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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
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...
19 Apr 2012
SCOMfaq.ch: SCOM 2012 – JEE Application Availability Monitor Template
Over on SCOMfaq.ch there is a great posting on SCOM 2012 – JEE Application Availability Monitor Template . As I wrote the template wizard, it's pretty cool to see a post about something (professional) I did on the world-wide-web. I was going to do a similar post, but this is such a great job I...
31 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
(Alternate) Chicken and Egg Problem == solved: How to extract BeanSpy or PowerShell scripts if there is no discovery?
I recently found another solution to the chicken v. egg problem that I mentioned in the previous blog post . This script from TechNet should be run on the Management Server and will copy BeanSpy and the JEE PowerShell scripts to a well-defined location. See which works for you.
3 May 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
Howto: Monitor EJBs with BeanSpy in SCOM 2012 on WebSphere 7.0
Similar to my previous posting , here is a sample management pack for monitoring EJBs on WebSphere 7.0. For an explanation of what is happening, refer to the previous posting (and all of the legal warnings denying responsibility therein). :) Basically, the differences are: Changed references...
29 Jan 2013
Recommended: Demystifying JEE App Performance Monitoring in OpsMgr 2012 (JEE FAQs)
Here is an excellent primer for more information about " Demystifying JEE App Performance Monitoring in OpsMgr 2012" . This article provides an overview of the JEE technology and how that maps to Windows terminology. It is a great read for some looking to learn more about managing JEE technologies in...
27 Aug 2012
Microsoft Open Sources BeanSpy
This post is a bit belated, but I am proud to announce that my team has open sourced the Java component for monitoring MBeans on remote applications servers. The project is called BeanSpy and it is available on github . Platforms Microsoft released BeanSpy under the Apache 2.0 license on January...
6 Feb 2012
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
Tomcat 5.5: Additional Steps to Connect to the MBean Server
As part of SCOM 2012, there is a feature to discover and monitor Java Application Servers ( support matrix listed here ). This release supports Tomcat 5.5.x, 6.x, and 7.x, For Tomcat 5.5.x, the default application server settings do not allow the application server to have access to the JMX Store. ...
30 May 2012
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
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
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...
21 May 2012
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
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
Managing Tomcat 6 by extending the JEE Application Server MPs
Previously, I wrote two posting regarding how to extend the JEE MPs to start, stop, and restarting Tomcat 7.x applications (Tomcat 7 Posting: Part 1 Part 2 ). This post will do the same for Tomcat 6. Rather than re-state what was previously posted, here I will just highlight the differences for 6.x support...
12 Mar 2012
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
(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
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...
26 Mar 2012
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...
22 Jan 2013
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
Health service should not generate data about this managed object ( Microsoft.JEE.ApplicationServer.Instance ) [aka SCOM Discovery of JEE Application Server (Tomcat/JBoss/WebLogic/WebSphere) fails]
A new feature of SCOM 2012 is the support for discovery and monitoring of JEE Application Servers (Tomcat/JBoss/WebLogic/WebSphere). For the discovery process to work properly, the Agent Proxy must be enabled for each Agent computer. Failure to do will result critical alerts within the SCOM Console...
11 Oct 2011
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
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