Comparing OMS/Log Analytics and SCOM

updated 13 August 2018 When organizations move to the cloud, they often aren’t sure when to use their typical on-premises infrastructure tools and when to use cloud-based tools. A common misconception in the Microsoft world is that OMS (Operations Management Suite) is a replacement for SCOM (System Center Operations Manager) – it’s not. Also Log…


Removing OMS from your SCOM Management Group

Have you inherited an environment where someone had “played” with OMS? OMS is partially configured, but you’re not exactly sure how, and as a result it’s spamming your Operations Manager event log with warnings and errors… You’d like to get OMS working, but just don’t have the time and for now you just need the…


SCOM 2012, WSMan, and Unix/Linux Computer Discovery

Summary System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) Linux/UNIX monitoring uses WS-Management/WSMan “basic authentication” on an ongoing basis – i.e., it passes a username/password pair to the Linux computer, and the Linux computer authenticates that username/password using the PAM.  If you disable “basic authentication” on the SCOM management server, it’s not going to work.  Other potential WinRM authentication…


Monitoring Azure for Government (MAG) with SCOM – Subscription Configuration

updated 05/22/2018 Clarification of the correct endpoints for MAG (defaults are for the public/commercial cloud and do NOT work for the government cloud). Management Service URI – Management API Version – 2012-08-01 Database Management Service URI – Database Management API Version – 1.0 Database DNS Suffix – Storage Service DNS Suffix -…


Monitoring Window 2012 AD – Multiple Monitoring Scripts Failing (or Why I need IPv6)

I recently worked a case where a client was getting irregular, but frequent alerts across all Windows 2012 Domain Controllers.  The alerts included: AD Replication Monitoring : encountered a runtime error.  Failed to bind to ‘LDAP://[server]/RootDSE’.  The error returned was: ‘The server is not operational.’ (0x8007203A) AD General Response : While running ‘AD General Response’…


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