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:

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,

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

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

OMS Near Real Time Performance Data Aggregation Removed

Few weeks ago, the OMS product team has made a very nice change for the Near Real Time (NRT) Performance data – the data aggregation has been removed! I’ve been waiting for the official announcement before posting this on my blog. Now Leyla from the OMS team has finally broke the silence and made this public: Raw searchable performance metrics in OMS. I’m really excited about this update. Before this change, we were only able to search 30-minute aggregated data via Log Search. this behaviour brings some limitations to us: It’s difficult to calculate average values based on other intervals

Upcoming SCOM Bootcamp-Melbourne Australia

I’m teaming up with Infront Consulting, Australia and will deliver a 4-day in-person instructor-led SCOM 2012 bootcamp at Melbourne, Australia. The content of this bootcamp was developed by Infront Consulting group and it has been very popular internationally. This bootcamp is designed for SCOM administrators and operators. If you are running SCOM (or planning to implement SCOM) in your environment, I strongly recommend you enrol to this bootcamp and spend 4 days with myself and other folks attending the bootcamp. Here’s the detail of this training event: SCOM 2012 Bootcamp – Australia Date: 20 – 23 June 2016 Location: Saxons

Recordings Available for the VSAE MP Authoring Webinar with Squared Up

Last night, I conducted 2 webinars with Richard Benwell of Squared Up on MP Authoring. I recorded both sessions from my computer using Camtasia, and now the recordings for both sessions are now available on Squared Up’s YouTube channel: First Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH035DgbUSQ Second Session: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu3yRE770QA Lastly, the workshop guide, slide deck and the sample VSAE project is also available on GitHub: https://github.com/tyconsulting/SquaredUp-VSAE-Workshop

Upcoming Webinar on MP Authoring Using VSAE

Last week, I have conducted a workshop with Richard Benwell from Squared Up to a group of Squared Up’s customers at an internal company event. In the workshop, I led the students and built a sealed OpsMgr management pack with a simple agent task. After the workshop, our plan is to make the content available to general public, therefore, Richard and I will be conducting 2 additional webinars next week to cover different time zones. We will repeat what we did in last week’s internal event, and demonstrate how to build such a MP from scratch using VSAE and Visual

Upcoming Webinar: OpsLogix VMware Management Pack Overview

My next webinar with OpsLogix will take place on Wednesday 6th April 2016. In this webinar, I will demonstrate how to configure the OpsLogix VMware management pack, and provide an overview of this MP. If you are interested in this MP, or looking for a solution for monitoring your VMware infrastructure, please make sure you attend this webinar because there are only limited places available. You can find more details about this webinar from OpsLogix’s blog: http://www.opslogix.com/opslogix-vmware-mp-overview-with-tao-yang/ The registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/opslogix-vmware-mp-overview-with-tao-yang-registration-23084853418 I’m looking forward to seeing you then!

Automating OpsMgr Part 20: Migrating Your OpsMgr Performance Collection Rules to OMS (Using OpsLogix VMware MP as an Example)

Introduction This is the 20th installment of the Automating OpsMgr series. Previously on this series: Automating OpsMgr Part 1: Introducing OpsMgrExtended PowerShell / SMA Module Automating OpsMgr Part 2: SMA Runbook for Creating ConfigMgr Log Collection Rules Automating OpsMgr Part 3: New Management Pack Runbook via SMA and Azure Automation Automating OpsMgr Part 4:Creating New Empty Groups Automating OpsMgr Part 5: Adding Computers to Computer Groups Automating OpsMgr Part 6: Adding Monitoring Objects to Instance Groups Automating OpsMgr Part 7: Updated OpsMgrExtended Module Automating OpsMgr Part 8: Adding Management Pack References Automating OpsMgr Part 9: Updating Group Discoveries Automating OpsMgr

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