White paper: Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds

  Hello readers! This blog post introduces the “Modern Application Modeling and Configuration for Infrastructure Clouds” white paper from the Enterprise Cloud Group (ECG) CAT team, that you can download at the link below. We hope you will find this resource useful! Audience This document is for IT professionals or application owners interested in understanding… Read more

CPS Management Cluster and Its Performance

By now, I hope that you’ve had some opportunities to read and understand what Cloud Platform System (CPS) is, how the fabric monitoring capability works in CPS, how we take advantage of CPS inside of Microsoft, and how we're building and testing Microsoft workloads in this platform. In today’s post, we’d like to take you… Read more

Monitoring the Cloud Fabric in the Cloud Platform System (CPS)

My CPS stamp just arrived and I can’t wait for my customers to begin spinning up their own VMs! But once CPS is up in my datacenter and I start running customer workloads how do I know if the fabric of my cloud is healthy? How do I know if there are issues I need… Read more

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

Troubleshooting Windows Azure Pack & Usage (Part 2)

In the previous post we talked about how you can verify if Usage and Metring is working In this blog post it’s time to see what could go wrong during installation / configuration of Usage & Metering The following are potential issues you might run into: SPF cannot connect to OM DW. WAP Usage is… Read more

Configuring SPF and Windows Azure Pack for IaaS usage and metering

After configuring VMM and OM for IaaS usage and metering in the previous blog post (here) it’s now time to configuring SPF and Windows Azure Pack to import Usage data from Operations Manager Data Warehouse into Windows Azure Pack (WAP) Usage Database. The series includes the following posts: IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System… 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

IaaS Usage and Service Reporting using System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

Following up Brad Anderson & Srikanth’s blog posts here & here, I would like to create a list of blog posts that describe how to deploy usage metering & reporting in System Center 2012 R2 & Windows Azure Pack for IaaS. Some would ask why should I care about usage & service reporting for IaaS?… Read more

Enabling web applications synthetic transactions as a service

As you may know, there are different ways to give visibility into “client side” monitoring of web apps  within Operations Manager : on-premise synthetic transactions, cloud-based synthetic transactions through Global Service Monitoring, Application Performance Management (APM) feature. These features provide great insight on the web application performance from an end user perspective, but require delegated… 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