Gather Log Analytics/MMA agent version

Had some questions come up from the community to check the Log Analytics agent version. Depending on how you are setup, the SCOM Integration makes this easy with Holman’s blog for the agent management pack. If you have admin right in Operations Manager console then you can check this directly from SCOM server: If you […]

Azure Log Analytics for Windows Telemetry data

    I blogged about this last year here     As best practice, the Upgrade Analytics script checks for far more than just injecting the workspace key and telemetry value.     FYI – This could also be managed in an SCCM Compliance setting. Paul Fitzgerald – Platform PFE blogged about a non SCCM method here […]

Scripting SCOM Registry key tweaks

  Time to tune!     Had some requests to script the registry tweaks for SCOM   Starting off with Holman’s blog entry …   TechNet Gallery download here   Save .txt file as .ps1   On SCOM Management server(s) Close out any SCOM Console session (to prevent SDK errors) Run as administrator in PowerShell window […]

Workflow Manager Addendum MP for SQL Aliases

  A SQL Alias is kinda like wearing disguise glasses…   From a security perspective, you can make things difficult for attackers by specifying a SQL alias and different port for SQL.       Symptom – discovery fails for WFM pack   Trying to monitor and figure out what the real database name, instance, etc. […]

Test fire any event on any server from any application

Golden Oldies – always popular (tools vs music) Old Holman blog that’s still relevant, even more powerful than EventLog Explorer Basically anyone who wants to test fire events off a SCOM MP should use this tool. Event Create, write-eventlog all have limitations (certain event sources that can be used to create events, or event ID number […]

Re-learn an old but still relevant tool – EventLog Explorer

  Sometimes we forget about tools that can make things easier.   Time to talk about EventLog Explorer.   Need to repro and test events for an installed program, to see what SCOM will handle? Read this old mom team blog, courtesy of Kevin Holman blog     I wanted to try it to test fire some […]

MMA Agent, cross platform, and Azure

Things that make you go hmmm….     Ran across a scenario where we were trying to connect Azure Cross-platform (Linux) VM’s and MMA/SCOM agents to SCOM management group.   Management group was 2012R2, discovery wizard from SCOM console, failed to install agent, certificate errors.   Researching, found this article first Windows Azure VM monitoring […]

Service Map for SCOM

  Ever compare your work to an amusement park? Every business application compares to a ride, roller coaster, or even a kiddie ride. Anyone ever ask you directions to that ride, or more technical based questions like ‘what’ communication makes up that business application?     In comes Service Map to save the day!     Last year […]

Possible SQL issues affecting SCOM performance

  Good reasons for a Risk Assessment   SQL RAS runs 800+ queries to check on target SQL servers Check Best Practice Recommendations (BPR)   May be good opportunity to audit the SQL build for BPR!       Ran across some good examples where SQL settings brought SCOM to a standstill One was Cardinality […]

Updated Skype for Business 2015 (premise) Addendum MP

Updated and completed for Company Knowledge!   Many thanks to Nick Wood for his help deciphering user impact for these alerts. Reach out to Nick on LinkedIn   This has been an arduous effort to complete the Skype alerts and components.   Gallery Download   It’s taken a few steps along the way, to get all […]