Tag Archives: SCOM

Microsoft Monitoring Agent | New Update Rollup

Microsoft has unveiled a new update rollup 8.0.11030.0 for the Microsoft Monitoring Agent (MMA) that has fixed issues in the previous version of MMA. The fixes in this version includes below.

  • Improved logging for HTTP connection issues
  • Fix for high CPU utilization when you’re reading a Windows event that has an invalid message description
  • Support for Azure US Government cloud

How to get update rollup version 8.0.11030.0 for Microsoft Monitoring Agent (KB3206063)?

This package is available as a manual download in the  Microsoft Update Catalog. You can search for Microsoft Monitoring Agent and list down the available updates will appear in the search results.

Rolling back to a previous version of a SCOM Management Pack

In Operations Manager sometimes you may need to revert back to an older version of a Management Pack for a particular workload. The Operations Manager UI allows to delete and re-import MPs from the “Installed Management Packs” screen. The problem happenes when there are multiple and multi-level dependencies on the MP that you are trying to delete.

However now there is an enhanced version of a script available at TechNet  (developed by MSFT employee Christopher Crammond) that will help you to revert Management Packs with a single command.

Using the Script

  • Open the Operations Manager Command Shell prompt as an Administrator.
  • Download the script to remove a management pack with dependencies from here.
  • Execute the script as below. 

 .\RecursiveRemove.ps1 <ID or System Name of the MP>

  • For an example if you want to remove the SQL 2014 Disocvery MP run the script as below.

 .\RecursiveRemove.ps1 Microsoft.SQLServer.2014.Discovery

How to get the  the ID or System Name of an MP?

  • Selecting the MP that you want to delete in the Installed Management Packs view by clicking Properties in the Actions pane.
  • Copy the content in the ID : text box in the General tab.

Fix It | October 2016 Cumulative Windows Updates Crash SCOM Console

In my last post I’ve shared the console crashing issue you face after installing the security updates in  MS16-118 and MS16-126. Now Microsoft has published a new KBs to fix the console crashing issue in SCOM after applying these updates.

Individual hot fixes are available for the following list of Operating systems which you can download from here.

  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2

For Windows 10 and Server 2016, the fix was applied to the latest cumulative updates.

October 2016 Cumulative Windows Updates Crash SCOM Console

It seems like the October 2016 cumulative Windows updates (KB3194798, KB3192392, KB3185330 &KB3185331) cause the SCOM consoles 2012/2016 in all Windows versions from Windows Server 2008 R2 up to 2016 and Windows 7 up to 10 Windows 10 to regularly crash without any doubt.

According to Microsoft Germany’s SCOM PFE Dirk Brinkmann  who has blogged about this issue here, the SCOM team is working on a fix for this as of now and no ETA for an resolution has been provided yet.

Once a fix is available you will be able to see it via SCOM team blog.

Savision Whitepaper | Monitoring IT Services Proactively

A lot of companies are used to waiting for a disaster to happen in order to react. Only until there’s a service outage within their IT department do they take action instead of being more proactive and in control of their IT. The problem is that they don’t know where or how to get started in having a proactive approach to monitoring, even more so when they have a lot of infrastructure that needs to be monitored.

As a first step, IT needs to understand the business: all good designs come from understanding your IT services data dependencies and knowing how they relate to one another. Then they need to find out what are the best tools available today.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a great platform to monitor components, and which a lot of people in the industry are already familiar with. There’s a lot of useful information within SCOM that can be used by the different personas in the company, however, the presentation layer and the way it is organized within SCOM is not the way those other personas look at IT. SCOM is still pretty technical and is all about components.

Looking at the personas in the IT service delivery organization, you will see that engineers definitely can work with SCOM. However, it usually takes them a while to figure out how they can easily get to the root-cause of a service outage, and what the business impact is of this outage will be.

Savision’s new whitepaper: “Business Service Management with System Center”, shows how to stay in control of your business services and make the most out of SCOM. Click here to download the whitepaper. The whitepaper is written by three experts: Microsoft MVP Robert Hedblom, Savision’s Co-Founder & VP of Product Management Dennis Rietvink, and Approved Consulting’s CEO & Solution Architect Jonas Lenntun.

Update Rollup 9 for SCOM 2012 R2 now available

Microsoft has published the update rollup 9 for System Center Operations Manager 2012 R2 yesterday. Overall this update rollup focuses on significant fixes to Application Performance Monitoring in SCOM.

Fixes for following issues are included in this update.

  • SharePoint workflows fail with an access violation under APM
  • Application Pool worker process crashes under APM with heap corruption
  • Some Application Pool worker processes become unresponsive if many applications are started under APM at the same time
  • MOMAgent cannot validate RunAs Account if only RODC is available
  • Missing event monitor does not warn within the specified time range in SCOM 2012 R2 the first time after restart
  • SCOM cannot verify the User Account / Password expiration date if it is set by using Password Setting object
  • SLO Detail report displays histogram incorrectly
  • APM Agent Modules workflow fail during workflow shutdown with Null Reference Exception
  • AEM Data fills up SCOM Operational database and is never groomed out
  • The DownTime report from the Availability report does not handle the Business Hours settings
  • Adding a decimal sign in an SLT Collection Rule SLO in the ENU Console on a non-ENU OS does not work
  • SCOM Agent issue while logging Operations Management Suite (OMS) communication failure

This update rollup introduces the APM support for IIS 10 and Windows Server 2016. This requires an additional management pack Microsoft.SystemCenter.Apm.Web.IIS10.mp which can be found in “%SystemDrive%\Program Files\System Center 2012 R2\Operations Manager\Server\Management Packs for Update Rollups” with its dependencies once you install the update rollup.

