Top 5 System Center 2016 Keynote Speeches To Watch

Top 5 System Center 2016 Keynote Speeches To Watch

Some time has gone by since Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta and the release of System Center 2016.

Building up to the release of System Center 2016 we wrote multiple articles and provided you with a few webcasts (here & here) to help you prepare your transition from System Center 2012 to System Center 2016 and how to design your environment according to best practises. You probably have taken your time to evaluate and plan your next steps for this purpose or maybe you’re not there yet. We at OpsLogix like to provide the System Center community with top shelf Management Packs & OMS solutions (here & here) and additional information in order to help you find your way through the maze.

That’s why we went and found some fascinating keynote speeches you can (re)watch and maybe rethink or better plan your strategy for System Center 2016. So here’s a nice recap!

1. Meet Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016!

In this demo-heavy presentation for the unveiling of the brand new Windows Server 2016 and Microsoft System Center 2016, Mike Neil & Erin Chapple walk you through how the business transformation in the cloud-first world – Windows Server and System Center have evolved. To accelerate value and stay ahead of the competition, you need infrastructure that unleashes application innovation and you need your IT to meet increasingly demanding business requirements. Learn about Windows Servers enhanced security capabilities, software-defined data center technologies and application features to build cloud-native applications, and how System Center 2016 streamlines management across your datacenter.

 

2. Monitor your changing data center using Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Rapid innovation in the data center requires an agile approach to management. With System Center 2016 Operations Manager, you can take advantage of all the rich features coming in Windows Server 2016, including Nano Server, new networking capabilities, Storage Spaces Direct, Windows Server Containers, and much more. Operations Manager also offers an improved monitoring experience, with enhanced lifecycle management for management packs, data-driven alert management, and improvements in fundamentals like scale, performance, UI responsiveness, extensibility, and heterogeneity. Hear about the new features and learn how integration between Operations Manager and Operations Management Suite offers insight and analytics across your hybrid cloud.

 

3. Monitor and diagnose web apps & services with Application Insights & System Center 2016 Operations Manager

Learn how monitoring solutions from Microsoft come together to helps you manage, identify, understand, and resolve problems in your web apps & services, irrespective of the platform. With Application Insights rich open-source SDKs, machine learning analysis, big-data querying, and topology discovery, you can fix issues in your apps even before they occur. Microsoft System Center 2016 Operations Manager helps you collect, analyze, and search millions of records across all your workloads and servers no matter where they are. You can diagnose problems right from within your development environment and incorporate monitoring in your existing ALM workflows.

 

4. Take advantage of new capabilities in System Center 2016

Microsoft System Center 2016 keeps you in control of your IT operations, giving you enterprise-grade management across Microsoft Windows Server and Linux. With substantial new capabilities to help you manage and monitor your data center and workloads, System Center 2016 offers you the opportunity to simplify management and increase agility. Learn about the provisioning, configuration, automation, monitoring, protection, self-service and virtualization management capabilities in the latest version of System Center. Find out more about how System Center and Microsoft Operations Management Suite work together to give you the management and security tools for the hybrid cloud.

 

5. Manage your software-defined data center using System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager

To make your software-defined data center strategy a reality, you need the right management tools. Get hands-on with the latest version of Microsoft System Center, and find out how to increase efficiency and simplify the process in running your software-defined data center. Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager was designed to make it easier to provision and manage the fundamental building blocks of your software-defined data center, including compute, storage, networks, and security. Learn about the central new features in this session filled with demos.

Update: EZalert V 0.9.2.0 Advanced SCOM Alert Suppression

Update: EZalert V 0.9.2.0 Advanced SCOM Alert Suppression

EZalert is our software solution based on sophisticated machine learning algorithms that can be trained to classify SCOM alerts and filter out potential SCOM alert storms caused by false positives.

During Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, we were very happy to launch our AI solution EZalert for advanced SCOM alert closing. EZalert is our software solution based on sophisticated machine learning algorithms that can be trained to classify SCOM alerts and filter out potential alert storms caused by false positives. This keeps the Active Alerts view of the Operations Manager console free of irrelevant alerts.

Machine Learning & SCOM Alert Closing

The machine learning component allows EZalert to learn from the SCOM administrator and mimic his or her behavior when automatically closing irrelevant SCOM alerts. EZalert is also fully compatible with SCOM 2016. Click here to request a free trial for EZalert.

If you already have access to our customer area, you can download EZalert and try it yourself.

EZalert V 0.9.2.0 Updates

To make SCOM alert closing easier for you, from now on it’s possible to add a license key through the UI. We’ve also made sure to enable SCOM administrators to exclude any rule or monitor that generates alerts in system center by adding a new Exclusion tab.

