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Savision just released their newest version of Live Maps Unity

November 13, 2015 1 comment

Savision just released their newest version of Live Maps Unity. Live Maps Unity 7.5 comes with new features. In this last release, Savision is adding more functionality on ways to proactively monitor business services. Besides the advanced SLAs monitoring, another great feature added to Live Maps Unity 7.5 is the new Web Portal. Savision will be hosting two webinars to introduce the new features and show you how they work so you can get the most out of your System Center environment.

Savision’s co-Founder and VP of Product Management, Dennis Rietvink will be hosting the webinars.

Register for the webinars and find out more about the new features:

– Advanced Service Level Agreement Monitoring

With this new feature, you can have more control over your SLAs as you will receive proactive notifications when they are in danger of being breached.

Application Component Availability. Image source: Savision

– Brand New Web Portal

Get end-to-end service visibility and track interconnected infrastructure and applications from any mobile device, anywhere you are. Live Maps Unity is now Silverlight free.

Register now for any of the webinars:

  • EU Webinar – Wednesday, November 25th, 3:30 pm CET / 9:30 am EST
  • US Webinar – Tuesday, December 1st, 8:00 pm CET / 2:00 pm EST

Savision will also be raffling a pair of HiFi Philips headphones amongst the attendees of the webinars.  To register for the webinars, click here.

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What are your prefered Operations Manager Management Pack? What are the TOP 5?

September 15, 2015 Leave a comment

The System Center community is large and continually growing. For new users that are just getting to grips with the new software, there is an abundance of additional management packs that need to be installed before getting the full benefit. These Management Packs (MPs) take the form of updates from Microsoft, free software from 3rd party vendors, and paid-for solutions from 3rd party vendors.

VOTE NOW

We want to know what your top 5 must-have MPs are in each category. Whether you are an IT Manager, Administrator, consultant, or MVP, this is your chance to share your experience and let others know what MP’s everyone should have. We will publish the results in a later blog highlighting the top 5 System Center MPs. Whether you are a new user with Microsoft System Center or a seasoned professional, the survey is completely anonymous

N.B. All Management Packs included were available on Microsoft Pinpoint or Microsoft Technet at time of writing: Vendor Management Packs, Microsoft Management Packs

Matthew Carr

Posted by Savision https://www.savision.com/resources/blog/vote-your-top-system-center-management-packs

Is System Center Operations Manager still relevant in the Cloud?

June 19, 2015 1 comment

EXCLUSIVE Whitepaper: Is OpsMgr still relevant in the Cloud by MVP Cameron Fuller

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The addition of the Cloud has truly changed how we monitor in Microsoft solutions. In this whitepaper, Microsoft MVP Cameron Fuller tackles the elephant in the room and answers the question of the relevance of Operations Manager. Find out whether Operations Manager is still relevant in the world of the Cloud

Deploying System Center Operations Manager vNext

December 29, 2014 1 comment

Recently Microsoft released the preview version of their next release of Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center as did Savision with Live Maps for System Center.

Note: This blog post was first published here : http://www.savision.com/resources/blog/installing-system-center-opsmgr-vnext-and-savision-live-maps-part-i-mvp-alessandro

You can download System Center vNext Preview here and Savision Live Maps from here.

To start, make sure of the following:

  1. You installed the SQL Server 2014 as the database server for the System Center vNext preview edition. To note, I run into SQL connectivity issues when I tried to use an SQL 2012 version, with a message stating that I did not have a compatible version of SQL installed. Whereas the documentation says that SQL 2012 is supported for vNext preview it is not the case.
  2. If the SQL Server is installed on a dedicated machine (recommended), that the host firewall is configured to allow inbound connections on port 1433 (SQL) , 80(http) and 443 (https)

  1. You installed Reporting Services (SSRS), Analysis Services and Full Text Search as it is required by Operations Manager.
  2. You created an account to install System Center and it is member of local administrators. For this post, I created an account named “sc-admin”.
  3. Logon on the machine you plan to install System Center with the “sc-admin”
  4. The “sc-admin” account has permissions to create a database in the installed SQL server. You can achieve this by either adding the account to the SQL server administrators when install SQL Server, of by adding the account using SQL Server Management Studio, by expanding Security->Logins and then creating a new login, adding the “sc-admin” account and selecting “sysadmin” as permission under Server Roles (preferable). You can also, if security is a concern, create a OperationsManager database and give the account DB Owner (dbo) permission.

