Create OMS Computer Groups Based on Operating System and Versions

I was working with a customer today and I was asked the question: “Why aren’t computers automatically grouped by OS (Linux and Windows) in OMS?  Further, if computers are not  automatically grouped by OS, is there an easy way to create this grouping?  Like SCOM, OMS is very flexible so my canned answer to questions like these is always “we can most likely make it happen”.  That said, I had not looked at his particular scenario so I was anxious to dig in and discover the answers for myself.

After a bit of investigation, I was happy to see that the new Heartbeat data does include fields for OSType, OSMajorVersion, and OSMinorVersion.  Using these fields we can very easily create computer groups based on OS and OS versions.  Nice!

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New SCOM Assessment Coming Soon in OMS!

I was doing some development work in OMS this morning and noticed that there is a new SCOM Assessment solution in the gallery marked as “coming soon”.  Nice!  There were already a ton of reasons for companies using SCOM to roll out OMS, and this is certainly another one.  I can’t count the number of SCOM environments that I’ve worked with that simply didn’t have the expertise and/or time to track down every issue with configuration, performance, administration, etc.  This solution appears to be a great step towards resolving those issues.

From the solution description:

“The recommendations are based on the knowledge and experiences gained by Microsoft engineers across thousands of customer engagements.”

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OMS – Create a List of Assessment Recommendations For Alerting

I was working with a customer today to create OMS alerts utilizing the recommendations provided by the OMS AD Assessment solution.  During this working session, the customer requested a list of all AD Assessment recommendations so they could choose which individual workflows they wanted to configure for alerting.  After a few minutes of query design, the following query will accomplish this task.

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Redesigned #MSOMS Log Search Page

I recently opened the OMS Log Search page to demonstrate a few queries and noticed that the page has changed quite a bit.  My first thought was, where did my saved queries go?  However, after a few seconds of browsing around, I was able to display all of my previously created saved queries by simply selecting the Favorites icon at the top left corner of the Log Search page.  Once you select this icon, the Saved Queries window will open on the right side of the search page.

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A few notes about this new Log Search page layout:

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Create Your Own Solution with OMS!

With the recent release of View Designer in OMS, we now have the capability to use the power of log search to create our own custom solutions.  This capability is very powerful and allows us to create single pane of glass dashboards across data sets for any technology for which we are collecting data.  Nice! 

For the purpose of this demo, I will create a custom Exchange solution, but it’s important to note that this same process can be used for any application or technology.

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Monitor VMware with OMS

The OMS team released a new post yesterday on the #MSOMS blog which details how to set up monitoring for VMware using OMS syslog collection and custom fields, including query examples to help get you started!  The setup appears to be quite simple and allows us to add even more data to the central OMS repository for root cause analysis, trending, correlation and alerting.

Visit the #MSOMS post here for much more detail!

Using OMS Log Search to Troubleshoot SCOM (or any other application)

I was recently working with a customer where I was engaged to assist with troubleshooting several errors that were occurring in the Operations Manager event log across a SCOM Management Group.  Because there were multiple errors occurring across several agents, the customer was having a difficult time tracking down which errors were occurring and which server they were occurring on.  It proved very difficult to parse alerts and log into individual servers and event logs to try and identify issues, much less correlate the issues across the environment.  After taking some time to understand the challenge, it seemed to me like a great opportunity to use OMS!

OMS Log Search gives us the ability to 1) identify all error events occurring in the Operations Manager event log (or almost any other log) across all servers in the environment and 2) allows us to then show all computers where each error is occurring without ever logging into a server.  Very cool!

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