Importing OMS views

Perusing the TechNet Gallery looking at other’s contributions, I came across some cool new OMS views by Cameron Fuller and Marin Frankovic 

 

What came next kept me puzzled for a few minutes… Where do I go to export/import views in OMS?

 

 

How to add views to OMS

From OMS,

Click the + sign for View Designer

 

Click Import (can only select one view at a time)

Click Browse at bottom

 

Select OMSview file to import

Click Open

 

Verify Overview Tile

Click Save

 

 

Click Home icon to return

 

 

Monitor Sensitive User

Custom Views https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/log-analytics/log-analytics-view-designer

Download https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Monitor-sensitive-user-and-5a721d64

Server Performance

                Blog http://blogs.catapultsystems.com/cfuller/archive/2017/11/28/updating-the-server-and-client-performance-solution-to-the-new-query-language/

                Download https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Server-Performance-3d767ab1

 

 

SCOM 1801 New Features (previously 1711 Technical Preview)

 

What does the new SCOM bring?!

 

HTML5 Web Dashboards! here

What’s New https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/what-is-new-1801?view=sc-om-1801

The SCOM Team published a 5 set blog post on Web Console https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2018/02/12/new-scom-web-console-blog-series-post1/

 

The new SCOM version also gives visibility into

Management Packs Updates and Recommendations

Operations Manager Products (view SCOM topology)

Partner Solutions

 

For now I’ll focus on the last two

 

Operations Manager Products

Click on Administration Tab

Expand Operations Manager Products

Topology features are pretty neat.

Whether you’re new to SCOM, or have interesting Server naming conventions, or someone built the environment and changed jobs or left the company…

At least you can easily find out how the SCOM environment is setup

 

Partner Solutions

Cool!

Silect MP Author, Comtrade, Nutanix, Veeam, Infront, ClearPointe, Backbone

Lync 2013 Addendum Management Pack

Continuing the Addendum tradition 🙂 Lync couldn’t be forgotten.

 

To understand options and methods available on the Server and SCOM, re-read the Active Directory Addendum blog

 

 

Lync 2013

Now that we understand the methods available, let’s get to the Addendum.

 

 

The Addendum pack has 32 Recovery Tasks for Lync Service Monitors.

 

The recoveries cover the following services:

Access Edge, CMS Master, File Transfer Agent, Lync Backup Service, Push Notification Service, Replica Replicator Agent, Online Telephony Conferencing, Audio Video Conferencing, BI Data Collector, Conferencing Attendant, Conferencing Announcement, Application Sharing, Persistent Chat, Persistenc Chat Compliance, Centralized Logging Service Agent, Call Park, Web Conferencing, Web Conferencing Edge, IM Conferencing, Legal Intercept Service, Log Retention Service, Audio Video Edge, Mediation, Audio Video Authentication, Bandwidth Policy Service Authentication, Bandwidth Policy Service Core, Server Response Group, Front End Service, World Wide Web Publishing, XMPP Translating Gateway, XMPP Translating Gateway Proxy.

The recovery tasks verify service state, start ‘not running’ services, and include the option to recalculate health.

 

 

My goal is automation that helps anyone work smarter versus harder, with the goal to avoid being woke up at 2am just to restart a service.

 

Gallery Download          https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Lync-2013-Addendum-2a92aa00

Skype for Business 2015 (SfB) Addendum Management Pack

 

 

Continuing the Addendum tradition 🙂 Skype was next on the list.

 

To understand options and methods available on the Server and SCOM, re-read the Active Directory Addendum blog

 

 

Skype for Business 2015 (SfB)

Now that we understand the methods available, let’s get to the Addendum.

This Skype Addendum MP adds Recovery Tasks to the Skype for Business 2015 Service Monitors.

The recovery tasks verify service state, start ‘not running’ services, and recalculate health.

36 services monitored, with 36 recovery tasks.

The recovery tasks verify service state, start ‘not running’ services, and include the option to recalculate health.

 

 

My goal is automation that helps anyone work smarter versus harder, with the goal to avoid being woke up at 2am just to restart a service.

 

Gallery Download      https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Skype-for-Business-2015-b005f49f

 

Active Directory 2012-2016 Addendum Management Pack

A Post-it note is like an addendum, no?

