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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 .
  • Blog Post: System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2012 released!

    Microsoft releases System Center 2012 to the public at large. For those who have not already tried it, a private trial is available for download here . Part of the System Center 2012 suite is System Center Operations Manager 2012 (SCOM 2012). This release of SCOM 2012 has many great features, but...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Web Applications on different JEE Application Servers

    This post will discuss how to deploy BeanSpy on the supported application server platforms. The deployment information in step #2 can also be applied to any general web application (example: the Contoso Order Service ). Step #1) Get the WAR/EAR files As per the documentation , to obtain the official...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Universal Discovery in the SCOM 2012 RC

    In the SCOM 2012 RC , there is a sample extention for Universal Discovery of application servers. This post will discuss this extension to the JEE Add-on. Out-of-the-box, the JEE Application Server Add-on feature supports a variety of applications servers on several version of Windows and Unix/Linux...
  • Blog Post: Where to download the JEE Application Server feature for SCOM 2012 RC

    I just realized that I never put a download link to the SCOM 2012 Release Candidate Add-on for monitoring JEE Application Servers. Please go here to get the bits: http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=27974 .
  • Blog Post: Manually Discovering JEE Application Servers with SCOM 2012

    Out-of-the-box, System Center Operations Manager can discover several different application server platforms and versions ( support matrix is here ); however, this is not every version of every application server. Also, for an application server to be discovered and monitored in Operations Manager, the...
  • Blog Post: UNIX/Linux Discovery and Workaround: Application Server's path is a symbolic link or from a network mount

    There is a bug in the Unix/Linux JEE application server code that for some configuration could prevent deep monitoring. The issue will occur if the Application Server path contains a symbolic link or is network mounted. In these cases, the underlying discover code does not see the path on disk, which...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Sample JEE Application: Contoso Order Service

    To get a better understanding of how to use the SCOM 2012 Add-on of the JEE Application Server feature in future blog posts, it is going to be necessary to have an application to talk about (and write Management Packs (MPs) against). For that reason, I am going to introduce a simple application dubbed...
  • Blog Post: BeanSpy: JBoss Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications

    IF you are running JBoss, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. Once you havedeployed 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell script to Remove Application Servers: Only Applicable to Application Server's added by PowerShell

    I would like to take a moment to clarify a point about the PowerShell script to remove application servers (aka RemoveJEEAppServer.ps1 ) that was recently brought to my attention. This mechanism for removing application servers is only intended for use with application servers added via PowerShell (aka...
  • Blog Post: Minor Typos in the JEE Application Server PowerShell scripts

    The help messages provided in the PowerShell scripts for adding and removing Universal Instances of JEE Application Servers to SCOM 2012 contain minor typos. The help messages (a) have the wrong script names and (b) should contain relative path to the directories. For the later, by this I mean that...
  • Blog Post: 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...