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By Peter Daalmans In May I will be speaking at Techorama in Antwerp, Belgium. During this event which is organized by the Belgian Community together with Microsoft I am asked to present two sessions. On Wednesday the 24th of May I will be presenting the following sessions; 08:45 – 09:45 – Use EMS to protect your mobile data and […] …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

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Advice to the reader
This posting is part of a series of articles. In order to get a full grasp of it, I strongly advise you to start at the beginning of it.

Other postings in the same series:

Remove the Dynamic Member rule by using the Create/Edit Rules button.

Go to the tab Explicit Members and hit the Add/Remove Objects button. In the Search for: field select Windows Server Operating System (since the Discovery is targeted against that Class!) > Search > select the related Windows Servers where SAP Logon Server is installed. In this example I select DC01 > Add.

In the Selected objects field the DC01 is now shown > OK > OK. The modifications to the Group will be saved now.

Please know that selecting the object(s) of the correct Class (Windows Server Operating System) is crucial here. Reason being that the Discovery is targeted against that very same Class. Adding object(s) of any other Class won’t work because the Discovery won’t land there. For example, adding DC01 object from the Windows Computer Class won’t make the Discovery work, nor adding the DC01 object of the Windows Server Computer Class. So please select the …read more

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By Peter Daalmans Next month I will be speaking for the fourth time at the Midwest Management Summit in Minneapolis. This year the conference not three days but four days! Four days full of deep technical content. Like every year this conference is fully ran by the community. So very excited to be back this year at the […] …read more

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By Peter Daalmans Thank you for visiting my blog! 🙂 As you see as from today in a new look and feel and also reachable via a new domain name called PeterDaalmans.com. Because of this change there might be some errors, please let me know if you see something that does not work correctly. With the new domain(s) […] …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

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A few weeks ago I attended the free Microsoft Tech Summit event in Amsterdam. It lasted two days in which I learned a great deal, most of it outside the sessions. Also it made me think about how the Microsoft event cycle is organized now and what’s lacking BIG time.

At the end of the day, these are just my thoughts/ideas. So there is no need to feel/think the same. Yet I am wondering whether I am the only one out there or perhaps there are people thinking the same about it.

So feel free to comment .

The past – The pre-Ignite Era
Before Ignite there were the Tech-Ed events, organized in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. Besides that there were more product/service related events as well, like MMS, events for partners and Exchange/Lync events.

Those events were quite accessible and contained good content, aimed at their respective audiences. Also because most of those events were organized in different regions (Tech-Ed events that is), those events were fairly easy to go to. No need to travel to the US, only when one wanted to go to MMS or the Exchange/Skype event for instance.

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By Marnix Wolf

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Advice to the reader
This posting is part of a series of articles. In order to get a full grasp of it, I strongly advise you to start at the beginning of it.

Other postings in the same series:

Open this file in Notepad++ and do a Search & Replace ()on these 3 entries:
Search for: Custom.Application. Replace with SAP.Logon.Server, mind the DOTS (.):

Search for: Custom Application. Replace with SAP Logon Server, mind the SPACES ( );

Search for: CustomApplication. Replace with SAPLogonServer, mind the LACKING spaces;

Just to be sure all Custom Application entries are rebranded to SAP Logon Server, do a count () on the entry custom. There shouldn’t be any left. If there are, start over from Step 01.

Save the modified XML and close Notepad++. As a result, the template MP XML code is now rebranded from Custom Application to SAP Logon Server. With MP Author you’ll add the Rules and Monitor as previously discussed.

02 – Adding the Monitor to the SAP Logon Server MP with MP Author
With MP Author you’ll build the required MP in order to monitor the SAP Logon Server specific workloads. Again, I won’t describe EVERY …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

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Advice to the reader
This posting is part of a series of articles. In order to get a full grasp of it, I strongly advise you to start at the beginning of it.

Other postings in the same series:

In the section Template Selection, select the first option Empty Management Pack. IMHO the other templates add way too much noise, resulting in anything but clean XML code.

Follow the wizard to the end. Save the MP. Based on your previous choices and input MP Author will create the basic XML code for the Custom Application MP. When ready you’ll be shown a screen like this one:

There is still much to do, since you’re going to add a Class with a Discovery (the Reverse Discovery as previously discussed), a Group (also a ‘dirty’ trick is going to be used here, much about that later on), a Folder and two Views (Alert and State)). In the next section you’re going to create the Class and Reverse Discovery.

02 – Creating the Class and Reverse Discovery

In MP Author go to Targets > New > Create New Registry Target. The Management Pack Registry Target Wizard starts now. By …read more

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By Marnix Wolf

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SquaredUp has launched a new FREE version of their flagship product, titled Community Edition (CE). Sure, some features are lacking but still their offer is IMPRESSIVE since it’s FREE!

Anyone running a SCOM environment I highly recommend to download it, install it and be IMPRESSED, all in less than 30 minutes. Sure, your request for the CE license is manually verified by SquaredUp, but while that process is underway, you’ll get the full version with a 30 day trial license right after you’ve submitted the request for the CE license. Meaning, you can start right away! Their are no strings attached here.

Go here in order to submit your request for the FREE SquaredUp CE license. The SCOM Team Blog has a posting all about SquaredUp, to be found here.

Awesome! I can’t wait how Savision is going to respond to it

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By Marnix Wolf

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A few days ago a few people released a FREE ebook, titled ‘Inside Microsoft Azure IaaS’. In total four people have written this book. Two of them I know quite well and respect them highly for their knowledge, experience and insights.

These two are Pete Zerger and Anders Bengtsson. The other two (Ryan Irujo and Janaka Rangama) I don’t know but simply because Pete and Anders work with them, they have to be good as well .

Even though Azure isn’t just IaaS, it’s an aspect which doesn’t get that much attention. Many companies use it on a daily basis. This ebook covers IaaS in great detail, with many examples and scripts. As the authors themselves describe the book: ‘…a hands-on guide to utilizing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) resources in Azure, with a primary focus on Azure Virtual Machines. Additional content covered in the book includes Azure PowerShell, Azure Virtual Networking, Azure Storage, Connecting Azure to your Datacenter, Migration, and Backup & Disaster Recovery…’

Therefore I highly advice this book for any IT Pro working with Azure or about to work with Azure IaaS. And again, this ebook is available for FREE from TechNet Gallery.

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By Marnix Wolf

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Advice to the reader
This posting is part of a series of articles. In order to get a full grasp of it, I strongly advise you to start at the beginning of it.

Other postings in the same series:
00 – Introduction
02 – Authoring the Template MP XML Code
03 – Example Using The Template MP XML Code

Overview of how SCOM works
In order to understand what I am trying to achieve with this new series, some basic understanding of SCOM is required. I’ll do my best to give a KISS explanation. After that I’ll talk about the Quick & Dirty MP approach.

Targeting & Classes
First of all, TARGETING in SCOM is key. Without targeting SCOM workloads (Discoveries, Rules, Monitors, Tasks and so on) would run everywhere, causing a lot of mayhem.

As such Classes are made, and their related Objects are ‘picked up’ by Discoveries. Those Objects are nothing but instances of their related Class, inheriting the same attributes as their related Class. The Class and it’s attributes are defined in the so called Service Model.

Service Model
This Service Model also contains the relationship between the different Classes. …read more

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