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Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 19:02

The Operations Manager team is looking for some feedback around Data Warehouse Reporting: the good, the bad and the ugly.

 

Please answer a short survey to let us hear your experiences and thoughts.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8JYS7LT

 

Thank you

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "System Center 2012, OpsMgr 2012, Reporti..."
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Date: Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 22:44

Continuing in its promise to provide a core set of Management Pack authoring tools to Operations Manager customers Silect have recently released MPAuthor SP2.

Below you can see what has been fixed in this recent update and details on where you can download the tool.

MPAuthor SP2

Changes in the SP2 release of MP Author include the following bug fixes and improvements:

Title

Simplify importing MP to management group

Description

The same version MP's should not be checked. The old version MP's should not appear.

If there are no referenced MP's applicable (common state), we should skip this whole step.

Title

Error when trying to create performance monitor

Description

If you check "Create rule to collect performance data" and are using the Store database (i.e. MP Studio is installed). Error in Create Step of Wizard. An error occurred when trying to Create performance monitor.

Title

PowerShell monitor does not add the right alert parameters

Description

See http://blogs.msdn.com/b/wei_out_there_with_system_center/archive/2014/03/12/opsmgr-creating-a-powershell-script-based-monitor-with-silect-mp-author-sp1.aspx for details.

Title

MP Author automatically added references are not current

Description

Added a DB Monitor to an existing (or new) MP. When the code automatically added the reference to the Microsoft.SystemCenter.SyntheticTransactions.Library, it chose a 6.0.* version when there were 7.* versions in the Store. The older version did not work. Need to default to the  version compatible with the other referenced MP's, so it finds all the references, find the highest version number (i.e. 7.5.*) and attempt to load that version (7.5.0.0 and up), if that fails, find the next highest version number in any reference (i.e. 7.1.*) and try to load a 7.1.00 or higher, etc.

Title

Service Monitor alert description should be improved

Description

In MP Author, when creating a new NT Service monitor, the alert description should be improved to show more information.

Title

MP Author should not show the welcome page when invoked from MP Studio

Description

When I edit an MP from within MP Studio, MP Author gets started but defaults to the landing page. When MP Author opens with an MP we should default the view to that MP. Also a new user may not see the tab for the MP.

Title

MP Author landing page displays after user closes it

Description

1. User launches MP Author

2. Landing page is displayed on startup

3. User quickly closes landing page window

4. Landing page window is redisplayed after user had closed the window

Title

Missing Elements in MP Author

Description

The following MP elements can be created by MP Author, but are not shown and cannot be edited from within MP Author. The counts (in brackets) are the number of occurrences of these objects in a sample MP built to test MP Testing with MP Author created MP's. They are provided as a reference for the importance of implementing these elements.

- RelationshipTypes (4)

- SecureReferences (4) [logs exceptions]

- ModuleTypes (8)

- MonitorTypes (35)

- FolderItems (approx. 220) [supported in Debug builds, but not working]

- Templates (0) [logs exceptions]

- LanguagePacks (2)

FolderItems, Reports, StringResources, Templates, and SecureReferences are currently shown, but only for DEBUG builds. Implementing some of these, even if they just allow XML editing and show some properties, would be very beneficial. Specifically, RelationshipTypes, ModuleTypes, MonitorTypes, and LanguagePacks would be the most important.

What is MP Author?

Silect’s MP Author is a FREE tool to help you design and develop new Management Packs (MPs) for Operations Manager 2012 or customize existing MPs through an easy-to-use wizard-driven interface, without knowledge of the underlying MP structure or XML development.

  • Reduce the complexity of MPs by providing an intuitive interface for creating common discovery and monitoring scenarios 
  • Create management pack elements, including discoveries and classes using simple easy to use registry and WMI browsers, as well as via advanced scripting capabilities
  • Author product knowledge
  • Create new MPs without requiring access to the management group
  • Optimize using Microsoft’s Best Practices Analyzer before production

Where do you get your copy of MP Author?

MP Author is available for download at www.mpauthor.com (or www.silect.com).  You must enter a valid email ID in the download form to receive the automatic download link.  More than 2,700 System Center users worldwide have embraced Silect’s MP Author for authoring and updating Operations Manager management packs in their environment, including Microsoft, enterprise and government organizations, system integrators and individual consultants.  Support is provided for MP Author through our Free Support Portal at www.mpauthor.com/support.

 

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "Operations Manager 2012, System Center 2..."
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 19:39

Have you ever spent hours troubleshooting an operational issue only to realize that someone on your team changed a setting or a software update was made that caused the issue?

