Tag Archives: #Unix/Linux

SCOM 1801: Updated management packs for Open Source Software OSS v7.7.1129.0

The updated Management packs for OSS MySQL and Apache can be found here.

The Management Packs for Open Source Software enable discovering, monitoring, and managing MySQL Server and Apache HTTP Server. They provide reactive and proactive monitoring of MySQL Server and Apache HTTP Server running on Linux operating systems. The monitoring provided by the Open Source Software management packs includes availability and configuration monitoring, performance data collection, and default thresholds. In addition to health monitoring capabilities, the Open Source Software management packs include reports, diagnostics, tasks, and views that enable near real-time diagnosis and resolution of detected issues.

       

SCOMing soon to a System Center near you!

As the world eagerly awaits the release of the upcoming version of SCOM lets have a brief look at the publicly announced features so far:

The features that have me the most excited are the updated HTML 5 dashboards (so long silverlight!) and the enhanced management pack recommendations which will include MPs from 3rd parties.

Which features are you excited about? 
Do you have an idea for a feature that’s not included yet? Let the product team know through UserVoice!

Linux monitoring

You can now use a Linux agent with FluentD support for log file monitoring at par with Windows Server. This update provides the following improvements over previous log file monitoring:

  • Wild card characters in log file name and path.
  • New match patterns for customizable log search like simple match, exclusive match, correlated match, repeated correlation, and exclusive correlation.
  • Support for generic Fluentd plugins published by the fluentd community.

Improved HTML console experience

The Web console has been redesigned and is now a fully HTML-based console and no longer has a dependency on Silverlight. The monitoring tree and dashboards support the HTLM5 markup language.

Enhanced SDK Client performance

We have introduced performance improvements in the Operations console that typically prevent the console from responding while a new management pack is being imported or deleted, or a configuration change to an MP is saved.

Updates and recommendations for third-party Management Packs

In System Center 2016 we released the MP Updates and Recommendations feature which has been expanded now to include discovery and downloads of third-party management pack updates, based on feedback from customers.

Linux Kerberos support

Operations Manager can now support Kerberos authentication wherever the WS-Management protocol is used by the management server to communicate with UNIX and Linux computers, providing greater security by no longer needing to enable basic authentication for Windows Remote Management (WinRM).

Service Map integration

Service Map automatically discovers application components on Windows and Linux systems and maps the communication between services. It automatically builds a common reference map of dependencies across your servers, processes, and third-party services. Integration between Service Map and System Center Operations Manager allows you to automatically create distributed application diagrams in Operations Manager that are based on the dynamic dependency maps in Service Map. For further information on planning and configuring integration, see Service Map integration with System Center Operations Manager.

SCOM and Deprecating SHA1 Certificates what you need to know!

With the recent deprivation of SHA1 certificates in favour of the more secure SHA2 it’s important to know that SCOM uses  SHA1 to manage workloads for cross platform monitoring (Unix / Linux).

Have no fear the MS SCOM team have released an article on how to replace your existsing SHA-1 certificates with the newer SHA256 certificates.

It is important to note that you will need to update your 2012 R2 environments to UR 12 and your 2016 environments to UR2 respectivly in order to use the new SHA256 certificates by default.

The article is available here

SCOM 2016: TP 5 new features Updated 03/05

This posting will be updated as more features come to light

Install splash

At first glace there isn’t a whole lot new floating around, the administration pane has the following, Tune Management Packs and Partner Solutions:

Tune Management Packs

This feature will show which management packs are generating the most noise.

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Once alerts are populating the Tune Management pack view will give you an overview of how many alerts are being generated by each management pack, filtered by a date range you specify. Unfortunately you cannot choose a filter such as “previous week”

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Clicking the Tune Alerts task will display a list of the alerts from that management pack with count, location, type and name. You can access the rule / monitor settings directly from this location to make it easy to reduce noise.

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Partner Solutions

This feature is actually from one of the later 2012 UR’s but I’ll keep it here due to it being relatively unnoticed. Partner solutions gives a nice view into the 3rd party management packs that are available, it’s easier to than the marketplace and less hassle then trawling through search engines. I’d like to see more from this feature.

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Console optimization 

Some improvements have been made to the console this should be especially noticeable in environments with heavy load on the databases. Hopefully this mean less “busy” in the bottom left corner.

  • Alert view is optimized to load efficiently
  • Alert tasks and alert details in alert view is optimized to load efficiently
  • Context menus of an alert in alert view is optimized to load efficiently

Improved scalability for Unix/Linux Agents monitoring

A nice addition for those with large *nix environments is that the supported amount of cross platform agents per management server has been effectively doubled.

This has been achieved by using the new Async Windows Management Infrastructure (MI) APIs instead of WSMAN Sync APIs. By default, Operations Manager would use the sync APIs. To switch to the new method you need to create a new Registry key “UseMIAPI” to enable Operations Manager to use the new Async MI APIs.

To enable the new Async MI APIs – create a Registry key “UseMIAPI” under HKLM:\Software\Microsoft\Microsoft Operations Manager\3.0\Setup

SCOM: Updated MP for Unix and Linux v7.5.1042.0

A new version of the cross platform management pack has been released version 7.5.1042.0 is available for download here.

Updates in this version:

  • Update release – version 7.5.1042.0 for System Center 2012 R2 – includes agents with version 1.5.1-150
  • Added support for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 MP

SCOM: Guided walkthrough for troubleshooting UNIX and Linux agent discovery

Microsoft has just released a Guided Walkthrough for troubleshooting UNIX and Linux agent discovery issues in System Center 2012 Operations Manager.

It is available here:KB2993901

It’s nice to see this type of guide being released, cross-platform monitoring with SCOM is still not very common and it can be tricky to get right.