SCOM & OpInsights Sessions at Ignite Conference in Chicago

We are excited to share that we will have 5 SCOM & OpInsights sessions led by the engineering team at Ignite Chicago. If you are attending the conference please join us at these sessions. We would be happy to answer any questions you have on our products before and after the presentation. If you have any questions… Read more

Have a say on the future of System Center

The System Center leadership team is looking to hear from you on the challenges you face with your Management tools and where you would like to see us invest going forward. We put together a short survey to gather your feedback and an option to join a discussion panel around this topic. We are counting… Read more

What’s the buzz on Advisor?

Have you heard about System Center Advisor Preview Service at TechEd or read some of the customer blogs? Need a single solution to gather, correlate and search all your log data, forecast your data center capacity needs or check if your servers have the latest software updates? Advisor maybe your answer. This service is FREE for the preview… Read more

Alerting on ASP.NET Exceptions thru the Windows Azure Management Pack

One of the most useful health-related services offered by ASP.NET is the Web Events feature. By modifying the Web.config file, you can use the health monitoring system to log unhandled exceptions, expired forms, authentication tickets, and any other data you want logged in your application. If you want to get more information about this, you… Read more

Getting started with Client-Side Monitoring in Operations Manager 2012

This post is intended to help you get started with the Client-Side Monitoring (CSM) feature in Operations Manager 2012. Client-Side Monitoring provides a real end user perspective on application health for .NET applications, as users are interacting with the application, by collecting performance and exception data from the users browsers in near real time. I… Read more

APM Agent Throttling settings and other APM Overrides in SC2012 Operations Manager

So, the APM Wizard is great. We put a lot of effort in simplifying the most common scenario for configuration, as described in earlier posts such as this one http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2011/07/30/operations-manager-and-application-monitoring.aspx ; anyhow, there are additional settings that are buried within overrides, in a few places. This post wants to bring some of these to your… Read more

Using multistep web tests for monitoring with Global Service Monitor Beta release

Dear Users, With the Beta release of Global Service Monitor (GSM) we added one of the most requested features: ability to execute multistep web tests with authentication. This is a big step forward compared with single URL tests we had in CTP, because it allows monitoring health of end-to-end user scenarios. Imagine your application sells… Read more

APM Configured Endpoint Report

So… I was talking to my friend/colleague Eric in MSIT (Microsoft IT), who is one of our internal System Center power users, as you can imagine. MSIT manages thousands of line of business applications. As APM gets rolled out to web farms, or new servers are added to the monitoring system, how do you keep track… Read more

Global Service Monitor for System Center 2012: Observing application availability from an “outside in” perspective

Dear Users, With the CTP2 release of System Center 2012, we announced the immediate availability of the Customer Preview of a new System Center component called “Global Service Monitor”.  Global Service Monitor is an Azure-based service that extends SCOM 2012 capabilities into the cloud. It allows you to schedule synthetic transactions from geo-distributed locations to monitor… Read more

Event-to-Alert ratio, reviewing problems and understanding trends for APM data in OpsMgr 2012

I have been talking to a number of people, both online as well as in person (at MMS, TechED and in other occasions) and one of the recurring questions I get, as people plan for their deployment of System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and want to use the APM feature, is “how much more… Read more