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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
BeanSpy: WebSphere Application Server JMXQuery to list deployed applications
If you are running WebSphere, 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...
30 May 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
Java APM MP Guide now Available
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 . Just click the Download button and a pop-up will give you the option of selecting either the MSI or the...
10 Sep 2013
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 .
9 Mar 2012
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
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
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
(Workaround) Enable discovery of WebSphere Network Deployments
The default WebSphere profile discovery is done by looking at registry entries. Specifically, the WebSphere Management Packs check the registry of each user for an entry: Software\IBM\WebSphere Application Server Unfortunately, this is a problem on Windows for the Network Deployment of WebSphere...
1 Jun 2013
Managing Tomcat 7 by extending the JEE Application Server MPs (Part 1 of 2)
A new featured in SCOM 2012 is the monitoring of Java Application Servers . While there are several applications servers that are supported, this posting will focus on Tomcat 7.x support (with some slightly changes, this will work with previous versions, but I'll save that for a different post). I...
10 Feb 2012
Managing Tomcat 7 by extending the JEE Application Server MPs (Part 2 of 2)
In the previous posting , I detailed that Tomcat provides an interface for starting and stopping applications. I gave synopis of the configuration changes necessary to do this as well. In this post I will detail how to write a Management Pack to run these tasks from the SCOM Console. Goal Create...
10 Feb 2012
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
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...
23 May 2012
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
Recursively removing Management Packs
As a developer working with SCOM and management packs, I have had several occasions where I have needed to remove a lot of management packs (MPs). Unfortunately, you must remove the MPs one-at-a-time in the UI. Granted, in a production environment you are probably not removing a lot of MPs; however,...
19 Mar 2012
Inframon: Excellent Blog Post about Monitoring WebSphere in System Center Operations Manager 2012
I am a late in finding it, but here is a great blog post by Inframon detailing how to monitor WebSphere using the JEE Application Server management packs . This is a great article with detailed steps and pictures. Kudos to the for the informative post! Post: WebSphere monitoring with the JEE Application...
24 May 2012
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
Managing Tomcat 5.5 by extending the JEE Application Server MPs
Similar to the posts for Tomcat 6 ( here ) and Tomcat 7 ( part 1 / part 2 ). This post (and Management Pack) are very similar to the previous posting with some slight platform variations. Different MBean Name The names of the MBeans class (and packages) representing Web Modules are different from...
14 Jun 2012
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
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
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