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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Creating Azure Package of Tomcat with Azure SDK 1.8

    Although there are already several posts about creating Windows Azure packages (notably here , I thought it about time for a quick update with some specifics for use with the Windows Azure SDK version 1.8 ( http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/develop/java/java-home/download-for-windows/ ). This will...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: SCOM 2012 R2: Tomcat as a Windows Service with APM options

    There are many ways start Tomcat. The documentation covers the basics , which for Windows is to modify the catalina.bat: :noJuliManager set JAVA_OPTS=%JAVA_OPTS% %LOGGING_MANAGER% set APM _DIR=\path\to\apm\agent\zip\contents set APM_OPTS=-Djava.library.path="%APM_DIR%" -javaagent:"%APM_DIR%\apm_facade...
  • Blog Post: 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...