Microsoft Operations Management Suite Introduced at IGNITE 2015

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During his keynote speech, Microsoft’s Satya Nadella introduced the Operations Management Suite (OMS). This suite is the  IT management solution for a mobile-first, cloud-first world. OMS is a single solution that is built to manage your entire enterprise environment regardless of operating system, hypervisors, their location or your choice of cloud providers. The Operations Management Suite manages your Windows and Linux workloads across your datacenter. Through this rich platform powered by Azure, Operations Management Suite delivers a unified IT Management solution enabling you to extend your System Center investments and simplify the management of your datacenter assets regardless of OS type, or what cloud provider you utilize. YES! You heard that right. This suite will enable you to manage assets … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMicrosoft Operations Management Suite Introduced at IGNITE 2015

Azure Operational Insights to become Generally Available

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It’s official. Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights) is set to become generally available on May 4, 2015. This service is in Preview at present and is already generating a great deal of excitement among users for the valuable insight it’s able to provide into the IT infrastructure. This release is set to coincide with Microsoft’s Inaugural Ignite event in Chicago, IL. USA. There are 3 OpInsights sessions scheduled to take place at Ignite. These sessions will be led by Microsoft’s SCOM and OpInsights engineering team, so endeavor to attend and interface with the team if you will be in attendance at Ignite. Here’s an excerpt of the email I received about this. If you’d like to learn more about OpInsights, check … Read More

Chiyo OdikaAzure Operational Insights to become Generally Available

New System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Book

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I am pleased to announce that a new book on System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, which I co-authored along with some other System Center experts, has been published.   Overview: This resource will provide practical, and step-by-step guidelines on how to make the most of your investment in System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.   About This Book Discover how System Center Operations Manager can help your business and how its deployment can deliver stunning ROI Learn how to optimize System Center 2012 Operations Manager and how to create an effective system architecture Learn best practices for creating effective configurations that will give you a deeper insight into your environment What you will learn Learn how to architect an … Read More

Chiyo OdikaNew System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Book

Troubleshooting Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Capacity Planning Data Aggregation in Progress Issues

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I’m an ardent user of the Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights) service and I keenly follow the latest developments, from new Intelligence packs to search data syntax improvements, and so I’ve singled out the Capacity Planning intelligence pack for some constructive critiquing as well as to share my experiences using it. The Capacity Planning intelligence pack is one that garners a lot of attention and enthusiasm during demos. What’s not to love about a tool that gives you greater control over your datacenter capacity, and that enables you to better project and plan for your future compute and storage needs? That’s the sort of insight that makes this service live up to its name. You get the gist, it’s awesome. That is…unless you fail … Read More

Chiyo OdikaTroubleshooting Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Capacity Planning Data Aggregation in Progress Issues

Troubleshooting OpsMgr-to-VMM connection Error 10218

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I recently encountered an issue while configuring OpsMgr-to-VMM connection. The detailed error was as follows: Error 10218 Setup could not import the System Center Virtual Machine Manager Management Pack into Operations Manager server because one or more required management packs are missing. The VMM Management Packs cannot be deployed unless the following component management packs are present in Operations Manager : Windows Server Internet Information Services 2003, Windows Server 2008 Internet Information Services 7, Windows Server Internet Information Services Library, SQL Server Core Library. Recommended Action To provide the missing component management packs, ensure that the following management packs have been imported into Operations Manager server: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Internet Information Services Management Pack for OpsMgr 2012 (version 6.0.6278.0 … Read More

Chiyo OdikaTroubleshooting OpsMgr-to-VMM connection Error 10218

Create a Certificate Template from a Server 2012 R2 CA

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In order to export the private key for a certificate, you will need to base the certificate on a template that has that option enabled. While this task can be easily accomplished using PowerShell, I’ll document a step by step using the GUI to show what this entails. Open Server Manager in your CA, click Tools, select Certificate Authority Select your CA, select and right-click Certificate Templates, and right-click Manage In the Certificate Templates Console, select the relevant Template Display Name (Web Server in my case), right-click and select Duplicate Template In the resulting Properties of New Template window, leave the default compatibility settings for backward compatibility with older clients Click on the General tab, and enter the Template display … Read More

Chiyo OdikaCreate a Certificate Template from a Server 2012 R2 CA

Certificate Private Key Error

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While working with certificates today, I stumbled upon an error that indicated something was amiss with my CA certificate templates. Ordinarily I make only certificate templates with exportable private keys available in my CA web enrollment pages, and I’d explicitly requested and installed the certificate with the thumbprint shown in the error below.   So I donned my sleuth knickers, and decided to delve a little deeper. An attempt to manually export the certificate with its private key from the certificate store indicated that there was no private key to be exported, as that option was greyed out     I identified the certificate template from which the certificate was created in the MMC | Certificates snap-in, and then reviewed … Read More

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UPDATE: Disable Importing of Operational Insights Configuration Alerts into SCOM

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I recently wrote an article on how to disable importing of Operational Insights Alerts into SCOM. Those rules have been updated and now more accurately reflect the name of the service. The underlying import and sync functionality however, remains the same. The updated rules are highlighted below:     Check out the SCOM Engineering Blog for details   Cheers!

Chiyo OdikaUPDATE: Disable Importing of Operational Insights Configuration Alerts into SCOM

UR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Updates to the SCOM plug-in for Azure Operational Insights

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Update Rollup 5 for System Center 2012 R2 was recently released, and after installing the update in some of my environments, I’d like to draw attention to a few observations. I won’t go into too much detail about a step-by-step installation strategy because the good Kevin Holman has that covered. The ONLY addition I’d make to Kevin’s article is to install the updated management packs for UNIX/ Linux before updating your UNIX/ Linux agents The key issues that are fixed in this rollup include: [Source: Microsoft Support Articles] Operations Manager Monitoringhost process crashes because of bind failures against Active Directory A fix was made to prevent Monitoringhost.exe from crashing when it cannot connect to Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). … Read More

Chiyo OdikaUR5 for SCOM 2012 R2 – Updates to the SCOM plug-in for Azure Operational Insights

Disable Importing of Operational Insights Alerts into Operations Manager

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, GENERAL, Microsoft Operations Management Suite, MICROSOFT PRODUCTS, OMS, SCOM, SYSTEM CENTER1 Comment

[UPDATE]: The rules have been updated. If you are familiar with Azure Operational Insights (OpInsights), and have seen it in action, then you no doubt acknowledge that the presented configuration and usage data for your environment is rather useful and quite insightful (pun intended). One other thing we can agree on is that the configuration data, in the form of alerts that get synced back to OpsMgr can be rather miffing even in the best of times. By default, alerts generated by the configuration assessment intelligence pack in OpInsights will get synced up with your OpsMgr environment, when you connect your OpsMgr deployment to the OpInsights service. As seen below, these alerts show up in both OpInsights, and get imported … Read More

Chiyo OdikaDisable Importing of Operational Insights Alerts into Operations Manager