I was fortunate to have attended Microsoft Ignite 2015, and I’m still basking in the euphoria of all my newly-gleaned knowledge. I found the conference to be characteristically replete with information about Microsoft’s vision and strategy for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and about how Microsoft is empowering IT to move from delivering information technology in organizations to driving the innovations and transformation in organizations so as to empower every person and organization to achieve more. At the heart of Microsoft’s strategy lies three interlocking ambitions. To: Create more personal computing Build the intelligent cloud Reinvent productivity and business processes To this end, Microsoft made several exciting announcements during Ignite 2015 for: Office 2016 Public Preview Skype for Business Broadcasting Office … Read More
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
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
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
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!
[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
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