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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
Java APM Agent Changelog
I just realized that there is not a great means of tracking the changes to the Java APM agent for Visual Studio Online. And so without further ado, a blog post to rectify the situation. This post will discuss how to determine the version of the Java APM Agent as well as a changelog of features and fixes...
25 Mar 2014
System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring Released!
I am proud to announce the release version of Java Application Performance Monitoring (aka Java APM), available for download ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 ). This feature builds upon the previous release (available for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us...
7 Jan 2014
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
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
WebLogic Management Pack Explained: Discovery Process and Monitoring
In this blog post I will briefly discuss the discovery and basic monitoring on WebLogic from the JEE Feature of SCOM 2012 ( http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29270 ). Although it is Java, the promise of write once, run everywhere does not hold. Especially in the start and discovery...
30 Aug 2013
Java APM MP Guide now Available... On TechNet
If you are looking the Java Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Preview Management Pack (MP) Guide, it can now be downloaded at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 or view it on TechNet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn502605.aspx . Hooray for having documentation...
23 Oct 2013
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...
8 Jun 2012
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
Recommended: Tutorial for Using Java APM with SCOM 2012 R2
I'm a little late to this, but I just found a great introduction if you are looking for a guide to using Java APM from the folks at SCOMfaq.ch . Part 1) Creation & Discovery of Ubuntu Linux VM Part 2) Discovery of Java Application Servers Part 3) Java APM December 17th, 2013...
8 Oct 2013
Java APM Agent configuration files: Explained!
Edit for Nov 20th, 2013: the information on this page primarily is for the On Premise solution of SCOM 2012 R2. Though users of Application Insights may find some of the information useful as well. The Java APM Agent has three configuration files. In this blog post I will give a brief explanation...
29 Aug 2013
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...
31 Aug 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
System Center 2012 Management Pack for Java Application Performance Monitoring Preview Released!
I am proud to announce the preview version of Java Application Performance Monitoring (aka Java APM), available for download ( https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39709 ). This feature builds upon the previous release (available for download here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us...
5 Aug 2013
BeanSpy: WebLogic Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications
If you are running WebLogic, here are a few quick steps to validating the BeanSpy installation. 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...
22 Jan 2013
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