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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No More SQL Run As Account?

A good friend of mine, Ralph Kyttle, who works at Microsoft as an MCS Consultant in the DC area, recently pinged me about a new configuration he was testing which circumvented the use of a traditional SQL Run As Account.  Rather than configuring the traditional SQL Run As Account (we all know how much fun that is), the Health Service was configured to use a Service Security Identifier (SID) which allows the SCOM agent to monitor SQL server without all of the tedious permission configuration.  To add even more value, Kevin Holman published a great blog post yesterday highlighting the details of this configuration and added a really cool monitor and tasks to help ensure that this configuration is functioning properly. Very cool stuff!

Have a look at Kevin’s blog post here for more details.


Redesigned Active Directory Management Pack Coming Soon!

I noticed today on the momteam TechNet blog that a new, redesigned Active Directory management pack will be released with Windows Server 2016.  There are a lot of really cool changes in the management pack, including a major change to replication monitoring and a move from the current event driven model to synthetic monitors. Exciting stuff!  I have included a link to the blog post below, which includes  link to the preview management pack.


OMS Alerting and Remediation

A few weeks ago, Microsoft released the OMS Alerting feature in preview, which includes some really useful features like alert notifications and remediation.  We are now able to set up alerts for any saved search query we create in OMS, which gives us the capability to alert on all of our solutions (Security and Audit, Alert Management, custom logs, performance data, etc.).  Additionally, we are given the capability to select Azure Automation runbooks during OMS Alert configuration to remediate our alerts both on-premises and in the cloud.  Very cool!

In my last post, SCOM + OMS + Azure Automation here, I discussed a custom solution using custom fields, the OMS Search API and Azure Automation to automate remediation tasks.  The concepts in this post certainly still apply, but now we have a built in feature which uses webhooks and does not require the OMS Search API logic to be included in our alert remediation runbooks.  Let’s check it out…..

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OMS Cloud University

I recently participated as a speaker for Infront Consulting Group’s OMS University along with  a few other Microsoft and Infront professionals (see below).  A lot of great information and content was provided during the presentation sessions, so I want to provide a link where the videos and decks can be accessed. If you have any questions, feel free to ping me!

Bharath Sivaraman (Microsoft) – Azure Site Recovery
Ciaran Madden (Infront Consulting) – Enterprise Mobility Suite
Laura Cruz (Microsoft) – Operations Manager Suite Overview
Shawn Tierney  (Infront Consulting) – SCOM+OMS+Azure Automation


SQL MP Version Removed Due To Transaction Log And Visualization Issues

UPDATE: (12/14/2015): Version has now been released and is the current version.

UPDATE (11/12/2015): Version which includes a fix for the issue mentioned below has been released. Please see Released: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server and Replication ( for more information.

Microsoft has posted a mitigation as a workaround to resolve issues caused by importing the new SQL management pack (version   As stated in the SQL Release Services blog, the management pack has been removed for download and will be re-released once the issue is resolved.

OMS – Near-Real Time (NRT) Performance Data Collection

I was working on a OMS project a few days ago and came across a new feature called Near-Real Time (NRT) Performance Data Collection.  I have been anticipating the release of this feature, so I was very excited to see that it had been released!  Let’s take a quick look….

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