Backed by popular demand we are proud to announce the availability of the Change Tracking Intelligence pack in System Center Advisor. With this intelligence pack you can now track all Software and Windows Service changes on your servers.

With rich, out-of-the-box views you can get insights into key scenarios, including:

  • What changed (Software and Windows Service) on a single or groups of servers, for any time period 
  • Logon Account, Startup Type, Status changes in the last 24 hours or any time period
  • Changes applied to a specific workload like Exchange, SQL, SharePoint etc.
  • Did patch A get applied on a particular set of servers
  • On what servers is a particular application installed
  • Top computers with the most configuration changes

 

What's next? We are going to continue to light up more scenarios for Change Tracking but would like to get your input first. Please take this 2min survey and share you feedback here

The proud Engineers that delivered this intelligence pack. 

Author: "SatyaVel {MSFT}" Tags: "Feedback, Monitoring, Advisor, System, O..."
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Date: Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 19:37

KB73343332

When performance collection rules are disabled in Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr 2007 or OpsMgr 2012), performance views may still show counters even after all the data is groomed out. This clutters PerformanceDataAllView, and in extreme cases can make the view difficult to use because of the number of counters that are selected.

This issue is by design as the Operations Manager grooming processes does not groom the PerformanceSource table. For a SQL script that will groom this table, please see the following:

3002249 - Performance views still show counters when performance collection rules are disabled in System Center Operations Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/3002249)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Author: "J.C. Hornbeck"
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Date: Friday, 19 Sep 2014 19:23

You can now collect & search IIS logs (W3C format) using Advisor!

This is one of the highest voted feature requests in the Advisor feedback/community forum, so we listened and delivered.

To enable IIS log collection:

  1. Make sure the IIS servers are added to the Advisor account (See step 7 under Connect to Advisor in our onboarding instructions page)
  2. Log on to Advisor, click on the Log Management tile
  3. Click on Configure and simply check the new "Collect W3C format IIS log files from computers managed by Operations Manager" check box at the top
  4. Give Advisor a bit of time to collect the logs
  5. Go back to the main Log Management view, you will find the new IIS log type and its event count showing up
  6. You will also see the new IIS Log Records by URI charts
  7. In the Search view, you will find the new W3CIISLog facets/filters to help you explore your logs!
  8. This is a great knowledge articles to help you configure your IIS Log setting: https://systemcenteradvisor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/417291-iis-log-format
  9. Here are some sample searches you can try: https://systemcenteradvisor.uservoice.com/knowledgebase/articles/381165-sample-search-queries - scroll down to find the Log Management (IIS log) section

Check it out and let us know what you think by clicking the Feedback button.

Daniele has written a more detail blog post on how to explore W3C IIS logs using Advisor. Check it out!

Enjoy!

-Joseph

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Author: "Joseph Chan - MSFT" Tags: "Advisor, OpsMgr, Operations Manager 2012..."
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Date: Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 23:41

The Operations Manager/Advisor product group is looking for feedback from customers who are currently using both Operations Manager and Advisor or are thinking about using Operations Manager and Advisor.

To provide feedback follow this link to the survey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K7FWHWW

Thanks

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "Advisor, OpsMgr2012, User Interfaces (UI..."
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Date: Thursday, 11 Sep 2014 18:20

 A Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting UNIX and Linux agent discovery issues in System Center 2012 Operations Manager is now available.

If you experience issues with UNIX and Linux agent discovery issues in OpsMgr 2012 then this troubleshooter is a great place to start:

2993901 - Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting UNIX and Linux agent discovery in System Center 2012 Operations Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2993901)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Author: "J.C. Hornbeck"
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Date: Friday, 29 Aug 2014 16:48

Advisor can now let you export your Search results to Excel (into a .csv file), so you can discover more insights & visualize the data anyway you want using Excel.

In the Advisor portal, simply perform your search and on the lower left hand corner of the Search page you will find the Export button - just click on that to save your search results into a .csv file!

Check it out and let us know what you think by clicking the Feedback button.

Once you downloaded the .csv file, you can now use Excel to visualize your Search Results!

BTW, if you are new to Advisor and want to learn more, then check out these links:

What’s the buzz on Advisor?
Edge Show - Log Management in System Center Advisor
Advisor Preview launch @ TechEd 2014 North America

Enjoy!

-Joseph

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{Feature brought to you by Becca, Hannah and Rick. Good job guys!}

Author: "Joseph Chan - MSFT" Tags: "Advisor, Advisor Connector Preview, Oper..."
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 17:18

 Over the past few days we have made some updates to the Management Packs listed below.

