Setting Up an Alert for Hosted Service State Changes in SCOM 2007 R2

I’m posting this by request from a customer who desires to setup an alert when a hosted service changes its state. The process is fairly straightforward, provided you know where to look. In the screenshot below, we have a hosted service (in my case, eponymously named walterm), that is currently healthy. What we want is…

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Creating Unit Monitors for Windows Azure Performance Counters in SCOM 2007 R2

Monitors are powerful management pack objects in SCOM. In the Operations Manager documentation, a monitor is described in the following manner: “monitors can be used to assess various conditions that can occur in monitored objects. For example, a monitor can be used to assess the values of a performance counter, the existence of an event,…

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Viewing the Operations Manager Event Log on Your SCOM 2007 R2 or SCOM 2012 Management Server from the Operations Console

In corporate environments, sometimes a SCOM administrator is given access to the Operations Console only through installation on a client machine or through a Citrix session. So they can’t just launch the Event Viewer in order to take a look at the Operations Manager event log. The great news is this doesn’t mean you won’t…

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Notes on Monitoring Windows Event Logs and Trace Logs in SCOM 2007 R2

In my previous post, I showed you how to visualize Windows Azure Event logs in SCOM 2007 R2. I would like to extend this post to add on some of my additional learning of dealing with Event logs, and Trace logs as well. First, I want to show how to split out event log errors…

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Resolving Windows Azure Diagnostics Connection String Issues with SCOM 2007 R2

In earlier versions of the Windows Azure SDK, the default Windows Azure Diagnostics string provided by the Visual Studio template in the service configuration file was named DiagnosticsConnectionString. Later Windows Azure SDKs have changed this name to Microsoft.WindowsAzure.Plugins.Diagnostics.ConnectionString. By default, however, the SCOM 2007 R2 Windows Azure Management Pack continues to reference the DiagnosticsConnectionString setting…

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Grooming Collected Diagnostics Data from Windows Azure Storage in SCOM 2007 R2

Recently, I had a colleague ask me how to groom diagnostic data collected in Windows Azure storage from Windows Azure applications. Since he is using SCOM, there is a ready answer for configuring regular grooming of Windows Azure diagnostic data, thus saving on storage consumption costs and preventing massive quantities of data from accumulating over…

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SCOM 2007 R2 Event Log Alerting and Monitoring for Azure Applications

Through rules, SCOM provides a powerful system for capturing specific events from the event log of Windows Azure applications and notifying various groups of critical events through SCOM alerts. Events are stored in the SCOM database, which can be analyzed in views and reports. This walkthrough will demonstrate how to create a rule that captures…

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Configuring SCOM 2007 R2 Performance Views and Dashboards for Monitoring Azure Applications

In previous blog posts I demonstrated how to setup your Azure performance counters, how to install SCOM 2007 R2 along with the Windows Azure Management Pack, and how to configure Azure Diagnostics performance counter monitoring in SCOM 2007 R2. In this post, I will pick up where I left off to demonstrate how to build…

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Configuring Azure Diagnostics Performance Counter Monitoring in SCOM 2007 R2

In my last post, I provided a primer on installing SCOM 2007 R2 along with the Azure Management Pack (which is still currently in Release Candidate status). In the post before that, I showed you how to setup the performance counters in your web and worker roles in Visual Studio 2010 so you could generate…

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A Primer on Installing SCOM 2007 R2 and Windows Azure Application Monitoring

You can find the full procedures in the SCOM 2007 R2 Deployment Guide and Azure Management Pack documentation, but I am providing this to give you visuals with some “hard won” experience that augments those instructions and provides a bit more hand-holding. The first order of business will be to verify that you have your…

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