New Oracle Management Pack (single agent) update V1.3.16.0

New Oracle Management Pack (single agent) update V1.3.16.0

We have released an update of our Oracle Management Pack (single agent).

new release​If you have already purchased the Oracle Management Pack and have a valid support contract, you can login to the customer download area and download this version.

V1.3.16.0 of the Oracle Management Pack contains the following changes or additions:

​For the new Oracle Management Pack (single agent) update we’ve updated the authoring template, including a Backup Instance as a possible target and a selection where the monitoring templates should rollup to, for example availability, performance, configuration and security.

What else is new in V1.3.16.0 of the Oracle Management Pack?

To make things easier for the end user we made sure to add a 3 state Template Monitor. Next to that we’ve optimized the code for a better cookdown. This will result in a lower monitoring footprint. Last but not least we also made sure to refresh the configuration dashboard with a brand new layout.

Enjoy the new update and let us know what you think!

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Top 10 amazing images of the digital revolution

Top 10 amazing images of the digital revolution

The digital revolution in the 1980’s and 90’s brought forth a hidden tribe of brilliant engineers, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Doug Menuez, Fearless Genius Project & the digital revolution

This small tribe sparked an explosion of innovation in Silicon Valley and changed our world forever. One photographer, Doug Menuez was granted unprecedented access to document history in the making, and here are some iconic pictures he took.

Steve Jobs Returning from a Visit to the New Factory

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Although Steve could be extremely rude, critical, and occasionally even vindictive, he also was incredibly joyful, with an infectious grin and energy that was irresistible. ​

Although Steve could be extremely rude, critical, and occasionally even vindictive, he also was incredibly joyful, with an infectious grin and energy that was irresistible. In the early days at NeXT he would often come bounding in, hungry to get to work. Still, there were not too many unrestrained moments of hilarity such as this one, when Steve was riding back from a visit to the newly chosen factory site with the company employees in an old, rented yellow school bus.

Susan Kare at ​​Sonoma

California, 1987

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 Susan Kare Is Part of Your Daily Life.​​

It’s not a stretch to say that Susan Kare’s playful icons and user interface design have impacted the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people around the world. Susan was part of the original Mac team and designed the original Mac icons and much of the user interface. Leaving Apple with Steve after his ouster, she became a cofounder and creative director at NeXT Computer, where she oversaw the creation of its icons and logo, working with the legendary Paul Rand. Later she designed or redesigned icons for many other computer operating systems, including Windows and IBM’s OS/2. Here she’s listening to Steve at an off-site meeting with her colleague Kim Jenkins (right), as he discusses the unfinished tasks facing the company. Kim, a key member of the marketing team, came to NeXT from Microsoft, where the education division she started was profitable beyond anyone’s expectations, giving real competition to Apple, which had previously dominated the education market.

The Founders of Adobe Systems Preparing to Release Photoshop

Mountain View, California, 1988

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​Adobe was the first company in the history of Silicon Valley to become profitable in its first year.

John Warnock and Chuck Geschke (seated at left) confidently ready the launch of Photoshop, a landmark program that would utterly transform photography and the graphic arts. This followed their first breakthrough software called PostScript, completed after twenty thousand man hours of coding, which allowed personal computers to talk to printers. This seemingly small function was incredibly difficult to achieve and represented the biggest advance in printing since Gutenberg invented movable type in 1436. The duo left Xerox PARC (Palo Alto Research Center) after their brilliant ideas were ignored and founded Adobe in 1982 with $2 million. They read exactly one business book prior to starting Adobe and intended to sell a personal desktop computer with a printer. They did not initially envision revolutionizing the desktop publishing industry with fonts or design software. A few months after they opened for business, Steve Jobs showed up (1982, riding high in his first stint as CEO at Apple) and demanded to buy the company. His then in development Macintosh was going to ship with a laser printer, but his team could not write the requisite software. Steve pressed them to sell and come work for him. As Chuck told the story, they refused, and Steve responded, “You guys are idiots!” They called their investors, who urged them to work something out with Steve. They agreed to sell him shares worth 19 percent of the company, for which Steve paid a five times multiple of their company’s valuation at the time, plus a five year license fee for PostScript, in advance. This made Adobe the first company in the history of Silicon Valley to become profitable in its first year.

President Clinton Is Really Smart

Mountain View, California, 1995.

