OMS – Free Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) E-Book


Great achievements deserve great attention! The”Black Belts” of OMS Tao Yang, Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Pete Zerger and Anders Bengtsson have just released a free new e-book about the latest and greatest  Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). It has over 400 pages and covers the following topics…

Chapter 1: Introduction and Onboarding
Chapter 2: Searching and Presenting OMS Data
Chapter 3: Alert Management
Chapter 4: Configuration Assessment and Change Tracking
Chapter 5: Working with Performance Data
Chapter 6: Process Automation and Desired State Configuration
Chapter 7: Backup and Disaster Recovery
Chapter 8: Security Configuration and Event Analysis
Chapter 9: Analyzing Network Data
Chapter 10: Accessing OMS Data Programmatically
Chapter 11: Custom Management Pack Authoring
Chapter 12: Cross-Platform Management and Automation

If you are curious about OMS and need to get some guidelines how to get you started or even some deeper knowledge, I highly recommend reading this book. You can download it here!

Thank you guys for providing such great contribution to the community!

Quick Post – Book “Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience”

Microsoft released recently a 128 pages e-book about System Center Operations Manger. It is a book talking more about the insights of SCOM and how you can troubleshoot, optimize and best practices. I highly recommend reading this book for all those who want to dive a bit deeper into SCOM.


Learn how to enhance your Operations Manager environment and better understand the inner workings of the product – even if you are a seasoned Operations Manager administrator. If you are responsible for designing, configuring, implementing, or managing a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager environment, this e-book is for you.

Thanks to the authors Danny Hermans, Uwe Stürtz, Mihai Sarbulescu, Mitch Tulloch for this excellent book. Find this book in different formats for FREE here.

Microsoft Azure Operational Insights – Search Data Explorer Cheat Sheet


At TechEd Europe Microsoft officially announced Microsoft Azure Operational Insights. If you are not familiar with it check my previous posts about this new “tool”. Behind all these sexy dashboards there is also a very powerful search engine called “Search Data Explorer”. It uses a search window where you can enter a query to get any result you want / need.

The syntax of this query reminds a bit of PowerShell but it was specifically developed for Azure Operational Insights.

An example looks like this…


Microsoft offers already predefined queries for all installed Intelligence Packs, so you just need to pick the right one.

For example the Capacity Planning queries look like this…


But as always it is better to understand what is going on behind the scenes so that you can customize the result the way you want it. Daniele Muscetta (PM at Microsoft) as written excellent posts how you can build your queries and explains all the possible commands / syntax. You can find the posts here:

    Daniele has written very detailed and long posts which is very useful at the beginning and after you get the idea you just need some sort of notes. For that reason I tried to summarize everything in one single cheat sheet so you can keep it on your desk for reference. It looks like this…


    I hope it provides some help.

    Download the PDF version from TechNet Gallery.

    Update 6.11.2014 Version 1.1:

    • Just eliminated some typos / changed some minor wording

    Update  7.11.2014 Version1.2:

    • Corrected field name Type is case sensitive
    • Added new sample
    • Formatting issues fixed

    Quick Post – Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 (Wiley/Sybex)

    This post is very special and I am proud to announce that soon one of the first and currently most comprehensive books about the latest and greatest Windows Server server version Windows Server 2012 R2 will be released in December 2013.

    MVP Kevin Greene, Christian Booth, Robert Butler, John McCabe, Robert Panek, Michael Rice and myself are the authors of this book. You are already able to order it from Amazon or Wiley / Sybex or any other bookstore (ISBN: 978-1-118-28942-6).


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