     

    If the credentials you are using to install do not have permission to create the database you will receive the following message:

     

  5. The SQL Server Agent is started and set to automatic:

    Or else the following error will appear when the Reporting Services configuration times come in the Operations Manager installation wizard.

     

 

Quick Note: You will notice that although you are installing System Center Operations Manager vNext, the initial screen will show 2012R2 🙂

  1. To initiate the installation, click on Install and the Preview logo will appear

    I also recommend selecting the Download the latest updates to the setup program checkbox.


  2. Select the System Center features you want to install. For this post, I am selecting: Management Server, Operations Console and Reporting Server. Click Next to continue.

  3. In the Select Installation location, provide the path for Operations Manager installation and click on Next.

  4. Your system will now be checked for hardware and software against System Center requirements. If some requirements are missing it will appear on the screen for your resolution.

    The below example, Report Viewer is missing. To fix the issue, click on the to expand

     

     

    Note that in the above example there are two warnings: the first one about the system not having the recommended 4GB of memory and the second one about a pending restart. As I am installing this for a demo purpose, I can safely ignore the 1st warning, but I will have to click on Cancel and restart the machine in order to proceed the installation.

     

    Click on the link to download and install Report Viewer

     

  5. If no error is reported, click on Next to continue.
  6. In the Specify the installation option, select Create the first Management server in a new management group and provide the name. For this post I am using the name “lab” for the management group name.

  7. Click on Next to continue and accept the License terms and click on Next to proceed.

  8. In the configure operational database, type the SQL server name and port (if different for the default 1433)

  9. Click on Next to progress and to the next step where you will need to provide the Data Warehouse database configuration

 

  1. Click on Next to continue and in the next step confirm the SQL Server instance that is running the SQL Reporting Services and then click on Next to proceed.

  1. In the Configure Operations Manager accounts, provide the accounts details and click on Next to proceed.

  2. In the Help improve Operations manager, select the desired options and click on Next to proceed.

  3. In the Update screen select the desired option (On is recommended) and click on Next to proceed.

  4. On the Installation Summary, click on Install and wait for the installation to complete.

Now we have System Center Operations Manager successfully installed.

 

System Center 2012 Operations Manager. How to quickly become more efficient

February 3, 2014 2 comments

Recently when working on a System Center 2012 R2 project I found some very useful videos that will help you speed your learning curve on Operations Manager and will help you become more efficient.

System Center 2012 Operations Manager Dashboards: Visualizing Alert Data. Richard Pesenko, Microsoft Senior Support Escalation Engineer who works on Operations Manager support team, published a video out that walks you all through visualizing alert data in OpsMgr 2012.

Video URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKVvjeQAGm0&feature=player_embedded

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza : Deep Application Diagnostics & Insight with System Center 2012. how to analyze and isolate a problem impacting an application using System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Application advisor web component
  • Understand the problem distribution analysis
  • Navigate problem reports to see the line of code that caused the problem
  • View detailed events and alerts from a component of the application
  • See which transactions happened when the problem occurred
  • Understand related events to a particular issue
  • View the application diagnostics at the developer level

Video URL:    WMV      |  MP4     |     WMV (ZIP)    |     PSP

Private Cloud Demo Extravaganza 12: Enabling Application Performance Monitoring with System Center 2012 : How to enable Application Performance Monitoring (APM) with System Center 2012. Adam Hall and Symon Perriman show you System Center 2012 Operations Manager along with some of its features:

  • Discover an application
  • Configuration an application for APM
  • Use a template to add a monitoring Management Pack (MP)
  • Enable a .NET APM configuration
  • Create a new MP
  • Search and filter to discover applications across servers
  • Set custom thresholds
  • Review exception options

Video URL :         WMV     |      MP4   |       WMV (ZIP)     |      PSP