Application Insights Added to OMS License

I am currently working on a monitoring and analytics solution for an internal managed service application and I was surprised to find that there isn’t more posted about the addition of Application Insights to the OMS E1 and E2 licenses.  In my opinion, this addition is huge, and in my case was a game-changer in driving adoption of OMS over other competitors.  Granted, the application in my scenario is fairly lightweight so the node and data limitations are far more than we will consume.

For those that missed this announcement, here is the link.



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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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.


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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New OMS (Multi-homed) Agent

An updated OMS agent has been released which enables the ability to send data from one OMS agent to multiple workspaces.  One key capability that this new agent enables, amongst others, is the ability to segregate data for security purposes or by team.  For example, if I want to segregate my Security and Audit data from data that my technology specific teams will utilize (performance, SQL, etc.), I can create a separate workspace for each classification.  Very useful.  If you are currently utilizing SCOM, the agent will automatically be upgraded when you upgrade your environment to System Center Operations Manager 2016.  More details here.


Read Only User Type Added to OMS

A new Read Only user type was added to OMS today which prevents users from making administrative changes in the OMS workspace.  In my opinion, this was a much needed addition which will give a customers deploying OMS in production environments some added user scoping capability.

Users with the ReadOnly user type will not be able to do the following:

  • Add\remove solutions (solution gallery hidden)
  • Add\modify\remove ‘My Dashboards’
  • Setting page is hidden
  • In the Search view, PowerBI configuration, Saved Searches and Alerts tabs are hidden

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