 

 

As an Operations engineer, how many times do you get notified for a service restart?

 

Did you know about Service Recovery actions, or SCOM Recovery Tasks?

 

Why didn’t the SCOM Recovery tasks get added to many of the common Microsoft Applications?

 

 

Hopefully today, we can discuss some actions to help limit the amount of manual rework required to resolve service issues.

 

Let’s explain the basics

  1. Windows Servers have a Recovery tab in the Services.msc menu.
  2. Does your monitoring tool allow for recovery actions?

 

 

To implement recovery actions, here’s an example of the Services Recovery Tab

Here’s an example of the SCOM agent service

          NOTE 3 failures spaced 1 minute apart to restart the service

 

 

Let’s take it one step further, and add a restart to the service from another tool (insert your monitoring tool here).

 

In SCOM, taking an action after identifying the problem can be handled different ways

  • Services are related to Health, which are typically found as monitors, and to apply restart automation falls into Recovery Tasks.

 

  • In Monitors as a ‘Recovery Task’, or in Rules as a response

  • Rule Response

 

 

 

 

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)

Now that we understand the methods available, let’s get to the Addendum.

The Active Directory Domain Services Addendum MP will add Recovery tasks to AD DS Service Monitors.

NOTE: This is for the newer v10.0.x.y management packs that support AD DS 2012-2016

 

Specifically, the Pack has 12 Recovery tasks for DFS, NTDS, DFSR, IsmServ, KDC, NetLogon, NTFRS, W32Time, Group Policy, DNS Client, ADWS, and DNS.

 

The recovery tasks verify service state, start ‘not running’ services, and include the option to recalculate health.

 

 

My goal is automation that helps anyone work smarter versus harder, with the goal to avoid being woke up at 2am just to restart a service.

 

Gallery Download      https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/SCOM-AD-Directory-Addendum-22d0473a

 

Windows Server Dashboards

These are some cool Dashboards brought to the community by Satya Vel a few years ago.

 

This was brought to my attention for Dashboard functionality from SCOM 2012R2 to provide visibility for Windows Computer Health state

After a history lesson, I had to find the source!

256 cores increased the limit in Windows Server 2008R2

Prior it was 64 cores (look how far we’ve come!)

 

The Processor perfmon object is potentially limited since.  The Windows Team built the ‘Processor Information’ counter to handle above 64 cores (256 as of the below article)

 

https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/saponsqlserver/2010/09/24/windows-2008-r2-performance-monitor-processor-information-counters-have-replaced-processor-counters/

 

 

 

Beyond the history lesson, let’s get to the dashboards!

Why do you ask?     The Windows Server MP’s as far back as I have (MP version 7230) use ‘Processor Information’ instead of ‘Processor’

 

Flash forward to the Momteam blog in 2012

Blog https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/momteam/2012/06/12/free-windows-server-2008-dashboards-for-opsmgr-2012-and-tool-to-help-create-your-own-customized-dashboards/

 

 

Windows Server Summary Dashboard

 

 

Task Pane Dashboard

 

From the Monitoring Tab

Click on the Windows Computer view

Highlight the computer you want to see performance information on

Click the ‘Windows Server Task Pane Dashboard’ in Tasks pane

 

What happened to CPU!

 

 

Using with SCOM 2012R2, 2016, and even TP1801 the Dashboard happened to work on my DC’s.  Processor is gathered from the AD Directory Services management packs.

 

With some help, the Task Pane Dashboard was corrected to target Processor Information versus Processor

 

 

If you use the console to troubleshoot issues, it’s simple to do.

Save the packs from the Gallery, and import the two MP’s

Go use the dashboards!

 

Gallery https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Updated-Windows-Server-ff45737d

 

OpsMgr 1801 All in One – Quick Start Deployment Guide

Maybe you want to play with the new SCOM version like me?

 

Following Kevin Holman’s Quick Start Deployment Guide for SCOM 2016, build out an All in One

 

High Level Deployment Process:

1.  In AD,  note the ID’s and groups used for Operations Manager for the technical preview

2.  Install Windows Server 2016 to all server role servers

3.  Install Prerequisites and SQL 2016.

4.  Install the Management Server and Database Components

5.  Deploy Agents

6.  Import Management packs

7.  Set up security (roles and run-as accounts)

 

 

Prerequisites:

1.  Install Windows Server 2016 on Server

2.  Join server to domain.

3.  Install the Report Viewer controls.  Install them from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45496

          NOTE If SQL is installed on the MS (remember All in One server) 

          “Microsoft System CLR Types for SQL Server 2014” (ENU\x64\SQLSysClrTypes.msi) is not needed. 

