VMware Monitoring For Service Providers: Local Customer Setup For SCOM 2012 & 2016

VMware Monitoring For Service Providers: Local Customer Setup For SCOM 2012 & 2016

In a series of VMware “How To” videos, released weekly, we’ll be showing you how to set up your VMware Monitoring for Service Providers.

In this video, we show you how to do the Local Customer Setup.

Want to try our Management Pack? Got to the VMware Management Pack page and fill in the contact form. Or drop us an email at sales@opslogix.com 

Using The OpsLogix Oracle Two-State Monitor Template

Using The OpsLogix Oracle Two-State Monitor Template

Although the OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack covers the most common availability, health and performance metrics that are important to an Oracle environment, occasionally you might need other metrics to suit your particular monitoring needs. With this in mind, the OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack contains templates that allow you to add custom monitors and rules in order to monitor your Oracle environment.

OpsLogix Oracle Two-State Monitor Template

One of those templates is the OpsLogix Oracle Two-State Monitor Template, allowing you to create a Rule that checks values from your Oracle environment and generates alerts in an event when a value is detected or missing, depending on the configuration you’ve specified.

Step 1

After you have clicked Create, you can then check your target’s Health Explorer on your monitor, shown under Performance.

 

 

 

 

Step 2

Select the Oracle Two-State Monitor Rule from the Select the monitoring type list.

 

Step 3

Set a name and a description for your Two-State Monitor.

 

Step 4

Write the query to be executed and pick the column name of the value you would like to monitor. Then pick the target of your monitor and the frequency of monitoring.

 

Step 5

Select if you want the monitor to alert Warning or Critical when it discovers a value Greater, Greater or Equal, Less or Equal or Less than a specified Value.

 

Step 6

Finally, configure the alert details. Choose an alert name, a description, the priority of the alert and the severity. To create the Two-State Monitor press Create.

 

Step 7

After you have clicked Create, you can then check your target’s Health Explorer on your monitor, shown under Performance.

For any other questions or inquiries, please contact sales@opslogix.com

OpsLogix & Microsoft Partner For Azure Managed Applications

OpsLogix & Microsoft Partner For Azure Managed Applications

As of now Managed Applications are Generally Available in the Azure Marketplace. We from OpsLogix couldn’t be more excited as a launch partner with Microsoft to be one of the first to offer Managed Application services to our customers.

“Azure Managed Applications enables OpsLogix customers to easily deploy and use our solutions without having to undertake on-going maintenance and servicing complexities.”
Vincent de Vries, CEO, OpsLogix

Oracle OMS Azure Managed Application

Azure Managed Applications

Azure Managed Applications enable Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Independent Software Vendor (ISV) partners and enterprise IT teams to deliver fully managed, turnkey cloud solutions that can be made available through the Azure Marketplace or through the enterprise service catalog of a specific end-customer. Customers can quickly deploy managed applications in their own subscription and rely on the partner for maintenance operations and support across the life cycle.

Azure Managed Applications is an additional partner opportunity to expand beyond infrastructure and software, by attaching services and operational support to Azure solutions. Partners using Managed Applications can invoice customers directly using Azure’s billing system (when publishing at Azure Marketplace) and use Azure Resource Manager templates to support the lifecycle of deployed applications. All of this enables an even richer cloud ecosystem for our customers and new business opportunities for our partners.

Azure Marketplace as a Distribution Channel for Azure Managed Applications

Managed applications can now be published and made available at the Azure Marketplace on the Azure Portal. Once published by the partner, they are available for any commercial customer with an Azure subscription. This enables MSP and ISV partners to market their solutions to a broader market. Partners are responsible for maintaining, servicing and upgrading the applications, once deployed by a customer. Customers benefit as they are able to run complex solutions without deep time and resource investments.

OpsLogix as a Key Launch Partner

We are excited to share that OpsLogix is among the key partners such as Cisco and Xcalar on Managed Applications. Our OpsLogix OMS Oracle Solution as a Managed Application is already live and published on the marketplace and can be consumed.

OpsLogix

We are currently offering the “OpsLogix OMS Oracle Solution” Managed Application on the Azure marketplace. It enables you to get a holistic view of your Oracle environment by inserting your Oracle monitoring and auditing data into OMS with the OpsLogix OMS Oracle Solution Managed Application. Not only does the OpsLogix OMS Oracle Solution provide performance and availability metrics, it also allows you to audit your Oracle environment, enabling you to be compliant within hours.

