Exploring the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Experience Center

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OMS is a collection of cloud based services for managing and protecting your on-premise and cloud environments. Since OMS is implemented as a cloud based service, you can have it up and running quickly with minimal investment in infrastructure services. Read this detailed article on how to get started with, and onboard to the service. As seen in the article I’ve linked to, and the numerous other such posts on the web, onboarding to the service is fairly unambiguous, and you can onboard in one of several ways. But what if you’d like to kick the tires, idiomatically speaking, before onboarding or signing up for a pricing tier. What options are available to you? This question was recently posed to … Read More

Chiyo OdikaExploring the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Experience Center

Manually Trigger Object Discoveries in SCOM

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System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), a component of Microsoft System Center 2016 is a software that helps you monitor services, devices, and operations for computers within your infrastructure. This article provides an overview of object discoveries in SCOM and how to manually trigger them. Note that System Center Operations Manager (SCOM 2016) is still in its technical preview (TP5) at the time of this posting but will be launched in a few weeks during Microsoft Ignite 2016. SCOM uses a agent installed on a computer to collect data, compare sampled data to predefined values, create alerts, and run responses. The agent then sends monitoring data to the management server in the SCOM management group. Management servers run various services, including … Read More

Chiyo OdikaManually Trigger Object Discoveries in SCOM

Exploring OMS Settings and the New UI Changes

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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.   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 … Read More

Chiyo OdikaExploring OMS Settings and the New UI Changes

OMS Agent for Linux is Generally Available – v1.2.0-25

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The OMS Agent for Linux is now generally available. The OMS Agent for Linux enables rich and real-time analytics for operational data (Syslog, Performance, Alerts, Inventory) from Linux servers, Docker Containers and monitoring tools like Nagios, Zabbix and System Center. This latest agent release is v1.2.0-25. This update introduces a couple of bug fixes and new features as detailed in Github. Read the announcement and other details from the official OMS blog here. Bug Fix If metric value is null then value is not sent up to the OMS Service Additional logic to ensure that correct OMS Workspace ID is presented during on-boarding OMS Heartbeat now shows Computer Name Whats New Public Preview of OMS Container Solution sudo in_tail plugin … Read More

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Configure OMS Connection to ConfigMgr — Step by Step

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The 1606 release of System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr) comes with a whole slew of new features, including a pre-release Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Connector feature. Learn about ConfigMgr 1606 here. The OMS connector will enable you to sync data such as your collections from ConfigMgr to OMS. Once the collection information is synced to OMS you can then subject any OMS agent-managed endpoint to some action, such as patching, by virtue of its membership in a collection. When you combine this capability with existing system update and other update information that exists in OMS, the practical and other applications are rather evident. Note that because this is a pre-release feature it is meant for early pre-production testing, and … Read More

Chiyo OdikaConfigure OMS Connection to ConfigMgr — Step by Step

OMS Agent for Linux – v1.1.0-217

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The latest public preview OMS agent for Linux is available on Github. This updates introduces the following new features: FluentD v12.24: Fluentd is an Ruby-based open source data collector for unifying data collection and consumption for better understanding and use of unstructured data. Among other capabilities, It analyzes event logs, application logs, and clickstreams. This feature in the OMS Agent for Linux introduces a new default FLuentD buffer queue behavior. Support for CollectD Metrics Ability to support custom JSON data sources from OMS Agent for Linux New default set of Performance Counters supported Support Docker Engine Version 1.11.2 and Docker Rest API version 1.23 The omsagent service now runs under omiusers group instead of omsagent group Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (x64/x86) … Read More

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Change OMS Workspace Azure Subscription

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While you can perform many administrative tasks for your OMS account from your OMS workspace, there are a number of settings that you will only be able to configure from the Azure Portal or using relevant PowerShell cmdlets. I’ll cover the range of settings that you can configure from your OMS workspace and the Azure portal in another post. In this post I will show you how to move your OMS workspace to a new Azure subscription, regardless of how you created the workspace, and explore some gotchas I’ve encountered during my extensive travels in OMS land.   Workspace Creation Overview Recall that you can create a OMS workspace in one of two ways. From: The Microsoft Operations Management Suite … Read More

Chiyo OdikaChange OMS Workspace Azure Subscription

ESD Decryption Update KB3159706 Breaks WSUS on Server 2012 R2

Chiyo OdikaConfigMgr, SCCM4 Comments

Microsoft recently released an update KB3159706 that enables WSUS for Windows Server 2012/R2 to natively decrypt certain feature updates which are staged in encrypted packages. This is great, especially because this update supposedly fixes an issue with a previous update KB3148812. This update has however been found to break WSUS in Server 2012 R2. I was able to replicate this behavior in my lab environment. My lab environment features a simple WSUS installation integrate with ConfigMgr Software Update Point (SUP). As seen below, after the update is installed the WSUS service crashes and fails to restart, and this adversely affects the SUP role in ConfigMgr.       I also determined that uninstalling the update addressed the issue, but a … Read More

Chiyo OdikaESD Decryption Update KB3159706 Breaks WSUS on Server 2012 R2

OpsMgr 2012 R2 UNIX and Linux Agent Installation. Getting the .rpm and .deb Agent Files

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A client recently asked me how to obtain the agent files for installing UNIX/ Linux OpsMgr agents outside of OpsMgr, and from the command line for instance. After the cursory search for a good article on the web to pass along, I came up with nothing, and decided to correct that. This article will simply walk through how to obtain the agent files. I will not go over agent installation steps as there are numerous articles on the web that sufficiently cover that.   1. Let’s start by obtaining the management packs for UNIX/ Linux. Management packs can be found here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29696 2. Select the relevant files for your UNIX/ Linux distros. In my case, 2 flavors of CentOS and … Read More

Chiyo OdikaOpsMgr 2012 R2 UNIX and Linux Agent Installation. Getting the .rpm and .deb Agent Files

Adding DaRT 10 from MDOP 2015 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2

Chiyo OdikaConfigMgr, SCCM5 Comments

This is the third article in a series of articles in which I write about my experiences managing Windows 10 with ConfigMgr 2012 R2. In the first article, I reviewed steps for installing Windows 10 ADK and creating new boot images in ConfigMgr. In the second article, I reviewed the steps for upgrading MDT 2013 integrated with ConfigMgr 2012 R2 to MDT 2013 Update 2. In this article, I will show you how to add DaRT 10, which is available in the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) 2015 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2. The same steps will apply to ConfigMgr current branch. There are many benefits to integrating MDT with ConfigMgr. One of many such benefits is using the Diagnostics and … Read More

Chiyo OdikaAdding DaRT 10 from MDOP 2015 to ConfigMgr 2012 R2