Cameron Fuller Archive

Configuring Azure Site Recovery plus Automation and Backup in #MSOMS

At Microsoft Ignite there was lots of great stuff related to Microsoft technologies and some good stuff specific around Operations Manager. For Operations Manager related updates I would recommend the following sessions: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager: Monitoring is a modern world:  http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2467 Platform Vision & Strategy: What’s new in System Center for Management: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/BRK2459 And of course the keynote: http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Ignite/2015/KEY01 The most exciting announcement at Ignite from a monitoring perspective was the GA release of the Microsoft Operations Manager Suite (OMS for short if you haven’t seen this TLA yet). For OMS sessions I recommend the following from Ignite:

Can you use the same RRAS server for multiple concurrent VPN connections to Azure?

During a recent presentation on Integrating the Microsoft Cloud with Your Environment (from http://forms.windowsitpro.com/Building-Your-Business-Cloud-Agenda), there was an excellent question which was asked that I tried yet. Specifically they asked “Can you use the same RRAS server for multiple connections?” My initial thought was that this should work, but I wanted to test it out. To establish this test, I had an original configuration shown below in a functional state. I added a second Virtual Network connection in Azure, downloaded the configuration PowerShell script (after the gateway was created) and ran it on the RRAS server. The resulting design now looks

Taking a break

I will be taking a break from all things IT related for a little while. I do plan on returning to my blogs, so be prepared for some interesting new content in the near future (maybe I’ll finish some of the 170+ draft blog posts which I’ve accrued over the last couple of years!). As an FYI – I will still be speaking at the presentations which I have committed to: What is new in the world of monitoring Microsoft solutions? Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 EDT / 11:00 CDT / 18:00 CEST: Registration is available at: http://www.xiansuite.blogspot.com/2015/04/join-current-and-upcoming-features.html Using

What is new and coming soon to the Microsoft monitoring world and helping a good cause #opinsights #SCOM #OpsMgr #SYSCTR

Do you want to be in the know on what is new with Microsoft’s monitoring world including Operations Manager? How about getting some demo time seeing what Azure Operational Insights has brought to the table? How about if that was topped off with what we see on the horizon and give it all to you in one session? Does that sound interesting? If so, join myself (@CFullerMVP) and SCOMBob (@Bob_Cornelissen) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 EDT / 11:00 CDT / 18:00 CEST to find out what is new in the world of monitoring Microsoft solutions. Registration is available

Kicking the tires on the new Dashboards by Savision product

Savision has made a huge addition to the System Center Operations Manager community with the launch of their new "Dashboards by Savision" product. Dashboards by Savision is an HTML5 based dashboard solution which reads directly from the Operations Manager data warehouse. Additionally, their product contains pre-built dashboards for a series of different products which are monitored with Operations Manager. The result is a simple to install product which provides pre-built dashboard solutions that can be used on any device. Dashboards by Savision is available for download at: https://www.savision.com/support/downloads. Daniel Örneling has provided a blog post which discusses how to install

Fun with OpsMgr and Windows Media Center (Part 4): Adding rules, monitors and services

Welcome this week’s edition of having fun with Operations Manager and Windows Media Center. In the first part of this series we discussed why it is beneficial to create your own class structure. In the second part of this series we discussed a wizard driven method to create your own class structure and discovery. In the third part of this series we showed how the health model works in Operations Manager and a processes to gather information which you will need to effectively monitor your application. In today’s blog post we will discuss the process to add rules and monitors

How can we tell which server is the active resource pool member?

Have you ever tried to debug a situation where notifications seem to be working but only part of the time in Operations Manager? I ran into this situation recently and found a couple of items which assist with this specifically for Operations Manager 2012. This blog post will cover: What is a resource pool? General recommendations to debug notifications send through a resource pool How to determine what server is active in a resource pool   What is a resource pool? Resource Pools were added in Operations Manager 2012. As a quick definition for what they are: "A resource pool

Fun with OpsMgr and Windows Media Center (Part 3): Gathering information and developing a health and alerting model

Welcome this week’s edition of having fun with Operations Manager and Windows Media Center. In the first part of this series we discussed why it is beneficial to create your own class structure. In the second part of this series we discussed a wizard driven method to create your own class structure and discovery. In this blog post we will show processes to gather information which you will need to effectively monitor your application. This blog post will specifically cover how to identify and use items which are relevant to the application you want to monitor including: Building your health

Creation of my personal blog CTL2

I am happy to announce the launch of my personal blog with a strong discussion of my perspectives of the upcoming Microsoft Ignite conference. CTL2 (Consulting Conclusions, Technical Theories, Literary Liberties) is available at: http://ctl2.wordpress.com/. This topics of this first blog post include: Who wants what from a conference? The conference landscape The exciting, concerning and interesting Session recommendations for monitoring focused SME’s And more! Please note, I do not expect this new blog to diminish my contributions either on my Catapult blog or on my System Center Central blog. The focus of CTL2 will be for topics which are

Fun with OpsMgr and Windows Media Center (Part 2): Creating a class structure and discovery with MP Author

Welcome this week’s edition of having fun with Operations Manager and Windows Media Center. In the first part of this series we discussed why it is beneficial to create your own class structure. In this blog post we will review methods available to create your own management packs and we’ll go through a step-by-step to create the management pack, discovery and class structure used in the Media Center monitoring management pack. Options available to create your own management packs: There are a variety of methods available to create your own management packs which perform a discovery and create the appropriate