 

 

Make sure to read more:

Managed Applications are now Generally Available in the Azure Marketplace
Azure Managed Application in Azure Marketplace: Under the hood

 

New Update: OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack 1.3.17.0

New Update: OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack 1.3.17.0

We’re happy to announce a new update release of our Oracle Management Pack for SCOM 2012/2016. The 1.3.17.0 release contains the following important changes:

  • We are now using the latest Managed ODAC version instead of the previous unmanaged ODAC version.
  • Bulk import of Oracle instances in configuration
  • For this update, we were able to cook down the monitoring even more. Resulting in an even lower footprint on SCOM and Oracle.
  • In the previous Oracle Management Pack, tablespace monitoring sometimes had a tendency to stop for full tablespaces. This issue has been resolved with the current update.
  • In some Oracle versions, the incremental backup monitor was broken. This issue has also been resolved with the current update.
  • In the latest version of our Oracle Management Pack,  it’s possible to override the threshold of invalid objects and indexes monitors.
  • We’ve also added “Oracle 12c” container & pluggable database discovery in the 1.3.17.0 update version.

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

Team OpsLogix

 

How To Train EZalert For Optimal SCOM Alert Automation

How To Train EZalert For Optimal SCOM Alert Automation

In this post, we’ll show you how to start training EZalert in order for the machine learning software to learn your SCOM alert handling behavior for optimal automation.

When EZalert has been freshly installed and is untrained, its default behavior is to ignore all alerts in Operations Manager. Because EZalert is untrained it is unable to predict what state you would assign to a SCOM alert, so the default “Suggested State” on the “Training” tab is “Unable to predict” as shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training an Alert State

On the training tab, all the active alerts in Operations Manager are listed. To start training EZalert right-click the alert and then from the context menu click “Train State as” and then click the state you would usually assign to the alert for example “Closed”. After doing so an “apply States” dialog box appears. This box enables you to apply the training state in operations manager immediately, setting the state of the alert to “Closed” if “yes” is clicked. If you click “no”, the alert will remain unchanged in operations manager while EZalert is being trained.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also train EZalert to apply other resolutions states to the open SCOM alerts in Operations Manager. To do this, you do not select closed as we previously did. Instead, you select a different state from the “Train State As” context menu, for example, “Resolved”.

Assigning the resolution state “New” will cause EZalert to leave a particular new incoming alert in the resolution state “New”. Assigning this state might seem counterintuitive at first, but EZalert needs to be trained to know which Alerts should be left open and remain in the “New” resolution state.

Once you have started training EZalert, you will notice that new incoming alerts will have a suggested state. If the suggested state for a particular alert is not the state you would have expected, you can go through the same cycle and assign the desired state for that particular alert. Do this by using the context menu again.

Please note that during a training cycle the suggested resolution state is never applied to the incoming alerts, this is only done when we set “Enable Auto Apply” on the “Settings” tab.

After the training cycle, assuming you are satisfied that the suggested state for the alert is correct, you can set EZalert to automatic by clicking the settings tab, selecting the “Enable Auto Apply” checkbox and clicking Apply.

Retraining a SCOM Alert

After “Enable Auto Apply” has been set in the “Settings” tab, the “Training” tab will be disabled. You can click on the history tab in order to keep an eye on what state EZalert is automatically applying to the new alerts that are coming in. In the history tab, a log is kept for the state that is applied to each alert. If EZalert learned the wrong behavior and applied the wrong state to an alert, it can be corrected. To do this select the alert with the wrong state, right click it and set the correct state by selecting “Retrain State As”. When you repeat this cycle, EZalert will learn and become increasingly accurate over time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch the how to use EZalert video to learn how to manage your SCOM alerts more easily!

Also, make sure to read the following blog by MVP Tao Yang

How To Use The OpsLogix Oracle Performance Collection Rule Template In SCOM 2012 & 2016

How To Use The OpsLogix Oracle Performance Collection Rule Template In SCOM 2012 & 2016

Although the OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack covers the most common availability, health and performance metrics that are important to an Oracle environment, occasionally you might need other metrics to suit your particular monitoring needs. With this in mind, the OpsLogix Oracle Management Pack contains templates that allow you to add custom monitors and rules in order to monitor your Oracle environment.