 The list of what was changed is shown below:

 Windows Server DNS version: 7.1.10259.0

  • Fixed DNSMetrics2012R2Probe script can cause high CPU in MonitoringHost.exe

  • Changed display string for DNS server groups to be consistent with DHCP server group name

  • Added Dependency health monitor for the group Windows DNS Server 2012 R2 Group

 Windows Server DHCP version: 6.0.7230.0

  • Added Event 1044 to DHCPDatabase Integrity Monitor to Success State

  • Changed Monitor "DHCP Back Up Database Error Monitor" to have criteria for Healthy or to be Rule Based (it is Manual Reset)

    • Disabled the Unit Monitor Microsoft.Windows.DHCPServer.Library.Database.UnitMonitor.BackupAndRestore.1

    • Adding 2 rules to cover Warning and Error events.

  • Change Monitor "DHCP IPv4 Runtime DNS Registration Monitor" to have criteria for Healthy or to be Rule Based

    • Disabled the Unit Monitor ID: Microsoft.Windows.DHCPServer.Library.IPv4Runtime.UnitMonitor.DNSRegistration

  • Monitor "DHCP IPv4 Runtime Authorization Needed Monitor" never returns to green state

    • Adding Event ID 1044 to Healthy State expression

  • Add dependency monitor to DHCP 2012 R2 Servers group

 MSMQ 5.0, 6.0, 6.3 version: 7.1.10109.0

  • Updated to support monitoring workgroup machines

 Windows Server Cluster version: 6.0.7230.0

  • Fixed Cluster 2008 MP does not collect certain performance metrics.

  • Added Override to target Virtual Server class for the Discover Multiple Virtual Servers Property for Discovery Data Source to be set to True

 Active Directory Domain Services version: 6.0.8293.0

  • Fixed AD-Trust Monitor does not come back to healthy state

  • Fixed AD_Database_and_Log.vbs does not support using ‘.’ as decimal sign for non-English account.

 Windows Server Core Operating System version: 6.0.7230.0

  • Fixed Microsoft.Windows.Server.LogicalDiskDiscovery.Module.Type.vbs script does not discover logical disks with large disk size

  • Fixed Microsoft.Windows.Server.MonitorClusterDisks.vbs causes Operations Manager to fail at starting a process

  • Updated to support two configurable threshold values (waiters and timeouts) for triggering alert ‘MAX concurrent API Reached

  • Disable Logical disk fragmentation monitor by default

  • Add Task launch PowerShell session on the remote machine for All Computers

  • New Task added in Base OS Library MP and target to Windows Server Computer class, so this will be available for all OS versions.

  • Update Cluster Resource discovery to not discover VM's

  • Adding new Unit monitor to check for service state of Windows Remote Management service and also a task to start it.

  • Add Monitor for Windows Remote Management Service ( WinRM )

  • Fixing an error in a script with a missing alias in the MPElement expression.

  • Adding Slot ID property value to the discovery of network card for Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "MP Authoring, Management Packs"
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Date: Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 18:42

At TechED North America this year in our session on System Center Advisor we briefly showed a proof of concept on how to contextually drive System Center Advisor search using Operations Manager dashboards. We now have this integration ready for you all to use.

The sample dashboards and scripts used to highlight this integration are linked below:

Sample Advisor dashboard with event search : http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PSWB-Dashboards-to-84cc6cef


Sample simple performance search : http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PSWB-Script-to-run-a-d76ef411


Sample complex performance search : http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/PSWB-Script-to-run-complex-718255da


To use this integration you need to be signed up and actively using System Center Advisor which you can do so at  https://preview.systemcenteradvisor.com

By integrating Operations Manager and Advisor you get the best of both worlds - the ability to see the real-time health of objects and use that context to mine the operational data that System Center Advisor collects in a fast and fluid way.

 

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "Advisor, OpsMgr 2012, Dashboard"
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Date: Friday, 08 Aug 2014 16:26

Check out this video to see how System Center Advisor helps Enterprise Operation teams transform machine data and unstructured logs into Real Time Operations Intelligence: http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Edge/Edge-Show-114-Log-Management-and-Other-Intelligence-Packs-in-System-Center-Advisor

Author: "Joseph Chan - MSFT" Tags: "Monitoring, Advisor, Advisor Connector P..."
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Date: Thursday, 07 Aug 2014 17:41

Have you heard about System Center Advisor Preview Service at TechEd or read some of the customer blogs? Need a single solution to gather, correlate and search all your log data, forecast your data center capacity needs or check if your servers have the latest software updates? Advisor maybe your answer. This service is FREE for the preview period. Here’s a quick 2 minute video to bring you up to speed on what the buzz is all about.