Furthermore, we have the following additions:

  • The possibility to set an user account for the services during an installation.
  • Refactored UI text and labels.
  • UI performance improvements.

OpsLogix Ping Management Pack for SCOM 10.000+ downloads

OpsLogix Ping Management Pack for SCOM 10.000+ downloads

We are extremely excited to announce that the OpsLogix Ping Management Pack has been downloaded over 10.000 times by the System Center community.

The Ping Management Pack is our free contribution to the System Center community.

With the Ping Management Pack, we wanted to give System Center administrators and architects a simple but useful tool to check connections within the infrastructure or network.  The Ping Management Pack enables quick checks and confirmations on whether a monitor or device is up or down and how fast the connection is responding.

We are thankful and happy to see that our free solution is being used on a large scale. At OpsLogix we are committed to creating useful and innovative software that enables organizations to run their operations smoothly. To celebrate this milestone we are offering all our Management Packs with a 5% discount until the end of the year.

5% off on all our Management Packs for SCOM until 31-12-2016

Besides the 5% discount, OpsLogix also offers a highly advanced VMware MP, which you can trade in for the renewal price of our competitors until 31-12-2016. Click here to learn more & request a quote.

Because we are feeling generous, we offer a 5% discount on purchases of our Oracle, BlackBerry, SWIFT, Capacity, ProView and VMware Management Packs until the end of 2016.

OpsLogix5%Off.

Contact sales@opslogix.com or request a quote on our product pages. Use the promotional code OpsLogix5%Off.

 

OpsLogix VMware MP

 

 

Christmas came early this year! Trade in your VMware MP for the renewal price of our competitors!

Christmas came early this year! Trade in your VMware MP for the renewal price of our competitors!

Do you feel like you are paying too much for your current VMware Management Pack?

The most advanced and affordable SCOM Management Pack for VMware just got better!

OpsLogix is known for its high-quality and attractively priced solutions in the industry, this is not just a boast but is verified by the testimonials of our customers.

To put our money where our mouth is, starting now and lasting until the end of this year, we encourage you to trade in the VMware Management Pack you are currently using for the OpsLogix VMware Management Pack.

Why?

We are so confident that you will like our VMware Management Pack, that we offer you to purchase our Management Pack for the renewal price of our competitors! That’s right, you are not paying more than you already budgeted for this year. And as a bonus, starting from the second year, the OpsLogix Support and Maintenance fee applies, which is only $24.00 per socket!

Contact sales@opslogix.com for more information, a trial or a quote.

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New release: VMware Management Pack V1.3.5.0

New release: VMware Management Pack V1.3.5.0

New release: VMware Management Pack V1.3.5.0

We have released a new update of the VMware Management Pack for System Center Operations Manager.

If you’ve already purchased the VMware Management Pack and have a valid support contract, you can log in to the customer download area and download this version.

VMware version 1.3.5.0 updates

For the new VMware management pack update, we’ve added discovery and monitoring snapshots of the VirtualMachine. For example, we’ve added a monitor to generate alerts when a VirtualMachine snapshot age has hit a threshold. From now on it’s also possible to collect and monitor extra metrics on the data stores, networks, disks and VirtualMachines.

Furthermore, the VMware  v1.3.5.0 update has the following key additions:

•    Extra datastore and VirtualMachine dashboards
•    It only generates alerts when the monitor consecutive samples are over the threshold.

For more additions, changes and fixes please refer to release notes.

Team OpsLogix

Relevant article(s)

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

System Center 2016 & Beyond Part 2: Microsoft OMS

System Center 2016 & Beyond Part 2: Microsoft OMS

In this second blog post, I’ll be talking about the monitoring possibilities with Microsoft OMS.

If you missed my first blog post ‘System Center 2016 Operations Manager and Beyond Part 1’, then click here to read it.

Disclaimer: Cloud solutions are always on the move so the details in this blog post are of high level. Updates and features occur regularly, so something which isn’t available today might very well be in preview tomorrow.Smile  This is completely different from on-premise solutions where you need to wait until the next wave of updates, just like System Center Operations Manager 2016, which brought you all the new goodies or baddies. Winking smile

Microsoft OMS is Microsoft’s Operations Management Suite, which means that it does allot more than just monitoring. It’s a management solution for your hybrid cloud solutions, where it manages private and public cloud solutions. At the same time, it’s extending your current solutions. It extends, so it doesn’t replace! This is very important.

“No, it extends your current environments. The structure and mechanism of Microsoft OMS  is totally different compared to SCOM.”

Microsoft OMS is a cloud solution. It’s basically a ‘management as-a-service’, where you have all the benefits of a cloud solution, only without an infrastructure, where the latest version, updates, and features are added as time goes by with no interruption.

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How does Microsoft OMS work?

