Set up Azure Service Principal

  Azure Service principal is like a Mech ID that does work for you behind the scenes Stack Overflow states it plainly An Azure service principal is a security identity used by user-created apps, services, and automation tools to access specific Azure resources. Reference Docs site defines it as a Security identity object We will…

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Service Map – Setting up SCOM management group

  It’s time to get my SCOM MG running Service Map Nothing like seeing what an application actually does, mapping ports a server is using, and who the server talks to! From the docs site – https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/monitoring/monitoring-service-map-scom   Download Management Pack Let’s start with the pack download Download Management Pack     Install Management pack…

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Install Azure Log Analytics Service Map Dependency Agent

    To make all this work, sometimes, it seems like a slot machine, deposit your quarter, and hope you hit the jackpot!     So to get started, you probably have a list of computers where you have the MMA agent, and want to install Service Map to see how and who the computers…

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Installing and configuring the MMA agent

  Maybe the MMA agent is like Venom? Proof I’ve watched too many a Marvel movie…   An existential moment perhaps, but the MMA agent can be a bunch of strings stuck from one place to another, monitoring whatever its told to do.       Install MMA agent If you are running SCOM2016 or…

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Azure Log Analytics Service Map Planning and Pre-reqs

My grandfather said two things: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of manure Death and taxes are part of life   Planning out a deployment is a good thing. My best friend would say “No one plans to fail, they just fail to plan”     This will be a 4 part blog is…

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Azure UNIX server SCOM agent setup errors with OEL v7.x

  Ran into some customers with UNIX agent problems, including Azure Oracle Enterprise Linux servers with SCOM agents.           Basically this error means Fully-qualified domain name cannot be determined from the UNIX or Linux host itself The FQDN known to the UNIX/Linux host does not match the FQDN used by the management…

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Get started with OMS Device Health

Anyone need telemetry data for win10 computers? https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/device-health-get-started   Want the info with better reports and less overhead? This easily replaces SCOM Agentless Exception Monitoring   OMS is technically free, why not get insights into client side problems?     Overview Validate Telemetry Setting Get CommercialID from OMS Configure Deployment Script Run Deployment Script Verify OMS…

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Azure Application Insights

Application Insights Application Insights simply put is Application Performance Management for web developers (or DevOps) on multiple platforms Are you trying to solve how to monitor application performance? Do you need to monitor application performance for ASP.NET, Java or Node.js apps? SCOM can monitor, but not necessarily with the same functionality Riverbed makes products, but…

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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…

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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…

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