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Application Insights (for Java): Quickstart for Apache Tomcat
This post will highlight a quickstart guide to getting-up and running with the Visual Studio Online Application Insights for Java. If this looks extremely similar to the content posted on MSDN, that would because it is . 1) Login to Application Insights for Visual Studio Online. If necessary, sign...
25 Mar 2014
How To Instrument Catching Exceptions for Java APM
This post applies to both the Java APM Agent available from Application Insights as well as the RTM release of SCOM 2012 R2 (this feature was not available for the preview release of SCOM 2012 R2). This article is written by myself and my co-author: Cijo Thomas . This post will discuss Exception Events...
23 Jan 2014
Application Insights (for Java): What is it and How to Get It
I previously mentioned that Application Insights supports Java and this post is a follow-up with some more links and information. The official information page for Application Insights is here . Briefly stated, Application Insights is a way to get the same great Application Performance Monitoring (APM...
16 Jan 2014
JConsole: a tool for viewing MBeans
JConsole is tool provided by Oracle/Sun as of Java 5 to monitor a JVM through JMX. The purpose of BeanSpy is to provide a means of exposing this information through SCOM 2012 . For those looking for more MBean information, here is a great blog post explaining how to connect JConsole to Tomcat. The information...
30 May 2012
BeanSpy: Apache Tomcat JMXQuery to list deployed applications
Once you have deployed BeanSpy to a web application server, the next step is to see that it works. While look at the /Stats or /Stats/Info is a nice cross-platform solution, sometimes you want to know what is running on your specific application server. For the various versions of Apache Tomcat (versions...
8 Jan 2013
Application Insights: For Java Too!
Microsoft recently announced a new service for VS Online called Application Insights (This is an invite-only service at the time of this writing). In addition to providing deeper insight into your .NET applications, this online solution also has the ability to monitor your Java application as well. Very...
10 Dec 2013
Chicken and Egg Problem == solved: How to extract BeanSpy or PowerShell scripts if there is no discovery?
One issue that you might experience with BeanSpy (or the universal discovery PowerShell script) is how to get a hold of these binaries. The expect flow is that the Management Packs (MPs) and Management Pack Bundles (MPBs) get imported, some discoveries occur, and then from the application server instance...
25 Apr 2013
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on JBoss 5
Out-of-the-box, EJB discovery and monitoring are not supported by the SCOM 2012 JEE MPs ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/random_happy_dev_thoughts/archive/2012/04/18/system-center-operations-manager-scom-2012-released.aspx ). That said, there is nothing to preclude a customer to write their own management...
25 Jan 2013
WebSphere (7.0 & 6.1), Security, and BeanSpy
This page contains information about configuring the WebSphere Web Server to require BASIC authentication when accessing servlets. Security is a very Application Server specific task. During the development of this feature, it was noted that depending on the setup of the application server, certain behaviors...
25 Jun 2013
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 6.1
By simply taking yesterday's post and applying the match of judicious copy-n-paste methodology: may I present a MP for managing EJBs for WebSphere 6.1. All of the caveats regarding support (or rather lack thereof) and this is for information use apply. :) Finally, the MP presented uses the debug...
30 Jan 2013
Video: Java Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager in System Center 2012 R2
Looking for more information Java Application Performance Monitoring with Operations Manager in System Center 2012 R2 - but tired of reading? Take a stroll over to Channel 9 and take a look at the Edge Show for an approximately 20 minute interview with the feature Program Manager for an overview of the...
10 Dec 2013
BeanSpy: Cheat Sheet for Application Discoveries
Here is a quick summary (i.e. cheat sheet) for the JMX Queries through BeanSpy . JBoss Tomcat WebLogic WebSphere In general, if there is a problem with the automatic Management Pack discovery, remember to use the Universal Discovery method via the Manual PowerShell script .
30 May 2013
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 6.1 (version 2)
It would appear that yesterday's post may not work for everyone, and here is a second version that will bypass this problem. The problem relates to the fact that I elected to have the newly created EJB class extend the base Microsoft.JEE.Application class from the Microsoft.JEE.Library management...
31 Jan 2013
Extending Discovery Of Java Applications in SCOM 2012
The solution to monitoring JEE Application Servers and Applications in SCOM 2012 is a good starting point, but sometimes you may want to do more. The good news is that the structure of theses MPs are extendable and this blog post will detail how to do that. For instance, let’s suppose that I...
24 Jan 2013
Command-line options to enabling Application Performance Monitoring for Tomcat
This post will go over the specifics of running the command-line options for enabling the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) agent with a Tomcat server. This is not coverage of the full System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) setup ( please refer to the documentation ), rather the details...
20 Aug 2013
Guide: Enabling SSL on Tomcat With The Java Management Packs for SCOM 2012
Here is a quick guide for enabling SSL on Tomcat with the SCOM 2012 Java Management Pack ( download here ). As this Java APM Management Pack ( download here ) extends the previous MP, this content applies here too. Before getting started with this, you should certainly reference the appropriate Tomcat...
8 Oct 2013
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