 (Please visit the site to view this video)

We would love to have you join the rapidly growing Advisor community. If you have any questions or need help onboarding please feel free to email me (Satya) at scdata@microsoft.com

Prerequisite:
- Operations Manager 2012 SP1 with update rollup 6 or Operations Manager 2012 R2 with update rollup 2. Details on how to onboard can be found here

Note: No additional hardware is required to leverage this service and there is no impact to your OpsMgr on-premise environment.

Looking forward to having you join this new family.


 

Author: "SatyaVel {MSFT}" Tags: "Advisor, Operations Manager 2007 R2, Ops..."
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Date: Wednesday, 06 Aug 2014 16:53

~ Brian McDermott

ToolsHi everyone, Brian McDermott here with a quick tip on setting up your Run As Accounts for UNIX/Linux monitoring in System Center 2012 Operations Manager.

When you are setting up your Run As Accounts for Linux monitoring in OpsMgr 2012 and linking them to your Linux Run As Profiles, you need to ensure that you are differentiating between the two different kinds of Linux accounts.

You have to use a Monitoring account in the monitoring Run As Profiles and the Agent maintenance account for the Agent maintenance Run As Profile.

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…but why?

The reason for this is that the mechanisms we use for our monitoring and our maintenance tasks are different and so support different methods of elevation.

An Agent maintenance account, used to do push installs/updates/etc., is typically carrying out tasks that require super user privileges. So if the account you are specifying for this is not a super user (i.e. root), then you will be asked which method of escalation you would like to use, su or sudo. You get the option to use su for these accounts since our SSH module supports the use of two separate passwords, and we are using SSH to carry out these tasks.

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This account type should only be associated with the UNIX/Linux Agent Maintenance Account Run As Profile.

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The Monitoring account, however only supports the use of sudo for elevation as we are using the WS-Man protocol for our monitoring rules, and WS-Man does not allow for the use of multiple passwords therefore ruling out su as a possibility.

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This account type is to be used with either the Unix/Linux Action Account Run As Profile, an account which typically does not require any elevation as it carries out low level monitoring duties, or the UNIX/Linux Privileged Account Run As Profile.

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As its name would suggest, the UNIX/Linux Privileged Account Run As Profile does require some levels of access not typically granted to a standard UNIX/Linux user account. The rules it will run out of the box are those that monitor the /var/log/secure log files.

SU Command Failure alert rule
Root Password SSH Authentication alert rule
SU Command Success alert rule
SSH Authentication Failure alert rule

So you will typically have to set up an account that is configured to use sudo to get these rules to complete successfully.

So what happens if I set it up incorrectly and attempt to use a UNIX/Linux maintenance account in a monitoring profile?

Well that brings me to my inspiration to write this article. We had a customer recently open a case because they were seeing the memory usage on two of their Management Servers growing rapidly until it exhausted all memory on the server. The server would then restart and the process would begin all over again.

Investigating this behavior, we saw that the memory leak was increasing in a monitoringhost process that had the SCXLogModules.dll loaded, and that it was hitting an error when it found that an account configured to run the monitoring rules was requesting to use su for elevation.

This then led our code down a bad code path which leaked memory and used considerable CPU.

So please, do not do this, and if you do see a memory leak in monitoringhost.exe on a Management Server that is doing UNIX/Linux monitoring, be sure to check that your accounts are correctly configured.

Brian McDermott | Escalation Engineer | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Date: Monday, 04 Aug 2014 16:55

downloadgreenWe first released this a few months ago but I still get questions about it every now and then so in case you missed it, the System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 is available to download using the link below.

The System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 enables the discovery and monitoring of SQL Server 2014 Database Engines, Databases, SQL Server Agents and other related components. This Management Pack is designed to run by System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 (except dashboards), System Center 2012 Operations Manager or System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager.

The monitoring provided by this management pack includes performance, availability, and configuration monitoring, as well as performance and events data collection. All monitoring workflows have predefined thresholds and complimentary knowledge base articles. You can integrate the monitoring of SQL Server 2014 components into your service-oriented monitoring scenarios.


In addition to health monitoring capabilities, this management pack includes dashboards, diagram views, state views, performance views, alert views and diagnostic tasks that enable near real-time diagnostics and remediation of detected issues.

You can find more information and a download link here: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 19:26

 Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below.

2965445 - Update Rollup 3 for System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965445)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

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Date: Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014 19:09

 Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Service Pack 1 has been released and is now available for download. Details regarding the issues fixed in this update rollup as well as download and installation instructions can be found in the KB article below.