SQL SysClrTypes available here:   https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42295

4.  Install all available Windows Updates.

5.  Add the “OMAdmins” domain global group to the Local Administrators group on each server.

6. Install IIS on any management server that will also host a web console:

Open PowerShell (as an administrator) and run the following:

Add-WindowsFeature NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,Web-Static-Content,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dir-Browsing,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Filtering,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-Metabase,Web-Asp-Net,Web-Windows-Auth –Restart

Note:  The server needs to be restarted at this point, even if you are not prompted to do so.  If you do not reboot, you will get false failures about prerequisites missing for ISAPI/CGI/ASP.net registration.

 

 

7. Install SQL 2016 to the server

  • Setup is fairly straightforward. This document will not go into details and best practices for SQL configuration. Consult your DBA team to ensure your SQL deployment is configured for best practices according to your corporate standards.
  • Run setup, choose Installation > New SQL Server stand-alone installation…

 

When prompted for feature selection, install ALL of the following:

  • Database Engine Services
  • Full-Text and Semantic Extractions for Search
  • On the Instance configuration, choose a default instance, or a named instance. Default instances are fine for testing, labs, and production deployments. Production clustered instances of SQL will generally be a named instance. For the purposes of the POC, choose default instance to keep things simple.
  • On the Server configuration screen, set SQL Server Agent to Automatic.  You can accept the defaults for the service accounts, but I recommend using a Domain account for the service account.  Input the DOMAIN\sqlsvc account and password for Agent, Engine, and Reporting.  Set the SQL Agent to AUTOMATIC.
  • On the Collation Tab – accept the default which is SQL_Latin1_General_CP1_CI_AS
  • On the Account provisioning tab – add your personal domain user account and/or a group you already have set up for SQL admins. Alternatively, you can use the OMAdmins global group here. This will grant more rights than is required to all OMAdmin accounts, but is fine for testing purposes of the POC.
  • On the Data Directories tab – set your drive letters correctly for your SQL databases, logs, TempDB, and backup.
  • Choose Install, and setup will complete.
  • You will need to disable Windows Firewall on the SQL server, or make the necessary modifications to the firewall to allow all SQL traffic.  See http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175043.aspx
  • When you complete the installation – you might consider also downloading and installing SQL Server Management Studio Tools from the installation setup page, or https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt238290.aspx

 

 

 

 

 

SCOM Step by step deployment guide:

 

1.  Install the Management Server role on SCOM1.

  • Log on using your personal domain user account that is a member of the OMAdmins group, and has System Administrator (SA) rights over the SQL instances.
  • Run Setup.exe

  • Click Install

 

  • Select the following, and then click Next:
    • Management Server
    • Operations Console
    • Web Console

 

 

 

  • Accept or change the default install path and click Next.

 

  • You might see an error from the Prerequisites here. If so – read each error and try to resolve it.

 

  • On the Proceed with Setup screen – click Next.

 

  • On the specify an installation screen – choose to create the first management server in a new management group.
  • Give your management group a name. Don’t use any special or Unicode characters, just simple text.
  • KEEP YOUR MANAGEMENT GROUP NAME SIMPLE, and don’t put version info in there.
  • Click Next.

 

 

  • Accept the license.  Next.

 

 

  • On the Configure the Operational Database screen, enter in the name of your SQL database server name and instance.
  • In my case this is “18MSB01”.
  • Leave the port at default unless you are using a special custom fixed port.
  • If necessary, change the database locations for the DB and log files.
  • I changed the default size to 5000 MB for now.
  • Click Next.

 

  • On the Configure the Data Warehouse Database screen, enter in the name of your SQL database server name and instance.
  • In my case this is “18MS01”.
  • Leave the port at default unless you are using a special custom fixed port.
  • If necessary, change the database locations for the DB and log files.
  • I changed the default size to 5000 MB. Click Next.

