we are fortunate that we have

OpsMgr 2016 Agent Crashes SharePoint 2016 Site

Today I pushed the SCOM 2016 agent to my newly installed SharePoint 2016 server via the SCOM console. My SCOM management group is on 2016 RTM UR 3. Once the SCOM agent was installed, I could not launch SharePoint Central Admin site after a reboot. After turned off the custom error in web.config, I could see the exception: This is caused by the known issue with SCOM 2016 agent APM component (Application Performance Monitoring). My good friend Kevin Greene has already blogged this: http://kevingreeneitblog.blogspot.com.au/2017/03/scom-2016-agent-crashing-legacy-iis.html So to fix my issue, I followed Kevin’s instruction – reinstalled the SCOM agent using MOMAgent.msi

Free PowerShell OpsMgr Management Pack from Squared Up

Squared Up is releasing a new free management pack that provides several PowerShell related templates that allows SCOM administrators to create the following workflows: Name Type Description Run a PowerShell Script Diagnostic Runs a script as a diagnostic, returning text PowerShell Script Three State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy, Warning, or Critical based on the script output PowerShell Script Two State Monitor Monitor Runs a script and reports Healthy or Warning/Critical based on the script output Run a PowerShell Script Recovery Runs a script as a recovery, returning text PowerShell Script Alert Generating Rule Rule Raises Alerts

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