Exploring OMS Settings and the New UI Changes

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, OMSLeave a Comment

If you’ve been using OMS for some time, you may have noticed quite a few changes to various aspects of the OMS UI. Today I’d like to go over the most recent OMS user interface update —  That of the Settings workspace.  In the past, the settings workspace presented the various tab options horizontally in the UI, and clicking on a tab took you directly to the relevant data for that tab. This layout was functional, but was neither the most aesthetic nor intuitive layout.

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With the new UI updates, the settings tabs are now presented in a vertical layout with each tab expanding out to display the relevant content in a more intuitive and aesthetic layout. The settings workspace contains detailed information about the solutions installed in a given workspace, connected sources, data configured in a workspace, computer groups, accounts, alerts, Power BI configuration, and Preview Features.

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Note that not all OMS workspaces will display all of the tabs outlined above. For instance, you will only see the PowerBI tab if you have enabled the preview feature for PowerBI integration with OMS.

The first tab is the Solutions tab. This gives an overview of all of the solutions installed in the OMS workspace. It gives a count of the installed solutions, and also provides a button for removing any optional solution from the OMS workspace.

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The Connected Sources tab allows you to review the configuration for data sources that are connected to the OMS workspace, and nicely breaks this down by platform type (Windows/ Linux Servers), connected Storage Account, System Center (SCOM Management groups), connected Office 365 subscriptions, and Windows telemetry.

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The Data tab provides information about configured data types and available configurable options in the OMS workspace for Windows Event Logs, Windows/ Linux Performance Counters, IIS Logs, Customs Fields & Logs, Syslog, Office 365, Application Insights (preview at the time of this post), and Windows Change tracking. Note that not all OMS workspaces will have all of these options, because certain early preview features are not yet generally available.

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As the name implies, the Computer Groups tab will display information about any groups in a given OMS workspace, including saved groups created from OMS search queries, Active Directory groups imported from domain-joined OMS agent-managed computers, WSUS groups, and ConfigMgr collection memberships.

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The Accounts tab will provide configuration options for managing users, and display OMS workspace information including Microsoft account name, and workspace name, and ID, and Azure subscription & data plan information.

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The Alerts tab will display information about any configured metric or other alerts in the OMS workspace.

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The PowerBI tab displays detailed information about configured PowerBI schedules, which is a mechanism that enables you to push data derived from a search query to PowerBI as datasets on a given time interval.

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The Preview Features tab displays configuration options for new features which are made available to certain OMS workspaces/ users before they are made generally available.

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Stay tuned for more great content on OMS. Cheers!

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Chiyo's expertise spans multiple platforms. He holds Microsoft Private Cloud, and Server Infrastructure certifications, and avidly enjoys working on deployments of Microsoft's Server and Cloud Platforms, including Microsoft Systems Center, Windows Server, and Microsoft Azure.

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