Microsoft Azure Operational Insights – Connecting Without SCOM

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I previously blogged about Microsoft Azure Operational Insights (MAOI). There are two ways you are able to connect to MAOI, first and best way :) is using SCOM to connect using it’s built-in connector. Another and very easy way is to just install the Microsoft Monitoring Agent and connect this agent directly to MAOI. How this works?  I just want to show you here.

First create a Organizational Account or a Microsoft Account here  https://preview.opinsights.azure.com/ .

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SCOM 2012 R2 – Operations Manager Survival Guide

Some are might not aware that there is an excellent maintained list of very useful sources for System Center Operations Manager called The System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager Survival Guide . If you are working with SCOM this is a must have in your link list. You will find a summary of excellent blog posts, tools, troubleshooting tips etc.

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Thank’s to Matthias Heil from Microsoft Germany for maintaining this superb site and updating it on a monthly base!

System Center Universe Europe – Session Recordings on Channel 9

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The long-awaited session recordings from System Center Universe Europe are NOW available on Channel 9!

Matt Hester has provided a list linked to each session, check it out on his blog. For your convenience I copied the links to this post. All credits to Matt!

Here are all 60 of sessions from System Center Universe (Click on the link and take you the session on Channel 9)

  1. Advanced Orchestrator Runbook Authoring and Management
  2. Author your own custom gallery item and deploy VM roles in Windows Azure Pack
  3. Building a Real self-service platform with SCSM, SMA PowerShell Workflows
  4. Building solid business continuity plans using System Center, Windows Server and Azure
  5. Compliance Management – the new orange in Client Management
  6. Configuration Manager 2012 R2 – a site review
  7. Creating awesome System Center Reports with PowerBI and PowerView
  8. Customer requirements first – Service Manager Customizations without limits
  9. Data Deduplication in depth
  10. Deploy the Microsoft Cloud OS in high available
  11. Deploy Windows Azure Pack across sites
  12. Disaster Recovery in a service provider cloud
  13. Disaster Recovery with Azure Site Recovery
  14. Enterprise Management Solution (EMS) – the full story
  15. How to build a service provider cloud
  16. How to deliver BaaS, RaaS and DRaaS in a modern datacenter using System Center & Azure
  17. Hybrid Cloud DevOps with APM
  18. Identity Management for Hybrid IT with Windows Azure and Windows Server 2012 R2
  19. Integrating the System Center components – your path to the galaxy
  20. Leaving the dark ages – Migrating from Configuration Manager 2007 to 2012 R2
  21. Manage your Azure through Service Manager and SMA
  22. Managing your IP Addresses the Easy Way with IPAM
  23. Microsoft Hybrid Cloud – Manage Azure with Microsoft System Center
  24. Microsoft Mobile Device Management from A to Z
  25. Multi-factor authentication for your clouds
  26. My top ten things in Windows Server 2012 R2 that will make your life easier
  27. OMI and DAL – Understanding the big picture
  28. OpsMgr Dashboards – new widgets and possibilities
  29. Optimize Azure Virtual Machines for performance and availability
  30. PowerShell’s Desired State Configuration – Resource authoring
  31. PowerShell’s Desired State Configuration – Notes from the field
  32. Self-service software provisioning with SCSM, SCORCH and SCCM
  33. Send your monitoring probes deep into unexplored space
  34. Service Management Automation – Introduction
  35. Service Management Automation (SMA) deep dive
  36. Service Manager – Performance and Scalability best practices
  37. Show me the reporting money with System Center
  38. Software Defined Networking – Comparison of different solutions
  39. Speed Lab – Deploy a Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 environment
  40. Sponsor Session OPSLOGIX & ITNETX – Conference Closing Note
  41. Sponsored Session BLUESTRIPE SOFTWARE – Using System Center and BlueStripe for dynamic application management across Azure and datacenter business applications
  42. Sponsored Session CASED DIMENSIONS – How to make Service Manager enterprise
  43. Sponsored Session CIRESON – Worldwide First – Unveiling Cireson Portal v3
  44. Sponsored Session CISCO – a Unified Data Center – Best integration for Microsoft Environments
  45. Sponsored Session COMTRADE – Deliver Citrix desktop virtualization confidently with Operations Manager
  46. Sponsored Session DERDACK – Never miss a critical IT incident again. Resolve IT incidents on-the-go. On-call duty redefined
  47. Sponsored Session MATRIX42 – Web Console for SCCM – easiness and delegation
  48. Sponsored Session NUTANIX – Automating Your Datacenter – Web-Scale Style
  49. Sponsored Session STEFFEN INFORMATIK – SCOM Manager
  50. Sponsored Session SYLIANCE IT SERVICES – Customizing System Center – Things you’ve never seen before!
  51. Sponsored Session VEEAM – Rock your Microsoft datacenter with Veeam
  52. Storage Spaces – Scale-out file server deep dive
  53. System Center Orchestrator – Runbook Design 101
  54. Unified Device Management – It’s all about the experience
  55. Upgrading to Configuration Manager 2012 R2
  56. VMware to Hyper-V Migration
  57. Welcome Note and Keynote Going beyond the borders – prepare yourself for the future!
  58. Windows Apps in the Cloud – Azure RemoteApp
  59. Windows Azure Pack – Usage Metering & Reporting Troubleshooting Guide
  60. Windows Azure Pack usage metering

System Center Universe Europe – SCOM Dashboards New Widgets and Possibilities

Here I would like to share the session recording from System Center Universe Europe 2014 about the new SCOM widgets and what you could do with it. Sadly we had just one hour to talk about but I hope you get a good impression of the almost endless possibilities.

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For your convenience I am sharing the slides here PPTX . If you are interested in the scripts, drop me a comment and I will send it to you.

SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview – A Box of Chocolates?

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I was asked few times during my engagements what has changed in the System Center Operations Manager Technical Preview. Microsoft released few weeks ago a first technical preview of Windows 10, Windows Server and System Center. You can download Windows 10 here , for Windows Server and System Center you need to have a MSDN subscription to download the sources or test it in Microsoft Azure. But what has changed in SCOM 2012 R2 Technical Preview? Is it like a box of chocolates, a box filled with many sweet things and surprises? Well, not really.

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