When Squared Up meets Windows Admin Center

I have been in the private preview for Project Honolulu (now called Windows Admin Center) for quite long time before it became GA and I am a big fan of it. I have also been a long time Squared Up fan, and I was one of their very first customers at my previous job. I was really excited when Squared Up asked me to test their integration with Windows Admin Center couple of weeks ago. To me, it makes perfect sense if you have already deployed Windows Admin Center and are also using SCOM and Squared Up. Since Windows Admin

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OpsMgrExtended PowerShell module is now on GitHub and PSGallery

I developed the OpsMgrExnteded module back in 2015 and it was freely available from my company’s website. I also wrote a 18-post blog series on Automating OpsMgr using this module I was also aware of a bug in the New-OMOverride function in the module since 2015. I never got around to fix it because my focus has been shifted away from System Center. I just had a requirement to use this module so I have spent a little bit time yesterday and updated it to version 1.3. Here’s the change log: Bug fixes in New-OMOverride function Added SCOM 2016 SDK

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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

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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

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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

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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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Command Launching Microsoft Monitoring Agent Control Panel Applet

I have been refreshing my lab servers to Windows Server 2016. I’m using the Non GUI version (Server Core) wherever is possible. When working on Server Core servers, I found it is troublesome that I can’t access the Microsoft Monitoring Agent applet in Control Panel: Although I can use PowerShell and the MMA agent COM object AgentConfigManager.MgmtSvcCfg, Sometime it is easier to use the applet. After some research, I found the applet can be launched using command line:

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OpsMgr Alert Tuning using OpsLogix EZalert

OpsLogix has recently released a new product to the market called “EZalert”. It learns the operator’s alert handling behaviour and then it is able to automatically update Alert resolution states based on its learning outcome. You can find more information about this product here: http://www.opslogix.com/ezalert/. I was given a trail license for evaluation and review. Today I installed it on a dedicated VM and connected it to my lab OpsMgr management group. EZalert Walkthrough Once installed, I could see a new dashboard view added in the monitoring pane, and this is where we tune all the alerts: From this view,

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Squared Up Upcoming V3 Dashboard with Distributed Application Discovery Feature

Squared Up is set to release the version 3 of their dashboard next week at Ignite North America. One of the key features in the v3 release is called the “Visual Application Discovery & Analysis” (aka VADA). VADA utilise OpsMgr agent tasks and netstat.exe command to discover the other TCP/IP endpoints the agents are communicating to. You can learn more about this feature from a short YouTube video Squared Up has published recently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJK_3SritwY I was given a trail copy of v3 for my lab. After I’ve installed it and imported the required management pack, I was able to start

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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

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