Desired State Configuration (DSC) Nodes Deployment and Conformance Reporting Series (Part 4): Using Operations Manager to check for configuration enforcement

In the previous post for this series, we discussed how the conformance server reports on the health of configuration download/application on the nodes. Here, we will look at how you can report if nodes are actually enforcing their expected configuration. For example, let’s say you wanted a specific file to be present on a node…. Read more

Installing & configuring Service Reporting for IaaS usage and metering

This is the last blog post in a series on how to enable usage and metering for IaaS using System Center and Windows Azure Pack. The series includes the following posts:  IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack Configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering. Configuring… Read more

Configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering

In the previous blog post (here) I explained how usage and reporting works in Windows Azure Pack and System Center 2012 R2. As a follow up, I will take a deeper look into how usage and reporting can be configured step by step, This should allow the reader to setup this scenario without having to… Read more

Application Management – System Center Operations Manager Application Performance Management (APM) .NET Events – What do they mean?

Over the years I have used APM methodologies to track down problems and to assist in building better applications no matter the development processes used. One of the more important aspects of APM is to understand the details of the data that is collected. If you don’t use the data don’t collect it. Today I… Read more

The Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend our Sessions at MMS 2013!

Trying to decide which sessions to attend at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit?  There are a lot of great options this year, and here are ten reasons we think you should check out the sessions hosted by the authors of the Building Clouds blog… You’ll get to learn all about the Fundamentals of Building Clouds… Read more

Application Management through Monitoring – Part 2 of 3 – Synthetic Monitoring

In part 1 of this 3 part series we discussed the reasons why we monitor and we talked about the different types of monitoring we can use. In this blog post we’ll dig deeper into the Synthetic monitoring styles and more importantly when and where to use them. The purpose of this series and especially… Read more

Application Management through Monitoring – Part 1 of 3

One of my favorite sayings has always been, “you can’t manage what you don’t monitor“. Best I can do for giving credit to the quote is that Candle Corporation in the late 90’s had a marketing campaign built around this concept, I still have the shirt. When you think about why we do what we… Read more

Chargeback with System Center 2012 SP1 Tutorial Part 2 of 3

In the previous blog post we talked about how Chargeback is working overall and some of the areas to consider when implementing Chargeback.   In this blog post we will walk through the configuration that needs to be done in Virtual Machine Manager and in Operations Manager and how you can verify that these are… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Extensibility Kit for SC Operations Manager

Hello Again Readers and Viewers! Home stretch! Only two more (including this one) “refresh” topics to post…So, here we go, the sixth “real” post after my introduction…and this post and its associated deliverable is dedicated to the: Orchestrator Extensibility Kit for SC Operations Manager History Like all the other posts I have done recently, the… Read more

Introducing Application Management

With the recent release of System Center 2012 SP1 we have embarked on an approach that allows more collaboration between development and operation teams than in the past – and this will have a big impact on the topic of Application Management. First, who am I? I’m a Sr. Program Manager who joined Microsoft through… Read more