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During his reelection campaign, President Bill Clinton attended a fund-­‐raiser thrown by the top CEOs of Silicon Valley. L. John Doerr (center), interacting with Clinton, helped organize the visit at the home of Regis McKenna. During dinner, the CEOs peppered Clinton with questions related to complex technology, trade, and economic issues. Listening patiently, the president smoothly delivered a point-by-point response to each guest in turn, revealing a jaw-­‐dropping breadth of knowledge about all the issues, even obscure aspects of encryption technology. Everyone pulled out his checkbook and donated generously to the campaign.

Bill Gates Says No One Should Ever Pay More Than $50 for a Photograph

Laguna Niguel, California, 1992.


Microsoft CEO Bill Gates discusses cheap content for the masses and debates with reporters about the long-delayed vaporware upgrade to Windows at the Agenda ’92 Conference, hosted by the elegantly acerbic Stuart Alsop. Alsop showed Gates no mercy during an interview onstage, grilling him on why Windows was so late. Later that year, at the third influential TED conference, Gates was onstage making a presentation about digital content and the cost of photography, saying, “No one should ever pay more than fifty bucks for a photograph.” As Gates explained, he was completing construction of his high tech house in Seattle, whose interiors would feature screens with continuously changing displays of images. Licensing images on the scale he envisioned would be expensive, so he began to think about how to own or control vast archives of images. This led to the idea of forming a stock photography business originally called Continuum, tasked with developing large image libraries for online distribution. Later, not long after initial bad press from the photography trade publications the name was changed to Corbis.

Exercise Break at Intel Fab 11X

Rio Rancho, New Mexico, 1998.

These workers produce five chips a second, twenty-four hours a day.​

920x920Workers inside Intel’s largest chip fabrication plant exercise and stretch as part of their break time. The plant is a giant, sterile clean room, so protective “bunny suits” must be worn through-out the facility to prevent contamination from skin and hair. These workers produce five chips a second, twenty-four hours a day. Many of them are from the nearby Pueblo tribe and maintain their traditions when not working with new technology. After work, many tend their corn and bean fields with their families before dinner.

Employees of Sun Microsystems celebrate outside the corporate campus

​Santa Clara, California, 1995.


​With its Unix-powered workstation, Sun was the fastest-growing technology company between 1985 and 1989.

Bill Joy Is Worried about the Future of the Human Race

Aspen, Colorado, 1998.
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Legendary programmer and co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Bill Joy, wrote Berkeley Unix while a student at UC Berkeley and helped the US Defense Department with the TCP/IP stack code that allowed email to travel along the path of least resistance in case of nuclear attack. He then cofounded Sun Microsystems, became a billionaire, husband, and father, and patron of the arts. He also championed and helped finish the code for Java, perhaps Sun Microsystems’ most important legacy. Bill now believes unfettered innovation for its own sake endangers the very existence of the human race. In 2000, Bill published a manifesto in Wired magazine that stunned the technology world by challenging the accepted wisdom of unrestrained development. Triggered in part by meeting noted scientist Ray Kurzweil and hearing his ideas about the Singularity, when computers gain consciousness and we will upload our brains into a hive mind, Bill began forming his thesis. He warned that without thoughtful controls the convergence of our most powerful twenty-first-century technologies—robotics, supercomputers, nanotechnology, and genetic engineering—might destroy the human race. For the last decade, Bill has been on a global hunt for scalable green technology solutions to climate change.

Calculated Risk

Northern California, 1993.

1-lNDajuVsfZeeIXg96xneqQApple Newton software engineers defy orders (and gravity) to not risk their lives until the product was done. Their boss, software engineering manager Donna Auguste, was not amused, but understood their need to blow off steam after years of intense work.

The Day Ross Perot Gave Steve Jobs $20 Million

Fremont, California, 1986.
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Steve was a consummate showman who understood the power of a compelling setting. This was never more apparent than at this incongruously formal lunch he hosted for Ross Perot and the NeXT board of directors in the middle of the abandoned warehouse he planned to turn into the NeXT factory. He told Perot that they were building the most advanced robotic assembly line in the world and that “no human hands” would be assembling hardware. He predicted that NeXT would be the last billion dollar a year company in Silicon Valley and that they would ship ten thousand computers a month. Perot, who was then championing a movement to reform education in the United States, was blown away by the presentation and invested $20 million, becoming a key board member and giving NeXT a crucial lifeline.

