HybridWorkerToolkit PowerShell Module Updated to Version 1.0.3

Few days ago, I published a PowerShell Module to be used on Azure Automation Hybrid Workers called HybridWorkerToolkit. You can find my blog article HERE. Yesterday, my good friend and fellow CDM MVP Daniele Grandini (@DanieleGrandini) gave me some feedback, so I’ve updated the module again and incorporated Daniele’s suggestions. This is the list of updates in this release: A new array parameter for New-HybridWorkerEventEntry called “-AdditionalParameters”. This parameter allows users to insert an array of additional parameters to be added in the event data: A new Boolean parameter for New-HybridWorkerEventEntry called “-LogMinimum”. This is an optional parameter with the

New PowerShell Module HybridWorkerToolkit

23/04/2016 Update: released version 1.0.3 to GitHub and PowerShell gallery. New additions documented in this blog post. 21/04/2016 Update: updated GitHub and PowerShell gallery and released version 1.0.2 with minor bug fix and updated help file. Introduction Over the last few days, I have been working on a PowerShell module for Azure Automation Hybrid Workers. I named this module HybridWorkerToolkit. This module is designed to run within either a PowerShell runbook or a PowerShell workflow runbook on Azure Automation Hybrid Workers. It provides few functions that can be called within the runbook. These activities can assist gathering information about Hybrid

My Global Azure Boot Camp 2016 Presentation Recording

Last Saturday, I presented the topic of “What’s New in OMS” at the Global Azure Boot Camp 2016 Melbourne event. I have recorded it using Camtasia and uploaded to YouTube. You can watch it here: You can also download the slide deck from HERE. When I was editing the recording, I noticed that I might not placed the lapel microphone properly as it was rubbing my collar and you will notice the some noise in the video. Oh well, something to improve next time.

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

OMS Log Analytics Forwarder (aka OMS Gateway) Preview

Over the last few days, I had the privilege to review and test a new component of the OMS family called “OMS Log Analytics Forwarder”. Since this component has now been released for public preview, I’d like to dedicate this post to my experience with OMS Log Analytics Forwarder so far. Initial Configuration First of all, you can download the bits and documentation from Microsoft Download site here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=51603&WT.mc In my lab, I have created a new VM running Windows Server 2016 TP4 Server Core. I firstly installed the OMS Direct MMA agent, then the OMS Log Analytics Forwarder using

OMS Alerting Webhook Support

Introduction Few weeks ago, OMS Alerting has introduced a new feature that enables the alert to trigger a webhook: This feature can be enabled with or without the existing 2 actions (email and Azure Automation runbook remediation). As we all know, the existing Azure Automation runbook remediation also leverages webhooks to trigger Azure Automation runbooks. I have previously posted a blog on OMS Alerting Walkthrough, and also presented Introduction to OMS Alerting in Windows Management User Group Netherlands, you can watch the recording on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEZZzIj66uU So, why do we need this new webhook feature? Comparing with the Azure Automation

A Major Update for the SharePointSDK PS Module

Introduction This blog has been a bit quiet over the last few weeks. This is because I have been really really busy. I have spent a lot of time working on an updated version of the SharePointSDK PS module. Just in case you have not played with this module, here’s some background info: Just over a year ago, I posted a PowerShell / SMA / Azure Automation module on this blog called SharePointSDK. Few months ago, I have also published this module on Github and PowerShell Gallery. This module was designed to help automate operations around SharePoint lists (i.e. CRUD

The Recording for My WMUG NL Webinar on OMS Alerting is Available Online

Earlier this week, I have presented for a webinar hosted by WMUG NL (Windows Management User Group Netherlands). The topic is Introduction to OMS Alerting. The recording and the slide deck is now available online. You can find them here: http://wmug.nl/2016/01/15/recording-wmug-nl-webinar-6-2016-online-introduction-to-operational-management-suite-oms-alerting/ I’d like to thank everyone who has attended the webinar, and also big thanks the the event organiser and my fellow CDM MVP Kenneth van Surksum (@kennethvs).

Capacity Planning – OMS Vs. OpsLogix Capacity Reports MP

Introduction When it comes to data center / fabric capacity planning, currently there are 2 major solutions within Microsoft’s System Center and OMS space. These solutions are: OMS Capacity Planning Solution (http://microsoft.com/oms) OpsLogix Capacity Reporting Management Pack for OpsMgr (http://www.opslogix.com/capacity-management-pack/) In this post, I will discuss the differences and similarities between these 2 solutions OMS Capacity Planning Solution Overview The OMS Capacity Planning solution was designed to provide an overview on the current and future utilisation of your virtualisation infrastructure and fabric. It is freely available for all OMS customers (well, you do have to pay for the OMS data

Free E-book: Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite

This is my first post in 2016, so happy new year everyone! Over the last few months, I have been a bit quiet on this blog, because I was involved in a book project together with Pete Zerger (@pzerger), Stanislav Zhelyazkov (@StanZhelyazkov) and Anders Bengtsson (http://contoso.se/blog/). The book is titled Inside the Microsoft Operations Management Suite, and we have made it freely available to the community. We wanted to bring a learning resource for the MS Operations Management Suite to the community that is complete, comprehensive, concise…and free (as in beer). While we finish final editing passes over the next

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