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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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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Possible SQL issues affecting SCOM performance

  Good reasons for a Risk Assessment   SQL RAS runs 800+ queries to check on target SQL servers Check Best Practice Recommendations (BPR)   May be good opportunity to audit the SQL build for BPR!       Ran across some good examples where SQL settings brought SCOM to a standstill One was Cardinality…

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Updated Skype for Business 2015 (premise) Addendum MP

Updated and completed for Company Knowledge!   Many thanks to Nick Wood for his help deciphering user impact for these alerts. Reach out to Nick on LinkedIn   This has been an arduous effort to complete the Skype alerts and components.   Gallery Download   It’s taken a few steps along the way, to get all…

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What ID’s is SCOM using

Ever need to audit what ID’s SCOM is using? Maybe you have to figure out how someone else setup SCOM. Did they set up SCOM as recommended for best practices with different AD accounts per role?   If the ID’s are not logged during install, it’s a little more difficult to figure out what ID…

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Skype for Business 2015 (premise) Addendum MP

Ever try to figure out a Skype alert, for which server in the pool(s) is failing?   While maybe not the clearest to find root cause, the Skype pack brings a bunch of functionality, including synthetic transactions.   I was lucky enough to collaborate with Nick Wood, Skype PFE, to help provide more detail, troubleshooting, impact…

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Active Directory 2012-2016 Addendum packs updated

Man time flies!   Thought I’d share some new functionality for AD DS (Active Directory Domain Services)   Ran across some customer errors with AD Event ID 1084, which exists in the old 8321 pack, but not in the v10.x pack. Well, if you get these errors, your DC isn’t replicating, and most likely will need…

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SQL MP bloat

Ever wish alerts were like a wad of cash? The more you solve, the more you make!   How about performance counter data?     The SQL management packs are awesome for visualizations, and provide a bunch of data.   Tim McFadden pointed out SQL Performance counters https://www.scom2k7.com/crazy-db-performance-collection-rules-in-the-sql-mps/ His blog brings up SQL MP Disk Latency performance counters….

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2016 SQL SP1 patch issue

False alert?   If you have SQL2016 SP1 monitored in SCOM, you most likely have Compliance monitor warnings   This is actually a problem with SP1 where SQL did not update the registry key.     Two options to remedy: Disable SCOM monitor per instance (or class if SP1 is NOT in your environment) Fix the…

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