 

Source: Fearless Genius by Doug Menuez

OpsLogix at ITPROceed, Microsoft Ignite and more

OpsLogix at ITPROceed, Microsoft Ignite and more

On June 14th we had the pleasure of attending Belgium’s biggest IT Conference ITPROceed in Mechelen, organized by Microsoft Belgium.

ITPROceed is THE technology geek fest for IT Professionals on Microsoft technologies, tools, platforms and services. For us from OpsLogix it was a first timer and we didn’t go there empty handed.

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Coretech + OpsLogix partnership announcement

You may have heard that we’ve recently joined forces with Coretech Global to offer three SCOM service packages to our customers. As expected, the announcement was very well received by the System Center community. We are convinced that through this partnership we’ve created added value for our customers, should they need additional services regarding SCOM. Needless to say that we are extremely excited about our partnership and the possibilities it offers to our customers. We offer full implementation support and fine tuning, SCOM health check and onsite SCOM trouble shooting service packages.

Thank you Microsoft Belgium

For a first time experience we were very happy about the outcome.  We saw some old faces and also met interesting new people and companies who are working on cutting edge Microsoft technologies for System Center. We’d also like to thank Microsoft Belgium for an excellent job on setting up an event that appeals to System Center users as well as vendors. Kudos guys!

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Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta

Last but not least! We will be attending Microsoft Ignite in September in Atlanta. Visit our booth to see what new exciting things we have coming up! We can’t wait!

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Use OMS LogAnalytics with the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack for extended monitoring

Use OMS LogAnalytics with the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack for extended monitoring

How to easily monitor VMware using OMS LogAnalytics with the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack, the extended way!

At OpsLogix, we’re always looking to integrate our products within the latest markets. We’ve already created a fantastic VMware Management Pack ​for SCOM that allows you to monitor your VMware environment without any extra software installations on your VMware boxes. ​Yep! You’re reading it correctly. ​No extra software installation on your VMware production servers! Sounds good doesn’t it?

Since OMS (Operations Management Suite) is a brand new product from Microsoft, we made sure to also integrate our VMware Management Pack into it. I will show you how easy it is to collect all your VMware logs and us it for your analytics.

But that’s not all.

​We also collect over 60 performance metrics for you to use to analyze the VMware health state. For example, Host / VM memory and CPU usage and datastore space etc. and of course all audit / task / alarm / snmp etc. events. Meaning that you can use it to meet all the requirements of your security auditing (NEN, SOX, ISO & etc.) And what’s really neat about our VMware monitoring solution, is that it doesn’t require a vCenter installation. You can also directly connect to a ESX(i) host without almost losing any monitoring features.

Pre requirements

Before we start we must meet the following pre requirements:

  • A working SCOM 2012 R2 environment
  • vCenter or ESXi server Boxes access (read only required at top-level)
  • An OpsLogix VMware Management Pack & license
  • The OpsLogix OMS Extension Management Pack
  • A Microsoft account (it can be live.com / hotmail.com or office365)

Step 1 – Setting up the OMS account

To set up your OMS account follow the on-boarding Instructions on page 3 by clicking here. It will take a few minutes of your time, plus it’s free of charge! There is only a restriction on the daily upload limit of 500 MB of data and a retention time of 7 days. But it’s a decent start for VMware event/performance analytics.

 

 

 

 

Step 2 – Add your SCOM management group to OMS

After finishing the instructions in step 1, check if you’ve also added your SCOM management group to OMS. Go to Overview -> Settings -> Connected Sources. If everything is done correctly, you should see your management group listed as green:

Step 3 – Setup of the VMware Monitoring

Follow the quick steps below, and also make sure to read the installation guide included in the software package:

  1. Open the Operations Manager Console as a SCOM administrator and Import the “OpsLogix VMware Management Pack” files included in the software package.
  2. Apply the VMware License using the OpsLogix Licensing dashboard in the SCOM Operations Management Console.
  3. Add the VMware instances that you want to monitor. You can do this in the SCOM console using the OpsLogix VMware configuration dashboard.
  4. Add the vCenter connection or the direct ESX(i) Host connection.
  5. If you’ve successfully added the VMware connection, you should see the monitoring being populated. Just wait until you see the vCenter/ESX Connections state view become active with a health state.

​Step 4 – Setup the OMS VMware Monitoring

In this step we’re going to enable the VMware Logs to the OMS collection.

  1. Import the OpsLogix OMS VMware extension management pack, using the SCOM console. This is a separate download and not included in the VMware Management Pack, see ‘Pre requirements’.
  2. By default, only VMware connections that are members of the SCOM group “OpsLogix VMware OMS group” are enabled to collect the logs and performance metrics.

