Cameron Fuller Archive

Using OMS to visualize server health based on memory utilization

This blog post is part of a series where we will look at Key Performance Indicators for servers and how OMS can be used to work with these KPI’s to determine the health of a server. The blog post series includes: Server up/down Free memory Free disk space Processor utilization In Operations Manager we determine the health of a system from a memory perspective based upon the processor utilization level and the processor queue length. Details on this are below from the article on Operations Manager Key Performance Indicators available from Windows IT Pro: “The Percentage of Committed Memory in

Approaches available to provide heartbeat alerts in OMS

The goal of this series was to provide potential approaches where it’s possible to provide alerting for conditions where servers are offline and not reporting to OMS. For background, the three blog posts are as follows: Notifying when a server is offline with OMS using the pre-built report (existing report) Notifying when a server is offline based on when agents last added data to OMS (last written data) Notifying when a server is offline based on Operations Manager event log entries (OpsMgr event) During the building of these approaches there were a few “gotcha’s” to be aware of. This blog

Notifying when a server is offline based on Operations Manager event log entries

The first part of this blog series showed how Microsoft has built in a notification for what OMS agents are offline as part of their pre-built reports. The second blog post provided a query for OMS agents who have not reported into OMS for the last hour. This blog post will show an example of how to notify when a specific agent is not reporting into OMS.   Querying for an OMS agent which has not had specific events in their event log: As part of my approach to monitoring Windows Media Center Monitoring with OMS I wanted to add

Return to RunAsRadio!

Richard from RunAsRadio and I had a chance to catch up again earlier this week. We had last talked in 2011 so we had a lot to catch up on. We last talked in show number 223: Cameron Fuller Monitors with Operations Manager. That discussion focused on Windows 8, and we had a chance to talk Operations Manager (way back in the System Center 2007 Operations Manager Unleashed days). We caught up now on show number 457: “Microsoft Operations Management Suite with Cameron Fuller“. In this one we discussed System Center, technical conferences, Operations Manager, OMS, automation and Launch in

Notifying when a server is offline based on when agents last added data to OMS

The first part of this blog series showed how Microsoft has built in a notification for what OMS agents are offline as part of their pre-built reports. This blog post will show how to use a query for OMS agents who have not reported data into OMS for the last hour. These steps include: Querying OMS for agents that have not reported data Enabling the auditing preview Creating a dashboard for the query What does the email notification look like?   Querying for OMS agents that have not reported data in the last hour: The concept here is that we

Inside the Operations Management Suite e-book review

If you are learning about Microsoft OMS you now have a new resource that you should definitely check out: “Inside the Operations Management Suite” by Stanislav Zhelyazkov, Tao Yang, Pete Zerger and Anders Bengtsson. I have been working with OMS for quite a while now and I still found a lot of great information in here that I was unaware of. There are even some features which are discussed that you won’t see anywhere else including Alerting, Power BI integration and near real-time performance counters. There are several PowerShell examples in the book (available for download) and they even include

Notifying when a server is offline with OMS using the pre-built report

One of the important functions which Operations Manager provides is notification when a system is offline or not functioning properly. In Operations Manager this occurs through an alert if an agent does not successfully heartbeat in the timeframes defined (every 60 seconds, for three failed tests or approximately 3 minutes by default). In OMS I have found three ways to accomplish similar types of functionality. This blog post will explore the simplest of these methods – using the pre-built reports to provide notification of when an OMS agent is offline.   How to use the pre-built reports to notify when

Top 6 Reasons Not to Miss SCU This Year

Why attend SCU this year? Here’s the Top 6 Reasons why you do not want to miss SCU2016! 1) Speaker and session lineup: The speaker list for this year is top notch, check it out! (sorted alphabetically) Cameron Fuller: CDM MVP Chris Ross: CDM MVP Dieter Wijckmans: CDM MVP Duncan McAlynn: Heat Software Gary Walker: Adaptiva Jason Sandys: Enterprise Mobility MVP Jeremy Winter: Microsoft Johan Arwidmark: CDM MVP John Savill: 11 time MVP Ken Hilker: Flexera Kent Agerlund: Enterprise Mobility MVP Lee Berg: CDM MVP Matthew Dowst: Catapult Systems Meaghan McKeown: Flexera Mike Resseler: MVP Pete Zerger: CDM MVP Roman

Insights from a decade as a Microsoft MVP

January 1st is a time to relax, slow down and enjoy. This morning was no exception – especially after going out and celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends last night. This morning I caught up on email. I admit I was hoping to find the one specific email I was looking for but it wasn’t there. After a quick check of Facebook I verified that my friends hadn’t posted on receiving theirs yet so it was time for some distraction for email watching by reading a book that I received for Christmas. On a side note, not surprisingly – Stephen

Fun with OMS and Windows Media Center

After completing a series on how to create a custom management pack to monitor Windows Media Center (available here) I realized how simple it would be to create similar functionality in Microsoft OMS. OMS provides a great solution for this type of alerting as you can monitor your Windows Media Center without having to implement System Center Operations Manager and it has a free tier with a 7 day retention period (up to 500 MB of data per day). How would we do something similar in OMS? The first thing you need is OMS! Integrate with OMS Enable the alerting