 

 

 

  • On the Web Console screen, choose the Default Web Site, and leave SSL unchecked. If you have already set up SSL for your default website with a certificate, you can choose SSL.  Click Next.

 

 

  • On the Web Console authentication screen, choose Mixed authentication and click Next.

 

 

  • On the accounts screen, change the accounts to Domain Account for ALL services,
  • Enter in the unique DOMAIN\OMAA, DOMAIN\OMDAS, DOMAIN\OMREAD, DOMAIN\OMWRITE
  • accounts we created previously.
  • It is a best practice to use separate accounts for distinct roles in OpsMgr
  • Although you can also just use the DOMAIN\OMDAS account for all SQL Database access roles to
  • simplify your installation (Data Access, Reader, and Writer accounts).
  • Click Next.

 

  • On the Diagnostic and Usage Data Click Next

 

  • Microsoft Update screen – choose to use updates or not.  Click Next
  • Click Install

 

  • Watch Installation progress

 

  • After a few minutes, when installation completes
  • Close when complete.

 

 

  • The Management Server will be very busy (CPU) for several minutes after the installation completes. Before continuing it is best to give the Management Server time to complete all post install processes, complete discoveries, database sync and configuration, etc. 10 minutes is typically sufficient.

 

 

 

Verify Console

Login to Management Group

 

 

Import Management Packs

Import your preferred management packs

 

 

Continue with Optional Activities

 

 

Verify any errors in the Operations Manager Event logs

Note the Maintenance permissions is still an issue

Operations Manager Event logs

 

SCOM 1801 dashboards (previously 1711)

Here dashboard dashboard <dong>

Come out, come out wherever you are!

 

 

Looking at SCOM dashboards in the new Technical Preview had me wondering.

I was totally excited after Ignite for System Center v.Next…

          Start at 16:34 in video – BRK1023 https://myignite.microsoft.com/videos/54778

 

 

Found the documents before I found the actual widgets

HTML5 overview https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/manage-overview-html5-webconsole?view=sc-om-1801

What’s new in 1801 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/what-is-new-1801?view=sc-om-1801

Release Notes https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/release-notes-1801?view=sc-om-1801

 

What’s new in 1711 https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/what-is-new-1711?view=sc-om-1711

Release notes https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/scom/release-notes-tp1711?view=sc-om-1711

 

We have lots of widgets to choose from

 

Unfortunately, the SQL MP visualizations are not yet HTML5 🙁

 

 

Web Console, well, okay, I can play

 

 

Alert Widget

Scope – Setup for a group or class (my example is All Windows Computers group, could be SQL Servers, SharePoint Servers, etc.)

Criteria – Selected Severity = Warning or Critical, changed Alert age to 1 day (default was 7)

Display – No changes made

Select Columns to display – looks like all the console options when you click on ‘Personalize view’

Group by – Last modified was selected

 

 

Completion  Click on Save Widget

Saving widget

 

Alert Widget

 

 

 

 

State Widget

Scope – Setup for a group AND class (my example is All Windows Computers group, could be SQL Servers, SharePoint Servers, etc.)

Criteria – Selected Severity = Warning or Critical

Display

Selected 4 columns  (Health, Display Name, Path, Principal Name )

Group by – Health

Completion – Named widget and added Description

Click on Save Widget

 

Saved State Widget (NOTE no unhealthy windows computers)

 

 

 

 

Performance Widget

Scope – Setup for a group AND class (my example is SQL Server Computers, could be All Windows Computers, or SharePoint Servers, etc.)

Metrics – Use filter by keyword

Search string = Memory

Selected = Stolen Server Memory

Criteria – Time Range default is 24 hours

Recommend dropping time to 1-4 hours to display less data

Display

Left Default

See difference, checkbox is counter intuitive (uncheck gives visual graph)

Completion – Named widget and added Description

Click on Save Widget

Performance Widget (visualizations check box checked, NOTE NO visual)

 

Performance Widget (visualizations check box UN-checked)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tile Widget

Simple, can setup for a group or class

Click on Save Widget

 

 

 

Topology Widget

Gotta have a little fun, right!?

Click on Save Widget

 

 

 

Tile and Topology Dashboards

 

 

Now let’s continue this further next week!