Monitoring HP Servers and Storage with SCOM

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If you utilize HP products within your infrastructure, you’ll be pleased to learn that HP delivers management packs that complement and extend System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2. HP Enterprise servers, Blade System enclosures, HPE Virtual Connect, and a variety of Storage arrays and systems can be managed with the available management packs which you can obtain from the HPE website. I intend for this series to address the dearth of documentation on the web about configuring monitoring of HP systems using System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager (SCOM), and also to share my experiences configuring HP Management packs with the community. The series will be comprised of steps for monitoring HP servers and storage respectively. Articles in this series … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMonitoring HP Servers and Storage with SCOM

HP Server Monitoring with HPE SCOM Integration Kit (x64/x86) v3.1. Overview

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This is the first article in a series of articles on how to monitor HP Servers and Storage with SCOM. This article will provide an overview of the requirements for installing and configuring the HPE SCOM Integration Kit v3.1. This article is based on the kit that was last updated December 9, 2015. The HPE SCOM Integration kit provides the following for SCOM: Identifies, groups, and displays supported Hewlett Packard Enterprise devices and servers Provides links to lower-level Hewlett Packard Enterprise management tools Displays the properties of supported Hewlett Packard Enterprise devices and servers Monitors the state of supported Hewlett Packard Enterprise devices and servers Identifies, translates, and displays traps/indications/events of supported Hewlett Packard Enterprise devices and servers This kit … Read More

Chiyo OdikaHP Server Monitoring with HPE SCOM Integration Kit (x64/x86) v3.1. Overview

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) AD Replication Status Solution – A Review

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This article was updated on 01/07/2016. See updates at the bottom.   The AD Replication Status solution is the latest solution from Microsoft in the Operations Management Suite (OMS). The AD Replication status solution analyzes the replication status of domain controllers in an Active Directory domain or forest, and enables administrators to identify and remediate AD replication issues. In this article, I will provide a review of my experiences with this solution, and point out some gotchas and other noteworthy observations. Similarly to other OMS solutions, this solution can be accessed from the Solutions Gallery in your OMS workspace. Upon addition to your account, you will see a tile for the AD Replication status solution populate in your OMS Overview … Read More

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SQL MP Version 6.6.2.0 Retracted due to Issues

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Update (12/01/2015): Version 6.6.3.0 fixed the issues referenced below. The version that’s current at the time of this update is version 6.6.4.0.   The SQL Server Engineering Team recently acknowledged that there’s an issue with the recently released SQL MP version 6.6.2.0, and have issued a temporary workaround for the issue here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlreleaseservices/archive/2015/10/16/released-system-center-management-pack-for-sql-server-and-replication-6-6-2-0.aspx.   If you’ve already downloaded this MP version and are seeing this issue in your environment, you are advised to apply the workaround published above. If however, you’d rather revert to the previous MP Version (SQL MP 6.6.0.0), you can get that from the download center here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/16174.microsoft-management-packs.aspx?PageIndex=6   I have also uploaded the files below, and to One Drive here: http://1drv.ms/1OYdRk8   Cheers! SQLServerMP_6.6.0.0

Chiyo OdikaSQL MP Version 6.6.2.0 Retracted due to Issues

New SCOM SQL Server Dashboards – A Review

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft published a new SQL Server management pack version 6.6.0.0. The new management pack comes with¬† a whole slew of new features and fixes, characteristic of such updates, but what I didn’t see coming was the nice lovely surprise that was conveniently tucked away with the update, in the form of a new management pack for a new set of SCOM dashboards. This has been out for over a month, and most of you have already seen and used these dashboards, so alas, the euphoria has likely waned, but for those who aren’t quite as familiar with the new visualization library, I’ve played sufficiently with these dashboards to warrant a review of the new dashboards and … Read More

Chiyo OdikaNew SCOM SQL Server Dashboards – A Review

Microsoft Operations Management Suite: Getting Started

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This article is the second installment in a series of articles on Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). A detailed listing of the articles in the series can be tracked here: http://www.mrchiyo.com/microsoft-operations-management-suite-blog-series/. The first article in the series gave an overview of OMS, and briefly reviewed the solutions that underlie the OMS SaaS offering. In this article, I will show you how to get started with Microsoft Operations Management Suite. There are two ways to create a Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) Workspace. The first approach is to create a workspace through the Azure Management Portal, assuming that you have a Azure subscription. Check out the Free Trial offer if you don’t have a subscription yet. The second method is to … Read More

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Microsoft Operations Management Suite: An Overview

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This is the first article in a series of articles that will thoroughly review the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) and underlying solutions. A detailed listing of the articles in the series can be tracked here: http://www.mrchiyo.com/microsoft-operations-management-suite-blog-series/   Microsoft first announced the Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) during Ignite 2015. OMS is a new set of service-based technologies with ready-made solutions that are delivered from the cloud. As the IT management solution for a cloud-first world, OMS was built in response to the increased complexity that organizations face in managing their workloads dispersed across platforms, environments, and the underlying cost structure. Microsoft has been working with customers for over a year, and has previewed some of the services that have … Read More

Chiyo OdikaMicrosoft Operations Management Suite: An Overview

Microsoft Operations Management Suite Blog Series

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Microsoft Ignite 2015 saw the introduction of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS), a suite of products that’s being touted as Microsoft’s IT Management solution for a cloud-first world, that will empower organizations to embark on the journey of modern management, extend their System Center investments and simplify the management of their workloads and datacenters regardless of where they may be hosted. The Microsoft Operations Management Suite will enable organizations to quickly and cost-effectively meet business challenges by enabling them to derive rich insights from multi-sourced data, leverage efficiencies by automating complex and repetitive operations, secure their workloads, and ensure the availability of their applications and integrity of their data.   Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) has a very rich feature … Read More

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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

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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