New System Center 2012 – Service Manager Book Published!

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A new System Center 2012 – Service Manager book has been authored by some renowned MVPs and SCSM experts including my colleague, Steve Buchanan. The authors include: Kerrie Meyler Kurt Van Hoecke Samuel Erskine Steve Buchanan This is the second book written for this specific major iteration of Service Manager – 2012, and the first book about this SCSM iteration from Sams Publishing, the outfit behind some other good books about System Center.     I wish the authors a hearty congratulations on getting the book published. It’s no small feat. The book is available in both Kindle and paperback-version from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/System-Center-Service-Manager-Unleashed/dp/067233707X

Chiyo OdikaNew System Center 2012 – Service Manager Book Published!

Monitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – Part 2

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, MICROSOFT PRODUCTS, OFFICE 365, SCOM, SCVMM, SYSTEM CENTER, WINDOWS SERVER1 Comment

In the first part of this article, I introduced the concept of monitoring Azure IaaS VMs with OpsMgr, and briefly reviewed the prerequisite steps for setting up connectivity from your corpnet to the Azure network. In this part of the article, I will demonstrate the necessary configuration steps for monitoring the Azure VMs with OpsMgr. Recall that my lab is comprised of a AD domain, a OpsMgr Management group, and a Microsoft PKI, and that I have configured cross-premises connectivity to my Azure virtual network which contains my Azure VMs. We also confirmed that the test Azure VM, AppSrv2, can connect to the OpsMgr Management Server in my lab. The Azure VM is outside of the trusted environment of the … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMonitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – Part 2

Monitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – The basics

Chiyo OdikaAZURE, MICROSOFT PRODUCTS, SCOM, SYSTEM CENTER, WINDOWS SERVER2 Comments

A customer recently posed a question, and it was one that coincided with a subject I had been meaning to write about for some time. Can virtual machines (VMs) running applications in Microsoft Azure be monitored with OpsMgr and if so, how does one configure this monitoring?¬† Yes, a VM running in Windows Azure IaaS is essentially a VM running an OS, and as such the VM and any applications that reside on it can be monitored with OpsMgr just like you would monitor any other on-premise VM. There are however two important considerations for the monitoring of the VMs in Azure. Cross-premises connectivity would have to be configured between your corporate network and the Azure network in order for … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMonitoring Azure IaaS with OpsMgr 2012 – The basics

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights Preview

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There were several announcements during TechEd North America 2014, but of particular interest to me was that of the System Center Advisor (now Azure Operational Insights) preview. UPDATE: System Center Advisor is now a part of the new Microsoft Azure Operational Insights. With the recently-announced Public preview, Microsoft introduces Operational Insights Intelligence packs, unveils a new Operational Insights Portal based on HTML5, and introduces a powerful new search feature that allows you to combine and correlate machine data from multiple sources within your environment. The intelligence packs are powered by the¬†Operational Insights search functionality to bring you metrics that pivot around a particular problem area, and the new portal makes for a rich and consistent experience across multiple device platforms … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMicrosoft Azure Operational Insights Preview