#AzureMonitor: Building an enriched alerts dashboard with #LogicApps and #LogAnalytics Data Collector API

We’ve had a few questions from customers on how to easily build better dashboards around Azure Monitor Alerts, particularly around Log based alerts where some of the information, such as the affected resource, may not be exposed easily.When you create Log based alerts, the affected resource identified in the alert will always be the Logs … Continue reading #AzureMonitor: Building an enriched alerts dashboard with #LogicApps and #LogAnalytics Data Collector API

OpsMgr: The mystery of the *nix agent installation files

Our environment is a fairly locked down environment, which means that our service accounts have the minimum rights possible and we sometimes have to do things in a different way than expected, which often has interesting results. During our upgrade to OpsMgr 2012, we first upgraded all the Windows-based agents in our environment, leaving the … Continue reading OpsMgr: The mystery of the *nix agent installation files

OpsMgr: EMC ESI support for Microsoft System Center

One of our biggest problem areas over the last couple of years has been our storage environments, especially in terms of visibility. The storage team always had visibility of the environments with the native tools supplied by the various vendors, but to get the visibility to the rest of the environment has proven to be … Continue reading OpsMgr: EMC ESI support for Microsoft System Center

System Center: change management challenge

We are currently in the process of mapping out our change management processes to migrate to Service Manager. Our change management system is currently managed by a service provider, and doesn’t provide us with the flexibility we need from the system, which results in a lot of manual work for our change management team. Our … Continue reading System Center: change management challenge

OpsMgr 2007: More on dynamic groups and health watchers

Earlier this year, I blogged about creating dynamic computer groups and then adding the agent health watcher component dynamically with a bit of code magic. Many things have changed in my OpsMgr environment since then, including my OpsMgr support team, and we have recently had to add a couple of new groups to accomodate some … Continue reading OpsMgr 2007: More on dynamic groups and health watchers

Orchestrator: Testing your IP before building it

In a recent post, I quickly outlined the things you will need to write your own Integration Pack. One of the glaring omissions from that post is the testing process, so today I will talk a little bit about testing. In order to build the IP, you will need the Integration Toolkit as this is … Continue reading Orchestrator: Testing your IP before building it

System Center 2012: Installing Orchestrator

I’ve been really busy playing with SCSM, trying to make it sing all sorts of tunes to meet a couple of very specific business requirements before we go into production. And the more I played, the more I realised that the only way I am going to be able to successfully meet some of those … Continue reading System Center 2012: Installing Orchestrator