Before you start, you can add servers to Microsoft OMS by using two different approaches:

  • Direct approach:
    Install the Microsoft OMS agent, this agent communicates directly with the OMS platform, so no other requirements are needed. There is also no correlation with SCOM.
  • SCOM connected approach:
    Connect your SCOM management group to Microsoft OMS, this way the information will be gathered by SCOM and sent to the OMS platform.

The main difference between these two approaches is whether you send the data through SCOM to Microsoft OMS or directly to OMS:

  • The OMS agent connects to HTTPS, so this can be a reason to choose the SCOM connected approach when your servers cannot access the Internet directly.
  • High data volume will require directly connected agents into Microsoft OMS, such as security events or wired data.
  • Another option might be user role-based access. SCOM enables detailed role-based access, meaning that you can scope specific data sets.

There are several areas which make up Microsoft OMS, I will describe each area and their purpose.

What does Microsoft OMS monitor?

  • Log Analytics (event logs and events)

The first area is Log Analytics where it collects information from your servers and event logs. With the collected data you can run an analysis across the gathered information to track trends, errors and other information. You can extend this by collecting custom data sources like IIS Logs and syslogs for your non-Microsoft solutions or logs. Currently, you can also create alerts based on the collected data. OpsLogix has created great Microsoft OMS Log Analytics Solutions to monitor your Oracle & VMware environment.

  • Performance Data Collection

This area is focused on collecting performance data from Windows performance counters. It collects predefined counters and sends them to Microsoft OMS for further inspection or analysis. This will deliver a solution to predict trends from your collected performance data. You can generate alerts based on the data gathered. For example, you can send an alert when the performance reaches x.

  • Security and Audit logs

Security and audit logs collection will collect your security logs. You can compare this to Audit Collection Services (ACS) in SCOM. It collects security events and uses analysis to investigate your data. One of the reasons why ACS has always been a #$%@! to maintain is because of the amount of data it collects. You need one hell of a DB for all the collected data. The cool part about cloud solutions is that this part is covered by Microsoft, so you only need to worry about how you present your data!

Another thing to note is that the OMS solution provides you with allot of data traffic. Sending this data to SCOM first would kill your environment and therefore every Microsoft OMS connected server will always send the information directly to OMS!

“Although Microsoft now takes care of your data, you need to be aware that your OMS bill will be affected by the amount of data. However, this is only a fraction of the costs you make when you’re setting up and maintaining ACS onsite.”

  • Wired Data

With wired data, you can collect network data and send this to OMS for further analysis. This solution will let you discover patterns in the network communications for further analysis. Again this solution provides you with allot of data traffic and therefore agents using the wired data solution will communicate directly to Microsoft OMS. This solution cannot replace any detailed network traffic analysis tool, but it will provide you with insight on network communications and what processes communicate over the “wire”.

“Although Microsoft now takes care of your data, you need to be aware that your Microsoft OMS bill will be affected by the amount of data. However, again, this is only a fraction of the costs you make when you’re setting up and maintaining ACS onsite.”

  • Solutions

This is it you might ask? Well no! But this is a small overview of the data collected by OMS. Microsoft OMS uses “solutions” that you can compare to SCOM Management Packs. A solution provides pre-configured dashboards and data queries to analyze data. These solutions are created by Microsoft to analyze certain components. The solutions are closely connected to data delivered and maintained by Microsoft, just like premier support data on common issues or security and malware data, collected by security teams. This data is completely integrated into these solutions and provides you an easy (almost one-click) access to tons of valuable information.

Below you can see a subset of currently active OMS solutions:
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Available – solutions which you can use currently.
Coming – solutions which are still in private preview.
Preview – solutions which are currently in public preview.
Owned – solutions which are already installed.

There are allot of types of solutions, however, please note that I only explained four types of these solutions, in ‘How does Microsoft OMS work?’

Why? Might you ask? Well like I said before, SCOM is NOT Microsoft OMS and even though this is true, I need to correlate the two, to give my personal view on the future. On top of that, there are several Microsoft OMS solutions which are on OMS, which require extra components. It’s hard to see when looking at the solutions page, but one would need to divide the solutions and note the prerequisites in a list…hmm wait:

Available solutions  (both on premise as in Public Cloud)

  • AD Assessment: this is the Active Directory Assessment solution where it assesses your AD for common configuration, security and health issues and it will present you with options on how to resolve these issues. For this, you only need Microsoft OMS agents on your Domain Controllers.
  • Alert Management of your OMS and SCOM alerts: you can create alerts based on performance or error logs. The notifications can be sent to an email address. You’ll optionally need a SCOM or Microsoft OMS agent.
  • Anti-Malware Assessment: this solution uses Microsoft’s Anti-Malware tools to analyze your system. For this, you need a Microsoft OMS agent & Microsoft Anti-Malware tooling.
  • Change Tracking: track and analyze configuration changes on your servers. For this, only a Microsoft OMS Agent is required.
  • Security and Audit: this is the ACS Solution from Microsoft OMS. Only an OMS agent required.
  • SQL Assessment: this solution gathers information from your SQL Servers and informs you regarding common configuration, security and health issues and it will present you with options on how to resolve these issues. For this, again only a Microsoft OMS agent is required.
  • System Update Assessment: this solution assesses your server and gives you an overview of the current update status. For this again, only a Microsoft OMS agent is required.