Important

The Microsoft.Windows.InternetInformationServices.2016.mp which is a dependency, is not included in the UR9 package so you should download and install that separately before you enable APM for IIS 10 & Windows Server 2016.

You can download the binaries from here.

Savision Free Whitepaper – Born in the cloud | Monitoring Linux Workloads with OMS

I have recently authored a whitepaper titled “Born in the Cloud: Monitoring Linux workloads with OMS” published by Savision. This whitepaper focuses on Linux workload monitoring capabilities of Microsoft OMS born-in-the-cloud management suite which is capable of managing and protecting heterogeneous on-premises, cloud and hybrid data centers.

Following are the key areas of discussion in my whitepaper.

  • What Microsoft Operations Management Suite is and how it can simplify data center management.
  • Leveraging OMS Log Analytics to analyze, predict and protect your Linux workloads.
  • Integrating System Center Operations Manager with OMS for extended monitoring.
  • Harnessing the power of Business Service Monitoring of Savision Live Maps Unity in Microsoft OMS.

You can download this FREE whitepaper from here.

About Savision

Savision is the market leader in business service and cloud management solutions for Microsoft System Center. Savision’s monitoring and visualizing capabilities bridge the gap between IT and business by transforming IT data into predictive, actionable and relevant information about the entire cloud and datacenter infrastructure. You can visit  www.savision.com for more information about their product portfolio.

Visual Studio Authoring Extensions for Visual Studio 2015 now available

Alas the long wait is over. Microsoft has released VASE for Visual Studio 2015 recently. VASE new version supports both Community and Enterprise editions of Visual Studio 2015 and Microsoft has confirmed that hey will keep supporting older versions of Visual Studio 2012 & 2013 as well.

VASE is an an add-in for Visual Studio  which provides Life cycle Management Tools to support Management Pack Authoring for SCOM. One important thing is that this version doesn’t contain any feature enhancements from the previous version.

You can download VSAE for VS 2015 from here.

Savision Webinars | All New Live Map Unity 7.5

Savision has released their newest version of Live Maps Unity, which comes with great new features. In the new release, Savision has added more functionality on ways to proactively monitor business services with the advanced SLAs monitoring feature. Another great feature added to Live Maps Unity 7.5 is the new Web Portal.

Savision will be hosting two webinars to introduce the new features and show you how they work and how they can help you to make the most out of your SCOM environment.

Dennis Rietvink will be hosting the webinars. Dennis is Savision’s co-Founder and VP of Product Management. Savision will also be raffling a pair of HiFi Philips headphones amongst the attendees of the webinars.

Register for the webinars and find out more about the new features:

Advanced Service Level Agreement Monitoring

With this new feature, you can have more control over your SLAs as you will receive proactive notifications when they are in danger of being breached.

Brand New Web Portal

Get end-to-end service visibility and track interconnected infrastructure and applications from any mobile device, anywhere you are. Live Maps Unity is now Silverlight free.

Register now for any of the webinars:

EU Webinar – Wednesday, November 25th, 3:30 pm CET / 9:30 am EST

US Webinar – Tuesday, December 1st, 8:00 pm CET / 2:00 pm EST

Click here to register for the webinars.

Look into the future of your datacenter with Savision Cloud Reporter

The biggest challenge today that IT managers face is accommodating the rapid workload growth in their environments. One cannot always buy hardware when the demand for resources is high. Another dilemma is having a clear picture of resource utilization in the datacenter. If you are running a virtualized datacenter on VMWare or Hyper-V and looking for a cost effective solution to address above pain points there is no better solution than Savision Cloud Reporter.

Unlike its competitor from Veeam which uses a collector to gather data, Savision Cloud reporter is a simple management pack that you import in to your existing SCOM environment. It provides a unified view for both VMWare & Hyper-V environments; utilizes existing vCenter to load data about VMware hosts into SCOM. Being a simple management pack without additional configuration Cloud Reporter leverages existing health agent deployed to Hyper-V hosts and has its own schema within the SCOM Data warehouse database.

One of the cool features that I personally like about Cloud Reporter is that it can monitor Live Migrations in your Hyper-V Cluster which cannot be done by the standard SCVMM management pack. This is possible because Cloud Reporter treats a VM as an object and updates the VM references whenever a Live Migration is performed.

The most important feature of any capacity planning tool is the ability to forecast the future growth. Cloud Reporter has its own set of forecasting reports like below. If you want to create your own reports with Microsoft Power BI that is also possible once the Cloud Reporter is installed and its own schema is in place in the Data warehouse database. You can convert these reports to Excel or PDF instantaneously by allowing IT administrators to present forecasting data on the fly for management reporting.

Cluster Forecast Dashboard


Hyper-V Virtual Machine Processor Rightsizing Report


Cloud Reporter provides a handy set of task based reports such as idle VMs, VMs missing MMA agent etc… Being said that it is also a cost effective alternative to Veeam if your goal is to import VMware vCenter alarms to SCOM and display them as alerts. It also provides proactive resource exhaustion reports such as below so that you can easily decide when to order the next batch of hardware without running numerous data gathering methods.

Memory Exhaustion Predictions


Being a SCOM management pack the first question one might have about this product is how long it would take to generate a forecast after installing Cloud Reporter. Experienced SCOM admins know that you have to give it a time for any management pack to blend in, and in this case roughly you can generate the first forecast report after 2 – 3 days. In most cases Cloud Reporter is ideal for self-service environments such as hosted service provider clouds in which rapid growth of workloads can be expected.

If you want a much simpler and cost effective forecasting solution for you datacenter, I would definitely recommend Savision Cloud Reporter. You can contact Savision if you want to schedule a live demo or to get a quote for this amazing tool.