Visual Studio and VSAE updates

  For those using Visual Studio and Authoring Extensions to author management packs     Background VSAE is Visual Studio Authoring Extensions, used to create management packs (with or without fragments) See Holman’s Fragment library on TechNet Gallery for multiple hints at more than what SCOM delivers out of box (OoB)         If you…

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Gather Log Analytics/MMA agent version

Had some questions come up from the community to check the Log Analytics agent version.   Depending on how you are setup, the SCOM Integration makes this easy with Holman’s blog for the agent management pack.   If you have admin right in Operations Manager console then you can check this directly from SCOM server:…

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Azure Log Analytics for Windows Telemetry data

    I blogged about this last year here     As best practice, the Upgrade Analytics script checks for far more than just injecting the workspace key and telemetry value.     FYI – This could also be managed in an SCCM Compliance setting. Paul Fitzgerald – Platform PFE blogged about a non SCCM method here…

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Scripting SCOM Registry key tweaks

  Time to tune!     Had some requests to script the registry tweaks for SCOM   Starting off with Holman’s blog entry …   TechNet Gallery download here   Save .txt file as .ps1   On SCOM Management server(s) Close out any SCOM Console session (to prevent SDK errors) Run as administrator in PowerShell window…

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Workflow Manager Addendum MP for SQL Aliases

  A SQL Alias is kinda like wearing disguise glasses…   From a security perspective, you can make things difficult for attackers by specifying a SQL alias and different port for SQL.       Symptom – discovery fails for WFM pack   Trying to monitor and figure out what the real database name, instance, etc….

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Test fire any event on any server from any application

  Golden Oldies – always popular (tools vs music)   Old Holman blog that’s still relevant, even more powerful than EventLog Explorer   Basically anyone who wants to test fire events off a SCOM MP should use this tool. Event Create, write-eventlog all have limitations (certain event sources that can be used to create events, or…

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Re-learn an old but still relevant tool – EventLog Explorer

  Sometimes we forget about tools that can make things easier.   Time to talk about EventLog Explorer.   Need to repro and test events for an installed program, to see what SCOM will handle? Read this old mom team blog, courtesy of Kevin Holman blog     I wanted to try it to test fire some…

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Adding Management Solutions in Azure

Decoder ring applies!   OMS is Log Analytics is Azure Management Solutions.       Do you want to add solutions to your Azure subscription? Pre-packaged visuals and insights on your data, whether azure or hybrid.       Adding Management Solutions Login to the Azure Portal Click on All Services Type ‘solutions’, hit enter Click…

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MMA Agent and SCOM Agent version numbers

This idea sprung from a discussion with Sr. PFE Brian Barrington, and it got me wondering…   FYI – If you’re running a SCOM agent, 2016 or above, various Log Analytics solutions may have pre-reqs.   OMS Gateway requires Microsoft Monitoring Agent (agent version – 8.0.10900.0 or later) Simple English, that means SCOM2016 RTM agent or…

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Installing and configuring the MMA agent via PowerShell

  GUI install option, see blog     Pre-reqs to build out an install script/package MMA agent executable Workspace ID Workspace Primary Key     Download MMA agent Click on Windows Servers from Connected Sources to download Windows Agent Click on Linux Servers from Connected Sources to download Linux Agent         Obtain WorkspaceID From…

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