2965420 - Update Rollup 7 for System Center 2012 Operations Manager Service Pack 1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2965420)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Author: "J.C. Hornbeck"
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Date: Friday, 25 Jul 2014 02:50

Since launching our preview at TechEd NA 2014, we’ve been hard at work in the Advisor team to deliver new capabilities you have asked for. In this post I would like to announce 2 new features that had rolled out this week.

Saved Searches

The Search page now features ‘saved searches’. They work pretty much like ‘favorites’ in a browser; we pre-seeded some useful ones for you – one category of saved searches comes with each intelligence pack you add – and you can save your own searches for easy routine access too!

You’ll notice the new panel on the right tracks your history – so you can ‘go back’ to a query you run earlier.

Advisor Limited Preview - new 'blank' Search page with Saved Searches by Category / Intelligence Pack

We also moved facets to the left side – this was another common request.

Advisor Limited Preview - Facets moved to the left, Saved Searches on the right

 

Daily Data Usage

Helping you troubleshooting data flow and connection status of your on-premises environments to Advisor has been another area for which we got a lot of feedbacks on.

To improve on this, we have updated the Usage view to include information about connection status/health, in addition to bandwidth.

The new tile is now called ‘Daily Data Usage’ tile on the Overview page, which still shows the amount of data you are uploading to the service:

Advisor Limited Preview - Daily Data Usage Tile GB

The tile is updated to be a live tile that will change color to signal an issue.

The Usage view helps answer key questions like: is my data flowing, from which environments, and what data is it? Are all my management groups reporting data, or only some? Do I still have legacy advisor gateways?

Usage_MGs

From here you can also remove ‘stale’ management groups (that are not sending data) and legacy advisor ‘gateways’ (that are not supported with the Limited Preview features).

If you need help troubleshooting onpremises connectivity, please refer to this blog post that deals with a lot of the errors in that area, and if none of that helps, check on the Feedback button and ask there.

That’s it this month. Stay tuned for more improvements next month.

Please keep submitting ideas to us or vote on the ones you like.

Thank you again for your active participation in the Advisor community.

Daniele, on behalf of the Advisor Team.

Author: "Daniele Muscetta" Tags: "Server, service, Advisor, Advisor Connec..."
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Date: Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 19:06

KB73343332After you upgrade from System Center 2012 Operations Manager Service Pack 1 (OpsMgr 2012 SP1) to System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager, request counts are no longer available in Application Performance Monitoring (APM) reports. This occurs because the APM performance counter names for ".Net Apps" were changed to just "Apps" in the Operations Manager database, however there were no corresponding name updates in the Operations Manager Data Warehouse.

For all the details and a resolution, please see the following:

KB2984838 - Request Count data is missing from APM reports after upgrade to Operations Manager 2012 R2 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2984838)

J.C. Hornbeck | Solution Asset PM | Microsoft GBS Management and Security Division

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System Center All Up: http://blogs.technet.com/b/systemcenter/
System Center – Configuration Manager Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/configurationmgr/
System Center – Data Protection Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/dpm/
System Center – Orchestrator Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/orchestrator/
System Center – Operations Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/momteam/
System Center – Service Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/servicemanager
System Center – Virtual Machine Manager Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/scvmm

Windows Intune: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsintune/
WSUS Support Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/sus/
The AD RMS blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/rmssupp/

App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/appv/
MED-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/medv/
Server App-V Team blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/serverappv

The Forefront Endpoint Protection blog : http://blogs.technet.com/b/clientsecurity/
The Forefront Identity Manager blog : http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ms-identity-support/
The Forefront TMG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/isablog/
The Forefront UAG blog: http://blogs.technet.com/b/edgeaccessblog/

Author: "J.C. Hornbeck"
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Date: Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 18:12

Today VEEAM updated its Management Pack .

The MP can be downloaded here : http://www.veeam.com/system-center-management-pack-vmware-hyperv.html

Some highlights of the update:

  • Hyper-V support! Including unique real-time performance dashboard

  • Brand new dashboard widgets – heatmaps, traffic lights

  • Capacity planning for hybrid cloud reports

Visit the link above to learn more and check out VEEAM's special offer.

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "MP Authoring, Management Packs, OpsMgr 2..."
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Date: Friday, 18 Jul 2014 17:53

Check out this video highlighting the updated dashboards and widgets that were shipped in the last round of Operations Manager 2012 updates : http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Edge/Edge-Show-112

Author: "DanielSavage [MSFT]" Tags: "Powershell, OpsMgr2012, OpsMgr 2012, Das..."
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