Step 5 – Viewing the OMS VMware logs and performance collection

Now let’s check if the VMware log and performance metrics are picked up by OMS.

  1. Open a web browser and go to: https://login.mms.microsoft.com/signin.aspx?ref=ms_mms
  2. Login using the Microsoft account you created in the step “Setup the OMS account”
  3. The main OMS dashboard should appear. Select “Log Search”.
  4. Before we continue in the OMS portal we are going to generate some test VMware Alerts so that OMS can have collected them. As a test we are going to do a vCenter log on.
  5. Just open a vCenter connection and provide a correct log on. This will generate a VMware log event that will be collected in the OMS.
  6. If you have setup a direct ESX(i) connection just do the same using the Web based or telnet access.
  7. Wait for a minute or five to let OMS pick up the generated alert. The event OMS collection interval is per 60 seconds. If everything is working you should see an event in the log search. Please not that this log events will NOT be visible in SCOM because we don’t store this alert into the SCOM databases. Also remember that we are collecting ALL VMware messages, so if we would do this, due to the amount of log messages we could kill the performance/free space of the SCOM environment. However, the OMS environment is exactly configured to handle this big data without any problems!
  8. Next we test if the VMware performance metrics are collected. The query we use to get the performance metrics is: Type=Perf (ObjectName = VM*) or (ObjectName = Host*) or (ObjectName = Datastore*)


As you can see the test events are collected in OMS. Next we are going to let OMS collect information during a period of couple of days so that we have some data to work with.

​Step 7 – VMware OMS search query’s

We’re going to be writing some nice OMS query’s that can help you analyse the VMware event logs. Here are some examples:

Event log related

All VMware Events Type=Event EventLog=VMWare
All VMware Events with only the message and time Type=Event EventLog= VMWare |  Select Source , TimeGenerated , RenderedDescription
All VMware Events With the word Test in it Type=Event EventLog= VMWare Test |  Select Source , TimeGenerated , RenderedDescription
Count the number of messages grouped by event source Type=Event EventLog= VMWare | measure count() by Source
Count per vCenter the alerts generated Type=Event EventLog= VMWare Source= AlarmActionTriggeredEvent | measure count() by Computer
All Failed user logons to the vCenter or ESX(i) Hosts. Type=Event EventLog=VMWare (Source=UserLoginSessionEvent Or Source=BadUsernameSessionEvent) | measure count() by Source

Performance metric related

All VMware performance counters Type=Perf (ObjectName = VM*) or (ObjectName = Host*) or (ObjectName = Datastore*)
Virtual Machine CPU Usage Top over active time range ObjectName=”VM.CPU” InstanceName=percent CounterName=”% Average CPU time”  | measure percentile99(CounterValue) by Computer
VMware Host CPU Usage >80% over active time range ObjectName=”Host.CPU” InstanceName=percent CounterName=”% CPU Usage” InstanceName=percent  CounterValue > 80  |measure percentile99(CounterValue) by Computer
VMware Host Mem Usage >80% over active time range Type=Perf ObjectName=”Host.Memory” InstanceName=percent CounterName=”Average % Memory Usage” CounterValue > 70 | measure percentile99(CounterValue) by Computer
Datastore % used space with a 1hour aggeration . ObjectName=Datastore CounterName=”Datastore % used space” InstanceName=Total  | measure percentile99(CounterValue) by Computer interval 1hour
Datastore % used space Top over active time range ObjectName=Datastore CounterName=”Datastore % used space” InstanceName=Total  | measure percentile99(CounterValue) by Computer

Please keep in mind to also use the Table view instead of the default List view. In some outputs it makes it easier to read. You can also export it to Excel, which is a good option.

Step 8 – Dashboards

Last but not least we’ve made it possible to combine the most important information to be displayed into one dashboard as an overview.
An example of an end result could be as shown below:

Notice this example is not public yet, but in the meanwhile you can use the ‘normal’ OMS dashboard feature as an overview.

We’re done! Easy right? Hopefully this post was useful and you discovered the Power of OMS and VMware together using the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack.

Thanks,

Michel Kamp

This post is a working example of OMS and VMware. Since the OMS platform is still being extended it is possible that our solution has to be changed to reflect the OMS changes. At writing time all features described in this post are working. The described OpsLogix OMS extension Management Pack at this time is available for free to all customers having an OpsLogix VMware Management Pack license.