OpsLogix Oracle Performance Collection Rule

One of those templates is the OpsLogix Oracle Performance Collection Rule, that allows you to create a Rule that collects performance data from your Oracle environment in order to visualize the data on the corresponding performance view. In this blog, we’ll provide you an easy 5 step “how to” instruction to make use of this template.

Step 1

Navigate to the Authoring section of the System Center Operations Manager Console, right-click Management Pack Templates and choose Add Monitoring Wizard.

 

 

 

Step 2

Select Oracle Performance Collection Rule from the Select the monitoring type list.

 

Step 3

Choose a name and a description for your performance data collection rule. 

 

Step 4

Pick the counter name, set the query to be executed and pick the column name of the value you would like to store. Then chose the target of your rule and the frequency of the data collection. Then click Create.

 

Step 5

The performance collection rule has now been created so you can check the collected performance data in the Instance Performance view.

 

For any other questions or inquiries, please contact sales@opslogix.com

An Introduction To Machine Learning & SCOM Automation By Vincent de Vries

An Introduction To Machine Learning & SCOM Automation By Vincent de Vries

During SCOM Day 2017 in Gothenburg, organized by Approved, one of the main topics was data-driven automation. Since machine learning and artificial intelligence are the emerging technologies of the future, there is a noticeable rising trend in IT. Many organizations are hesitant to wholly migrate into the cloud, especially when they have already heavily invested in their on-prem environments. The same goes for those who have their environment running on Microsoft System Center Operations Manager.

Vincent de Vries (@vindevries), Managing Director at OpsLogix talked about our journey as a company towards machine learning and AI. He discussed what machine learning is and how one of our latest software, EZalert, an AI solution for SCOM, can help organizations automate their 1st level of support. EZalert can be taught to automatically set your resolution states and attach actions to those resolution states.

Our New & Free Contribution To The Community: app.cloudoptimizers.io

Our New & Free Contribution To The Community: app.cloudoptimizers.io

In the past two years, we have seen something undeniable happening: a rise in cloud adoption, whether hybrid or full-on cloud migrations. For the System Center Operations Manager Community, we had already created a highly successful free Ping Management Pack, which has been downloaded over 10.000 times.

 

 

app.cloudoptimizers.io = 100% FREE

With the cloud adoption in full swing, we decided to create a useful application to help organizations optimize their cloud environment, cutting costs by enabling users to not only schedule when a VM is turned on or off, but also allowing them to change the resource size of a VM on a schedule.

Visit app.cloudoptimizers.io and create a free account. Schedule unlimited amounts of VM’s and tell us what you like about it and what we can improve on!

Compatible with Azure, AWS & Google Cloud

Our Cloudoptimizers application supports Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and the Google Cloud Platform.

Azure Managed Applications – How It Works

Azure Managed Applications – How It Works

 

Azure Managed Applications is a new service provided by Microsoft which allows Managed Service Providers (MSPs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), and corporate central IT teams to deliver turnkey solutions through the Azure Marketplace or Service Catalog. So what does that mean for the end-user?

Basically, the end-users deploy these managed applications into their subscriptions, but they don’t have to maintain, update, or service them. Which is a great key advantage of the Azure Managed Applications services! It’s the responsibility of the vendors to manage and support these applications. So as an end-user, you don’t have to invest in building the application specific domain knowledge, which would have been needed to service these applications. You will automatically acquire application updates without having to worry about troubleshooting and diagnosing issues with the application.

At OpsLogix, we’ve developed a Managed Application of our Oracle OMS Collector, however, it’s not yet ready to market. In the video above, Kristian Nese, Senior Program Manager of AzureCAT at Microsoft gives you a short demo of how to use our Oracle OMS Collector as an Azure Managed App during Experts Live Europe 2017.

 

Virtual Machine Planned Maintenance

Virtual Machine Planned Maintenance

 

Ziv Rafalovich joins Scott Hanselman to talk about improvements to the planned maintenance experience in Azure, including better visibility and control of maintenance events that impact virtual machine availability. Learn how to create alerts, discover which virtual machines are scheduled for maintenance, and proactively start the maintenance using the Azure portal, REST API, Azure PowerShell, or Azure CLI.

Note:

During September 2017, you can try the new experience by creating new VMs in the US West Central region using this special link to the Azure portal: http://aka.ms/PlannedMaintenancePreview.

For the original article, click here.