System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring Released!

I am proud to announce the release version of Java Application Performance Monitoring (aka Java APM), available for download (https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709).  This feature builds upon the previous release (available for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29270) to enabled APM functionality for several versions of Apache Tomcat. For more information, refer to the online documentation on TechNet. Note: this supersedes the…

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Guide: Enabling SSL on Tomcat With The Java Management Packs for SCOM 2012

Here is a quick guide for enabling SSL on Tomcat with the SCOM 2012 Java Management Pack (download here).  As this Java APM Management Pack (download here) extends the previous MP, this content applies here too. Before getting started with this, you should certainly reference the appropriate Tomcat documentation for the specifics of configuring that…

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WebLogic Management Pack Explained: Discovery Process and Monitoring

In this blog post I will briefly discuss the discovery and basic monitoring on WebLogic from the JEE Feature of SCOM 2012 (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29270).  Although it is Java, the promise of write once, run everywhere does not hold.  Especially in the start and discovery phases.  The workflows for doing so on Windows and Linux/UNIX differ substantially….

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Java APM Agent configuration files: Explained!

Edit for Nov 20th, 2013: the information on this page primarily is for the On Premise solution of SCOM 2012 R2.  Though users of Application Insights may find some of the information useful as well.   The Java APM Agent has three configuration files.  In this blog post I will give a brief explanation of…

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Command-line options to enabling Application Performance Monitoring for Tomcat

This post will go over the specifics of running the command-line options for enabling the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) agent with a Tomcat server.  This is not coverage of the full System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) setup (please refer to the documentation), rather the details about how to enable the Java APM agent. Of…

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WebSphere (7.0 & 6.1), Security, and BeanSpy

This page contains information about configuring the WebSphere Web Server to require BASIC authentication when accessing servlets. Security is a very Application Server specific task.  During the development of this feature, it was noted that depending on the setup of the application server, certain behaviors were observed. Below are the steps necessary for requiring authentication…

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Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 6.1

By simply taking yesterday’s post and applying the match of judicious copy-n-paste methodology: may I present a MP for managing EJBs for WebSphere 6.1. All of the caveats regarding support (or rather lack thereof) and this is for information use apply.  🙂 Finally, the MP presented uses the debug product key and targets SCOM 2012…

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Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 7.0

Similar to my previous posting, here is a sample management pack for monitoring EJBs on WebSphere 7.0.  For an explanation of what is happening, refer to the previous posting (and all of the legal warnings denying responsibility therein).  🙂   Basically, the differences are:   Changed references and class targets to point at WebSphere Updated…

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BeanSpy: WebLogic Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications

If you are running WebLogic, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. Once you have deployed BeanSpy to a web application server, the next step is to see that it works.  While look at the /Stats or /Stats/Info is a nice cross-platform solution, sometimes you want to know what is running…

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BeanSpy: JBoss Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications

IF you are running JBoss, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. Once you havedeployed BeanSpy to a web application server, the next step is to see that it works.  While look at the /Stats or /Stats/Info is a nice cross-platform solution, sometimes you want to know what is running on…

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