New content in the Microsoft Press Guided Tours app: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience

NOTE: The Microsoft Press Guided Tours app has been discontinued and is no longer available in the Windows Store. If you have already installed the app, you can continue to use it for as long as you like. All the tours will remain available for download from within the app.

The free Microsoft Press Guided Tours app is newly updated on Windows Store! The newest tour on our growing list is “Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience.”

In this Windows Store app, Microsoft Press authors provide insightful coverage of new and evolving Microsoft technologies. You can use the app to explore technical topics in powerful new ways, and you can mark up content in multiple ways so that it’s more useful to you.

The following eight free guided tours are included in our app – and more are coming soon!

  • Building cloud apps with Microsoft Azure (including best practices for DevOps, data storage, high availability, and more), by Scott Guthrie, Mark Simms, Tom Dykstra, Rick Anderson, and Mike Wasson
  • Programming Windows Store apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, by author Kraig Brockschmidt
  • Using Microsoft Azure HDInsight, by Avkash Chauhan, Valentine Fontama, Michele Hart, Wee Hyong Tok, and Buck Woody
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, by Michael S. Collier and Robin E. Shahan
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials: Azure Machine Learning, by Jeff Barnes
  • Introducing Windows 10 for IT Professionals, Preview Edition, by Ed Bott
  • Microsoft System Center Deploying Hyper-V with Software-Defined Storage & Networking, by Microsoft TechNet and the Cloud Platform Team; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Field Experience, by Danny Hermans, Uwe Stürtz, Mihai Sarbulescu; Series Editor: Mitch Tulloch

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Look for additional tours in the near future. Learn more about the app’s features in this previous blog post. More details on contents included in this newest tour are below.


If you’re responsible for designing, configuring, implementing, or managing a Microsoft System Center Operations Manager environment, then this guided tour is for you. This guided tour will help you understand what you can do to enhance your Operations Manager environment, and will give you the opportunity to better understand the inner workings of the product, even if you are a seasoned Operations Manager administrator.

This guided tour assumes that you have a deep working knowledge of the Operations Manager product and its concepts, that you understand the concept of management packs, and that you are basically familiar with Microsoft Azure as an infrastructure-as-a-service platform. This is a guided tour about best practices, design concepts, how-tos, and in-depth technical troubleshooting. It covers the role of the Operations Manager product, the best practices for working with management packs, how to use the reporting feature to simplify managing the product, how to thoroughly troubleshoot, and how to use and install Operations Manager in a Microsoft Azure Public Cloud environment.

About the companion content

The companion content for this guided tour can be downloaded from the following page:

The companion content includes the following:

  • The SQL query in Section 1 that you can run in SQL Server Management Studio to determine which collation settings you are using
  • The series of commands used in the example in Section 2 to run workflow tracing manually
  • The Windows PowerShell script used in Section 4 to view all TLMEs that exist order per resource pool and per current owning pool member (management server)
  • The various SELECT queries included in Section 4
  • A PDF file titled HealthService Event Reference that provides information about the events that Operations Manager can log to its event log from the HealthService features.


We would like to thank Daniele Muscetta, Microsoft Program Manager for Azure Operational Insights, for his review and comments on the Azure Operational Insights information in Section 5; Stefan Stranger, Microsoft Senior Premier Field Engineer, for the review of and his input on the remainder of Section 5; and Danny’s loving wife, Vita Martinsone, for the pre-editing and formatting of our work.

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