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  • Blog Post: What’s the buzz on Advisor?

    Have you heard about System Center Advisor Preview Service at TechEd or read some of the customer blogs? Need a single solution to gather, correlate and search all your log data, forecast your data center capacity needs or check if your servers have the latest software updates? Advisor maybe your answer...
  • Blog Post: New Application Management blogs

    In case you haven’t noticed, our colleagues and long-time Application Management experts Shawn Gibbs and Chris Childers have started blogging: Chris  http://blogs.technet.com/b/chrischilders/ Shawn http://blogs.technet.com/b/shawngibbs/ Make sure you add them to your aggregator, as a lot of good...
  • Blog Post: Parameter Extraction in Web Application Synthetic Transactions

    In Operations Manager R2 CU3 we added a new feature that expands our capabilities in monitoring web applications via synthetic transactions. Parameter extraction allows us to extract data from the HTTP responses to web requests and store the value in the test context as name value pairs which can then...
  • Blog Post: APM object model

    It has been a while since we posted some new information about APM in OpsMgr 2012. Michael wrote a post in August, about working with Alerts , which was following up on a couple of previous ones about how to get things running , how APM works , and how to simulate errors for testing . Also Sergey has...
  • Blog Post: APM Configured Endpoint Report

    So... I was talking to my friend/colleague Eric in MSIT (Microsoft IT), who is one of our internal System Center power users, as you can imagine. MSIT manages thousands of line of business applications. As APM gets rolled out to web farms, or new servers are added to the monitoring system, how do you...
  • Blog Post: APM Agent Throttling settings and other APM Overrides in SC2012 Operations Manager

    So, the APM Wizard is great. We put a lot of effort in simplifying the most common scenario for configuration, as described in earlier posts such as this one http://blogs.technet.com/b/momteam/archive/2011/07/30/operations-manager-and-application-monitoring.aspx ; anyhow, there are additional settings...
  • Blog Post: New Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Forum

    We have created a new forum under the Operations Manager forum category on TechNet for Application Performance Monitoring (APM). Please feel free to fire away questions to Microsoft, the MVPs, and the broader community, answer questions , and have some good discussions. Here’s the link: http...
  • Blog Post: Meet Sergey Kanzhelev, developer on the Operations Manager Team

    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sergkanz/
  • Blog Post: Microsoft acquires AVIcode, Inc.

    Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of AVIcode, Inc.  Read the official blog here . We hope that the rest of the Operations Manager community is as excited as we are about the enhanced capabilities that the AVIcode technologies bring to Systems Monitoring, including not only .Net application...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2007 R2 Cumulative Update 5 has Released to the Web

    The OpsMgr team is very happy to announce the release of Cumulative Update 5 for System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 . Cumulative Update 5 for Operations Manager 2007 R2 resolves the following issues: Restart of non-Operations Manager services when the agent is updated. Updated ACS reports...
  • Blog Post: All you need to know about APM “Transactions”

    Across the IT industry, the term “transaction” is used in many different ways and with a variety of subtly-different meanings. In System Center 2012 – Operations Manager, the APM (“.NET application performance monitoring”) feature also uses the term “transaction” – and it does it in a very specific way...
  • Blog Post: Using multistep web tests for monitoring with Global Service Monitor Beta release

    Dear Users, With the Beta release of Global Service Monitor (GSM) we added one of the most requested features: ability to execute multistep web tests with authentication. This is a big step forward compared with single URL tests we had in CTP, because it allows monitoring health of end-to-end user...
  • Blog Post: Alerting on ASP.NET Exceptions thru the Windows Azure Management Pack

    One of the most useful health-related services offered by ASP.NET is the Web Events feature. By modifying the Web.config file, you can use the health monitoring system to log unhandled exceptions, expired forms, authentication tickets, and any other data you want logged in your application. If you want...
  • Blog Post: Global Service Monitor for System Center 2012: Observing application availability from an “outside in” perspective

    Dear Users, With the CTP2 release of System Center 2012, we announced the immediate availability of the Customer Preview of a new System Center component called “Global Service Monitor”. Global Service Monitor is an Azure-based service that extends SCOM 2012 capabilities into the cloud...
  • Blog Post: Getting started with Client-Side Monitoring in Operations Manager 2012

    This post is intended to help you get started with the Client-Side Monitoring (CSM) feature in Operations Manager 2012. Client-Side Monitoring provides a real end user perspective on application health for .NET applications, as users are interacting with the application, by collecting performance and...
  • Blog Post: Application Monitoring Architecture in OpsMgr 2012 Beta

    For those who already know me, it has been a couple of weeks since I relocated to the Seattle area and started working as a Program Manager on the Operations Manager Application Monitoring team and this is my first post on this blog. For those who don’t know me, I am a new Program Manager on the OpsMgr...
  • Blog Post: Application Monitoring – Working with Alerts

    Our team has made a few posts around APM with Operations Manager 2012, how to get things running , how it works , and how to simulate errors for testing . Here I’m going to talk about the application centric alerts you will see in OM when you start using APM. There are two main consoles used...
  • Blog Post: Custom APM Rules for Granular Alerting

    Michael wrote a post in August, about working with Alerts . One of the key takeaways from that post, is that – for each application and for each application component – we have FOUR Alerting rules, that can be turned on or off from the APM Template. Quoting that post: Alerting Rules...
  • Blog Post: Application Monitoring with Operations Manager 2012

    Microsoft acquired AVIcode at the end of 2010. Starting the day the deal closed we have been working hard to integrate the AVIcode technologies into Operations Manager 2012 and with the beta release you can start to use the first phase of our new .NET Monitoring features that are focused on IIS 7 hosted...
  • Blog Post: Event-to-Alert ratio, reviewing problems and understanding trends for APM data in OpsMgr 2012

    I have been talking to a number of people, both online as well as in person (at MMS, TechED and in other occasions) and one of the recurring questions I get, as people plan for their deployment of System Center 2012 – Operations Manager and want to use the APM feature, is “how much more space will I...