Preview solutions

  • Network Performance Monitor: this solution provides you the ability to monitor and collect network performance data. Only a Microsoft OMS agent required.

Coming soon solutions

  • Wired Data: this solution provides you with data for analyzing network traffic. Only an OMS agent is required.
  • Containers: this solution will provide you with information regarding the performance of your containers setup in both private as well as the public cloud. A Microsoft OMS, optionally an Azure subscription is required.

Azure Based Solutions (public Cloud)

  • Azure Automation: this solution hooks into Azure Automation and shows you the status of Azure Automation. Management and configuration of Azure Automation require an Azure portal. This only provides you with the status overview. An Azure subscription of Azure Automation is required.
  • Azure Site Recovery: this solution hooks into Azure Site recovery and shows you the status of Azure Site recovery. The Management and configuration of ASR require an Azure portal, this also only provides you with the status overview. An Azure subscription with ASR is required.
  • Backup: this solution hooks into Azure Backup and shows you the status of Azure Backup. Management and configuration of Azure Backup require an Azure portal, this, again provides you only with the status overview. An Azure Subscription with Azure Backup is required.

Preview

  • Azure Networking analytics: this solution provides you with information regarding your Application Gateway server logs and Network security groups in Azure. An Azure subscription is required.
  • Key Vault: the key vault hooks into Azure for your Key vault logs. An Azure subscription is required.
  • Office 365: this solution hooks into Office 365 where it provides you all the Office 365 related data, for example, your user activities. An Office 365 subscription is required.

Coming Soon

  • Service Fabric: this solution will provide you with insight into your service fabric cluster running on Azure. An Azure subscription is required.

Other solution

  • Upgrade Analytics: this solution will provide you with information regarding your upgrade strategy. This component requires Microsoft telematics to be activated in Microsoft OMS.

Please note that solutions in preview do not comply with the SLA levels of generally available solutions! More on Microsoft OMS Solutions.

Monitoring examples with Microsoft OMS

There are several blogs that provide examples of how you can leverage Microsoft OMS to monitor components.

  • Oracle and Microsoft OMS

The first example is from the guys at OpsLogix. I know they have been playing with Microsoft OMS ever since it was called “Atlanta” and they have in-depth knowledge of the workings and customization of Microsoft OMS. They’ve provided a management pack which extends your OpsLogix Oracle management pack into Microsoft OMS!

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  • VMWare with log analytics

This blog shows you how to connect Microsoft OMS to your Vcenter server and collect the VMWare logs into Microsoft OMS.

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And again OpsLogix provides an even more sophisticated option.

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  • Custom Performance Data in Microsoft OMS

Tao Yang explains how you can leverage Microsoft OMS to collect your nondefault data into Microsoft OMS by using custom management packs in SCOM:

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Recap

In this blog I’ve tried to capture the capabilities of Microsoft OMS and to be honest, there is a ton of stuff which you can use in Microsoft OMS and just give it a try. Microsoft OMS is a suite of components for managing your hybrid solutions and provides you a “Single Pane” for several management solutions, both on-premise as well as public. It’s safe to say that if it is logged on a server, Microsoft OMS can pick up the logs and lets you use its analytics services to analyze the data. Microsoft OMS uses metadata and analysis to work with the data collected.

The data collection is almost real time, and when it come to large amounts of data, Microsoft OMS is a perfect solution. Microsoft OMS is a cloud solution, so changes and features are added at a rapid speed which is extending the platform while I’m writing this blog! For more advanced stuff it is wise to dive into analytics, in general, to query your data in a smart way, although Microsoft OMS provides the default ones for you. Microsoft OMS is an extension of your System Center solution, not a replacement!

If you are serious and want to know more please read this excellent white paper by my MVP buddies (Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Tao Yang, Pete Zerger and Anders Bengtsson).

Are you wondering how the future of SCOM and Microsoft OMS will look like? And why Microsoft OMS will not be the replacement of SCOM? In the third and final blog of this series, I will give you my personal insights on this and explain how it all ties together. So stay on the lookout and we’ll keep you posted!

Cheers,

Oskar Landman