O365 Office Analytics

Ever wonder where all your time goes each week?   From an executive standpoint, want to see statistics on where employees are spending most of their time?   Did you know Office365 has an Outlook AddIn for analytics? Personal Analytics Link     Access your analytics Website https://microsoft-my.sharepoint.com/_layouts/15/me.aspx?v=analytics Requires E3 add on or above (E5), and…


Optimize SQL for SCOM

Maybe I’m old school, but do you ever feel like optimizing SQL is like playing a video game? Keep on shooting, hopefully you don’t hit your thrusters and drift and then die!   Does your SQL DBA Team (or did you): NTFS Allocation Unit set to 64KB for the SQL Server drives Dedicate memory for…


SYSTEM CENTER 2016 Operations Manager – Anti-Virus Exclusions

NOTE: Process name exclusions could potentially prevent some dangerous programs from being detected. Therefore exclusions based on processes might expose to security issues and should be avoided.   As we are all aware, antivirus exclusions can affect monitoring data generated, and affect system performance.   Best practice is to implement specific exclusions. Hopefully this table…


Setting up OMS Capacity and Performance

Do you know what your HyperV hosts are doing? Not a HyperV fan, there’s a VMWare solution also here   Documentation https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-capacity Capacity dashboard Details   Troubleshooting dashboard Firewall https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-proxy-firewall Windows Agents https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-windows-agents   Verify in Operations Manager if you have any error events Event ID 4506 in this case is the Capacity and Performance…


SQL Engineering Blog

Ever wonder when a SQL MP is published? Wonder no longer, look for the SQL Engineering Blog! https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/sqlreleaseservices/    


Setting up OMS Service Map solution

Ever wonder what happened to BlueStripe? Anyone else have experience using it with SCOM? If you weren’t aware, Microsoft bought Blue Stripe back in 2015 link   Looks like BlueStripe FactFinder is now Service Map in Azure Documentation here   Service Map is very easy to add and get value from right away with OMS…


Building a subscription

  Let’s talk notifications for a minute. Everyone complains that a tool is noisy for alerts (typically emails). Why not find a way to limit what you receive, and eliminate the noise. Sure there’s alert tuning, but there are a ton of built-in options with Subscriptions in SCOM.   Let’s Start by talking about now…


Basic Admin ‘How-to’ Series

This is a series of blog posts to help with SCOM best practices, and things that make SCOM easier to administer.   Associate MPX files in Notepad++ blog Backup management packs via PowerShell blog Get to know your monitor blog Load Test MP with Report blog Load Test MP Fragments blog Maintenance Mode PowerShell blog…


Verifying Custom MP overrides are valid when updating sealed MP’s

I will raise my hand when asked if I prefer Notepad++ for looking at XML (because I can shrink the sections I’m not concerned about).   Using Notepad++ (works best for color and concatenation of XML or quotes in case of syntax errors when editing)   Open Overrides management pack (XML) Click on the (-) for…


Troubleshoot Office 365 SCOM MP Run As account

Run As Account The Office 365 Run As account is used for Proxy access for an HTTPS connection from SCOM MS to Office 365 portal endpoint. Must be a domain account, not an Azure account (particularly if they ‘re not the same tenant or AAD associated Service Accounts are recommended to prevent impact should an…