IT Manageability - Cory Delamarter

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  • Blog Post: how to analyze a workflow when the OpsMgr workflow Analyzer doesn't work

    For those of you that have done custom MP development, you know how mind boggling some of the errors can be and how difficult it is to get useful debug information on those failures. There was a resource kit tool that was released a while back which helped with this but that tool has not been updated...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Azure applications - Part 4

    The “Monitoring Azure applications” series: Part 1: Enabling instrumentation and monitoring in your Azure app(s) Part 2: Setting up the handshake Part 3: Discovering your application Part 4: When things don’t work Up until now we’ve worked through getting...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Azure applications – Part 2

    The “Monitoring Azure applications” series: Part 1: Enabling instrumentation and monitoring in your Azure app(s) Part 2: Setting up the handshake Part 3: Discovering your application Part 4: When things don’t work In this blog post I’m going to cover how...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Azure applications - Part 3

    The “Monitoring Azure applications” series: Part 1: Enabling instrumentation and monitoring in your Azure app(s) Part 2: Setting up the handshake Part 3: Discovering your application Part 4: When things don’t work Ok, so at this point you’ve got an application...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell: Getting Oriented

    Quick Reference As some of you may already know the PowerShell support in OpsMgr 2012 changed significantly from OpsMgr 2007 R2. For starters, the cmdlets are no longer an optional part of the UI install. It used to be you could select whether or not to install the PowerShell interface, when you installed...
  • Blog Post: Finding an instrumentation needle in a haystack of MPs

    I don't know about everyone else, but our team gets asked questions like the following very often: Are we collecting any events from source <insert source name here> ? Do any of the management packs we have deployed alert on event ID <####> ? Are we collecting performance data...
  • Blog Post: Using PowerView for OpsMgr data

    A number of months ago, I was introduced to Mark Drewfs who is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) here within Microsoft. We worked together for a number of weeks on some queries for OpsMgr data and then he used his PowerView skills to put together some really great views of the data. The result of his work...
  • Blog Post: Is my OpsMgr data warehouse running behind?

    Our team recently got a call from one of our reporting users with a problem. She said that her queries against the OpsMgr data warehouse (DWH) weren't returning data within the past 10 days. Upon further discussion she indicated that she was seeing this problem in the hourly and the daily data aggregations...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell: Quick Reference

    OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell: Quick Reference I will use this post to summarize all commands, one-liners and short scripts that I identify overtime for PowerShell against OpsMgr 2012 Getting Oriented Import-module OperationsManager Adds the module into your session...
  • Blog Post: I want YOU to vote... On my Azure suggestions for System Center

    So, in a continuation of the Azure Monitoring stuff I've been working on lately, I see and heard of a lot of places where System Center could be doing a lot of cool stuff to make life better for our application teams that are moving to Azure. As a result I've submitted a bunch of suggestions to the connect...
  • Blog Post: TechNet Radio: IT Time - Using System Center 2012 Operations Manager to Manage Your [Hybrid] Applications

    I guess I did something right last time because the guys at TechNet Radio invited me back for another recording. While I'm not too fond of the video quality from my webcam, I am fond of the demo we did of how IT uses Operations Manager to fold together on-premises and Azure based components into one...
  • Blog Post: Using the Operations Manager Command Shell against multiple management groups

    In our environment we have 5 production management groups (3 for "core" monitoring, 1 for application monitoring and one for connecting to our network monitoring system). Many times I want to be able to quickly run some cmdlet across all of these management groups to do things like the following: ...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell: Management and Gateway Servers

    Quick Reference In the previous post I talked about how to get connected to management groups. In this post I’m going to talk about working with management servers and gateway servers. I will also introduce you to a script that I wrote, which gives a hierarchical view of state, much like the...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring Azure applications - Part 1

    The “Monitoring Azure applications” series: Part 1: Enabling instrumentation and monitoring in your Azure app(s) Part 2: Setting up the handshake Part 3: Discovering your application Part 4: When things don’t work I've been working a lot monitoring of Azure applications...
  • Blog Post: How the CREATE_NEWKEY switch on MOM.msi saved my hide

    Not too long ago our team embarked on the journey of migrating all of our clustered root management servers to new hardware. These were exciting times and in retrospect things went much smoother than we had anticipated. With that said, the experience was not without its hiccups and this is the story...
  • Blog Post: OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell: Getting Connected

    Quick Reference In the previous post , I introduced the OpsMgr 2012 PowerShell module and discussed a few of the ways that I used to get oriented to it. Now that we’re oriented, the first thing I want to explore is how connections work. Both the previous and the current PowerShell implementations...